The Wire Misgivings Recap Season 4 Episode 10 – In the previous Episode 9, Bunk Moreland gets Omar a get-out-of-jail card in return for a promise that he’ll stop the violence. After changing his story, poor Andre gets whacked for not following through on Marlo’s plan. Tommy Carcetti is finding out that, even if he becomes mayor, governing a city like Baltimore isn’t going to be easy. He’s facing opposition from the city council president Nerese Campbell who thought she was next in line to govern the city. Prez is getting better at teaching school but discovering the job includes a whole lot of things he didn’t know were part of teaching. Home life for Michael Lee is seriously different now that his moms had brought Devar Manigault home to live with them. Devar is Bug’s father; Michael is feeling displaced, goes to Marlo to seek a solution.
The Wire Misgivings Recap Season 4 Episode 10
Episode Ten begins with thirteen year old Donut who steals a car, gets spotted by the mean Officer Eddie Walker. What follows next is a car chase, car crashes, a foot chase, and then Officer Eddie catches him, and not for the first time. It means another night of paperwork to process Donut in but Officer Eddie teaches a hard lesson. He breaks two of Donut’s fingers and lets him go.
State Senator Clay Davis has already scammed $35,000 from Carcetti and now he has a new hustle which he’s worked out beforehand in a private discussion with Burrell. Carcetti has already found he can’t fire Burrell without incurring the wrath of key figures in the community. He tells Carcetti he can get on the right side of the issue and end up smelling good if he pretends it was his policy all along to keep Burrell. “And what do I get in return?” Carcetti rightfully asks. In return, Davis promises to swing the town council to vote for a $25,000 increase in the wages of the police commissioner. “That’s not enough to to make the Baltim0re Police Commissioner job competitive nationally,” he confides to council president Nerese Campbell. Colonel Daniels cannot have the job right away as he must serve a six-month training period. With a body count so high and a salary so low chances are slim that anyone would want the job except for Burrell who is already in it.
Ode to the Faint of Heart
Senator Clay Davis’ scam and other schemes are a bit complicated but the creators of the “The Wire” are to be lauded for not dumbing the show down to weekly TV drama formulaic levels. It’s not as if the writers are being high-minded; they keep several balls in the air. There’s plenty of basic depraved human dysfunction that everyone understands. Jealousy, revenge, fear, deprivation, violence, predation – and then there are capital sins like murder, and more murder. The ability to juggle all these plots successfully is what keeps me high on the series. The show is so realistic that it can be painful to watch. Then there is this hopeless feeling that nothing can ever change. A New Year’s Day 2018 Associated Press article by David McFadden is titled “Baltimore breaks city record for killings per capita in 2017.”
Marlo’s come up in the world. He’s now in charge of much of the turf usually occupied by the Barksdales. Bodie finds it somewhat humiliating to be working for Marlo but acquiesces. It’s just business, he rationalizes, life must go on. And when Little Kevin comes back to the corner after Herc picked him up and sweated him through a tough interrogation, Bodie tells Kevin that he needs to clear things with Marlo. Otherwise, Marlo might think he’s a snitch. Little Kevin didn’t snitch, as it happens, but telling Marlo about his arrest turns out to be his death warrant. Marlo is not a guy to take chances. He dots the “I”s and crosses the T which means Kevin gets a permanent address in the ‘vacants’ (condemned, vacant buildings).
Back to School
The intro of every episode of Season 4 has a clip of a herd of middle schoolers pouring into the open doors of a public school. Educators aren’t supposed to use words like “tracking” or “special classes” so you can call what Colvin and the professor’s social/educational experiment what you will. The kids in this segregated class don’t fit into the larger classroom setting. Colvin, Ms. Mason, and other educators are working on social skills through role playing. How to behave in a restaurant. How to say thank-you and please. Common civilities. This may be something of a shock to some people who say such things should be learned at home, taught by parents, and that would be fine in an ideal world. But the ideal world doesn’t exist here, and in many cases there are no nurturing parents and no fine examples of Miss Manners. This alternative classroom situation has limited success but not enough to satisfy the superintendent of schools. Colvin and the professor have to constantly defend what they’re trying to do and the students aren’t always helping. The way Colvin describes the regular setting in public schools: “We pretend to teach. They pretend to learn.”
Reginald ‘Bubbles’ Cousins is one of the true good guys in the series. What keeps him unheralded is the fact that he’s a dirty street-worn gutter junkie Jesus who squats in an abandoned building. He provides plenty of laughs as he hauls his shopping cart around but these aren’t the kind of laughs that make you feel happy. He’s easy prey for one particularly vicious street thug who causes him much pain. Bubbles pleads for help from Greggs and Herc; they promise to take the thug down but do nothing.
Though Bubbles is risking his life as a confidential informant, he’s last on the list of the Baltimore Police Department priorities. No matter how low his habit has brought hinm, Bubbles still has a sense of pride and self-worth. To get back at the indifferent cops, he phones in a tip that Marlo is about to make a drop. He provides the license plate PR8ZGOD to a black Lincoln. Herc and his partner are right on it, throwing the driver to the curb, shaking him down. The ‘praise God’ license plate and car belong to an influential and esteemed minister of the church.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
It’s an unofficial rule of human interaction. You try to help people and somehow you get screwed for doing so. Sgt. Carver has given Namond Brice plenty of chances to stop selling drugs on street corners. Carver’s warnings go unheeded. Consequently, Carver hauls Namond in. Under normal circumstances, with Namond being a juvenile, police would call his mom and he’d be released into her custody. But mom DeLonda Brice can’t be located. The choices are to book him into the system and send him to a city jail. Namond is frightened at the prospect of real jail: “Dudes be getting raped and **it I be hearin’,” he says disconsolately. Carver feels some pity for Namond and talks Colvin into keeping him overnight rather than put him in the city jail among hardened thugs. All that kind feeling is repaid with nastiness next morning when Namond’s mom returns from an all-night gambling spree in Atlantic City. “You leave my boy alone,” she seethes at Colvin.
Maybe Chris Partlow and Snoop really are zombies. That’s what the young boys are thinking whenever someone just disappears never to be heard from again. “Lex went up the alley and body saw him come down again,” says a frightened Randy Wagstaff in a previous episode. And in this episode, Chris and Snoop are seen walking Little Keven down another alley and he is never heard from again. And then there’s the house where Michael Lee lives with his crack addicted mom and little brother Bug. Michael is angry at the early prison release of Bug’s dad who has now come to live with them. It’s an intolerable situation, with hints of pedophilia, and a certainty of drugs. Devar Manigault has taken Michael’s place as the guard of the welfare debit card and he’s using the money to buy drugs instead of food. Michael knows that the best thing for the family and especially his little brother is for Devar to be out of there. So miraculously, we find that Snoop and Chris have walked another victim up that old Baltimore alley to be never seen again. What actually happens is that Chris Partlow beats him to death with his bare hands. While Snoop shows her sensitive side: “Damn! You didn’t even wait until we got him up in the house.” Episode 10 of “The Wire” is one that even the hardest of hearts might want to turn away from.
Cut to the darkened room where Michael’s mom sits on a threadbare sofa alone with her vacant eyes. Michael has just returned from the refrigerator where he’s drained the last drop from an empty milk carton. There’s a look on his face – half diabolical, half triumphant.
The Wire Misgivings Recap Season 4 Episode 10
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The Wire Misgivings Recap Season 4 Episode 10 characters and cast include:
Duquan ‘Dukie’ Weems – Jermaine Crawford (DC Noir, Damsels in Distress, Twelve, An American Affair)
Randy Wagstaff – Maestro Harrell (Bone Tomahawk, Ali, Fear the Walking Dead, Suburgatory)
Namond Brice – Julito McCullum (The Wool Cap, Akeelah and the Bee, Show Me a Hero)
Michael Lee – Tristan Mack Wilds (90210, Half Nelson, Red Tails, Shots Fired)
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)
Brianna Barksdale – Michael Hyatt (Snowfall, Ray Donovan, True Detective, Two Weeks, Law & Order, The West Wing, The Kill Point)
Rawls – John Doman (Gotham, The Affair, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Damages, Borgia, Blue Valentine)
Norman Wilson – Reg E. Cathey (The Mask, American Psycho, The Machinist, Seven, Outcast, House of Cards, Banshee)
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)
Mayor Royce – Glynn Turman (Super 8, Men of Honor, Fly, Queen Sugar, House of Lies, Southland, In Treatment)
Bubbles – Andre Royo (Empire, Hand of God, Fringe, Prime Suspect, In Security, The Spectacular Now)
Elena McNulty – Callie Thorne (Rescue Me, At Home with Amy Sedaris, The Americans, Necessary Roughness, ER)
Omar Little – Michael Kenneth Williams (Hap and Leonard, The Night Of, Ghostbusters, Boardwalk Empire, Inherent Vice, Kill the Messenger, RoboCop, 12 Years a Slave)
Malik ‘Poot’ Carr – Tray Chaney (Saints & Sinners, Lorenzo & Monica, Streets)
Bunny Colvin – Robert Wisdom (The Dark Knight Rises, The Forgotten, Face/Off, Ray, Ballers, Nashville, Rosewood)
Chris Partlow – Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Taking of Pelham 123, Mercy Home, The Savages, Edge of Darkness, The Deuce, Home, Nurse Jackie)
Snoop – Felicia Pearson
Clay Davis – Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Mist, Cars 3, Atlanta, Chi-Raq, Veep, Rubicon, Cedar Rapids)
Slim Charles – Anwar Glover (Jamesy Boy, 12 Years a Slave, LUV, The Deuce)
Donut – Nathan Corbett (Half Nelson, The Tested)
Off. Anthony Colicchio – Benjamin Busch (Bright, Generation Kill, The West Wing)
Dozerman – Rick Otto (Bosch, Red Tails, Trouble Sleeping)