|The Wire episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5
|Directed by||Agnieszka Holland|
|Teleplay by||David Mills|
|Story by||David Simon
|Original air date||February 3, 2008|
|Running time||58 minutes|
"React Quotes" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by David Mills from a story by David Simon & David Mills and was directed by Agnieszka Holland. It first aired on February 3, 2008.
|“||Just 'cause they're in the street doesn't mean that they lack opinions.||”|
- Paul Ben-Victor as Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos
- Amy Ryan as Beatrice "Beadie" Russell
- Callie Thorne as Elena McNulty
- Chad L. Coleman as Dennis "Cutty" Wise
- Glynn Turman as Clarence Royce
- Steve Earle as Walon
- Felicia Pearson as Felicia "Snoop" Pearson
- Marlyne Afflack as Nerese Campbell
- Dion Graham as Rupert Bond
- Delaney Williams as Jay Landsman
- David Costabile as Thomas Klebanow
- Sam Freed as James Whiting
- Robert Poletick as Steven Luxenberg
- William F. Zorzi as Bill Zorzi
- Larry Andrews as Donnie
- Darrell Britt-Gibson as O-Dog
- Norris Davis as Vinson
- Kwame Patterson as Monk Metcalf
- Thomas J. McCarthy as Tim Phelps
- Scott Shane as Scott Shane
- Brian Anthony Wilson as Vernon Holley
- Brandon Young as Mike Fletcher
- Denise Boyd as AIDS clinic nurse
- Keenon Brice as Aaron "Bug" Manigault
- Thuliso Dingwall as Kenard
- Brendan Walsh as Brendan Walsh
- Larry Young as Larry Young
- Tony Cordova as Michael McNulty
- Arthur Laupus as Appointment Homeless Guy
- Eric Ryan as Sean McNulty
- Ptolemy Slocum as Business Card Homeless Guy
- Tony Small as Singer
- John E. Fairley as Unknown
- Joe Hansard as Nathan Levi Boston
- Theodore M. Snead as Sports Desk Editor
- Tony Tsendeas as Homeless Man #2
- Alexandra Tydings as Arts Desk Editor
Brendan Walsh's name is misspelled in the credits as Brandon Walsh. Tony Small is miscredited as Tony Smalls. Guest stars Denise Francine Boyd, known as Fran Boyd, and Larry Andrews, known as Donnie Andrews, married in August 2007. Andrews was a convicted murderer who in 2007 worked for a gang outreach program at the AME Bethel Church. His criminal past is part of the inspiration for the Omar Little character and the two share several scenes in this episode. Fran Boyd, a recovering drug addict who works for an AIDS prevention clinic, appears in the episode as a nurse taking blood from Bubbles for an AIDS test. Boyd was one of the subjects of the non-fiction book The Corner written by series creator David Simon and writer Ed Burns. Former state legislator Larry Young, who was expelled from the Senate in 1998, appears as a talk-show host interviewing Senator Clay Davis on WOLB-AM, the Baltimore station where Young now works as a host.
- Edward Green as Spider
Marlo Stanfield assumes Proposition Joe's position as The Greek's narcotics distributor in Baltimore. Stanfield is given a phone and is shown how to communicate with The Greeks without speaking by Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos. Stanfield continues to use Maurice Levy to launder money and gives Levy his new cell phone number. Levy is optimistic, seeing Stanfield's use of cell phones as an indicator of future wiretap cases, which Levy would profit from defending. Defense investigator Thomas "Herc" Hauk copies the number after hours.
Duquan "Dukie" Weems gets beaten up by Spider when he punches Kenard for verbally insulting him while walking Bug home from school. Michael Lee takes him to Dennis "Cutty" Wise's gym to learn how to defend himself. Cutty tries to explain to Dukie that his intelligence gives him some prospects and that even if he learns how to fight it won't necessarily stop him from being attacked. Michael also tries to teach Dukie how to shoot, but his ineptitude at target practice leads Michael to recommend that his friend avoid using guns.
Rupert Bond holds a press conference to announce the Clay Davis corruption charges. Nerese Campbell convinces Davis to take the weight of the charges himself and Davis begins a publicity campaign trying to discredit the charges as being based on his race.
McNulty's serial killer case
Herc gives Marlo's cell phone number to his friend and old partner in the police department Ellis Carver. Carver delivers the number to Lester Freamon, but Freamon is unsuccessful in convincing Cedric Daniels to approach the Mayor and request a new investigation into Stanfield.
Jimmy McNulty invents more details about his fake serial killer and leaks the story to Alma Gutierrez who involves Scott Templeton. The resulting story draws some attention to the case and Daniels appeals to Mayor Tommy Carcetti for resources. Carcetti is reluctant to spend money on it and only Kima Greggs is assigned to assist McNulty. McNulty tells Greggs to keep working her own cases. Freamon approaches McNulty with Stanfield's cell phone number and the two decide to stage a phone call from the killer to give them probable cause for a wiretap. When Templeton fakes a call from the serial killer to his cell phone McNulty seizes on the opportunity to get the wiretap and the story takes the front page. Freamon sets up a disconnected wiretap in the homicide unit that they believe is monitoring the fake killer's cell phone while Freamon uses the court paperwork to set up his own wiretap on Stanfield's phone. Templeton is assigned to canvass the homeless but has little success and invents a family of four using one man's name.
Omar spends several nights watching Monk's home with Butchie's friend Donnie, while both are unaware of the ambush. Omar breaks in to the apartment with Donnie when he believes Monk is alone. Donnie is shot and killed and Omar shoots O-Dog in the leg. Omar is trapped by a hail of fire from Partlow, Snoop and Michael. Omar breaks through a nearby window onto the apartment balcony and disappears, having apparently jumped from the third floor balcony. When Chris, Snoop and Michael look down from the balcony, Omar is gone.
- Donnie: shot in the head in a shootout by Chris Partlow.
The number Marlo gives to his lawyer in this episode—(410) 915-0909—returns a pre-recorded quote from Marlo. First reported in August 2012, the number is still active as of January 2015. At the time of broadcast the number was not in service.
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- Ian Urbina (2007-08-09). "From Two Broken Lives to One New Beginning". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
- Slotnik, Daniel E. (14 December 2012). "Donnie Andrews, Basis for Omar of ‘The Wire,’ Dies at 58". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- Agnieszka Holland (2008-02-03). "React Quotes". The Wire. Season 5. Episode 5. HBO.
- Santana, Andrew (15 August 2012). "How to chat with Marlo Stanfield from 'The Wire'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Goldberg, Jeffrey (4 February 2008). "Week 5: I Called Marlo". Slate. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
By the way, I called Marlo's cell phone [...] there's no service on the line.