Before I even get into it, I gotta give Hersheal Jones (check last Friday's blog) credit. Hersheal Jones must be David Simon's ghetto nom de plume... because how ELSE would you've known the exact play-by-play of last night's episode? I thought they were keeping that sh*t airtight.
So yeah, being that my man spilled the beans, there's no need for me to go into an in depth recap, because sh*t, I was watching it to see if he left anything out! (That Avon omission looked a lil' funny to me too when he posted it, but yup, they kept him out of the SF).
This is basically how it wraps up: (I know it's a lil' dark, bear with me)
So... what was your honest opinion about the finale?
First of all (excluding the "wake")... did Jimmy NOT take a drink AT ALL in this episode?!
I *SWEAR* I watched this scene, like, four times, just trying to believe that THIS was gonna be the last time I'd hear that gruffy drawl on the series. But, alas...
I will touch base on this scene in detail on the next page, but first, we gotta get into WHY this happened in the first place.
And briefly, in a nutshell... the sh*t went down. Freamon's hard work finally paid off, and Sydnor and the rest of the crew catch the Stansfield Organization dirrrrrrrrrrty. Altogether, those n*ggas had enough dope worth an estimated $16 Million worth of dope. Daaaaaaaaaaaamn.
Did y'all see the look on Bunk's face when he finally got Chris Partlow? I thought the man was gonna nut in his drawers or something...
Mann, I usually catch these episodes On-Demand, but I found myself catching the actual Sunday 9pm broadcast just to MAKE SURE HBO didnâ€™t pull the okey-doke on the kid. They didnâ€™t.
Whatâ€™s ironic is that all the while Omarâ€™s going off during his very last stashhouse robbery:
â€œYou workin' a Stanfield corner, which means you workin' for a straight up punk! Ya' feel me? I'm out here in these streets every day, me and my lonesome, and where he at? Huh? Ayo, ya'll put it in his ear, Marlo Stanfield is not a man for this town, ya' dig?â€
apparently, there is a â€œman for this townâ€: Lilâ€™ Kenard.
Now, Marlo and Chris can go ball in Atlantic City. Play on, playas. Better eat some lobster too, â€˜cuz thatâ€™s fittinâ€™ to be your last meal. Bunkâ€™s got the DNA on Partlow (because of the alley beatings), and as soon as McNulty gets off his sh*t, heâ€™s coming for that a-s.
Unless someone doesnâ€™t get at you first for riding in the whip bumping "Ay Bay Bay". What the f-ck was that about?
(Before I get into this, I just wanna state... AGAIN... that these The Wire blogs are NOT, I repeat, are NOT re-caps, theyâ€™re reactionary pieces based on what I took from the episode, meaning what caught MY attention during the viewing. You all are free to comment on things that I chose to either overlook or omit due to space. This is in response to the person that desperately felt the need to make a comment two weeks ago about me not â€œre-cappingâ€ this â€œprofessionallyâ€, as say, hbo.com would.. well, duh, nigga. Do I work for HBO? Theyâ€™re giving you a basic PLOT SUMMARY, and Iâ€™ve said that from DAY ONE that wasnâ€™t what I was going to do. PAY ATTENTION before you TRY to call me out on some sh*t I NEVER said I was gonna do. Thanks!)
Okay, the episodeâ€™s really called â€œTookâ€, which makes sense. Lots of people get taken for a ride.
Matter of fact, sheeeeeeeeeeiittt. B-More as a whole gets taken for a long one â€" yâ€™all seen that opener didnâ€™t you?
I know I didnâ€™t post my reaction piece about Ep.6, but Iâ€™m pretty sure yâ€™all watched it, and so yâ€™all know exactly whoâ€™s photo McNumb Nuttz and Freak-mon bluetoothed, along with Jimmy now giving an actual voice to the â€œHomeless Serial Killerâ€ via cell-phone... IN A CLOSET RIGHT NEXT TO THE WIRE TAP COMPUTER.
Everyone and their mama sees it and goes B E S E R K. Especially Carcetti .
What does he do? Tells Daniels to fix this sh*t, of course, and finally makes it rain on them hoes.
Is that good news or bad news for Baltimore PD?
Good for them, bad for McNulty...
And too, too, too bad for Bunk, whoâ€™s actually still doing police work, trying to connect links to Marlo the hard right way. You canâ€™t help but feel his frustration when heâ€™s asked to participate in this circus. F*CK THAT!
You want some react quotes? Or quotes YOU can react to?
Sheeeeeeiiiiiit. This episode was chockâ€™ full of â€˜em.
Where oh where do I begin?
I know that most of you peeped this episode waaaay before it aired (in order to accommodate your Sunday night for the Superbowlâ€" as I did, so as I am writing this, there will be no shoutouts because itâ€™s Saturday night), so Iâ€™m gonna try to keep it brief, and as usual, not write a straight re-cap, but reaction piece. Thatâ€™s what I should start calling these thingsâ€" not re-caps, but reaction pieces.
Sometimes (like last week), show openers only have to do with a slight plot twist or a minor scene. Vondas providing Marlo with that celly proved to be quite crucial the story. Why?
Weeelll... have any of you ever seen a movie called Pay It Forward?
Okay, okay, I know... what went on wasnâ€™t as saccharine-y sweet as the little boy's plan.. and it's slightly altered, but still makes sense... but let me back it up and break it down so youâ€™ll understand.
Mmm. I think that was a VERY appropriate title for the second installment. And it was DAMN good.
Before we get into this thing, I want to make clear that I am STILL working on my Connect-The-Dots game with this show. Too many damn characters! But I am working on it, and I'm getting caught up in the rapture that is The Wire.
With that being said... I decided that for these recaps, I'm going to let y'all have ALOT of input. Feel free to use Monday's postings as a CONDUCIVE dicussion launching pad for STRICTLY The Wire business. I'm really interested in how y'all feel. I want to read y'alls comments & opinions as The Wire VETS as I hope y'all read and accept my comments as a The Wire NEWBIE. By the series' end, I want to get to the point where I know you all will be-- and where I similarily was at the end of The Sopranos (WE WON'T EVEN GET INTO THAT F-CKED UP SH*T OF AN ENDING)-- confused, hurt, gratified, questioning, sad, angry-- anything but indifferent.
Aight, so let's get into it; and I'll dissect Ep 2 the best way I can.
I'm reposting one of the videos that I put up last week because the scene was actually featured last night.
They Tried To Make Him Speak At Rehab... (and at first) He Said No, No, No...
From a newbie's point of view-- they made a good decision making this the episode opener.
It's so attention-grabbing that it will MAKE you sit on your couch til' the episode's over-- an hour later.
::Playing "Drop It Like It's Hot" in the background::
Wassup, cuz! Breezy here checking in after a craaazy weekend (I went to an 80's Old School party at the Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem... it was hot until the DJ threw on "Soulja Boy" but we won't get into that).
Now, if you read my post on Friday, I told y'all I was going to check out this show due to it's apparent complete antithesis to the now-on-hiatus Gotti's Way. I was lil' worried, 'cuz the shows that appear on the E! Channel are just dumb (why the F_CK does Kim Kardashian's @$$ have a reality show? She let an r&b nobody skeez on her!!!)
Anyway, back to Big Snoop Dogg. Those of you who didn't catch the show, here's a lil' clip of the theme song and first minute of last night's episode:
I know y'all wanna know what the hell goes on in their house. It ain't the Simmons... not quite, at least.
If youâ€™re just joining us, you may be wondering â€œWhat the HELL is going on in this section of the SOHH blog network?!â€
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