The Best The Wire, Season 2, Episode 10 Quotes

- Damn, zig, I ain't got it out yet.
- And turn that shit down, for Christ's sake.

- A little something for a rainy day.
- You built up a right nice-size nest these past few years.
- Might be time you maybe think about backing off some?
- Back off to what?
- Later, butch.
- Stay, boy.

- He went in.
- Why was he there?
- Where the fuck were you?
- Uncle frank, I didn't know.
- What didn't you know?
- What is Ziggy doing near the Greeks?
- I don't know.
- You don't know? You're supposed to.
- You're his fucking cousin!
- You're his father.

- Yeah.
- Ooh!
- Base to 11-34.
- Target number two is coming at your 20.
- Copy that. We're on it good.

- He said that's what the college kids drank.
- But we did it up. Right here.
- Yeah.
- He stood up there, a bottle in each hand, screaming loud enough to wake the nuns.
- What the fuck did he say?

- Still, it's good money for a few hours' work.
- No! Oh, no!
- No fucking way!
- We had a deal, motherfucker. A deal!
- You listen to me. It was my fucking ass out there on the line. Mine!
- And this, this piddling shit is the best that you come up with?
- You don't play me like that! You don't!

- What you need to be concerned about is what's seated in the chamber now - a copper-jacketed, hollow point, 120-grain hot street load of my own creation.
- So you need to think for just a moment and ask yourself,
- "what do I have to do before this man raise up his gun again?"
- Let's go.
- Good day to you, sir.

- Rod.
- Got it.
- Here. Hold on to that.
- Yeah. I know this one.

[after shooting Cheese with a nonlethal bullet]
Brother: Pellets in plastic. Rat shot. What you need be concerned about is what's seated in the chamber now: a copper-jacketed, hollow-point, 120-grain hot street load of my own creation. So you need to think for a just a moment and ask yourself: "What do I have to do before this man raise up his gun again?"

Brother: You know what the most dangerous thing in America is, right? Nigga with a library card.

- Make sure the dock boys are playing straight.
- They are what I order?
- Yes.
- I got you the s series in the colors that you wanted.
- I got one parked outside. You wanna see?
- Outside? Now?
- I'm just taking her out for a spin, chief.
- I'll put her back tonight.

- Kima.
- We're gonna take the boss out.
- Raids? Tonight?
- Can you make it with your kids an' all?
- No, no problem.
- I can take them over to my parents'.
- All right, we'll see you soon.
- Kima, thanks for the call. Bye.

Brother: Lamar, where's my Harper's?
Lamar: Say what?
Brother: Harper's. The new issue.
Lamar: You didn't say that one. You said the New Republic, and Atlantic, and a new something else.
Brother: I did not forget to tell you Harper's. Every week I tell you the same shit, and every week you forget half of what I say. Tomorrow first thing, you go down to the newsstand, and you get Harper's. And the Nation, too, which you also managed to forget. You know what the most dangerous thing in America is, right? Nigger with a library card.

- I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
- I keep my eyes wide open all the time
- I keep the ends out for the tie that binds because you're mine, I walk the line

- Get in the boat first, then put the preserver on. It's easier that way.
- Yeah?
- Y'all trying to drown my ass for sure.
- Come on.
- Don't push me, man.

Chester: Nicely done, nicely done. Like I always say, it pays to go with the union card every time.

- Fuck you, you thieving, Greek cunt.
- Malaka!
[Speaks Greek] You don't know that one, chief. But you know malaka, yes?
- Now you know malaka with dress.

- Typed and ready for your John hancock.
- Thanks.
- Sure.

- we just gotta keep the devil way down in the hole
- Down in the hole down in the hole you gotta help me keep the devil down in the hole

- I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
- I keep my eyes wide open all the time
- I keep the ends out for the tie that binds because you're mine...

- We're trying to get onto the boss man's text messaging.
- Yeah?
- They sent that Greek mess over as email.
- After he inputs, the computer will translate it.
- Got it.
- Shit.

- No, no.
- Please.
- Malaka.
[Operator] Can you hear me?
- If you can't talk, please stay on the line.

- But you ain't gonna use my people to fuck me.
- Get your gear. I'm pulling you.
- I got... there's work...
- You said...
- Get your narrow ass back to the district before I slap you with insubordination.
- Move, shitbird!
- Jesus!

- Let me get this into the computer for the boys overseas.
- Anything from that shithole of a diner?
- Herc and carver had nothing overnight.
- The feds took over this morning and it's still quiet.
- I'm going back on the water.
- One meet and we're on this guy.

- Something wrong?
- Mm-mm.
- The baby's kicking. Wanna feel?

- I just wish I had good news for you.
- You told me this was a local effort.
- It's sprawled. Now the bureau's involved.
- We're looking hard at the port unions.
- My hands are tied.
- They're on you with wiretaps.
- Several phones, several addresses.

- He wasn't...
- He wasn't saying, "please don't shoot me."
- It was more begging.
- You know? Double g, he's begging me.
- But that's not gonna mess you up, though, right?
- No, it's more descriptive like that.
- It's good. Thanks.

- 11-34 to surveillance, both targets are on the move.
- We can't make the vehicle but you sure as hell can.
- Copy.
- What was he doing with that thing in his hand?
- Same thing you always do.
- Probably sending a text message.
- My kids are crazy over that.

- I thought you was gonna go shopping.
- We round-the-clock with surveillance.
- Uh... when do we get to the part where you do all kind of shit for me?
- When do we get to that part?
- So you past the point of lifting a grocery bag or two?
- You try being me like this.

- We get up on these locations, maybe we get a photo of the boss man.
- Or a tag number.
- It's totally cool.
- Where did you get this stuff?
- DEA for the trackers.
- Mcnulty pulled the software from his pals at the FBI field office.
- We can pull herc and carver off the warehouse and give them the diner.
- Mcnulty, bunk, you guys take fort Howard.

- Put a bounty on him.
- Let some bushwhacking fiend back-shoot his ass.
- I pin money on him and first thing he come at me?
- Shit. Might as well just shoot myself now and get it over.
- There is one boy who might could just pull this off.
- Only, he won't take contract money.

- Hey, prissy.
- Thought you'd be here.

Brother: Gentlemen!
Melvin: Whassup, my brother? Oh, what what what, uh, you slinging bean pies up in here or something? You with the Nation, homey? 'Cause either you a Muslim, or your mama need to stop laying your clothes out in the morning.
Brother: I'm here to represent the interests of a Mr. Barksdale. Are you familiar with Mr. Barksdale?
Melvin: Yeah, that name ring out, but so do mine.
Brother: And you are?
Melvin: Cheese, man.
Brother: Mr. Cheese. I see. And who do you work for, Mr. Cheese?
Melvin: Who I work for?
Brother: Am I correct in assuming that you are not employed by Mr. Barksdale?
Melvin: Hell, yeah.
Brother: Because if that is the case, then I have to insist that you leave.
Melvin: This nigger serious?
Brother: Let me be emphatic: You need to take your black ass across Charles Street where it belongs.

- As sure as night is dark and day is light
- I keep you on my mind both day and night and happiness I've known proves that it's right because you're mine, I walk the line

- Maybe stringer's still trying to settle that beef behind the fact that he got to live in this city, too.
- Omar being Omar.
- If it ain't putting you out none,
- I'd feel a powerful lot better if my nephew took over protection.
- Hayward.

- You could drive a tank through there, it wouldn't take a scratch.
- Where the fuck you going with this?
- Greece. Athens, Greece.
- The hole is so they don't think it's an inside job.
- So they don't look at the union.
- Welcome aboard, chief.

FBI Spec. Agent Terrance 'Fitz' Fitzhugh: [Referring to the FBI] We may be assholes, but on the upside, there's an awful lot of us.

- What if you knew where the call was made?
- I mean, exactly where it was made.
- Well, we were out in the middle of nowhere.
- Does that help narrow it down?
- The fort Howard sea wall. It ain't exactly Charles and Baltimore streets.
- You've got another problem.
- Which wireless company?
- There must be what, verizon, mci, at&t, sprint...
- Shit, tin cans and a string.
- You got dozens of them.

- Stefanos.
- Have the boy go to eton.
- Tell him to come right away to the other place.
- You're not calling?
- No phones. No more phones.
- Adieu, my friend.

- If it keeps going like this,
- I don't know what I'm gonna do.
- Thanks.
- It's no problem.
- You wanna make a phone call to someone?
- If you get over to Madison, it might be some time before you can.
- Ain't a chance I get bail, right?
- How about family?

- I find it very, very easy to be true
- I find myself alone when each day's through yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you because you're mine, I walk the line

- You've got a way to keep me on your side you give me cause for love that I can't hide for you I know I'd even try to turn the tide because you're mine, I walk the line

- That's our guy, right?
- What's-his-face sobotka from the drug quarter?
- I need to get with vondas.
- Who's that?
- Spiros. Where is he?
- I don't know no spiros.

Claude: All damn day, he just sit there, reading. And damned if those East Side bitches don't stay away.
Preston: That's real muscle right there.

- Keeps it off the books, so he don't have to pay taxes.
- And you saved all that?
- He gave me a bump, too.
- I'm pulling down seven a week.
- You don't believe me?
- Christ.
- I was saving that up to give to you for the new apartment.

- What say, Omar?
- Ain't no thing.
- You know I got something for you, right?
- Wouldn't come around unless I did.
- What up, butch? How you holding up?
- Except for fretting on you, I'm good.
- It's for my people.