The Wire Hard Cases Recap Season 2 Episode 4 -In the previous episode Dante and Omar plan to rob a drug house. First thing is surveillance. Detective Bunk Moreland and partner Lester Freamon are down in Philly checking out the crew on the ship transporting the dead women. Nick and Ziggy boost a container of expensive cameras and fence them to Spiro’s people. Lieutenant Daniels, previously suffering the humiliation of being demoted to the evidence room, is summoned back to serious cop duty. Major Valchek asked Burrell to put Daniels in charge of the team conducting surveillance on Sobotka and the longshoremen.
The Wire Hard Cases Recap Season 2 Episode 4
Episode 4 begins with Sobotka finding beauty in the grit of the Baltimore Harbor. Beyond the aesthetics though, he tells Nick bluntly that he must get the stolen shipment of cameras back. The bitter argument between the two reveals deeper problems. Nick complains he can’t get by on only five days of work per month. Frank is worried that more dock thefts will force the big shippers to other ports. The local is barely staying alive.
“If you can’t win a war on drugs in a prison, where can you win it?” asks the warden of Officer Kevin Reynolds. He’s referring to the drug deaths of several inmates and wondering how illegal narcotics mixed with rat poison got into the prison. Reynolds is an old hand at the game, saying that it’s not uncommon for dealers to spike weak narcotics with strychnine to provide an extra kick. Too much, he says, and you get what they got – five men dead and others in the hospital. Reynolds says he wants the warden to “shave some years” off a prison snitch so that they can find out how the drugs were being smuggled in.
D’Angelo, Straight Up
D’Angelo Barksdale gets permission to visit with Uncle Avon and seems to be having a struggle with his conscience. Avon tells him he should be being thanked for getting D’Angelo off the drugs, thereby saving him from injury or death in a poisoned high. “You knew about it before it happened,” he accuses Avon.
Avon neither admits or denies it but delivers at lesson in street philosophy 101. “It ain’t about what happened. It’s about using what happened to our advantage. Understand?” Now if there’s any possible way to think that Avon Barksdale has redeeming social qualities it is dispelled when he lays out his plan. Avon says he’ll find out who spiked the drugs, gives the name to D’Angelo; D’Angelo takes the name and gives it to the warden in return for shaving years off both their sentences.
D’Angelo doesn’t like it, though. “I don’t’ want to have any part of whatever it is you’re doing. Leave me out of it,” he says, walking away. So Avon himself, through his lawyer, takes it upon himself to make the deal with the warden.
In every way, you have to admit that Wood Harris as Avon Barksdale is the perfectly beautiful thug, able to lie, cheat, deal, steal and kill with a benign and only mildly psychotic look on his face. Through lawyer Maury Levy, he makes the deal and gives up Corrections Officer Tilghman as the man smuggling drugs into the prison.
Still trying to identify the woman he fished out of the harbor, McNulty get permission to go through her clothing and other things in the police evidence locker.
While he’s obsessing on that case, his personal life is coming under pressure from several directions. He’s losing his weekend with his boys.
Bunk Moreland is on his case about finding a witness to a case he’s working and the assistant DA Eileen Nathan leaves a nasty message reminding McNulty that he’s derelict in duty unless he brings in Omar, the eyewitness she wants. So he’s running around the streets aimlessly looking for Omar in a neighborhood where, in real life, he wouldn’t be caught unless dead.
Fortunately, he runs into a pair of down-and-outers who shoplift for a living. “Bubbles” is pressured into finding Omar, the witness everyone seems to need. Toward the end of the episode, Omar finds Bubbles and his pal, looking down the barrel of his shotgun.
Watching the Detectives
Detectives Lester Freamon and Bunk Moreland weren’t exactly thrilled to have port security officer Beadie Russell working with them. They’ve been polite but distant with her. But now they’re on the docks she has to give both the cops lessons on dock operations. But they’re getting no love from Colonel Rawls when they report back to him that there was no new information about the dead bodies in the container. Rawls rips into them rather stupidly, telling them they should have held the ship in custody and thoroughly interrogated everyone aboard. It’s ridiculous, of course, but Rawls in only interested in saving his own career. Freamon and Moreland spend the rest of the episode sweating anyone standing close to the dead women in the ‘can.’ That includes Horseface Pakusa, and then Frank Sabotka. Frank blows lunch in the bar’s bathroom when he realizes he’s in deeper trouble than he could imagine.
Nasty as things are in “The Wire,” the creators find time to spend with family. Several interconnected scenes show that Detective Gregg’s wife isn’t happy over her decision to stay on the police force. Same thing with Cedric Daniels when he sits down with his wife to dinner. Nick Sobotka and Aimee are in the family way as they stroll along the dock with their toddler daughter. Aimee is only too happy to hear that Nick wants to settle down with her, to buy a house in the suburbs, with the “back pay” he didn’t receive but really refers to the money he’s gotten from the stolen cameras he sold to Spiro’s crew.
Sounds like several people are about to have a big letdown as he and cousin Zigggy have contrived with Spiro’s people to steal a couple tones of Acetone, Sulfuric Acid, Potassium Permanganate. They haven’t had chemistry 101, presumably.
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The Wire Hard Cases Recap Season 2 Episode 4 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)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Super, The Spectacular Now, Empire, Hand of God, Fringe)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Johnny Weeks – Leo Fitzpatrick (Kids, Serendipity, Bully, The Drowning, The Kill Point)
Maurice ‘Maury’ Levy – Michael Kostroff (The Blacklist, The Good Wife, The Deuce, Banshee)
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)
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)