“The Wire”: Episode 7, “Took”

WiregreggsmcnultytookThis episode of The Wire has just about everything, including a Shakima Greggs bedtime story, as only she could deliver:

Goodnight moon
Goodnight stars
Goodnight po-pos
Goodnight thieves
Goodnight hoppers
Goodnight hustlers
Goodnight scammers
Goodnight to everybody
Goodnight to one and all

This bit of poetry from Greggs as she sits on her windowsill late at night, trying to ease her little boy back to sleep, wraps up the eventful episode seven, “Took,” penned by Richard Price and and David Simon and directed by Dominic West. It’s a nice touch to end with a leisurely paced two-minute scene with Greggs (looking very un-Greggs-like) after a seg that moves the overall plot along at warp speed, for the most part.

Another morsel offered for the rabid fans is a glimpse of Richard Belzer in his Det. Munch persona from “Homicide: Life on the Streets” (the NBC drama inspired by “Wire” creator David Simon’s non-fiction book about life in Baltimore). It’s a fleeting moment — Munch is parked on a stool arguing with a bartender about his tab when Clark Johnson’s city editor Gus Haynes goes to an old cop-bar hangout from his days on the beat to do some reporting on some of the B.S. that his fiendishly ambitious Jimmy Olson, reporter Scott Templeton, has been feeding him about a story that has drawn complaints from readers for its veracity, or lack thereof.

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