Johnny Weeks

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Johnny Weeks
The Wire character
Johnny Weeks, an unfortunate drug addict played by Leo Fitzpatrick
First appearance "The Target" (episode 1.01)
Last appearance "Mission Accomplished" (episode 3.12)
Created by David Simon
Portrayed by Leo Fitzpatrick
Information
Aliases None
Gender Male
Occupation Drug addict, scrap stealer
Children None

Johnny Weeks is a fictional character on the HBO drama series The Wire, portrayed by Leo Fitzpatrick. A heroin addict, he commits a series of petty crimes to afford his habit, along with fellow addict Bubbles.

Biography[edit]

Season one[edit]

In season one Johnny is Bubbles' best friend and a drug addict with notoriously bad luck. He is naive and enthusiastic for "the game", allowing Bubbles to play the role of teacher. In the pilot episode he is badly beaten by Bodie Broadus, Poot Carr and other dealers after trying to pass counterfeit money to D'Angelo Barksdale's operation. This spurs Bubbles to become a police informant but Johnny disapproves and takes no part in it except when arrested by police.

While in the hospital for that beating, Johnny discovers he is HIV positive; he also undergoes a colostomy operation.

Season two[edit]

Johnny's first seen by Detective Jimmy McNulty, when they are stealing out of a shopping centre, McNulty catches them instead of arresting Johnny and Bubbles, McNulty asks them to find stick up artist Omar Little. At the end of Season 2 Officer Santangelo catches Bubbles and Johnny stealing from an ambulance, they get arrested and released as Bubbles gives information about the projects with Proposition Joe's dealers, when Cheese is shot in the shoulder by Brother Mouzone.

Season three[edit]

Johnny and Bubbles continue to steal of scrapyards, but Bubbles would rather inform detectives McNulty and Greggs about the street dealers. In the season three finale he dies from an overdose and his body is discovered in a vacant house in the "Hamsterdam" free zone that Major Colvin had set up.

Origins[edit]

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.

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