The Wire Final Season

Week 5: Why I'm Shortchanging the Sun Plot
Talking television.
Feb. 5 2008 10:49 AM

The Wire Final Season

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Dear Jeff

Pardon me while I pander to our readers. Within minutes of my last post going live, Peter S. dropped me e-mail with the correct dialogue from the Alma-Gus scene:

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Alma: Follow-ups on the recent murders. An arrest on one, which was the domestic cutting from Hampden. No arrests on a couple of drug-relateds from East Baltimore.

Gus: OK, give me a bit for the budget line.

Alma: Domestic was a Patricia Bogus, found in her car. Drug-relateds were one Joseph Stewart, found in his dining room, and one Nathaniel Manns, found in an alley garage.

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Hungry Man, presumably, is Nathaniel Manns.

Second pander: Fray poster Sasha remembered the most chilling example of a straight-arrow worker intersecting Wire world:In Season 4, Marlo steals a lollipop right in front of a grocery store security guard. When the guard confronts him, Marlo has him killed.

Third and final pander: I'm shortchanging the Sun plot because that's what our readers want. Judging from my inbox and the Fray, they think that we're obsessed with the Sun plot because we're journalists. And they're right. So stop being so self-involved, Jeff! Try to think about someone other than yourself, for a change!

David

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