June 23, 2024

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The Wire “Straight And True”

Season Three, Episode Five

I think I am starting to see something with this Cutty plot.  The guy sort of wants to go straight, but he’s working with dealers again and even does some drugs.  But at the same time, he’s clearly disappointed in how these younger guys do things.  He knows the business better than they do, but he still wants out.  And he doesn’t have the patience to get his GED.

That’s all I got there.

What else?  Well, in minor story moments, Bubbles reveals he prefers to act as a paid informant than a small-time scammer, and Omar is looking to pull off another heist for real this time.  Omar needs it since what’s left of his gang is at each other’s throats right now.

But the big moment here may be Avon getting out of jail.  McNulty is clearly disappointed that Stringer has gone, well, not quite legit, but legit-looking enough to make himself more or less untouchable.  Heck, the two even chat a moment.  Stringer’s legitimate businesses are just a cover, but they are something that’s happening, and if Stringer can stay off the streets, then everything will work out more or less OK for him if not for McNulty.

Stringer has been doing well enough to give Avon an actual home in Avon’s actual name.  He’s got criminal underworld meetings that you should not keep minutes for.  And all manner of things seem to be going Avon’s way.  There is the Marlo Stanfield problem on the horizon.  Greggs still thinks Marlo is muscle for Stringer, but Stringer is looking to settle things more or less peaceably.  Marlo maybe isn’t, but that guy doesn’t look like a lost, gentle soul to me.

And what else does Kima see keeping Marlo under surveillance besides Stringer leaving Marlo’s base?  Herc and Carver gathering up the dealers for some reason.  She doesn’t know precisely what.  It’s for Major Colvin, who got dealer names from the Detail (McNulty used to serve under Colvin, so we now have proof not every CO McNulty served under hates his smug ass), and the “Hamsterdam” project seems to be working once Herc buses in the dealer’s customers.

And with Carcetti chomping at the mayor’s job in an opportunistic manner, it’s good to know at least one character on the show isn’t trying to hide his true nature from the viewer.  How soon before Hamsterdam  blows up in, oh, everybody’s face?