1.3: Freamon Earns his Golden Gloves

By Peter Honig

His name’s on the form in the file”–Mahone

Episode 3, “The Buys,” picks up two weeks into the detail, but there has been little progress. The “Avon Barksdale” index card that sits pinned to the top of the corkboard shows that they finally got his date of birth (8/15/70–it is fitting that this king of the urban jungle is a Leo) but shows “No Known Addresses” and still has no photo. “It’s fucking embarrassing,” McNulty laments, so as a self-proclaimed “leader of men,” he decides to put the low-wattage manpower cluttering the office to work. “We need to know what he looks like,” he tells Mahone who barely looks up from his newspaper to dismiss the command.

1.2: The Three Versions of William Gant

By Peter Honig

A version of this piece was originally published on Wirefans.com

The opening scene of The Wire‘s second episode, “The Detail,” marks the transition point between two aspects of William Gant’s murder. We have gone from the scene of the murder, where D’Angelo has his guilty epiphany, to the morgue, where McNulty and Bunk discuss the possible causes for and ramifications of the killing. This transition illustrates the two worlds that come together around any murder. They are like the two hemispheres of the brain, each one controlling its own half of the body and its own unique set of cognitive functions—the emotional, intuitive right brain and the rational, logical left.