History Series / TheWire

15th Apr '17 4:35:24 PM TheWanderer
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--> '''Snoop:''' Fuck them East Coast niggas, in B-More we aim to hit a nigga, y'feel me?

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--> '''Snoop:''' Fuck them East West Coast niggas, in B-More we aim to hit a nigga, y'feel me?
1st Apr '17 5:50:39 PM dmcreif
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** Detective Collichio in the fourth and fifth seasons; he becomes so exasperated by the actions of the street dealers in Baltimore that he takes out his frustrations on a middle-school teacher driving to work.
** Officer Eddie Walker decides that the most reasonable response to Donut's constant car thievery is to break his fingers. [[spoiler:The boys get their revenge on him for this.]]

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** Detective Collichio Anthony Colicchio in the fourth and fifth seasons; he becomes so exasperated by the actions of the street dealers in Baltimore that he takes out his frustrations on a middle-school teacher driving to work.
** Officer Eddie **Eddie Walker decides that the most reasonable response to Donut's constant car thievery is to break his fingers. [[spoiler:The boys get their revenge on him for this.]]



** Howard Colvin is a father to his men, but he risks everything on a poorly conceived gambit that inspires some [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech angry tirades]] from cops.
** Carver learns from Daniels and Colvin's advice and becomes a reference in the neighbourhood, a competent policeman close to the citizen as opposed to a perpetual antagonist to the street felon

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** Howard Major Colvin is a father to his men, but he risks everything on a poorly conceived gambit that inspires some [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech angry tirades]] from cops.
** Carver learns from Daniels and Colvin's advice and becomes a reference in the neighbourhood, neighborhood, a competent policeman close to the citizen as opposed to a perpetual antagonist to the street felon



** In season 2, Jimmy apparently being the only person in Baltimore who knows absolutely nothing about boats, (even Bunk, who practically has a phobia about boats due to his inability to swim, corrects him on terminology at one point) and ''especially'' [=McNulty's=] inability to tie up a boat properly, which is mocked by several people you wouldn't expect to know the first thing about it.

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** In season 2, Jimmy [=McNulty=] apparently being the only person in Baltimore who knows absolutely nothing about boats, (even Bunk, who practically has a phobia about boats due to his inability to swim, corrects him on terminology at one point) and ''especially'' [=McNulty's=] inability to tie up a boat properly, which is mocked by several people you wouldn't expect to know the first thing about it.



** When a homicide detective is caught sleeping on duty, he gets his necktie cut and pinned to a board.

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** When a homicide detective is caught sleeping on duty, he gets his necktie cut and pinned to a board. There is a necktie mausoleum.



* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful : HelloAttorney Rhonda Pearlman uses Judge Phelan's attraction to her to get favorable rulings out of him a few times. In Season 3, Rhonda uses [[ShowSomeLeg a short skirt]] and a seductive smile to convince Judge Phelan to authorize a wiretap that the cops technically don't have a valid probable cause for.

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* ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful : HelloAttorney [[HelloAttorney Rhonda Pearlman Pearlman]] uses Judge Phelan's attraction to her to get favorable rulings out of him a few times. In Season 3, Rhonda uses [[ShowSomeLeg a short skirt]] and a seductive smile to convince Judge Phelan to authorize a wiretap that the cops technically don't have a valid probable cause for.



** A subtle variant shows up in the third episode. When Sydnor is preparing to go undercover as an addict in the Pit, Kima asks Bubbles to give him feedback on the disguise, which Sydnor thinks is completely flawless. Bubble points out that any drug dealer would immediately know that he's a cop because he's wearing a wedding ring (when a real addict would have long since pawned off such a valuable item to pay for drugs) and because the soles of his shoes are clean (when a real addict would have broken glass on their shoes from walking over "dead soldiers", Bubs street slang for discarded heroin vials).

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** A subtle variant shows up in the third episode. When Sydnor is preparing to go undercover as an addict in the Pit, Kima asks Bubbles to give him feedback on the disguise, which Sydnor thinks is completely flawless. Bubble Bubbles points out that any drug dealer would immediately know that he's a cop because he's wearing a wedding ring (when a real addict would have long since pawned off such a valuable item to pay for drugs) and because the soles of his shoes are clean (when a real addict would have broken glass on their shoes from walking over "dead soldiers", Bubs street slang for discarded heroin vials).



** In the second season, Brodie discovers that radio stations are different outside of Baltimore by accidentally tuning into ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''. When we cut back to him later, he's still listening to it.

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** In the second season, Brodie Bodie discovers that radio stations are different outside of Baltimore by accidentally tuning into ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''. When we cut back to him later, he's still listening to it.
23rd Mar '17 2:35:52 PM TywinIsGod
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** Avon and Stringer are noticeably taller than most of their mooks, which adheres to the King, Queen and pawns analogy.

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** Avon and Stringer are 6'2" ish and noticeably taller than most of their mooks, which adheres to the King, Queen and pawns analogy.



** Slim is a very tall lieutenant and a straight example in the finale.
** Daniels is a commanding officer who is usually the tallest policeman of the room.

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** Slim is a very tall lieutenant at 6'5 1/2" and a straight example in the finale.
** Daniels is a and Rawls are 6'2" and 6'3" commanding officer officers who is are usually the tallest policeman of the room.room when not together.
4th Mar '17 9:08:28 AM TomTheEducator
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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Played straight most of the time, highlighting the reality that while gangbangers may have access to firearms and not be shy about using them, they don't really know much about ''shooting accurately''. A prime and tragic example is in Series 2, where two groups of hoppers unload dozens of rounds at each other and fail to cause even a single injury... except for the little boy in an upstairs bedroom, who gets a stray bullet through the head. Most of the bangers don't even aim properly when they shoot, and have their eyes closed when they pull the trigger.
** Notably averted with Marlo's crew, or at least his soldiers. They all have regular shoots in the woods outside Baltimore, emptying hundreds of rounds at makeshift targets. Chris even puts new recruits through training scenarios in derelict buildings with paintball guns, and Snoop in particular is a very good shot.
--> '''Snoop:''' Fuck them East Coast niggas, in B-More we aim to hit a nigga, y'feel me?
3rd Mar '17 9:27:45 AM TomTheEducator
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* GangBangers: Half the cast, although only the lower-ranking members seem to play the trope straight, and even then they're hardly one-dimensional. The corner boys and hoppers of Baltimore's drug underworld may talk, act and dress like the bangers they see and hear about in mass media, but they learn to grow out of that mentality quick if they want to move up the ladder. Kingpins like Avon, Stringer, Prop Joe, and Marlo are savvy, shrewd, cunning and, above all, ''low-key''. Flashy, attention-seeking gangsters don't last on those streets.
** Ironically and lamentably played straight with the ''white'' bangers around the predominantly Polish- and Irish-American Docks. They gleefully embrace every aesthetic of the "gangsta" stereotype, especially Ebonics and dress, without knowing the first damn thing about how to [[DoWrongRight properly]] sell drugs. A couple of detectives working the West Side for months are disgusted with their complete lack of street skills.
** Interestingly, the common trope of gang colors is completely avoided in the world of The Wire. It's about ''where'' you come from and ''who'' runs that area, not ''what'' you're wearing. However, it's just as dangerous: a known West Side boy can get beaten or killed just for stepping foot on the East Side, if two opposing sets are warring.
16th Feb '17 4:01:44 PM foxley
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* ObfuscatingDisability: Omar is able to get into a Barksdale stash house by pretending to be an old man in a wheelchair (with one of his crew pretending to be a nurse).
28th Jan '17 11:38:38 PM dmcreif
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-->''(cut to [=McNulty=] driving across three lanes)''

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-->''(cut -->''(Cuts to [=McNulty=] driving across three lanes)''lanes and drunkenly singing along to "Transmetropolitan" by The Pogues)''



* GoodCopBadCop: Subverted: season one, episode five has this shtick turning into "Bad Cop, ''Pissed'' Cop" when Bodie sees right through it.

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* GoodCopBadCop: Subverted: season one, episode five has this shtick turning into "Bad Cop, ''Pissed'' Cop" when Bodie sees right through it.Herc and Carver's attempt to use it on him.



* GossipEvolution: The deaths of [[spoiler:Stringer and Omar]] transformed with the telling.

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* GossipEvolution: The deaths of [[spoiler:Stringer and Omar]] transformed transform with the telling.



** After reading the detail's DoorStopper of a report requesting phone surveillance, Perlman comments, "You guys can't spell for shit."
** Being a grammar watchdog is part of the job description of city editor Gus Haynes, of the Baltimore Sun. In one of his first scenes, Gus schools Alma, a rookie journo on the usage of "to evacuate". Buildings are evacuated, not people, unless you mean the persons are getting an enema. David Simon was chastised in a similar way [[http://www.vulture.com/2008/01/the_wire_copyediting_scandal_d.html back in the day, but Alma is not entirely incorrect]].

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** After reading the detail's DoorStopper of a report requesting phone surveillance, Perlman Ronnie comments, "You guys can't spell for shit."
** Being a grammar watchdog is part of the job description of city editor Gus Haynes, of the ''The Baltimore Sun. Sun''. In one of his first scenes, Gus schools Alma, Alma Gutierrez, a rookie journo on the usage of "to evacuate". Buildings are evacuated, not people, unless you mean the persons are getting an enema. David Simon was chastised in a similar way [[http://www.vulture.com/2008/01/the_wire_copyediting_scandal_d.html back in the day, but Alma is not entirely incorrect]].



* AHalfDozenGuysInABasement: The Major Case Squad, for basically all of the show's run.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Lt. Daniels and his wife are seperated, but they still pretend to be happily married to keep up appearances so she can get her political career off the ground.

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* AHalfDozenGuysInABasement: The Major Case Squad, for basically all Crimes in season 1 is based out of the show's run.
a basement in a nondescript location.
* HappyMarriageCharade: Lt. Cedric Daniels and his wife are seperated, separated, but they still pretend to be happily married to keep up appearances so she can get her political career off the ground.
17th Jan '17 6:54:45 PM CumbersomeTercel
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Co-created by former BPD cop Ed Burns and former ''Sun'' journalist David Simon, ''The Wire'' premiered on {{Creator/HBO}} on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes. A widescreen remasterization was made in late 2014 .

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Co-created by former BPD cop Ed Burns and former ''Sun'' journalist David Simon, Creator/DavidSimon, ''The Wire'' premiered on {{Creator/HBO}} on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes. A widescreen remasterization was made in late 2014 .
22nd Dec '16 11:28:27 AM MrMonad
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* ReassignmentBackfire: In the first season, the beginnings of what will become the Major Crimes Unit is formed largely from [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits the dregs and castoffs]] of the Baltimore Police Department, to send a message from Burrell that Daniels needs to find a charge against Barksdale and close it down fast. Some of them (such as Polk and Mahon) live up the reputation, but two of the detectives so dismissed are Lester Freamon and Roland Pryzbylewski, both of whom prove instrumental in turning the case into both a major threat to the Barksdale organization and a major headache for Burrell. Notably, even as he thinks he's hamstringing the investigation, Burrell remains clueless that this trope is in play.
--> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
-->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
-->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
-->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
--> ''Daniels smiles quietly''


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** Daniels is initially assigned "humps" to send a message from Burrell that Daniels needs to find a charge against Barksdale and close it down fast. Some of them (such as Polk and Mahon) live up the reputation, but two of the detectives so dismissed are Lester Freamon and Roland Pryzbylewski, both of whom prove instrumental in turning the case into both a major threat to the Barksdale organization and a major headache for Burrell. Notably, even as he thinks he's hamstringing the investigation, Burrell remains clueless that this trope is in play.
---> ''(Burrell is reassigning people from Daniel's unit)''
--->'''Burrell''': What's the name of [[TheAce that old detective from pawnshop]]? And that young one, [[HiddenDepths Valchek's brain-dead son-in-law]]?
--->'''Daniels''': Freamon, Pryzblyewski.
--->'''Burrell''': Keep 'em. Send back Sydnor and Santangelo.
---> ''Daniels smiles quietly''
22nd Dec '16 9:33:22 AM TrollBrutal
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* WhamLine: A few, often in a WhamEpisode.
** Perhaps none is so memorable as the one where Carcetti learns that all his high-flying plans to rebuild Baltimore, and particularly its police department, are about to go to shit, not least because it came during a ''finance meeting'':
--->'''Carcetti''': Finance, of course, doesn't deal with the dirt-under-the-nails tangibles--unless you consider the money itself to be dirty ''*chuckling softly*''--so what's on your agenda today?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': School audit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*scribbling on a pad with a pencil*'' Well, how bad could that be?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': The system is running a 54-million-dollar deficit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' $54 ''million''?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Yes, Mr. Mayor.
--->'''Carcetti''': Jesus Christ! Did Royce know this?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': ''*shakes his head slightly*''
--->'''Carcetti''': How the fuck do we deal with that?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Frankly, I'm not sure just yet.
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* WhamLine: A few, often in a WhamEpisode.
** Perhaps none is so memorable as the one where
Carcetti learns that all his high-flying plans to rebuild Baltimore, and particularly its police department, are about to go to shit, not least because it came during a ''finance meeting'':
--->'''Carcetti''': Finance, of course, doesn't deal with the dirt-under-the-nails tangibles--unless you consider the money itself to be dirty ''*chuckling softly*''--so what's on your agenda today?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': School audit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*scribbling on a pad with a pencil*'' Well, how bad could that be?
--->'''Finance
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Advisor''': The system is running a 54-million-dollar deficit.
--->'''Carcetti''': ''*stops scribbling, looks at Finance Advisor*'' $54 ''million''?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Yes, Mr. Mayor.
--->'''Carcetti''': Jesus Christ! Did Royce know this?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': ''*shakes his head slightly*''
--->'''Carcetti''': How the fuck do we deal with that?
--->'''Finance Advisor''': Frankly, I'm not sure just yet.
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