9:30pm – Tuesday, November 10 on ABC2
Series one of the police crime thriller The Wire concludes tonight with drug lord, Avon Barksdale, suffering a temporary setback.
The cops have now wrestled back the advantage to deuce, but it’s still anyone’s game.
Often dubbed the greatest TV show of all time, this episode opens with Det. Shakima Greggs (Sonja Sohn) in hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Conscious though weak, she’s able to name one of the assailants but refuses to be pushed into identifying the second shooter, Wee-Bey (Hassan Johnson).
Busted, but quickly out of jail on a quarter-million-dollar bail, Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris), along with his lieutenant, Stringer Bell, (Idris Elba) meet lawyer Maurice Levy (Michael Kostroff) in an underground garage – the only place they can talk safely about restructuring the crew.
However, D’Angelo Barksdale (Larry Gilliard) is feeling talkative in jail and acknowledges he sold drugs for Avon, attended meetings and delivered money. He also implicates Avon in the death of 16-year-old Wallace. He’s remorseful about Wallace and tells Det. Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and attorney Rhonda Pearlman (Deirdre Lovejoy) that he was freer in jail than when he was home.
Pearlman is ecstatic after the ‘career-making case’ meeting and nails McNulty in the police headquarters garage.
Through a phone company contact, Det. Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters) and Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland (Wendell Pierce) track down and arrest Wee-Bey in Philadelphia.
Choosing life in prison over the death penalty, Wee-Bey agrees to cooperate and confesses to nine murders, including ones he didn’t commit, in order to exonerate others in the Barksdale gang.