The Wire Port in a Storm Recap Season 2 Episode 12 – In Episode 11, the detail assigned to close the show on Sobotka and the homicides is frustrated by dirty FBI agent Koutris. Koutris is keeping the Greek and his people informed of impending law enforcement raids. Valchek hasn’t been able to wait any longer for the police to arrest Frank Sobotka so he does it himself, complete with a much ballyhooed perp walk before teams of reporters at the magistrate’s. Frank Sobotka is more interested in saving the longshoremen from unemployment than in illegal dock activities but with son Ziggy charged with murder, the deal offered to him by the FBI sounds good. Unfortunately for Frank, he’s just missed on a deal that could save Ziggy, offered by Spiros and the Greek, but timing is everything and for Frank it looks like Time Out as he saunters to a meeting with Spiros and the Greek. Agent Koutris strikes again, telling the crooks that Frank has already made a deal with the FBI. The episode left off with viewers wondering if Frank was about to be knocked off.
The Wire Port in a Storm Recap Season 2 Episode 12
In Episode 12, the Season 2 Finale open with a dock worker looking through a chain-link fence at a boat trolling the harbor. A small crowd of curious gathers while Nick is heading down to the Key Bridge where he knows Frank Sobotka is meeting with the Greek and Spiros. Frank’s car has been abandoned. Frank’s not driving any more and is instead being fished out of the harbor by the boat. He’s had a host of stab wounds and his throat was cut. It was bound to end badly, as anyone could see from the beginning.
Frank Sobotka’s murder changes a lot of things. For one thing, the birds already apprehended in a series of raids begin to sing. Confronted with pictures of headless corpses, Sergei begins details the structure of the Greek’s organization. Most importantly, Sergei provides the Baltimore detail with specific information on who was responsible for the murders of the fourteen women. What remains of what the authorities don’t already know is filled in by Nick who has turned himself in to take the same deal the feds were offering to Uncle Frank Sobotka. The witness protection program isn’t so bad compared to the alternative of being assassinated by one of the Greek’s soldiers.
Hospital and Jail
Brother Mouzone is an interesting character, shot but not fatally by Omar Little who believed Mouzone was behind the murder of his friend Brandon. The duplicitous Stringer Bell visits him, offering assistance (we’ve got your back), but is rebuffed. All is “absolved”, says Brother Mouzone, and life goes on. Next stop for Stringer is to catch Avon Barksdale up on what’s been going but, as we’ve seen, he hasn’t told Avon about the business compromise he’s made with Prop Joe and the east side drug crews.
Always reliable for comic relief are Bubbles Cousins and Johnny Weeks, two down-at-the-heels drug addicts who are part of the street furniture. When an emergency medical van pulls up at a street scene where an overdose victim lies dead, Bubbles takes the opportunity to raid it and grab what drugs he can. He’s a bit sluggish on the escape, gets caught and both he and Weeks are hauled in. Bubbles tries very hard to ingratiate himself with the authorities so that he doesn’t land permanently in the slammer . But then as an afterthought, he remembers being at street side when Brother Mouzone shot Cheese in the arm. “That was just rat-shot,” he says, after being reminded by Johnny Weeks. Actor Andre Royo is again memorable as Bubbles when he tells the story in his own inimitable way: “Crazy bow-tie N-word ran ‘em off and now the east siders are up in there steady slingin’” Should get a Nobel for poetry.
Lt. Daniels has the diplomatic task of talking Valchek about prosecuting his son-in-law for assault on his person. After being insulted in the previous episode, Prez punched father-in-law Valchek in the face. Valchek is obstinate at first but Daniels puts a little social pressure (think blackmail) on him to negotiate a settlement. Prez has to “ride a desk for two months,” issue many public apologies, and “make it clear it was a petty cheap sucker punch I didn’t retaliate for because he’s married to my daughter.” One final humiliation for Valchek is that he gets another package from a dock in Brisbane, Australia. Inside the package is another picture of his $100,000 surveillance van the dock workers stole from him as a prank.
Life Goes On
Some loose ends are tied up at the end in a mélange of scenes. Since the union failed to reform itself and vote new officers, the local is decertified and the office that Frank had is closed and locked. Beadie Russell sheds a tear as she rolls by the office and remembers Frank. She has her old job back but it’s not quite the same. Throughout the investigation, Daniels has been under the impression that someone in his team was leaking information to Spiros. Now FBI Agent McHugh lifts that load from Daniel’s mind by telling him the leaks likely came from the feds. A final note of irony is that the granary that Frank Sobotka was working so hard to achieve is now a work in progress. All the phony politicos and quasi-dignitaries (Burrell included) are together in a happy group photo lifting the first shovel of dirt.
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The Wire Port in a Storm Recap Season 2 Episode 12 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)
Louis Sobotka – Robert Hogan (General Hospital, Law & Order, A Good Marriage, One Life to Live)
Rhonda Pearlman – Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, Bones, American Gothic, Beauty Mark)
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)
Clay Davis – Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (1408, 25th Hour, Enchanted, Goodfellas, The Mist, Chi-Raq, Veep, Cedar Rapids, Rubicon)
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)
Burrell – Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Luke Cage, Banshee, The Thomas Crown Affair, Red Dragon, My Other House, The Good Fight)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Valchek – Al Brown
FBI Agent Terrance ‘Fitz’ Fitzhugh – Doug Olear (Something the Lord Made, Law & Order, The Mentalist)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Super, The Spectacular Now, Empire, Hand of God, Fringe)
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)
Butchie – S. Robert Morgan (Luke Cage, Blind Date)
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Cheryl – Melanie Nicholls-King (St. Vincent, Rookie Blue, Show Me a Hero)
Proposition Joe – Robert F. Chew (Something the Lord Made, Jamesy Boy, Homicide: Life on the Street)
Brother Mouzone – Michael Potts (Damages, Blue Bloods, True Detective, Show Me a Hero, Law & Order SVU)