The Wire (episode)

The Wire (Episode)

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The Wire (episode)

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"The Wire" is the sixth episode of the first season of the HBO original series, The Wire, the titular episode of the series. The episode was written by David Simon from a story by David Simon & Ed Burns and was directed by Ed Bianchi. It originally aired on July 7, 2002.


Title reference

The title repeats the show's own title and refers to the wiretap devices used to monitor phone calls made by the Barksdale organization.


Freamon uses this phrase to describe the importance of the individual calls recorded by their wiretap device to Prez. Simon has also described it as referring to the need for the viewer to concentrate on all aspects of the show to follow the plot.


Starring cast

Although credited, Deirdre Lovejoy does not appear in this episode.

Guest stars

  1. Seth Gilliam as Detective Ellis Carver
  2. Domenick Lombardozzi as Detective Thomas "Herc" Hauk
  3. Clarke Peters as Detective Lester Freamon
  4. Jim True-Frost as Detective Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski
  5. Leo Fitzpatrick as Johnny
  6. J.D. Williams as Preston "Bodie" Broadus
  7. Michael B. Jordan as...... ...
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