The Wire: The Buys (2002)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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D'Angelo (Larry Gilliard Jr.) sees Bodie (J.D. Williams) hassling a junkie, and complains about his customer service skills -- "You just gonna take his money all day and treat him like a dog," the conscience-stricken D'Angelo tells him, "You can't tell me this sh*t can't get done without people beating each other, killing each other...." One of his cops maimed a teenager in the projects and Lieutenant Daniels (Lance Reddick) learns the case will go before a grand jury. As a reward for protecting the lousy cop, Daniels is promised more resources for his investigation. McNulty (Dominic West) needs more information on Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris), but can't even obtain a photo of the drug kingpin. The team gets a break when they learn that Barksdale used to box Golden Gloves, and one resourceful cop finds a photo of him on an old poster. McNulty sits down for a chat with Bubbles (Andre Royo) and Greggs (Sonja Sohn), who tells McNulty that she's a lesbian. Bubbles helps another cop prepare for an undercover buy, which is successfully made. But the cop never gets to see anyone who matters. Nevertheless, Deputy Commissioner Burrell (Frankie R. Faison) wants a massive raid, a search and seizure at the housing project the next day. It's clear to McNulty that his superiors will be happy with a few low-level busts. He goes to see the state's attorney, Rhonda Pearlman (Deirdre Lovejoy), that night and asks about cloning a beeper. They end up in bed together, for what is clearly not the first time. Meanwhile, D'Angelo's crew gets robbed of their stash while he's on a sandwich run. McNulty refuses to go on the raid the next day, and the cops get nothing. Later, McNulty meets FBI agent Fitzhugh (Doug Olear) and gets alarming news about Daniels.