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Episode 3 of 12 within Season Two. Item 16 of 60 overall.
Production number 203.
Ed Burns - Story
David Simon - Story
David Simon - Teleplay
Elodie Keene - Director
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Russell The non-English-speaking crew of the Atlantic Light proves no help in the investigation, but the first mate unwittingly provides a clue that gets the ball rolling; Nick wonders how he's going to provide for Aimee and their daughter when there's no work on the docks, but rejects Ziggy's idea to make a quick buck by dealing drugs.

Meanwhile, Omar signs up some new partners in crime; after Stringer discovers that Tilghman is buying from Butchie, Stringer convinces Butchie to give the C.O. a bad package the next time they do business; Sobotka lobbies a state senator whose hands are out; Stringer and Donette reach an understanding of sorts; after Prez spills the beans about the do-nothing task force.

Elsewhere, Valchek strong-arms Burrell into giving him a real task force headed by Daniels; Avon tries to get Dee's head right with a promise that he won't have to do the whole bit; Ziggy and Nick steal a container and fence the goods to the Greeks; Elena sends Jimmy separation papers.

original airdate--June 15,2003

network: HBO

music--Opening theme--"Way Down in the Hole" by The Blind Boys of Alabama

  1. "The Cisco Kid" by War
  2. "Sweet Thing" by Mary J. Blige
  3. "Get Busy" by Sean Paul
  4. "So Fine" by Chambers Brothers
  5. "The Great Pretender" by The Band


Epigraph--"What they need is a union".

Officer Russell makes this statement in reference to the women involved in the illegal sex trade.


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