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The Wire episode
"React Quotes"
"Just 'cause they're in the street doesn't mean that they lack opinions."
- Haynes
Episode no. 55
Teleplay by David Mills
Story by David Simon and David Mills
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
Guest stars see below
Prod. code 505
Original airdate 3 February 2008

The Wire Season 5
6 January 2008 – 9 March 2008

  1. "More with Less"
  2. "Unconfirmed Reports"
  3. "Not for Attribution"
  4. "Transitions"
  5. "React Quotes"
  6. "The Dickensian Aspect"
  7. "Took"
  8. "Clarifications"
  9. "Late Editions"
  10. "–30–"
Episode chronology

"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 3 February 2008.[2]





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


Starring cast

Although credited, John Doman, Neal Huff, and Corey Parker Robinson do not appear in this episode.

Guest stars

  1. Paul Ben-Victor as Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos
  2. Amy Ryan as Beatrice "Beadie" Russell
  3. Callie Thorne as Elena McNulty
  4. Chad L. Coleman as Dennis "Cutty" Wise
  5. Glynn Turman as Clarence Royce
  6. Steve Earle as Walon
  7. Felicia Pearson as Snoop
  8. Marlyne Afflack as Nerese Campbell
  9. Dion Graham as Rupert Bond
  10. Delaney Williams as Jay Landsman
  11. David Costabile as Thomas Klebanow
  12. Sam Freed as James Whiting
  13. Robert Poletick as Steven Luxenberg
  14. William F. Zorzi as Bill Zorzi
  15. Larry Andrews as Donnie
  16. Darrell Britt-Gibson as O-Dog
  17. Norris Davis as Vinson
  18. Kwame Patterson as Monk
  19. Tom McCarthy as Tim Phelps
  20. Scott Shane as Scott Shane
  21. Brian Anthony Wilson as Vernon Holley
  22. Brandon Young as Mike Fletcher
  23. Denise Boyd as AIDS clinic nurse
  24. Keenon Brice as Bug
  25. Thuliso Dingwall as Kenard
  26. Brendan Walsh as Brendan Walsh
  27. Larry Young as Larry Young
  28. Tony Cordova as Michael McNulty
  29. Arthur Laupus as Appointment Homeless Guy
  30. Eric Ryan as Sean McNulty
  31. Ptolemy Slocum as Business Card Homeless Guy
  32. Tony Small as Singer
  33. John E. Fairley as Unknown
  34. Joe Hansard as Nathan Levi Boston
  35. Theodore M. Snead as Sports Desk Editor
  36. Tony Tsendeas as Homeless Man #2
  37. Alexandra Tydings as Arts Desk Editor

Brendan Walsh's name is mis-spelled 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.[3] Andrews is a convicted murderer who now works for a gang outreach program at the AME Bethel Church.[4] His criminal past is part of the inspiration for the Omar Little character and the two share several scenes in this episode.[4] 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.[4] 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.

Uncredited appearances



Stanfield Organization

Marlo Stanfield assumes Proposition Joe's position as The Greeks 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. Defense investigator Thomas "Herc" Hauk copies the number after hours.

Chris Partlow tells his family he is going away and then prepares an ambush in "Monk" Metcalf's apartment for Omar Little.


Duquan "Dukie" Weems gets beaten up by Spider. 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. Michael also tries to teach Dukie how to shoot but recommends that his friend avoid using guns.

Clay Davis

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.


Bubbles is concerned about serving food at Viva House and takes an AIDS test. He is disbelieving when he gets the all clear and Walon tells him to let go of his shame over Sherrod's death.

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.


Elena confronts McNulty about his failing relationship with Beadie Russell while Russell seeks advice from Bunk Moreland as she is not quite ready to give up on McNulty.


Omar spends several nights watching Monk's home with Butchie's friend Donnie, both are unaware of the ambush. Omar finally breaks in to the apartment 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 and Omar jumps from the third floor balcony to escape.[5] He is presumed dead, but when Chris, Snoop and Michael look down from the balcony, Omar is gone.


  • Donnie: shot in the head in a shootout by Chris Partlow


  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. ^ Vincent M. Mallozzi and Sarah Abruzzese (2007). "Vows - Donnie Andrews and Fran Boyd". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  4. ^ a b c Ian Urbina (2007). "From Two Broken Lives to One New Beginning". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  5. ^ "React Quotes". Agnieszka Holland, Writ. David Mills (story and teleplay), David Simon (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-02-03. No. 5, season 5.


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