The Best The Wire, Season 1, Episode 9 Quotes

Det. Ellis Carver: Where's everybody at?
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Maybe the whole thing is over and no one bothered to tell us. Maybe we won.

- So, what do you think?
- I think she's a sweetheart.
- If we push her hard, she'll tumble.
- You want to show her the pictures?
- I want to do better than that.

- is because we've been keeping an eye on the people who run Orlando's.
- We got ways of knowing what they're saying, thinking.
- You know what they said about this one?
- Bitch didn't know how good the snort was.
- That it was her own fault. That's how they do.
- They use people, and when they throw them away, they find a way to say it ain't on them.
- Lying motherfucker.
- He said they took her to a hospital.

- Uh, donation for the program.
- Done.
- Good. Give me 30 from the line and get out of here.
- Yo, man, good job, baby.
- All right.
- And I assume there's another five right here, for making this happen?
- Ain't shit for free, right?

- You shitheads turned in 15. Where's the rest?
- Lieutenant, we ain't got...
- You have till roll call tomorrow to crawl back to whatever rock you hid it under.
- It comes back and it goes to ecu.
- This doesn't happen.
- Not with me. Not with my unit.

[Man 1] 'Hey, checked my count again.'
[Man 2] 'How bad?'
[man 1] 'Not too bad, man.
- 'We got hit about 22.'
[Man 2] '22? That's all?
- 'All right.'

Avon: Yo ref, yo ref, yo ref... what the fuck? The boy was fouled, clear, straight up... how you going to not call that?
Referee: Look, if you want I can put time back on the clock and replay it...
Avon: Are you talking about a do-over, baby? Are you talking about a fucking do-over? That's not how the game is played. You can't do that! Fuck, can you believe this shit? This nigga talkin' about doin' it again!
Referee: Look, I don't want any trouble, okay...
Proposition: Ain't going to be no trouble over no ball...
Avon: Man, you supposed to be the ref, right? Why don't you stand up for your fuckin' self, you pussy! You can't just let any ol' motherfucking nigga get in your face... understand? Now walk away. Walk away. Turn around and walk the fuck away... ignorant motherfucker.
Proposition: We cool?
Avon: Yeah, we cool baby, you tell your people to come up here to the park Saturday at noon. Of course, you come on the West Side again, without a ball, I'm a light your ass up.

- Fished your wish, bubs?
- Oh, yeah.
- And you should've seen the one that got away. [Chuckles]
- You know, I nearly got killed behind this caper.
- It's all in the game, bubs.
- Yeah?

- Avon goes down, the projects be open market again, right?
- Let me understand.
- Avon loses 100 large to me on a bet, then you bring me some of his shit so that
- I can put your predatory self on his ass.
- Not his day, is it?
[Carver] Fuck it.

- Count this money, baby.
- What the fuck?
- Who's that?
- Wee-bey swinging me an emergency call.

- Now get back on d.
- Check out avon. He's freaking.
[Poot] Shit, man, we got to win this one.
- Yo, I think avon's here.
- Where?
- Like I know what he looks like.
- He's a black guy rooting for westside.

- We are?
- Mmmhmm.
- How can you put that down when sydnor wasn't on the roof?
- Yes, he was.
- No, he's not, he's with Daniels.
- No, he isn't.
[Crowd] Oooh!

- Yo, bub...
- This ain't shit.
- I'm not high, neither.
- It's fucking arm & hammer.
- We just been firing baking soda.
- Fuck. It's all right.
- I'll just come up with another plan.
- I did it once, right?
- Shh.

- Motherfucker!
- Yo, motherfucker, trying to steal our shit.

- Who's playing who?
- West against east.
- Baltimore?
- The projects, man.
- The bragging rights to the projects.
- The projects got a ball team?

- He called again, same payphone.
- Same voice?
- Main stash house, it's got to be.
- The pattern fits.
- Who took the call at the projects?
- Who knows?
- There was no one on the roof. Sydnor was off with Daniels, chasing avon in the street.
- We had a good day too. Kima turned one of the dancers over at avon's club.
- The one who's fucking d'Angelo.

- I don't know anything about that.
- I just work for tips.
- Now you do know, because we're telling you.
- You know a girl named keisha Michaels?
- She dances with me.
- How's she doing?
- All right, I guess.
- Will you excuse us a moment?

[Herc] He just parked. East of Oliver.
- 12-10, you keep the eyeball.
- 11-71, take up a position on federal, west of montford.
- I'm coming up from the south.
- 11-71, I copy that.
- He's just sitting there.

- Another 30 days, mcnulty?
- What the fuck did I do?
- One day he fights, next he's ready to roll over.
- Does he want this fucking case or not?
[Freamon] Give him some slack.
- He's wrestling with the angels on this one.
- Where's my lucky pen?

- and they shield you with their wings keep you close to the lord don't pay heed to temptation for his hands are so cold you gotta keep the devil way down in the hole

- I thinks not, Terrell, I thinks not.
- Y'all might need to think this through and stop wasting my time.
- Because Omar can come back tomorrow.
- And the next day.
- And the next day.
- And I will put a bullet in all y'all behind, what happen right now, you heard?

- No, fucker, we do not have a charge.
- We just got your money.
- You want it back, you can explain it to the state's attorney where you got it.
- Y'all enjoy your day now, you hear?
[Man rapping] As I wake up in the morning and get out of my bed
- I'm thinkin' 'bout the brothers...
Man: Give me three.
- The brothers I deal with, locked up

- Fuck. Fuck.
- Ah!

Omar: Hey, yo! Y'all need to open this door, man, before I huff and puff. C'mon, now, by the hairs of your chinny-chin-chin.
Terrell: Omar, you best roll out. We up in here with a Mac-10.
Omar: I thinks not, Terrell. I thinks not. Y'all might need to think this through and stop wasting my time. 'Cause Omar can come back tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And I will put a bullet in all y'all behind what happen right now, you heard?
[a garbage bag is dropped from the window and Omar inspects the contents]
Omar: Fair enough.

- It's all good, just leave him be.
- Damn.
- Fuck.
- I'm tired of not having a phone up in this joint.
- I'll be right back.
- Yeah.
- Have a nice hike.
D'Angelo Barksdale: Yeah.

- Back door only.
- There's an old sofa in the basement.
- I'll throw you down some blankets.
- You try to come up those stairs, and
- I'm gonna call the police. I swear I will.

- Omar!
[Men] Omar coming, Omar coming!
- Did you hear me? Omar coming.
- Let's get out of here.
Man: Close that shit down
Man: I said, Omar coming through.
[2nd man] Somebody in trouble now. Let's go.
- Eyy-yo.

Man: Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about.
- Got him marked. On the sideline, red shirt, white visor. I think he's coaching.
- Yo, who this fucking midget, yo?

[Daniels] Anyone got him?
[Woman] '64-Charlie to central k.'
- 12-10.
- '12-10.i
- 12-10.
- You have him?
- Lieutenant, I don't even know what I'm looking for.

- Hard and tight, like she's got no choice.
[Greggs] Shardene ennis.
- Miss, we need to talk.
- About what?
- It's a downtown talk.
- This way. Come on. Come on.
Man: Two at a time! Two at a time!
[Young man] Give me a two and two.

Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty: Well, you know what they say: "stupid criminals make stupid cops". I'm proud to be chasing this guy.

- I don't look like something you could roll up in a rug and throw in the trash?
- Shardene.
- Shardene.
- Shardene!
- Lieutenant, you paged us?
- We were almost home.
- Sit.

- He ain't anywhere near his bottom.
- Got to see that bottom coming up at him.
- Hard too, cos he's young, 24.
- Most people don't get tired till they're 35, 40.
- How old are you?
- Young at heart.
- Waylon, man.
- Bubs.

Det. Lester Freamon: You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don't know where the fuck it's gonna take you.

- Be advised that he didn't make it to chase.
- 11-71, what's your status?
[Mcnulty] 'He couldn't have gone past us.'
[carver] '11-71, nothing on this side.'
[herc] 'Must have went to ground.'
- Hold your positions. I'll take a look.

- Thinking about getting clean... again.
- I was thinking I ain't got no other place to go, maybe...
- That's wrong, right?
- That ain't right, right? Sorry.
- I'm sorry.
- Wait.

- You going over there?
- Get me a cheese steak.
- You hungry too?
- I could do a burger.
- Let me get onions on that, man.
- You organizing it right? My 50s with my 50s, and my 100s with my 100s?
- All right, ladies, good night.
- I see you all tomorrow, on time, you hear?

- As I wake up in the morning and get out of my bed
- I'm thinkin' 'bout the people
- I grew up with, long dead the brothers I grew up with, locked up
- I'm freestylin' off the top of my head you know it's swell, Patti LaBelle
- I like her but Regina belle is better...

- Hurry up, nigger. People looking.
- Look here, man, you a smart little motherfucker.
- You start back up at edmondson, you likely to finish up at Harvard or some shit like that. Believe, b.
- And you you got a good heart in there too.
- Not like the rest of these niggers.

- Unless somebody steps up a little bit, she's not gonna be the last neither.
- You like that one?
- Why don't you keep it?
[Whispers] Thank you.
- He's getting into a black Ford excursion.
Man: 'Copy that.'
- He's pulling out, north on collington.

- West fucking Baltimore is on vacation.
- No crews slinging in the low-rises, the towers.
- What the fuck?

- Renaissance revival, late 19th century.
- Do you have a house for them?
- No, I just make them and sell them.
- That seems kind of sad.
- You should have a house for them.
- We can use the lieutenant's office.

- Fuck.
- Bey?
- Yeah.
- 911 call.
- No, no, no, no.
- We got rules, right?

- Television and radio stations...
- He's doubling back.
- 'Copy.'
- He's south on montford.

- Yo, what's up?
- What you got?
- Family affair, two-for-one, you up?
- Nah, not me.
- All right.