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The Wire

Season 3 2004
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  • 2004-09-20T01:00:00Z on HBO
  • 60 mins
  • 11 hours, 37 mins (12 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama, Crime
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The heat is on in Baltimore. The drug war is being lost, bodies are piling up, and a desperate mayor wants the tide turned before the election. But the police department hasn't got any answers. Wiretaps haven’t worked. Neither have stakeouts or street busts. With the demolition of the Franklin Terrace towers, Stringer Bell and the Barksdale crew have been forced to improvise. But no matter how hard McNulty and the detail try, the dealers always seem to be one step ahead of the game. It’s time to change the rules.

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12 episodes

3x01 Time After Time

  • Season Premiere

    2004-09-20T01:00:00Z — 58 mins

"Don't matter how many times you get burnt, you just keep doin' the same." -- Bodie

A wave of urban reform brings down the notorious Franklin Terrace public housing towers, forcing the Barksdale drug crew to find a new home. Stringer Bell uses a new sales strategy as he awaits Avon's return. McNulty and the Detail look to make a case against Stringer with a wiretap on a drug ring run by Proposition Joe.

3x02 All Due Respect

  • 2004-09-27T01:00:00Z — 58 mins

"There's never been a paper bag." -- Colvin

Omar continues his bold strikes on Barksdale stash houses, now heavily guarded. Under orders from Stringer Bell, Bodie faces a critical test against Marlo, a fierce young dealer with lucrative corners. As the wire on Proposition Joe continues to yield little, McNulty launches his own reinvestigation of last year's prison suicide of D'Angelo Barksdale.

3x03 Dead Soldiers

  • 2004-10-04T01:00:00Z — 58 mins

"The gods will not save you." -- Burrell

Colvin feels the sting of Burrell and Rawls during a Comstat assessment of his district's felony numbers; a blown wiretap forces Daniels's detail to turn to a new target; Proposition Joe cautions Stringer Bell that the police have been tapping phones. Carcetti continues to curry favor in Mayor Royce's inner circle.

3x04 Amsterdam

  • 2004-10-11T01:00:00Z — 58 mins

"Why you got to go and fuck with the program?" -- Fruit

West Baltimore residents get surprising straight talk at a community meeting from Major Colvin. Bubbles finds gainful employment; Stringer lunches uptown; and Bunk dangles the promise of immunity to a group of corner boys, in exchange for help. Greggs learns how Marlo takes care of business as Bubbles instructs her on the next big thing: disposable cell phones.

3x05 Straight and True

  • 2004-10-18T01:00:00Z — 58 mins

"I had such fuckin' hopes for us." -- McNulty

Frustrated in his grass-roots reform efforts, Colvin arms himself with intelligence from Daniels's detail and personally delivers a message to the next level of corner management. McNulty sees Stringer Bell's legitimate business dealings as a sign that he is now unreachable as a drug target. Bubbles shakes the tree for Johnny one more time.

3x06 Homecoming

  • 2004-11-01T02:00:00Z — 57 mins

"Just a gangster, I suppose." -- Avon Barksdale

Stringer Bell gets an education in construction management; Bunk uses shoe-leather to catch up with Omar and deliver a searing message; a frustrated Colvin unleashes the troops on the corner boys, ignoring his new edict; Avon sends Cutty and Slim Charles against Marlo; Bubbles refocuses the picture for Greggs.

3x07 Back Burners

  • 2004-11-08T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

"Conscience do cost." -- Butchie

Herc discovers a blast from the past, which he belatedly reveals to his ex-colleagues. Daniels blows a gasket over the real reason the detail was reassigned from an investigation in Pimlico to the Western District. Stringer Bell learns from Donette that she's told Brianna about McNulty's visit and that Brianna is likely to talk to him.

3x08 Moral Midgetry

  • 2004-11-15T02:00:00Z — 58 mins

"Crawl, walk, and then run." -- Clay Davis

With Amsterdam running full-tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves. Prez impresses the detail with what he's found out from Bodie's cell phone, information that sends McNulty and Greggs on a road trip. Colvin sees the benefits of his plan working but has overlooked the human toll, until the Deacon points out the deficiencies.

3x09 Slapstick

  • 2004-11-22T02:00:00Z — 58 mins

"...while you're waiting for moments that never come." -- Freamon

Responding to an officer's call for help, McNulty and Prez turn down the wrong alley, with unanticipated results. A Barksdale crew violates the unspoken Sunday truce with gunplay, increasing discontent among the New Day Co-op members. Stymied in his effort to open a gym, Cutty is surprised to find help from within Baltimore's power structure.

3x10 Reformation

  • 2004-11-29T02:00:00Z — 58 mins

"Call it a crisis of leadership." -- Proposition Joe

Brother Mouzone returns to Baltimore on a mission of revenge and casts a wide net in his search for Omar, who has his own plan. Colvin manages, for now, to put off a 'Sun' reporter inquiring about Amsterdam. Carver learns how much he doesn't know about good policing, while Pearlman and Daniels plead their case for a new kind of wiretap to Judge Phelan.

3x11 Middle Ground

  • 2004-12-13T02:00:00Z — 58 mins

"We don't need to dream no more." -- Stringer Bell

The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization, though finding links to the top proves elusive. Stringer and Avon reflect on how far they've come, with each harboring plans for the future. Tipped by Burrell, Carcetti sees Amsterdam for himself and weighs the benefits against the political reality.

3x12 Mission Accomplished

  • 2004-12-20T02:00:00Z — 63 mins

"...we fight on the lie." -- Slim Charles

In the Season Three finale, a reticent Avon readies his troops for a war against Marlo. Meanwhile, as the detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization, McNulty reassesses his pursuit of Stringer Bell and the path he's chosen for himself. While Royce continues to grapple with Amsterdam, Burrell offers a deal to minimize the fallout.

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