Hard Cases
The Wire Season 2

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Sobotka (Chris Bauer) finds out about Nick (Pablo Schreiber) and Ziggy (James Ransone)'s thievery on the docks, and gets very angry. Nick decides they won't steal anymore, but his connection promises to make it worth their while if they can deliver certain chemicals. Despite Nick's pleas, Ziggy flashes his cash around, and pisses off a suspicious co-worker. Five inmates are dead and another eight hospitalized after ingesting spiked drugs distributed by Tilghman (Antonio D. Charity). It's all part of Avon's (Wood Harris) plan to shorten his prison term. D'Angelo (Larry Gilliard Jr.) has his suspicions about what Avon's done, and he wants nothing to do with it. Burrell (Frankie R. Faison) offers Daniels (Lance Reddick) a clean slate if he'll postpone his retirement to head the Sobotka detail for Valchek (Al Brown). Daniels agrees to do it if he can choose his own people, and if Burrell will make the detail permanent if they make a case. Rawls (John Doman) has to vet Daniels' list, and he approves everyone except McNulty (Dominic West). The only way McNulty will get off the boat is if "he quits or he drowns," Rawls tells Daniels. Daniels doesn't have too hard a time convincing Greggs (Sonja Sohn) to join the unit, but they agree to break the news to each others' "wives." McNulty gets Bubbles (Andre Royo) to help him track down Omar (Michael K. Williams) so he can testify in a murder trial. McNulty still wants to get back together with Elena (Callie Thorne), but he signs a separation agreement. Bunk (Wendell Pierce), Freamon (Clarke Peters), and Russell (Amy Ryan) start interrogating dock workers. Nobody in the IBS wants to talk, but Sobotka is stunned to learn that the dead girls in the container were murdered.


Dominic West
as Det. James McNulty
John Doman
as Col. William A. Rawls
Idris Elba
as Stringer Bell
Lance Reddick
as Lt. Cedric Daniels
Chris Bauer
as Frank Sobotka
Wood Harris
as Avon Barksdale
Sonja Sohn
as Det. Shakima Greggs
Wendell Pierce
as Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
Clarke Peters
as Det. Lester Freamon
Amy Ryan
as Off. Beatrice Russell
Al Brown
as Maj. Stanislaus Valcheck
Jim True-Frost
as Det. Roland `Prez' Pryzblewski
Frankie Faison
as Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
as D'Angelo Barksdale
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Det. Thomas R. `Herc' Hauk
Maria Broom
as Marla Daniels
Callie Thorne
as Elena McNulty
Michael Kostroff
as Maurice `Maury' Levy
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