The Wire All Prologue Recap Season 2 Episode 6 – In the previous episode Ziggy takes a beating in more ways than one. Cheese’s crew thinks it’s funny when he tries to reclaim the classic Camaro they’ve taken from him in lieu of drug cash. Things are looking up for Lt. Cedric Daniels now that Valchek has pulled him out of the basement evidence room and put him on a task force investigating his arch-enemy Sobotka. With the help of Bubbles, McNulty has finally located Omar Little, needed to testify in the prosecution’s case against Bird Hilton. Poor D’Angelo is being played by Avon in prison and on the outside by Stringer who is making it with Donette. Moreland, Freamon, and Beadie are still working the case of the thirteen dead women found in a shipping container but so far they’ve got zilch.
The Wire All Prologue Recap Season 2 Episode 6
God of War
Episode 6 begins with a little humor as Omar Little schools a sheriff’s deputy in solving a difficult crossword puzzle. The deputy knows the “Greek god of war is Mars” but that doesn’t fit the five spaces across. “Aries. Greeks called him Aries. Same dude, different name is all,” Omar informs the delighted deputy. So you know Omar’s been paying attention in school and in other places. Remember he’s the guy who only robs drug dealers. One might think he’s doing a public service though that’s not how lawyer Levy regards him when he cross examines Omar called as a witness against his client Bird Hilton, accused killer. Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little is a convincing street strong-arm robber of drug dealers but it’s likely his character in “The Wire” won’t get that coveted Chamber of Commerce Good Citizen Award. Asked by an attorney what his job was, Omar says this: “I rip and run.” Clarifying, he adds: “I robs drug dealers.” He later testifies in court that he saw Bird shoot the murder victim with the nickel-plated pistol that Bird liked to flash around to impress people.
Task Force Daniels
In a meeting with the task force assigned to watch Sobotka, Lt. Daniels is getting up to speed on what’s already been done. The largest issue uncovered by the squad is how a union local that appears to be on its last legs can afford to hire a lobbyist to petition for the restoration of a new grain facility that will bring in more ships. Meanwhile, Officer Beadie is on the verge of discovering how, in a computerized system, any shipping containers at all could be kept out of the computer. Eventually, she figures out that the one common denominator is ‘Horse Face’ Pakusa.
It’s Greek to Me
Lev Gorn, frequently seen in “The Americans” plays Eton, a criminal associate of Spiros Vandopoulus. Spiros arranges for him to meet Nick and it’s clear he’s the buyer of the chemicals which Nick has figured are needed to process narcotics. Nick assumes Eton is Greek, making the meeting somewhat uncomfortable for the three of them. Spiros tells Nick that Eton is Israeli. When they get down to business, Nick injects a wild card into the negotiations. Aside from the chemical deal, Nick tells Spiros and Eton that Cheese’s crew stole Ziggy’s Camaro and burned it. He wants the high-power international thugs to intervene on Ziggy’s behalf. It’s unlikely this would happen in real life but, true to fiction, Spiros sends some guys to fight street terror with organized crime terror. When the guns come out, Cheese is on the losing end and comes up with the compensation. Unfortunately, Ziggy hasn’t learned much but does he ever? When Nick gives him the money for the burned Camaro, he makes a show of flashing it around the club, burning a hundred dollar bill to impress everyone with his devil-may-care attitude. Dad is on the other end of the bar, not pleased with his son’s exhibitionism. After some chastisement, they get into a father and son heart to heart-to-heart which is healing for both of them.
Hope Springs Eternal
Also in need of healing is Officer James McNulty who is being ditched by his wife. She’s already served him with separation papers and he’s signed them, in fact doing everything he can to make Elena happy. The reason, of course, is that he wants to get back with her. She’s resisting him, but not too much. She agrees to go to dinner with him and they end up in bed together. McNulty is hopeful, but disappointed when Elena becomes protective, telling him she doesn’t want him around when ‘the boys get home.’ The relationship might confuse them, awakening their hopes of being a family again, and then possibly having their hopes dashed once more. As for dashed hopes, McNulty has given up his own hopes of identifying the dead woman he fished out of the harbor.
Okay, so if you’ve been watching The Wire, you know that Greggs is gay and lives with Cheryl. Cheryl doesn’t like what she’s hearing from Kima, especially the late night visit she has to make to a lesbian strip joint. She demands to tag along just to make sure Greggs is straight up and there’s no hanky-panky going on. There’s no reason to think that Greggs would cheat on her but insists she must go along. The reason for the club crawl is that Shardene put Greggs in touch with a friend of hers who might provide clues to the Eastern European women working the clubs. Toni Hunter plays it right as the sharp-witted stripper who provides useful information to the detectives. When the detectives leave, Cheryl’s jealousy is given some kind of confirmation by the stripper. “I wouldn’t let my girl come here without me either,” she says to Cheryl.
The Bitter End
After several inmates died from the bad drugs Avon brought into the prison, D’Angelo has lost what little loyalty had toward him. Brianna makes a visit to him in prison but fails to persuade him to go along with Avon’s plan even if it does reduce his sentence. It’s just as well because, under orders from Avon, Stringer has hired a contract killer to get rid of D’Angelo before he can testify against the crew in court. While working in the prison library, the killer slips behind him with a garrote and kills him. The killer stages the strangulation to look as if D’Angelo hanged himself from a doorknob and slips out. It’s both sad and ugly because at this point D’Angelo has betrayed no one. He has merely developed a stronger moral sense and is repelled by what he sees in Avon.
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The Wire All Prologue Recap Season 2 Episode 6 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)
Cheryl – Melanie Nicholls-King (St. Vincent, Rookie Blue, Show Me a Hero)
Judge Daniel Phelan – Peter Gerety (Sneaky Pete, The Good Fight, Public Morals, Mercy Street, Inside Men, A Most Violent Year, K-PAX, Flight, Rubicon, Public Enemies, Brotherhood, Changeling)
Brianne Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Proposition Joe – Robert F. Chew (Something the Lord Made, Jamesy Boy, Homicide: Life on the Street)
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)
Maurice ‘Maury’ Levy – Michael Kostroff (The Blacklist, The Good Wife, The Deuce, Banshee)
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)
Eton Ben-Eleazer – Lev Gorn (Cafe Society, The Americans, NCIS, Blue Bloods)
Shardene Innes – Wendy Grantham
Bird – Fredo Starr (Clockers, The Addiction)
Dr. Randall Frazier – Erik Dellums