The Cost
Episode 10 of 13 within Season One. Item 10 of 60 overall.
Production number 110.
Ed Burns - Story
David Simon - Story
David Simon - Teleplay
Brad Anderson - Director
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After being clean for three days straight, Bubbles gets some strong advice from another former addict.

Meanwhile, when murder attempt on Avon Barksdale fails, Stringer lays down some new laws for the Barksdale crew. As the team goes through their setup of one of Barksdale’s people, one of the officers gets shot.

original airdate--August 11,2002

network: HBO 

music--Opening theme--"Way Down in the Hole" by Tom Waits

  1. "Ms. Fat Booty" by Mos Def
  2. "Hater Players" by Black Star
  3. "I'll Go Crazy" by James Brown
  4. "Call Me" by Me'Shell Ndegéocello
  5. "Power Of The Dollar" by Kool & The Gang



Epigraph--" And then he dropped the bracelets..." 

Greggs uses the quote when describing her experience of a difficult physical arrest where she received nonchalant backup and realized she was meant to be a police officer.

Trivia--Originally, Shakima Greggs was supposed to die from the gunshots. However, HBO had a meeting with Ed Burns and David Simon pleading with them to not kill her off, and so they ultimately decided against it.

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Previous episode :
009 Game Day
Next episode :
011 The Hunt

regional titles

De kosten
The Cost
Le coût
Die Kosten
An Costas
Il costo
El costo