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The Wire episode
"Unconfirmed Reports"
"This ain't Aruba, bitch."
- Bunk
Episode no. 52
Teleplay by William F. Zorzi
Story by David Simon and William F. Zorzi
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
Guest stars see below
Prod. code 502
Original airdate 13 January 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

"Unconfirmed Reports" is the second episode of the fifth season of the HBO original series, The Wire. The episode was written by William F. Zorzi from a story by David Simon & William F. Zorzi and was directed by Ernest Dickerson. It originally aired on 13 January 2008.




Title reference

The title refers to Scott Templeton's fabricated report, as well as McNulty's imaginary serial killer and the purported insults to Marlo's sexuality.


This ain't Aruba, bitch. - Bunk

While discussing the situation in Baltimore with Lester and McNulty, Bunk sardonically remarks that Baltimore is not like Aruba, apparently referring to the Natalee Holloway case. Had McNulty's "killer" garnered anywhere near as much media coverage as the Holloway case, the Baltimore P.D. would likely start to receive their much needed funding.


Starring cast

Although credited Lance Reddick, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi, Michael K. Williams, Jermaine Crawford, and Michael Kostroff do not appear in this episode.

Guest stars

  1. Frankie Faison as Ervin Burrell
  2. Wood Harris as Avon Barksdale
  3. Steve Earle as Walon
  4. Felicia Pearson as Snoop
  5. Delaney Williams as Jay Landsman
  6. Chris Ashworth as Sergei Malatov
  7. Genevieve Hudson-Price as Dee-Dee
  8. Frederick Strother as Odell Watkins
  9. Benay Berger as Amanda Reese
  10. Doug Olear as Terrence "Fitz" Fitzhugh
  11. Joseph Urla as Maryland District US Attorney
  12. David Costabile as Thomas Klebanow
  13. Sam Freed as James Whiting
  14. Donald Neal as Jay Spry
  15. Bobby J. Brown as Bob Brown
  16. Anthony Mangano as Kevin Infante
  17. Kristie Dale Sanders as Nancy Porter
  18. Gregory L. Williams as Michael Crutchfield
  19. Bruce Kirkpatrick as Roger Twigg
  20. Tom McCarthy as Tim Phelps
  21. Kara Quick as Rebecca Corbett
  22. Todd Scofield as Jeff Price
  23. Darrell Britt-Gibson as O-Dog
  24. Kwame Patterson as Monk
  25. Scott Shane as Scott Shane
  26. Suzanne Wooton as Suzanne Wooton
  27. Willa Bickham as Willa Bickham
  28. Dan Manning as Assistant Medical Examiner
  29. Kate Revelle as Jane
  30. Kelley Slagle as Assistant Medical Examiner
  31. Brendan Walsh as Brendan Walsh
  32. Erica Chamblee as Pregnant Mother
  33. Lee Everett Cox as Aaron Castor
  34. Rachel Lynn Dinenna as unknown
  35. Frank McPartland as Angry fan
  36. Andrew Roth as Tim Packard
  37. Tasha R. Rudolph as Abusive mother
  38. Andrew Cruttenden as unknown
  39. Ayoka Dorsey as Gus' wife
  40. Tyson Hall as Marvin
  41. Adrienne Meisel as Recovering addict
  42. Patricia Penn as Sun staff member
  43. Steve Zettler as Prison guard

Uncredited roles

  • Curt Boushell as Andy - Sun copy editor
  • Louis Stancil - Unknown Corner Boy


  • Kevin Infante and Nancy Porter (the people McNulty runs into at the medical examiner's office) are characters from novels by Laura Lippman, who is married to series creator David Simon.




Bubbles attends a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. He follows a speaker named Dee-Dee who discusses her struggle with her inner addict and her inability to maintain a personal code because of her addiction. Bubbles is engaging and humorous but unable to discuss an emotional memory. Walon tries to convince Bubbles that he has to share the tragedy of Sherrod's death in order to move on. Walon convinces Bubbles to at least occupy his time and he volunteers at a local soup kitchen.

Baltimore Sun

Scott Templeton plans a color piece about the Baltimore Orioles opening game. He fails to find a suitable subject and returns with an unverifiable story about an orphaned wheelchair user truanting to attend. Gus Haynes questions the piece's credibility, but is forced to print it after James Whiting gives his approval.

Stanfield Organization

Marlo Stanfield meets with Chris Partlow and Snoop about the withdrawal of the year-long police investigation. Stanfield decides to reassert his authority and orders several murders and luring Omar Little out of retirement. Snoop, Partlow and Michael Lee watch the house of one of Stanfield's targets named June Bug. Michael questions the necessity of the murder and is admonished by Snoop. Snoop and Partlow disable the street's security cameras, stage a home invasion and kill the three adults inside. Two children escape - one hides in a closet and another flees via the back door. Michael is guarding the rear but does not shoot the child, defying Chris's orders. Previously, Snoop had carried out the murder of a rival drug dealer.

Stanfield visits MCI Jessup to see Sergei Malatov, but finds Avon Barksdale waiting in his place. Barksdale tells Stanfield that in order for him to talk to Malatov, Stanfield has to give his sister $100,000. Stanfield agrees and later talks to a defiant Malatov. Stanfield convinces Malatov, with encouragement from Avon, to give him a line to Vondas.


Commissioner Burrell struggles to deliver clean statistics and accommodate budget cutbacks. Burrell alienates Clay Davis by refusing to interfere in his corruption case. Mayor Carcetti plans a run for governor despite the city's fiscal difficulties; Odell Watkins expresses disappointment at his attitude.

Major Crimes Unit

Detectives Freamon and Sydnor are still preparing the Davis case for court. Freamon believes this type of sprawling and interconnected case is career defining but also spends his own time surveilling known Stanfield meeting places. Jimmy McNulty desperately wants to return to the Stanfield case and is increasingly frustrated in the homicide unit.

Freamon and McNulty meet with FBI agent Terrence Fitzhugh seeking support for their investigation but have no success. They bitterly drown their sorrows with Bunk afterwards.


McNulty is assigned a natural death and learns at the morgue that postmortem pressure on the neck is indistinguishable from deliberate strangulation. Later, Detective Greggs is assigned to June Bug's homicide and finds a child hiding in the closet, showing a rare moment of unveiled compassion by embracing the child and evacuating him from the building, creating the evocative image used in the title sequence.

McNulty and Bunk Moreland are assigned a probable overdose. McNulty goes to his car and drinks some whiskey he had in the trunk. He goes back to the crime scene and chokes the deceased and stages the scene to suggest a strangulation. McNulty tells Bunk that he plans to create the illusion of a serial killer causing Bunk to leave the scene in disgust.[1][2]


June Bug + 2 others - murdered by Chris and Snoop on orders by Marlo Stanfield.

Unknown Corner Boy - shot and killed by Snoop Pearson in drive by.


  1. ^ "Unconfirmed Reports". Ernest Dickerson, Writ. William F. Zorzi (story and teleplay), David Simon (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-01-13. No. 2, season 5.
  2. ^ "The Wire episode guide - episode 52 Uncomfirmed Reports". HBO. 2008. http://www.hbo.com/thewire/episode/season5/episode52.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-22.  


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