The Wire Dead Soldiers Recap Season 3 Episode 3 – If you previously watched Episode 2 of Season 3 of the HBO series “The Wire,” (currently available on Amazon Prime) you know that something bad is about to happen street side. New kid on the block Marlo is leaning hard on the east side home boys. Avon Barksdale is still in prison but promises to get out before the weather gets cold. He won’t like what Stringer Bell is doing in what is meant to be a peaceful merger of opposing forces. Sure, Stringer’s business dealings with Proposition Joe have produced higher profits, but Avon is the kind of guy who doesn’t like to share. There’s bound to be a collision if/when he gets out of Jessup Prison. If that’s not enough, Bodie and his street crews are getting awfully uncomfortable at the new rules of disengagement. For the other characters, it’s been politics as usual. City Councilman Tommy Carcetti is still trying to manipulate Valchek and others into helping him unseat Mayor Royce. And Acting Commissioner Burrell is hoping to take over the permanent job since Colvin has announced his retirement.
The Wire Dead Soldiers Recap Season 3 Episode 3
Episode 3 begins with Colvin and Taylor losing their breakfast before a tense meeting with Deputy Commissioner Rawls. Rawls holds himself above the fray, calling Colvin and Taylor on the carpet for the high number of Baltimore homicides. To cover his own butt, Burrell fires Taylor and puts Taylor’s deputy in charge of the district. Will this shifting in personnel result in less Baltimore homicides? Not likely, because the police work on the Barksdale crew must now take a back seat to a new assignment which comes down from the politicians at the top of the city hierarchy. Daniels’ people are not pleased at having to abandon their hard work on the Barksdale clan.
A woman in Omar Little’s four-person crew asks him why he doesn’t raid some other stash house. Omar doesn’t answer but it may have something to do with revenge on behalf of his friend Brandon. The big problem for Omar’s crew is that the Barksdale people have beefed up security at the house Omar wants to raid. Armed guards are front and back, locked and loaded. Omar comes up with a ruse which has Kimmy posing as a woman looking for a missing child. This distracts the front porch guard long enough for Omar to get the drop on them. It’s looking like a successful raid until the rear guard hears the noise inside and alerts his ‘peeps.’ Thus begins a horrific and wild shootout which ends with Tosha dead in the street along with Tank, one of the Barksdales. “Dead Soldiers,” the title. When Stringer Bell hears that Omar Little escaped, he is furious. His plan is to show up to pay respects at Tosha’s funeral “and if the faggot (Omar) rolls up to pay his respects, we going to be on that (expletive).” While all this happens early in the episode, the dramatic closing shot at the end of the episode is a dark one, with Omar lurking outside the funeral home wondering what waits for him inside.
The man who shot police officer Dozerman is in the interrogation room, his face battered, his tee-shirt bloodied. Bunk Moreland explains to McNulty how a full confession was obtained. “Them western boys (who arrested him) must have mistaken him for a piñata.” McNulty has other concerns. He’s shown Moreland the photos of the corpse of D’Angelo Barksdale, telling him he suspects murder, not suicide. Either way, it’s no big deal to Moreland, and police have better things to do than to worry about a convicted drug dealer being knocked off in prison. The dry humor is paramount when he chides McNulty for his naivete. “I think it’s a case for the United Nations, yeah, maybe Kofi Bryant should get involved. He means former Secretary General Kofi Annan, but gets the name confused with Kobe Bryant, the retired basketball superstar. But McNulty being McNulty, he goes to the prison, reenacts the alleged suicide, and determines that murder was more likely.
Moral of the Story
In watching “The Wire,” the inevitable question comes up. Is this show glorifying gang violence? The answer may be found in the look of disgust on Bunk Moreland’s face as he sees very young children playing Omar Little in a shootout. “I want to be Omar,” says one boy to another as Moreland looks on disapprovingly. This motivates him to investigate the shooting deaths against the flow of politics in the precinct. Sergeant Landsman reflects the prevailing attitude of a cop concerned with crime statistics instead of people. “She’s dead in a zip code that doesn’t matter.” He wants Moreland to work on cases that will please the higher-ups.
The Family Life
In “The Wire” episodes, a strongly sociological point of view often runs parallel with the criminal story line. This is often humorous when it is not sad. Sonja Sohn as Kima Greggs adds the human note here as she’s stuck out in the middle of nowhere on a dark night in the company of McNulty. She comes in from the bushes hitching up her pants after going to the potty in the woods. Kima and McNulty both struggle with fidelity and the complexities of married life. “How come they know you’re police when they hook up with you and they know you’re police when they move in, and they know you’re police when they decide to start a family with you. And all that is just fine until one day they say you should have a regular job. You need be home at 5 o’clock.” McNulty just laughs, picking up the song. “You need to call more. You need to stop screwing waitresses.”
The plot direction can change as quickly as the weather at sea in an episode of “The Wire.” The stormy weather this time is directed by Marlo who notices that the east side crews are cutting into his profits. He tells Fruit to do something about it. Following Marlo’s instructions, Fruit and his boys roll up on Bodie and his crew and beat them with baseball bats. Is this an improvement upon shooting each other? Bodie sums things up in a few words when the damaged crew stops in on Stringer Bell: “Marlo. It’s a problem, String.” Irony in Bodie’s tee-shirt from ‘Shooter’s Sportswear’ or something. Whatever Stringer’s thinking to do about it waits for the next episode.
Man of the People
Aidan Gillen is really good at playing the sleazy politician and Baltimore City Councilman Tommy Carcetti. While he has a lovely wife (Megan Anderson) and children, he uses the power of his position to bribe and manipulate public officials and seduce women. A regular charmer he is. His mojo is working really well when he sends his wife home from a campaign event so he can boff one of the campaign contributors. But he’s a regular man of the people, doing it all for the good of Baltimore, his wife believes in her vague, trusting way.
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The Wire Dead Soldiers Recap Season 3 Episode 3 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, Burn 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)
Tony Gray – Christopher Mann
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)