React Quotes

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"React Quotes"
The Wire episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 5
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Story by David Simon
David Mills
Teleplay by David Mills
Original air date February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
Running time 58 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"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.[1] It first aired on February 3, 2008.[2]

Plot Summary[edit]

Just 'cause they're in the street doesn't mean that they lack opinions.

— Haynes

Marlo assumes Proposition Joe's position as The Greeks' narcotics distributor in Baltimore. Vondas gives him a phone and shows him how to communicate with the Greeks without speaking. Marlo continues to use Levy to launder money and gives Levy his new cell phone number; Herc copies the number after hours. Partlow tells his family he is going away and prepares to ambush in Monk's apartment for Omar. Dukie gets beaten up by Spider when he protects Bug from a bully. Michael takes Dukie to Cutty'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 him to recommend that Dukie avoid using guns.

Bond holds a press conference to announce the corruption charges against Senator Davis. Campbell convinces Davis to take the weight of the charges himself, and Davis begins a publicity campaign claiming that the investigation against him is racially motivated. Bubbles is amazed when he is given a negative HIV test and Walon tells him to let go of his shame over Sherrod's death. Herc gives Marlo's cell phone number to Carver, who in turn gives it to Freamon. However, Freamon is unsuccessful in convincing Daniels to approach Mayor Carcetti and request a new investigation into Marlo. McNulty invents more details about his fake serial killer and leaks the story to Alma at the Baltimore Sun. Templeton is assigned by Gus to canvass the homeless, but he has little success and invents a quote from the "father of a homeless family".

The resulting story draws attention to the case and Daniels appeals to Carcetti for resources. The mayor only allows Greggs to assist McNulty, who, under pressure from Bunk, tells her to keep working her own cases. Freamon and McNulty decide to stage a phone call from the killer to give them probable cause for a wiretap on Marlo's cell phone number. When Templeton fakes a call to himself from the serial killer, McNulty seizes on the opportunity to get the wiretap by claiming both calls were made from the same person. The story takes the front page. Freamon sets up a disconnected wiretap in Homicide that the police believe is monitoring the fake killer's cell phone, while Freamon uses the court paperwork to set up his own wiretap on Marlo's phone. Elsewhere, Elena confronts McNulty about his failing relationship with Beadie, while Beadie seeks advice from Bunk.

Omar and Donnie break into Monk's apartment where they are ambushed by Partlow, Snoop, Michael and O-Dog. Donnie is killed and Omar jumps from the third-floor balcony and disappears.[3]


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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,[4] the number is still active as of April 15, 2018. At the time of broadcast the number was not in service.[5]


  1. ^ "Season 5 crew". HBO. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  2. ^ "HBO Schedule: THE WIRE 55: REACT QUOTES". HBO. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  3. ^ Agnieszka Holland (director); David Mills (story and teleplay), David Simon (story) (2008-02-03). "React Quotes". The Wire. Season 5. Episode 5. HBO.
  4. ^ Santana, Andrew (15 August 2012). "How to chat with Marlo Stanfield from 'The Wire'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  5. ^ 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.

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