The One Arrest Riddle

…step, shorty.–Bodie

Out of all of the episode titles from throughout The Wire’s run, “One Arrest” is undoubtedly the most puzzling. It suggests a decisive moment when, after months of painstaking labor, the detail finally takes down one of the players in the Barksdale crew. This should be the moment where the wiretaps finally start yielding tangible results. The problem is that there are clearly two arrests in the episode: Kevin Johnston and Bird.