The Wire All Due Respect Recap Season 3 Episode 2 – For those who may have missed it on its first go-round at HBO, Season 3 of “The Wire” is on Amazon Prime and well worth the time. The first episode revealed the seedy politics behind the running of Baltimore, understanding that the depiction could be a metaphor for a large number of American cities. Mayor Royce is facing a challenge from upstart city councilman Thomas Carcetti who points to the increasing crime rate. Meanwhile, a reform effort has resulted in the demolition of the Franklin Terrace Towers, a housing project and prime real estate for Avon Barksdale’s criminal narcotics organization. This is the “new” Baltimore, but strangely it looks just like the old Baltimore with different buildings, different names, and different faces. There’s a lot of pressure on the police chief’s of various districts. Lieutenant Daniels and his crew aren’t doing so well at catching the bad guys. The bad guys are wise to the surveillance ops and have changed their way of doing business to avoid detection.
The Wire All Due Respect Recap Season 3 Episode 2
Edgar Allen Poe House
The famous writer-poet lived for a time in Baltimore and is buried there. Tourist literati sometimes get a thrill seeking it out. So in the first scene of “The Wire,” an elderly tourist rolls up to a trap house and asks: “Young man, you know where the Poe house is?” Slim Charles points to a whole row of po’ (poor) houses and says “take your pick.” He don’t “know no Elwood Allan Poe.” Such misunderstandings dot the landscape of a series that keeps many plots and subplots in the air. While the two are discussing matters on the front porch, a disguised Omar Little comes calling with a nurse, a wheelchair, and a handgun. Ripping off drug houses is Omar’s calling in life.
McNulty on Suicide Watch
Not what you think. D’Angelo Barksdale is the nephew of big mahout Avon Barksdale who is trying to run his drug empire from Jessup prison. D’Angelo’s murder, ordered by Stringer Bell, was made to look like suicide, except that hanging yourself from a doorknob doesn’t win any Academy Awards for best acting. While everyone’s bought into the ‘suicide,’ McNulty is suspicious and starts digging into the case, learning what he can from Medical Examiner Dr. Wendell Frazier and then going to the prison for a reenactment. The corrections officers are amused when McNulty ties a belt around his neck, loops it on the doorknob, and sinks down to the floor. Suicide, it ain’t.
Mergers and Acquisitions
There’s an amalgamation going on in the Baltimore drug world and Stringer Bell is the guy who seems to be taking the initiative. During one of his tete-a-tetes with Avon at the prison, he tries to soften Avon’s hardline stance, advising him to use more brains and less muscle. “It’s the bodies piling up that got you in here,” Stringer tells Avon. Stringer’s been right on two counts. He’s gotten better product after his unsanctioned merger with Prop Joe. The Barksdale clan, as Stringer predicted, is making more money while controlling less turf. Bell’s economics classes are doing his organization a world of good but with Avon Barksdale promising to be out of prison before it gets cold, you can see how it could all fall to pieces. Avon’s not going to like it when he finds out the true nature of Stringer’s relationship with Proposition Joe. There’s resistance to the merger at the lower levels too as the street reps like Bodie jockey for positions on the corners. Jamie Hector plays a cool, diffident, and murderous leader Marlo who is making his presence felt in a big way on the street.
Yes, this happens even with wealthy NFL quarterbacks and it’s ugly. But the inclusion of betting on pit bull fights is a metaphor for what’s happening outside on the street. The east side and west side crews are spoiling for a fight just as the pit bulls are snarling as they’re held back by their owners. The best that can be said of the dog fight scene in this episode of “The Wire” is that the costuming department should get some kind of award for the authentic attire Cheese Wagstaff wears as he brings his beloved dog to the slaughter. There too is a touch of sympathy for the devil for, when Cheese’s dog is the bloody loser, he executes the animal to save it from suffering. Later when he’s questioned about the death of his dog, the tears are real. In the closed world of thug life, sentiment is applied only to man’s best and most loyal friend. Overhearing a conversation about Cheese killing his dog, the police think he’s talking about killing a person. They think they’ve got him but instead they get a setback because now the drug dealers know about the wiretaps.
Politics As Usual
Big moves are afoot as Carcetti tries to enlist Major Valchek to set up a meeting with Acting Police Commissioner Burrell. Carcetti’s objective is to replace Mayor Royce. Burrell’s ambition is to be appointed permanent rather than ‘acting” Police Commissioner since Colvin has announced his pending retirement. Valchek? Well, it seems he’s just kicking back enjoying the show — the drunken uncle at the graduation party.
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The Wire All Due Respect Recap Season 3 Episode 2 characters and cast include:
Jimmy McNulty – Dominic West (Chicago, The Affair, Money Monster, Burton and Taylor, The Hour, John Carter, 28 Days, 300)
Tommy Carcetti – Aidan Gillen (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Game of Thrones, Quantum Break, Calvary, Blitz, The Dark Knight Rises)
Bunny Colvin – Robert Wisdom (Ballers, Face/Off, Chicago P.D., Nashville, Ray, Bun Notice)
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)
Bodie – J. D. Williams (The Second Line, Saint & Sinners, The Night Of, The Good Wife, Happy New Year)
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)
Sydnor – Corey Parker Robinson (Unstoppable, The Red Road, The Neighborhood, Orange Is the New Black)
Rhonda Pearlman – Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, Bones, American Gothic, Beauty Mark)
Tosha – Edwina Findley Dickerson (Insidious: Chapter 2, Treme, If Loving You is Wrong)
Dante – Ernest Waddell (Law & Order: SVU, One Tree Hill, About Cherry)
Cutty – Chad Coleman (Horrible Bosses, The Green Hornet, The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Expanse)
Marlo – Jamie Hector (Bosch, Max Payne, Queen of the South, The Strain, Quarry, Power, Person of Interest)
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)
Poot – Tray Chaney (Rise, Saints & Sinners, Hit a Lick)
Wee-Bey – Hassan Johnson (Belly, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Devil’s Own, The Blacklist, ER)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Super, The Spectacular Now, Empire, Hand of God, Fringe)
Cheese – Method Man (The Deuce, Rebel, Blue Bloods, Keanu, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
Col. Foerster – Richard DeAngelis
Donette – Shamyl Brown
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Valchek – Al Brown
Fruit – Brandon Fobbs (Getting On, Southland, The Shield, David’s Reverie, The Republic of Two)
Slim Charles – Anwar Glover (Jamesy Boy, 12 Years a Slave, LUV, The Deuce)
Dr. Randall Frazier – Erik Dellums
Off. Anthony Colicchio – Benjamin Busch (Bright, Generation Kill, The West Wing)
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)