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All Good Things Must Come To An End….

As I’m sure many of you already know, the season finale of The Wire is upon us *sighs*. I’ve been watching The Wire since Bodie, Poot, and Wallace were moving that Barksdale Package in the towers. I don’t know if it was the love of Stringer Bell that drew me in, or the familiarity in the way no one on that show pronounced the “t” when they said “Baltimore”. Whatever it was, I was hooked from episode one. I knew then that D’Angelo was not really cut out for that lifestyle, and I also knew I didn’t like his baby mama (that’s right, I’m hating because she ended up having a tryst with my boo)! For those that may be a few episodes behind, I’ll avoid any real plot spoilers as I embark on this blog of “things I learned from The Wire”.

R.I.P. B.I.G.! Do you know how many songs Biggie could have put out about The Wire? With “artists” like Soulja Boy having one of the biggest hits of 2007, can you imagine what Biggie would have done with a show like The Wire to fuse into his rhymes??? When was the last time you listened to 10 Crack Commandments? Commandments 2, 3, 7, and 9 are straight out of The Wire.

A Man Must Have A Code….and other people have to know about it! When Omar got locked up for the shooting in the convenience store, luckily his reputation for only going after people in “the game” preceded him with Bunk. When people already know what you will and won’t do beforehand, it makes getting your point across a lot easier! (sidebar: Who knew Kima had a code too!)

Deserve Ain’t Got Nothing To Do With It. Sometimes we get what we get just because. I know I don’t deserve cheesy lines, yet some lame dude recently offered to drink my bathwater. Try as I might, I can’t seem to figure it out. I think I know what I “deserve”, but Snoop and Chris have shown me what we deserve and what we get don’t always coincide.

Never Trust A Man In Dockers….especially when his name is Scott Templeton. In an effort to prevent a spoiler, I will just say I HATE SCOTT TEMPLETON! From the first time we saw him, he rubbed me the wrong way, and with every scene my contempt grows!

A Lie Ain’t A Side of the Story, It’s Just A Lie. We all know at least one “honesty deficient” person. If we think about it, he/she is the person always PRESSED to tell you their side of the story. Five seasons of the Wire have taught me, that when dealing with a liar, I should expect everything that comes out of their mouth to be at the very least, a “half truth”. I was once in a relationship with a liar. He was big on telling me “his side” of the story. If I knew back then, what I know now…..

Get There Early. This one is pretty much self explanatory, but for all those time challenged people out there…..people give you a start time for a reason. If you want to know what they are really up to, get there before they do!


It’s All In The Details. Whatever you do, however you do it, make sure you have the details right! The brilliance of The Wire comes down to how all the bases are covered in the details. So for everyone out there trying to get over on your boss/boo/parent with a silly lie….back track and perfect those details. Don’t ramble out foolishness a la Scott Templeton (did he really think that Norese as a source thing was a good idea)? Be more like Lester Freeman with your details. Cover all your bases and at the appropriate time throw out that Big Joker!

The Difference Between Being a Businessman and being a BUSINESS….MAN! Who would have thought Marlo would go from raising pigeons to all of this???? I guess it’s all about supply and demand. When you know what people need, you demand they buy your supply! It’s been Barksdale all day everyday over here since episode one, but Marlo definitely put a different spin on those corners.

Nature vs. Nurture. Did y’all know Randy (the little boy from last season that is now tougher than leather living in the group home) was really Cheese’s son? I guess he got that hustle man gene honestly which is why he was so successful at selling candy. (Poor Randy was destined to become a victim of nature because of Herc’s foolishness!) I don’t know who I feel sorrier for Randy or Dukie. Randy had Miss Anna for a minute, but Dukie has always been alone. At least Namond found a nurturing place to call home. His mother De’Londa “you scared to go to baby booking” Brice was A HOT MESS! What type of mother negotiates a package for her son?

It’s A Position, Not A Negotiation. Actually I learned this from Phil Leotardo on The Soprano’s, but Marlo perfected it. He’s a man of few words, and not one to debate anything. When he said “the price of the brick going’ up”, those mouths fell open, but nobody said a word.

As you can tell I’m a serious fan. I hate to see this show go, but it’s definitely going out with a bang! If you missed this season, you still have a few days to catch up on all the episodes (assuming you have access to HBO On Demand) before the finale on Sunday! In the meantime Epiphany Blog, what have YOU learned from The Wire?



March 6, 2008 - Posted by | Entertainment, Television


  1. 1. When did Kima become so righteous?
    2. I think I hate Herc’s slimey a$$ even more than the reporter!
    3. Poor Randy. Talk about innocence stolen.

    Comment by divastyles | March 6, 2008

  2. And let’s not forget my favorite, “money ain’t got no owners, only spenders.”

    Comment by kp | March 6, 2008

  3. this season, they have brought together alot of the old with all of the new and it shows just how much all life intertwines. but how did you know that randy was cheese’s son? and dang, i just call randy that boy with the cornrows. wow, you really are a fan.

    Comment by MikBaby | March 6, 2008

  4. 1. I miss every clever thing Omar has ever said, RIP–Omar
    2. How does my hair look?–Snoop
    3. All I got is my name(something like that)!–Marlo

    Comment by Irving on the Crest | March 6, 2008

  5. I’m a Brit, an ex-teacher and I’ve only recently discovered The Wire. In fact I’ve watched it all this year, in a mad rush and have become a bit obsessed with it. Season 4 was my favourite – no one ever understands how I can love kids that give me a hard time, but how could you not love Randy, Namond, Michael and Dukie?

    What have I learned? That there ain’t no easy answers, though I feel a bit more income tax would go some way to some of it – more teachers, cops, overtime etc.

    That a man called Cedric can be HOT…

    That a lot of us seem to be more forgiving of gangsters than of cops – I even found myself warming to Snoop and Chris, which surely must be wrong, but I can’t take anything about Rawls, Burrell or Herc

    Comment by Anna | March 6, 2008

  6. The bigger the lie, the more they believe it…

    Comment by Wolfe | March 18, 2008

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