The Wire Straight and True Recap Season 3 Episode 5 – Previously, in episode 4 of Season 3, City Councilman Thomas Carcetti is trying to line up his ducks for a run on the Baltimore mayor’s seat. An interesting development is when he runs into Theresa D’Agostino at a school benefit fundraiser. She’s a big player with the D.C. political crowd and would be a tremendous asset if only she would agree to help. She doesn’t like losers, however and tells Tommy flatly he couldn’t win in a city that’s predominantly black. Besides, Tommy is small fry compared to what she’s accustomed to. But Tommy’s high card is the rising homicide rate. He threatens to expose incumbent Mayor Royce’s ineptitude if that’s what it takes to win. The Baltimore drug trade is flourishing under Stringer Bell’s quiet non-violent leadership. Things are about to change however, as Avon Barksdale has announced he’ll soon be released from jail.
The Wire Straight and True Recap Season 3 Episode 5
Episode 5 begins with a reminder that Bubbles has become a paid informant for Kima Greggs and McNulty. His partner Johnny Weeks is trying to talk him out of being a snitch, but few people can argue with a veteran street hustler and dope addict like Reginald ‘Bubbles” Cousins. Bubbles has renewed ambitions now that he’s on McNulty-Gregg payroll for a maximum of thirty dollars a day. In addition to the CI loot, he’s now an entrepreneur- shopping the ubiquitous white tee-shirts around in a shopping cart. Later he delivers vital information on Marlo’s bodyguard to Kima. Bubbles tries to bargain for more money from Kima but it’s only when he gives up information about Marlo Stansfield that she coughs up more money. Bubbles’ tipoff yield results toward the end of the episode when McNulty and Kima get the break they’ve been looking for. Stringer Bell goes into a vacant grind house to meet with Marlo. That puts him back in police gunsights.
Colvin’s Law (continued)
Colvin can take risks others can’t now that he’s announced his impending retirement. While he previously joked about alleviating the city’s murder problem by legalizing narcotics, he’s come up with the next best thing in reality. His plan is to move all the city’s drug dealers into a couple of mostly vacant blocks off Vincent Street. So long as the pushers sell drugs there, the police won’t haul them in. The advantage in that is that innocent people won’t get hurt in the drug turf wars.
But Colvin’s plan is not going well because the dealers don’t trust the deal and don’t want to give up their corners. Colvin is determined however, and goes forward to put sharper teeth into his plan. He tells his cops they can do most anything they want to those who won’t cooperate. This includes roughing them up, or bundling them together and dropping them off in the woods far from the city.
Colvin has a hard time singling out the mid-level drug dealers he needs to lead the others into ‘Amsterdam,’ the Vincent Street drug blocks. He’s shocked to learn that no one has identified them, except for Freamon’s team: Prez, Kima, and McNulty.
With intelligence gained from Freamon’s team, Colvin can begin the roundup. A tense standoff with Carver, Hark, and other police arises when Marlo refuses to cooperate. Orders from headquarters comes and tells the police to stand down, thereby avoiding violence. The Baltimore police are looking week and a showdown with Marlo has got to happen sometime.
CEO Stringer Bell
Idris Elba plays the cool and cerebral Stringer Bell. The evolution of the character into a corporate CEO type has resulted in frustration for the police. He’s solved the problem of where to put all the drug cash by joining with fat cat developers and politicians to buy buildings and businesses.
McNulty is frustrated in tracking him down because he doesn’t touch the drugs himself and seems to have gone legit. A scene toward the beginning of the episode has him wearing a hard hat and huddling with some contractors and city officials. Later, McNulty tells Detective Freamon: “He tried to sell me a condo.”
This is all bad news for the squad because the higher-ups don’t want Freamon, Kima and Greggs working on busting the quiet kingpin Stringer Bell. In their bureaucratic wisdom, the police bureaucracy wants them tracking Kintel Williamson – the ‘Prince of Pimlico.’
Meetings of Minds
Baltimore City seems to be crazy about meetings. Thomas Carcetti is trying to steer city council into a contingent which will support him in a future mayor’s race. Major Rawls is calling meetings to announce a series of personnel changes that he believes will improve crime statistics. And Stringer Bell has called a meeting of all the drug dealers in Baltimore with a view to organizing them into a co-op where they share consumer markets, products, and turf.
Bell’s leadership is successful in spite of a humorous moment when the meeting bug hits a young protégé who is taking ‘minutes’ of the meeting, detailing the criminal matters discussed by Bell, Prop Joe, and the other dealers.
Dennis ‘Cutty” Wise is a former Barksdale soldier released from prison months ago with Avon’s blessing. For his allegiance to Avon, he was given contacts on the outside which were to help him jumpstart his life on the outside. But things aren’t going well at all for him.
Things have changed since he went to prison and a new generation of toughs has taken over the streets. A thug called “Fruit” humiliates and steals from Cutty. On the sociology side, you are confronted with the problems of convicts released from prison – finding work, keeping to the conditions of parole, and putting a life together. One of the convicts old friends from the hood has made good for herself, becoming a key figure in the state educational system. She tries to get him a job but Cutty’s not cut out for it. Neither does he see a future in working with Mexican laborers on a landscaping crew. His return to ‘the life’ is inevitable. His new friends are just like the ones who helped him get to prison in the first place.
Finally Avon’s long awaited release from prison comes. Stringer Bell picks him up at the prison’s gate, gets him out of prison garb and into a swank club- hotel suite. Everyone goes around high-fiving, hugging, and welcoming Avon back but you can see he’s not entirely comfortable. Jessup Prison has been his home for twenty-six months and there’s much he has to adjust to. Among those things he must adjust to is Stringer’s smoother way of doing business.
Lawyer Levy and some uptown real estate developers are trying to steer Avon onto the straight and narrow – or rather in the direction of white-collar crime. But in so many words, Avon knows he’s real gangster and rejects straight society. Still, the trappings are appealing after his prison stint and of course he won’t have any trouble adjusting to the two call girls Stringers sends up to his suite.
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The Wire Straight and True Recap Season 3 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)
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
Brianna Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Super, The Spectacular Now, Empire, Hand of God, Fringe)
Clay Davis – Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (1408, 25th Hour, Enchanted, Goodfellas, The Mist, Chi-Raq, Veep, Cedar Rapids, Rubicon)
Col. Foerster – Richard DeAngelis
Johnny Weeks – Leo Fitzpatrick (Kids, Serendipity, Bully, The Drowning, The Kill Point)
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Sgt. Jay Landsman – Delaney Williams (Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, The Punisher)
Theresa D’Agostino – Brandy Burne
Slim Charles – Anwar Glover (Jamesy Boy, 12 Years a Slave, LUV, The Deuce)
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)
Maurice ‘Maury’ Levy – Michael Kostroff (The Blacklist, The Good Wife, The Deuce, Molly’s Game, The Wizard of Lies, Banshee, Show Me A Hero, Damages)
Chris Partlow – Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Taking of Pelham 123, Mercy Home, The Savages, Edge of Darkness, The Deuce, Home, Nurse Jackie)
Snoop – Felicia Pearson