"The Wire" The Hunt (TV Episode 2002) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • While Greggs' life hangs in the balance, the entire department attempts to hunt down Savino. When Wallace flips, willing to testify that Stringer, Wee-Bey and Bird killed Brandon, Daniels stashes him in his grandmother's house on the outskirts of the city, but he soon becomes restless. Stringer tells Wee-Bey he needs to get out of Baltimore until the Savino investigation cools off, whilst Avon considers his next move. When McNulty and Pearlman try to pressure Levy into giving up Savino, he proves smarter than they gave him credit for. Meanwhile, when the detail's hand is forced, and a series of city-wide raids are ordered so as to appease Burrell's desire for "dope on the table," McNulty goes to see Phelan for help, but is surprised at his reaction. Daniels decides not to raid the main Barksdale stash house, but when word of his plan gets back to Burrell, he realizes there is a snitch in the detail. Elsewhere, Bubbles finds it increasingly difficult to stay clean.

  • With Greggs in the hospital on life support, the police pull out all of the stops in searching for the shooters. They start by bringing in the go-between who led Orlando and Greggs into the trap but find they actually have little to charge him with. McNulty is blaming himself for all that's happened and Major Rawls is surprisingly supportive of him. Greggs' fellow officers are all keen to find her killers but the Commissioner wants to stage huge raids, including one on the recently discovered stash house. Daniels and McNulty realize that someone in the squad is feeding information to the Deputy Chief. D'Angelo thinks he's had it when Stringer sends him off on an errand with Wee-Bay. Wallace meanwhile is living at his grandmother's but is staying in contact with his friends the pit.


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  • "Dope on the damn table." - Daniels

    Greggs is in the hospital unconscious from gunshot wounds in her neck. At the crime scene, Bunk discovers that her gun, which she'd hidden under the seat of the car in which she was shot, had slid away and she was unable to retrieve it to defend herself when the shooting started. Rawls finds that the street signs nearby have been tampered with, which meant Greggs was unable to radio her proper location.

    Wee-Bey beeps Stringer from a pay phone near the shooting. The call is traced to the pay phone later, connecting Stringer to the crime, and while there are no fingerprints on the phone, a soda can nearby yields the prints of Little Man, one of Barksdale's crew. Wee-Bey reports to Stringer that the heist went well, but Stringer informs him that the woman they shot was a cop.

    Major heat will come their way, so Wee-Bey must hide out in Philly for awhile. D'Angelo is ordered to drive Wee-Bey to Philly, but he is suspicious that this may be a ruse to off him instead. They stop by Wee-Bey's apartment, all the time Dee fearing it is a trap, but Wee-Bey just gives him instructions to care for his tropical fish.

    Wallace phones Poot from his Grandma's because he's homesick for Baltimore. Bubbles, still straight and still waiting for cash from Greggs, beeps her and is picked up by cops moments later at a pay phone. He agrees to return to the projects and observe who is missing among Barksdale's crew. McNulty gives him $20 to get high, but Bubbles holds on to the money and stays clean, reporting later that Little Man, Savino and Wee-Bey have disappeared from the Towers.

    Barksdale attorney Maury Levy assures Rhonda Pearlman and McNulty that if Savino calls, Levy will advise him the police are looking for him and he should turn himself in. McNulty has heard enough lawyer double-talk and insists the hard way that Levy have Savino in police custody before day's end. He not only insults Levy in his tirade, but Pearlman too, who backs McNulty's threats to Levy nonetheless. Levy coughs up Savino, and when Savino is informed that he will go to prison for three years, he responds cockily: "I can do the three. Ain't no thing."

    Burrell is on the warpath again, and tells Daniels the police commissioner wants citywide raids on every known suspect in the case. "We want dope on the table for the six o'clock news." Daniels tells his squad the news, but says they will not raid the Pimlico drug house that is Barksdale's main supplier, since to do so would compromise their case. Burrell however learns of this scheme and warns Daniels that he'd better include the Pimlico house. Daniels concludes that there's a snitch in his squad who tipped Burrell off. McNulty asks Judge Phelan to overrule Burrell's order to include the Pimlico house, but the Judge refuses.

    The citywide busts go down, and although the Pimlico connection is not home, the cops find a huge supply of drugs and a large pile of cash in his house. Herc and Carver each help themselves to a stack of bills before reporting their find. After the busts, Burrell holds a press conference, and indeed the drugs are on the table.

    The report on Greggs is that she has swelling on the vertebrae and indications of partial paralysis, which may go away when the swelling recedes.

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