The Wire
The Wire

Johnny was a young heroin addict and protégé of Reginald “Bubbles” Cousins.


Season 1

In 2002, Johnny was Bubbles's best friend and a drug addict with notoriously bad luck. In the pilot episode he is beaten nearly to death by Bodie, Wallace, Poot and other dealers after trying to pass counterfeit money to D'Angelo Barksdale's operation; this spurs Bubbles to become a police informant.

While in the hospital for that beating, Johnny discovers he is HIV positive.

Season 2

Season 3

He died from an overdose and his body is discovered in a vacant house in the "Hamsterdam" free zone that Major Colvin had set up. ("Mission Accomplished")



Season 1
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"


  • Johnny is based on a young white homeless addict that David Simon met while researching The Corner, this man would follow Simon's subject, drug addict Gary McCullough, around.[1]


  1. David Simon. (2005). 'The Wire "The Target" commentary track [DVD]. HBO.