The Wire Slapstick Recap Season 3 Episode 9 – In the previous episode of “The Wire,” the ex-convict Cutty Wise is released from prison. He’s given up the gangster life and trying to find his way. The church deacon sees a man who wants to redeem himself though Cutty can’t exactly find his niche. A community activist learns of Cutty’s past as an ex-boxer and suggests he might see if he can get the community youths interested in the sport to keep them off the streets. Rawls and Burrell don’t know what’s behind ‘Amsterdam’ but they don’t pay it much attention. All they care about is the homicide rate which is going down under Colvin’s plan. Freamon and Prez and the rest of the crew are having trouble getting wires on the drug dealers who’ve adopted a strategy of buying burner phones two at a time in far off places. The cops can’t get the phone numbers and they’re frustrated. Meanwhile, McNulty throws a wrench into the Barksdale family by telling Donette he thinks D’Angelo was murdered. Donette tells D’Angelo’s mom Brianna Barksdale and Brianna is looking for answers.
The Wire Slapstick Recap Season 3 Episode 9
Sex First, Then Dinner?
The big issue is whether they have sex first and dinner second or dinner first and sex second. The dinner at a fancy restaurant where D’Agostino is so well known she doesn’t have to make a reservation is a bit awkward. Class and cultural differences are apparent. The ‘Theresa D’Agostino’ character played with an interesting panache by Brandy Burre is entirely attractive without being classically beautiful in the sense of a lingerie commercial. She’s got charm and wit plenty. But outside of bed, Theresa and McNulty discover how incompatible they are in terms of experience. She’s from the upper crust; McNulty’s a creature of the underworld.
Sunday Will Never Be the Same
Sapper and Gerard are waiting in ambush at Omar’s house where Omar has gone to pick up his grandmother and bring her to church. She’s a lovely church-going elderly lady, proud of Omar who arrives in splendid attire. Sapper and Gerard are uncomfortable because it’s Sunday and there’s an unwritten rule among the street gangs that you never shoot someone on Sunday. Sapper wants to go for it but Gerard know he’s not playing with a full deck and calls headquarters for approval. In a whisper-down-the-lane kind of missed communication, Stringer gives the thugs the green light. Omar’s not hit by the gunfire but his grandmother needs stitches and her crown (Sunday hat) takes a bullet. This creates a great amount of dissension and anger in the ranks.
The Bureaucracy of Everything
In previous episodes, Stringer Bell has come up against a high wall of bureaucratic obstructions as he tries to buy and operate legitimate businesses. Now it’s Cutty’s turn to hit the wall as he tries to do a simple thing like converting a dusty warehouse into a boxing gym. He encounters a bewildering array of building codes, city ordinances, federal and state regulations, taxes and fees. Not to mention inspectors, and inspectors of inspectors, and inspectors of inspectors of inspectors. Meanwhile, there no adults to channel the energies of wild thirteen year olds on the street.
Cell Phone Shuffle
Burner phones pose a big problem for police trying to control the violence associated with illegal narcotics sales. Assistant State’s Attorney Rhonda Pearlman goes directly to the source to seek a solution. Rhonda is beside herself when she encounters the lack of cooperation of the companies that sell the phones. The reason they don’t cooperate, of course, is that they’re making millions from street sales. A corporate top management officials stonewalls even though Rhonda has gotten legal authority from a judge to get access to the vendor’s customers. The cell phone CEO gives plenty of reasons he can’t comply with the warrant. It will take them thirty days to provide records, too long to be of any use since the drug dealers toss the phones in a matter of days. Rhonda charges hard: “You know your phones are being used to deal drugs and also by terrorists.” Mr. corporate CEO responds: “If you don’t like it, talk to our lawyer.”
A Shot in the Dark
While out for Chinese food together, McNulty and Prez hear a radio call just around the corner from the restaurant. It’s night. There’s a crime in progress. McNulty runs around the back of the location while Prez has the front covered. McNulty hears shots fired, comes back to the front, and sees Prez has shot a man with a gun. A huge problem looms for Prez when it’s discovered the dead man, Waggoner, is an undercover police officer. Major Valchek is beside himself, expecting special treatment for his son: “A plainclothes cop in a dark alley with his gun out. What would you do?” There’s more bad news when Rawls tells Valchek the cop was black and there was no avoiding the perception of a racial component behind the shooting. You can make the argument that Prez is one of the most sympathetic characters in the series – thoughtful, sensitive, and always trying to do the right thing. That he carries the burden of an overbearing father makes him even more sympathetic. He’s so overwrought with guilt that Daniels order him to be put on a suicide watch.
Things Fall Apart
It was only a matter of time before the ‘Amsterdam’ experiment failed. Even Colvin knows that. What happens here is that, inside the perimeter of the ‘safe place’ for the sale of drugs, someone lies dead in the street from a gunshot wound. Being one of Colvin’s most loyal troops, Sgt. Carver moves the body outside of Amsterdam in order to protect Colvin’s desperate last-ditch effort to get the body count down. He orders the body moved but the homicide detectives who arrive on the staged scene are no slouches. They know that body has been moved. They’ve also found a third shell casing at the site of the original shooting. It’s all too much for Herc who decides to call a reporter from the Baltimore Sun.
Also falling apart is the Barksdale family cohesion. The reason for the internal conflict is that Brianna Barksdale attaches some credibility to the notion that her son was murdered in prison. She goes to her brother Avon to ask him about D’Angelo. “You know that D didn’t roll on us.” Avon tells her it’s just a police tactic to divide the family. When she persists in questioning him, Avon erupts. “What the (bleep) are you thinking? That I could do that to my kin? I didn’t have anything to do with it.” He’s telling the truth, kind of, in the way a lawyer does and Brianna catches the nuances: “You didn’t have anything to do with what?”
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The Wire Slapstick Recap Season 3 Episode 9 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)
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)
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)
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 Burre
Slim Charles – Anwar Glover (Jamesy Boy, 12 Years a Slave, LUV, The Deuce)
Off. Anthony Colicchio – Benjamin Busch (Bright, Generation Kill, The West Wing)
Odell Watkins – Frederick Strother (Twelve Monkeys, Beloved, Law & Order: SVU, All Square)
Proposition Joe – Robert F. Chew (Something the Lord Made, Jamesy Boy, Homicide: Life on the Street)
FBI Agent Terrance ‘Fitz’ Fitzhugh – Doug Olear (Something the Lord Made, Law & Order, The Mentalist)
Tony Gray – Christopher Mann (Loving, Duplicity, Michael Clayton, Mindhunter, House of Cards)
Marla Daniels – Maria Broom
Valchek – Al Brown
Col Raymond Foerster – Richard DeAngelis