"Took" is the seventh episode of the fifth season of The Wire. It is the fifty-seventh episode of the series overall. It premiered on February 10, 2008. The episode was written by Richard Price and directed by Dominic West.[1]



Starring castEdit

The fifth season starring cast consists of: Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty; Reg E. Cathey as Norman Wilson; John Doman as William Rawls; Aidan Gillen as Tommy Carcetti; Clark Johnson as Augustus Haynes; Deirdre Lovejoy as Rhonda Pearlman; Tom McCarthy as Scott Templeton; Clarke Peters as Lester Freamon; Wendell Pierce as Bunk Moreland; Sonja Sohn as Kima Greggs; Lance Reddick as Cedric Daniels; Andre Royo as Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins; Seth Gilliam as Ellis Carver; Domenick Lombardozzi as Thomas "Herc" Hauk; Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little; Gbenga Akinnagbe as Chris Partlow; Jamie Hector as Marlo Stanfield; Neal Huff as Michael Steintorf; Jermaine Crawford as Duquan "Dukie" Weems; Corey Parker Robinson as Leander Sydnor; Tristan Wilds as Michael Lee; Michael Kostroff as Maurice Levy; Michelle Paress as Alma Gutierrez; Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as R. Clayton Davis.

Despite being credited, John Doman, Seth Gilliam, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jamie Hector and Michael Kostroff do not appear in this episode.

Guest starsEdit

  1. Peter Gerety as Judge Daniel Phelan
  2. David Costabile as Thomas Klebanow
  3. Sam Freed as James Whiting
  4. Delaney Williams as Jay Landsman
  5. Ed Norris as Ed Norris
  6. Gregory L. Williams as Michael Crutchfield
  7. Brian Anthony Wilson as Vernon Holley
  8. Kara Quick as Rebecca Corbett
  9. Brandon Young as Michael Fletcher
  10. William F. Zorzi as Bill Zorzi
  11. Dion Graham as Rupert Bond
  12. Bill Murphy as Defense Attorney Billy Murphy
  13. Donnell Rawlings as Damien "Day-Day" Price
  14. Richard Belzer as Bar Patron
  15. Tom McCarthy as Tim Phelps
  16. Crissandra Spencer as Reporter
  17. Stanley Boyd as Cherry
  18. Christopher J. Clanton as Savino Bratton
  19. Edward Green as Spider
  20. Kwame Patterson as Monk Metcalf
  21. Thuliso Dingwall as Kenard
  22. James Jorsling as Vincent
  23. Jay Landsman as Dennis Mello
  24. Michael Salconi as Michael Santangelo
  25. Curt Boushell as slot man
  26. David Goodman as Budget Advisor
  27. Dennis Hill as Detective Christeson
  28. Elijah Grant Johnson as Elijah
  29. Kim Tuvin as Circuit Court Judge
  30. Stu Evered as unknown
  31. Seymour Horowitz as Father
  32. Rosemary Knower as Mother
  33. Ken Ullman as Reporter
  34. Vickie Warehime as Patrol Sergeant

Stanley Boyd's name is misspelled in the credits as Stanely Boyd.

Uncredited appearancesEdit


McNulty's Serial KillerEdit

Jimmy McNulty, Lester Freamon, and Leander Sydnor devise a plan to get Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Templeton to take a phone call from the faux homeless serial killer. McNulty, as the killer, acts upset about the articles painting him in a sexual light and declares that no more bodies will be found in the city; instead, he will simply send pictures of his victims (via cell phone). In both the newspaper and police offices the bosses tell their troops that they have been assured that they will have the resources to follow the case/story to its end and that it is a top priority.

Freamon, given technology to intercept the cell phone images via his illegal Marlo tap, runs up against a tougher code than he expected – nothing but a clock face showing a different time in each picture – and he needs more manpower for surveillance to see what Marlo's people are doing and where they're going after they receive these messages from The Greek.

McNulty, knowing the case is one big facade, sends the surveillance teams to Freamon while allocating the extra manpower assigned to (and forced on) him to allow other detectives to get "real police work" done: giving the detectives the overtime they have sorely needed. Unfortunately, the added attention begins to be too much for McNulty as the bosses offer him more and more men and, eventually, the fact that he's giving away time gets out and people come looking for it.

First is Detective Ed Norris, asking for a road car so he can travel to New York; one-year ago in Bolton Hill, a twenty-year-old woman was raped, strangled, and stuffed under her bed. His suspect's brother-in-law refused to make a statement, but now that his wife is in New York custody, he wants to deal. Norris guilt-trips McNulty into giving him the resources. Later, Detective Michael Crutchfield visits McNulty, saying he needs surveillance on a bus stop in order to catch a serial armed robber-killer, who murdered one person, and injured two more. After receiving the assistance, Crutchfield thanks McNulty, and says, "Thanks boss," the latter of which has McNulty jumping from his seat, confused, and almost unsettled by the compliment.


Detective Bunk Moreland refuses to attend a mandatory meeting about the homeless murders, knowing their true nature, opting instead to work on his 22 open murders going back to the previous year. Sergeant Ellis Carver takes Michael Lee off of his corner, bringing him to Bunk so he can ask about Michael's dead stepfather. Michael provides Bunk with nothing new, which only adds to Bunk's unhappiness with everything going on with McNulty – including his inability to get lab results back due to the homeless murders taking precedence.


Omar Little traps former Barksdale and current Stanfield soldier Savino Bratton, who states that he wasn't there when Chris Partlow and Snoop tortured and killed Butchie. Omar suggests that he wouldn't have tried to help the situation anyway. Bratton remains silent, so after a moment of consideration, Omar kills him.

Later, in broad daylight, Omar limps on a crutch to confront Michael's corner, visibly scaring them. He tells Michael to tell Marlo that he killed Savino, and that he'll take out all his muscle until Marlo comes at him himself. After he walks off Kenard is the only not overawed.


Haynes consults Major Dennis Mello, an old friend, in a cop bar about someone — hypothetically — going through the court system with a false name. Mello points out that arrest sheets carry fingerprints and photos making such a thing nearly impossible, casting doubt on Scott Templeton's story that his original "crab lady" story was correct. Rebecca Corbett and Gus both show disgust later at Templeton's story about his night living with the homeless.

Gus sends Mike Fletcher off to research the homeless as well, not specifically for a story, and he winds up at the same kitchen Templeton was at and Bubbles is working at. Bubbles informs him it's not really a place for homeless persons, which comes as a surprise to him, but offers to take him around later. They meet under the same expressway overpass Templeton previously visited, and Fletcher spends some time talking to the homeless in the area. When he offers to pay Bubbles, Bubbles turns him down, telling him to "write it how it feels."

Clay Davis's TrialEdit

State Senator Clay Davis hires high-powered attorney Billy Murphy to represent him in his case, attempting to sway him to his side by "offering" to be indicted federally to make it a bigger case. Davis arrives at the courthouse with a copy of Prometheus Bound, comparing himself to the titular character (and mispronouncing both the name of the main character and author). During the actual trial the state presents its evidence and testimony from former Davis driver Damien Lavelle "Day-Day" Price – who states that he returned his charity salaries to Davis in cash. Taking the stand himself, Davis charms the jury, saying he withdrew cash simply so that it would be on hand for him to dispense to needy constituents. To the shock of Bond and Pearlman, Davis is found not guilty.


Detective Kima Greggs, assigned to the homeless killings full time, spends an entire day getting background information on the confirmed victims which "ruins her whole week." After work she has plans to keep her son Elijah for the night and asks McNulty where to get children's furniture. He tells her Ikea, but fails to inform her that their furniture must be assembled. Having apparently failed to assemble the bed, she sleeps on a chair in the living room; it's suggested that Elijah has been put to sleep in her own bed. However, when Elijah wakes her saying that he can't sleep, Greggs sits with him in the apartment window (an homage to a scene in the film Clockers, which was based on the Richard Price novel of the same name) saying good night to the denizens of the inner city a la Goodnight Moon.


Special appearanceEdit

Richard Belzer makes a cameo appearance as former Baltimore police detective John Munch, the character he portrayed on the Baltimore-based police drama Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999), and subsequently on the New York-based Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(1999–present). Clark Johnson's character, Augustus Haynes, walks into a bar to speak with Major Dennis Mello, played by Jay Landsman (The John Munch character from David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets was based upon Landsman). On Homicide, Johnson's character Meldrick Lewis owned a Baltimore bar with Munch. As Haynes walks past him, Munch can be heard telling the bartender that he once owned a bar.


  1. Season 5 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-12.
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