Time After Time (The Wire)

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"Time After Time"
The Wire episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 1
Directed by Ed Bianchi
Story by David Simon
Ed Burns
Teleplay by David Simon
Original air date September 19, 2004 (2004-09-19)
Running time 58 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
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"Time After Time" is the first episode of the third season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by David Simon from a story by David Simon & Ed Burns and was directed by Ed Bianchi. It originally aired on September 19, 2004.



Starring cast[edit]

Aidan Gillen, Robert Wisdom, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi, Jim True-Frost, Corey Parker Robinson, J. D. Williams, and Michael K. Williams are all new additions to the opening credits this season. Aidan Gillen is new to the series while the other actors have all previously appeared as guest stars. Robert Wisdom first appeared as Howard "Bunny" Colvin in a guest starring role in the second season episode "Stray Rounds". Corey Parker Robinson had a recurring role as Leander Sydnor in the first season but did not appear in the second season. Jim True-Frost (Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski), Seth Gilliam (Ellis Carver), Domenick Lombardozzi (Thomas "Herc" Hauk), J. D. Williams and Michael K. Williams all had significant recurring roles in the first two seasons. Although credited, Michael K. Williams does not appear in this episode.

Guest stars[edit]

  1. Glynn Turman as Mayor Clarence Royce
  2. Callie Thorne as Elena McNulty
  3. Chad L. Coleman as Dennis "Cutty" Wise
  4. Jamie Hector as Marlo Stanfield
  5. Tray Chaney as Malik "Poot" Carr
  6. Hassan Johnson as Roland "Wee-Bey" Brice
  7. Method Man as Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff
  8. Maria Broom as Marla Daniels
  9. Leo Fitzpatrick as Johnny
  10. Joilet F. Harris as Officer Caroline Massey
  11. Al Brown as Major Stanislaus Valchek
  12. Jay Landsman as Lieutenant Dennis Mello
  13. Ed Norris as Ed Norris
  14. Richard Burton as Sean "Shamrock" McGinty
  15. Brandon Fobbs as Fruit
  16. Anwan Glover as Slim Charles
  17. De'Rodd Hearns as Puddin
  18. DeJuan Anderson as Bunk Junior
  19. Anthony Cordova as Sean McNulty
  20. Eric G. Ryan as Michael McNulty
  21. Tony D. Head as Major Bobby Reed
  22. Benjamin Busch as Officer Anthony Colicchio
  23. Christopher Mann as Councilman Tony Gray
  24. Frederick Strother as State Delegate Odell Watkins
  25. Cleo Reginald Pizana as Chief of Staff Coleman Parker

Uncredited appearances[edit]


Detectives Jimmy McNulty and Leander Sydnor observe drug lieutenant Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff while conducting surveillence. At the Major Case Unit, Lester Freamon, Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski and new member Caroline Massey man a wiretap. When a drug dealer calls to arrange a meeting with Cheese about a bet, Massey interprets the slang used. Sydnor observes that Cheese does not use a phone, instead conducting his business face-to face and receiving phone messages through his subordinate. After being relieved by Freamon and Kima Greggs, McNulty returns to the office, and hears ASA Rhonda Pearlman and Lieutenant Cedric Daniels mull abandoning the wiretaps. McNulty believes they must continue and will eventually reach Proposition Joe and Stringer Bell; he heatedly asserts that Bell is their target and that all other objectives are secondary. Daniels insists they need a break in the case to justify continued use of the wiretaps.

McNulty, Greggs and Freamon observe a dealer named Drac, who is far less disciplined on the phone than Cheese and his people. Drac openly mentions drugs and McNulty wishes that he reported to someone more important. Freamon states that Drac is supplied by Lavelle Mann, one of Joe's soldiers; Sydnor has been developing a connection with Mann through undercover work for some time. They plan to arrest Mann in the hope that Drac, Joe's nephew, will be promoted and give them more information on the organization through his careless talk on the wire. Daniels takes the plan to Acting Commissioner Ervin Burrell, who is reluctant to fund more wiretaps. Burrell later reports to Daniels that Mayor Clarence Royce is now holding it the proposal because Daniels' wife Marla is set to challenge one of the mayor's allies in an upcoming election. Burrell tells Daniels that the mayor will not make him a commander until he knows where Marla stands politically.

McNulty goes to an Orioles game with his old partner Bunk Moreland. He meets his estranged wife Elena to take his children for the second half. Despite it being his day off, Bunk is forced to leave the game early when Detective Ed Norris calls him to work a murder scene. The following day, Daniels marshals his men for the hand-to-hand on Mann. Once out in the field, Greggs and McNulty make a clean arrest and Sydnor maintains his cover. Drac immediately starts talking about a possible promotion on the wiretap. Unfortunately for the detail, the promotion goes to Cheese instead. After McNulty and Daniels argue over the future of the case, Freamon chastises McNulty for his confrontational attitude and self-absorption. At midnight, Prez finds McNulty reviewing old files from the Barksdale investigation. As Massey leaves, McNulty explains his research to her as a way to avoid making the same mistakes again.

In the Western District, Sergeant Ellis Carver marshals his new squad and plans a sting on a corner drug dealing operation. He and Thomas "Herc" Hauk eventually chase down a runner named Tyrell. Elsewhere, Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin greets two new officers to his district, Aaron Castor and Brian Baker. When Carver and Hauk bring Tyrell in with no evidence for a drug charge, Colvin criticizes their use of resources. Later, as he prepares to patrol the Western, he checks in with Carver's squad and is disappointed to see they have brought in more street dealers on loitering charges with no leads into their distributors. Colvin drives through the neighborhood and notices the urban decay setting in thanks to rampant crime. He is even more disgusted when a young drug dealer, Justin, approaches him despite his being in uniform.

Bodie Broadus, Poot Carr and Puddin reminisce about the towers, which are being demolished. Stringer chairs a meeting to discuss the Barksdales' new direction now that their main territory is lost; Bodie suggests that they take new territory by force. Stringer instead suggests that they supply other dealers with their product rather than battle over territory, urging his subordinates to think like businessmen. Meanwhile, in prison, Wee-Bey Brice talks to former Barksdale soldier Dennis "Cutty" Wise, who is about to be paroled. Avon Barksdale asks Cutty for help securing new territory and gives him a number to call when he is released. Once outside, Cutty arranges a meeting with Shamrock and is given directions to a package of narcotics. Cutty observes one of Marlo Stanfield's crews and strikes a deal with the leader, Fruit, to work the package for a share of the profit. When Cutty returns later that night, Fruit tells him his stash was confiscated by police and drives him away with a gun.

Bubbles and Johnny lose control of their cart, which crashes into the car of Marlo's driver. He takes their trousers as punishment. After buying new pants, they are unable to afford drugs for the both of them. Elsewhere, Royce delivers a speech at the demolition ceremony for the Barksdale towers. Councilmen Tommy Carcetti and Tony Gray grill Burrell and Deputy Commissioner William Rawls about increased violent crime in East Baltimore during a review meeting, which is attended by Marla and State Delegate Odell Watkins, a Royce ally. Over lunch, Burrell declines an offer by Carcetti to help him if Royce shorts him on funding. He meets with Royce and his chief of staff, Coleman Parker, who speculates Carcetti is preparing to run for mayor. Royce dismisses Carcetti's chances of winning in a majority-black city, but Parker is concerned Carcetti could use rising crime figures to his advantage. Royce and Parker pressure Burrell to have the Baltimore Police reduce violent crime citywide by 5% in each district and keep murders under 275 for the year.

At the next ComStat meeting, Burrell tells his men to cut the felony rate by Royce's figures. Colonel Raymond Foerster, now in charge of the CID, is dismayed at the directive. Colvin realizes how the commanders have been encouraged to water down their figures and questions how they could "juke the stats" with murder victims. Burrell threatens to replace commanders who cannot provide the numbers they need. Later, Daniels attends a meeting at his home with Watkins and Marla's other political contacts. Once they have left, Marla thanks him and he returns to sleep at the office.[1][2]

First appearances[edit]

Police department[edit]

  • Off. Caroline Massey: Veteran Western district officer with an ear for street slang who has joined the major case unit.
  • Anthony Colicchio, Dozerman, Lambert and Truck: Drug enforcement unit officers working in Sergeant Carver's squad in the Western district.[3]
  • Patrolmen Castor and Baker: African American Rookie Western district beat officers whom Major Colvin criticizes over their sense of direction whom he then forces to carry compasses.[3]
  • Major Marvin Taylor: Baltimore Eastern District commander.
  • This is the first episode in which William Rawls appears as Deputy Commissioner of Operations aka Deputy Ops.


Drug dealers[edit]

  • Marlo Stanfield: Up and coming, extremely ruthless Westside drug kingpin.
  • Tote: Volatile lieutenant in the Stanfield Organization.
  • Fruit: Kangol hat wearing Stanfield crew chief.
  • Justin: Dopey young Stanfield drug dealer with a sideways cap.
  • Jamal: Laconic second in Fruit's crew.
  • Boo: Asthmatic drug dealer in Fruit's crew.
  • Dennis "Cutty" Wise: Recently paroled former enforcer in Barksdale organization trying to stay straight.
  • Slim Charles: Primary enforcer in the Barksdale organization.
  • Drac: Nephew of Proposition Joe and an undisciplined crew chief in his organization.
  • Lavelle Mann: Trusted lieutenant to Proposition Joe.


  1. ^ "Episode guide - episode 26 Time After Time". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-08-07. 
  2. ^ David Simon, Ed Burns (2004-09-19). "Time After Time". The Wire. Season 3. Episode 01. HBO. 
  3. ^ a b "Org Chart - The Law". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-22. 

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