The Wire Undertow Recap Season 2 Episode 5 – In the previous episode Nick has already pocketed the cash from a container of stolen cameras and told Aimee the life that he’s saved enough money for them to live together. Avon Barksdale is incarcerated, still calling the shots for his drug organization inside and outside prison walls. Avon knows more than he’s saying about the deaths of several inmates due to a bad batch of drugs. He’s using that knowledge to bargain his way into shorter jail term. McNulty is still trying to learn about the woman he fished out of the harbor. At the same time he’s looking for Omar Little, needed as a witness for one of Moreland’s cases. Bubbles and his addict sidekick find Omar at the end of the episode, or rather Omar finds them.
The Wire Undertow Recap Season 2 Episode 5
Episode 5 begins with Ziggy getting beat up by Cheese’s crew because he’s ‘s not paying up on his drug buy. He tries to hold the thugs off by offering them the Italian leather coat he paid two thousand dollars for. Cheese’s guys laugh, throw the coat back at him, and make off with ‘Princess,’ his prize 350 cubic inch red Camaro. Ziggy cries a river to Nick who calls him a stupid (expletive) for buying dope in the first place. The drug dealers threaten to kill him if he doesn’t come up with the money. Nick tries to intervene, telling Cheese that if they give the Camaro back, Ziggy will sell it and give them the money owed. They laugh in Nick’s face, call him around the corner to explain why that plan won’t work. Ziggy’s red Camaro has been set on fire for the entertainment of the crew.
Out of the Basement
Lt. Cedric Daniels has been pulled out of basement evidence locker duty to do real detective work. He’s put together a crew and assigns them to surveille and crack down on some mostly white drug dealers. Daniels figures to placate Major Valchek in this way – throwing him a few crumbs to make things look good. That way he’ll be permanently out of the basement and working on homicide cases like a real cop. Daniels doesn’t want anything to interfere with this plan and that includes staying away from the murder of fourteen women sex workers.
Bubbles Arranges a Meet
The previous episode ended with Bubbles looking down the barrel of Omar’s shotgun and that left me wondering if this would be his last appearance in “The Wire,” Season Two. But Bubbles appears in a wholly convincing way as McNulty is tying up his boat at the docks. Andre Royo as Bubbles deserves an Emmy for this short scene as he lurks a police station parking thinking how he might steal the precinct barbecue grill and sell it for drugs. But a uniformed cop directs him to McNulty where he delivers the best modern day street-smart Shakespearean soliloquy. This is after he gets paid for delivering Omar’s phone number written on a post-it note: “Omar says you can reach him at this number and leave a message.”
After the payoff, Bubbles launches into the street version of corporate-speak in order to convince McNulty to give him more money. After all, finding a dangerous guy like Omar involved a lot of risk. “I mean WTF, I’m not out there asking ‘bout no random-assed who-give-a-damn N-word.” It goes on, a rambling invective-laced quasi-poetic account that ends with Bubbles comparing the twin barrels of Omar’s shotgun to the darkness of twin harbor tunnels. Other scenes are merely good, this one is preciously funny.
Now McNulty can get Omar to the prosecutor. The prosecutor gives McNulty $150.00 for suitable clothing. “I can’t let him (Omar) appear in court looking like that,” she says, because Omar is all thugged out in street attire.
We Are Family
Donette and Terrell take String’s advice (which comes from Avon) to visit D’Angelo in prison. Donette is all bubbly about their future now that String has offered to hook D’Angelo up with a good job when he gets out. D’Angelo tells her she’s being played, that the family togetherness meme is just a tool of manipulation that will end as soon as “they have no use for us.” D’Angelo called that right. String has more than a business interest in the family and has been bedding Donette.
Idris Elba’s character Stringer Bell is complex. He’s handsome, smart, and agile enough to stay off the firing range. He runs Avon’s drug organization like a corporation and even attends college for an economic class so that he can apply routine economic principles to the drug trade. In this episode he asks his professor what to do about a business problem he’s having. “What do you do when your company is selling an inferior product and the competition is beating you up (accordingly?)” There’s irony in it because the real nature of his concern is revealed in a prison talk with Avon. The Atlanta buy connection is stepping on (mixing the real drug with additives to dilute it) the drugs they’re delivering to a degree that Avon and String are losing market share.
Grand Jury Summons
Moreland and Beadie are getting nowhere in finding out who on the docks was responsible for the fourteen dead women. The dock workers aren’t a talkative bunch by and large. Prosecutors have decided to summon the whole lot of them to a grand jury room to take testimony under oath. Unfortunately, their memories are as limited as their vocabularies. All they have mastered of the English language involves the 5th Amendment. Beadie Russell is urged by Moreland to develop an informant and goes to Maui, a man she once dated. He’s still hot for her though the relationship is as warm as two icebergs touching. Maui isn’t a snitch but unwittingly gives her useful information, that unlike in the old days, all records are kept on the computer. She and Moreland want to requisition a computer so they can review mass information regarding the shipping containers to see if there’s a pattern. They don’t yet see Spiro and the Greek behind the diverted shipping containers, but they’re getting warm in spite of Frank Sobotka’s efforts to gaslight them.
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The Wire Undertow Recap Season 2 Episode 5 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)
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)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Super, The Spectacular Now, Empire, Hand of God, Fringe)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Preston ‘Bodie’ Broadus – J. D. Williams (The Second Line, Happy New Year, Saints & Sinners, The Night Of, The Good Wife, The Sopranos)
Thomas ‘Horseface’ Pakusa – Charley Scalles (Nicky’s Game, The Sopranos, Liberty Heights)
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)
Donette – Shamyl Brown
Malik ‘Poot’ Carr – Tray Chaney (Saints & Sinners, Lorenzo & Monica, Streets)
Cheese – Method Man (Rebel, The Breaks, Blue Bloods, The Deuce, Keanu)