The Wire Hot Shots Recap Season 2 Episode 3 – In the previous episode, Officer “Beadie” Russell is horrified at the attitude of the State Police officer and Customs cop sent to investigate the deaths of thirteen women suffocated in a ship’s cargo container. The Baltimore Police are only interested in their case clearance percentages. In order to keep their statistics right, they declare that the deaths were accidental. Beadie teams with Jim McNulty to look closer at the deaths. When McNulty demonstrates the dead women are in the jurisdiction of the Baltimore Police Department, the chief taps detectives Moreland and Freamon to investigate the murders. At the same time Major Valchek has got it in for Frank Sobotka for upstaging him with an expensive gift to Father Jerome’s church. The two men are engaged in a battle to see who gets the upper hand. The latest escalation is when Pakusa hijacks the police department’s $120,000 dollars surveillance van. In prison, Avan Barksdale is worried about whether D’Angelo can keep his mouth shut and do his prison term quietly. Of particular concern is that his ‘baby mama’ hasn’t been to visit with their baby. More prison problems derive from Corrections Officer Tilghman who smuggles drugs into the lockup but roughs up one of the inmates. Not a good idea since Avon Barksdale still rules parts of the prison.
The Wire Hot Shots Recap Season 2 Episode 3
Episode 3 opens with Dante and Omar planning to rob a drug house. First thing is surveillance. They’re watching from across the street as a man carries cash out of the house in a laundry basket. But someone else is looking too and while Dante and Omar are watching, two women pull guns and make off with the loot.
No Speak English
Detective Bunk Moreland and his partner Lester Freamon are down in Philly checking out the ship transporting the dead women. The Wire is not without comic moments as, when questioned by Freamon and Moreland, the ship’s sailors claim they don’t speak English. A montage of interviews elicits responses in several languages. The frustrated detectives mock and insult the foreign language speakers because it’s clear they know what happened on the ship but are not talking. “Negro, you cannot travel around the world and not speak one single word of mother****** English,” says Freamon to an African sailor. Moreland and Freamon go back to Baltimore with nothing good to report, Port Authority Officer tagging along with them. The sardonic cops tease McNulty who thinks highly of his deductive skills. McNulty thinks he’s going to school Moreland and Freamon on what he’s learned but the two cops lay out the whole scenario while McNulty humbly listens.
As with most of the longshoremen, Nick Sobotka is hurting for money. He has a kid with Aimee but no house and dwindling job prospects on the docks. Hairdresser Aimee wants them to be together, married, but they can’t afford an apartment. She unloads emotionally on Nick while she’s giving him a haircut in the salon where she works. Aimee’s also worried about what teachers think now that the toddler is talking about mom and dad’s private life. Cousin Ziggy tries to get Nick involved in drug dealing but he says he’s not dumb enough to stand on corners risking a prison term for a street hustle. Later on, Ziggy comes up with a better scam, one that Nick approves of. Together, Nick and Ziggy boost a container of expensive cameras and fence them to Spiros’s people.
Politics Going On Here
The police bureaucracy doesn’t come off smelling good in this episode any more than it does in the others. For their efforts at real crime fighting, McNulty’s been put out to rust on Harbor Patrol. Lieutenant Daniels has been relegated to the evidence room with dim future prospects. Daniels has a law degree, however, and tells McNulty he intends to use it. One of the hazards of a bureaucracy is that the cream doesn’t always rise to the top. Daniels didn’t play ball with the right people. Burrell did, and while Daniels is clearly the best pick for the Police Commissioner’s job, Burrell’s hobnobbing with the city hall crowd and with Major Valchek has made him a cinch for the position. Frank Sobotka is sucked into the political maelstrom, too. He doesn’t much like the butt-kissing and at least has the erstwhile motive of providing work for his longshoremen. He lobbies for a granary and a dredging operation which will bring in more ships to Baltimore Harbor and more work for his strapped union members.
To say that “The Wire” is gritty is an understatement. Its brilliant cast of characters seem to have been plucked from Dante’s Inferno. The gluttonous Sgt. Landsman takes a special delight in the misfortunes of others but seems unaware of his own failings. Stringer (Idris Elba) Bell presents as a noble go-between for Avon Barksdale. But when he goes to tell Donette she needs to be visiting D’Angelo in prison, she comes on to him and he can’t say no. This cold betrayal is bound to have consequences should Avon or D’Angelo find out but who’s telling? Cruelty is the house specialty, and it bleeds over into everything. Dwight bets with his cronies on an alley rat versus a Jack Russell terrier. The Jack Russell is the clear winner, snarling and shaking the rat to death while the betters laugh. I was for the dog, too, but the message here is animal instincts. It’s hard to tell what’s happening with McNulty’s wife but that seems not to be functioning also. When he drops his boys off after a night at the movies, his wife tells him she mailed a separation agreement—formalizing their separation.
“The Wire” creators are adept at keeping several story lines running at the same time, sometimes at a furious pace. Corrections Officer Dwight Tilghman is the object of the episode title when Avon arranges for him to get some poisoned drugs instead of his usual buy. Hot shots can be of several varieties but some real mean people have been known to mix battery acid with other powdered narcotics. When the inmates are hitting up just prior to ‘lights out’ in the prison, pandemonium breaks out as a certain someone is carried out on a stretcher. That’s Avon’s doing, retaliation for Dwight beating up on a prisoner in Avon Barksdale’s prison crew. “Bad package, yo! Hot shot,” someone yells.
“Humps.” That’s Major Valchek’s word for lazy cops who don’t know how to catch bad guys, or don’t want to waste energy doing so. Valchek’s bugged out when his son tells him the task force Burrell gave him is a bunch of “humps.” “You sent me a detail of humps,” Valcheck says when confronting Burrell at a political gathering. Valchek threatens to obstruct Burrell’s rise to Police Commissioner unless he gives Valchek what he wants – a smart, tough cop leader to motivate the task force assigned to watch Sobotka’s crew on the Baltimore docks. This signifies the resurrection and redemption of Lieutenant Daniels – if they can convince Daniels to withdraw his resignation. Valchek believes Sobotka is “dirty” but he’s really one of the good guys . We see that clearly when he uses Dolores to hand out some money to the desperately struggling Ringo at the bar.
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The Wire Hot Shots Recap Season 2 Episode 3 characters and cast include:
Jimmy McNulty – Dominic West (Chicago, The Affair, Money Monster, Burton and Taylor, The Hour, John Carter, 28 Days, 300)
Frank Sobotka – Chris Bauer (The Deuce, True Blood, American Crime Story, The Divide, Sully)
Spiros ‘Vondas’ Vondopoulos – Paul Ben-Victor (Don Jon, Vinyl, Matador, Mob City, John from Cincinnati, Any Day, Preacher)
Rawls – John Doman (Gotham, The Affair, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Damages, Borgia, Blue Valentine)
Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell – Idris Elba (Luther, Prometheus, Thor, Guerilla, The Take, Beasts of No Nation, The Office, This Christmas)
Avon Barksdale – Wood Harris (The Breaks, Creed, Justified, Southland, Dredd, Once Upon a Time in Venice, As Good As It Gets)
Bunk Moreland – Wendell Pierce (Parker, Ray, The Gift, Suits, Ray Donovan, Treme)
Cedric Daniels – Lance Reddick (Fringe, John Wick, Bosch, White House Down, Lost)
Beatrice ‘Beadie’ Russell – Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win, Birdman, Escape Plan, Bridge of Spies, The Office, Changeling, Dan in Real Life, Capote)
Kima Greggs – Sonja Sohn (Bringing Out the Dead, Shaft, Slam, Luke Cage, The Originals, Domain)
Herc – Domenick Lombardozzi (Frank and Ava, Rosewood, Bridge of Spies, Boardwalk Empire, God’s Pocket, Breakout Kings, Public Enemies, Phone Booth)
Roland ‘Prez’ Pryzbylewski – Jim True-Frost (The Hudsucker Proxy, Singles, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Treme, Hostages)
Chester ‘Ziggy’ Sobotka – James Ransone (Sinister, Inside Man, Tangerine, Bosch, Low Winter Sun, Generation Kill, Treme)
Nick Sobotka – Pablo Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate, 13 Hours, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, American Gods, Orange Is the New Black, A Gifted Man)
Valchek – Al Brown (Commander in Chief, Key and Peele, Maron)
Cheryl – Melanie Nicholls-King (St. Vincent, Rookie Blue, Show Me a Hero)
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus – J. D. Williams (The Second Line, Happy New Year, Saints & Sinners, The Night Of, The Good Wife, The Sopranos)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Sergei ‘Serge’ Malatov – Chris Ashworth (Deepwater Horizon, Underground, TURN: Washington’s Spies, Terminator Salvation)
Nat Coxson – Luray Cooper (Hit a Lick, Mercy Street, Adrenaline)
The Greek – Bill Raymond (The Crow, Michael Clayton, Lincoln, Rob the Mob, The Cobblestone Corrider)
Thomas ‘Horseface’ Pakusa – Charley Scalles (Nicky’s Game, The Sopranos, Liberty Heights)
Burrell – Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Luke Cage, Banshee, The Thomas Crown Affair, Red Dragon, My Other House, The Good Fight)
D’Angelo Barksdale – Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. (Would Your Rather, Gangs of New York, The Waterboy, The Machinist, The Deuce, The Walking Dead, Army Wives, Southland, The Double)
Rhonda Pearlman – Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, Bones, American Gothic, Beauty Mark)
Lester Freamon – Clarke Peters (Notting Hill, London Spy, John Wick, Chance, The Tunnel, Jessica Jones, Show Me a Hero, Midsomer Murders, Treme, People of Earth)
Sgt. Carver – Seth Gilliam (Starship Troopers, The Walking Dead, Still Alice, Nurse Jackie, Teen Wolf, Change in the Air)
Brianne Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Wee-Bey – Hassan Johnson (Belly, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Devil’s Own, Grand Theft Auto, Blood Brother)
Marla Daniels – Maria Broom (Clara’s Heart, Secrets, Sally Pacholok, The Corner)
Dr. Randall Franzier – Erik Dellums (Doctor Doolittle, Fallout 3, Homicide: Life on the Street, Amnesia, American Zealot)
Aimee – Kristin Proctor (Riding in Cars with Boys, La Mesa, Entourage)
Elena McNulty – Callie Thorne (Rescue Me, Necessary Roughness, Analyze That, The Americans)
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Dante – Ernest Waddell (One Tree Hill, Law & Order: SVU, Buppies, The Bedford Diaries)
Clay Davis – Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (1408, 25th Hour, Enchanted, Goodfellas, The Mist, Chi-Raq, Veep, Cedar Rapids, Rubicon)