It Ain’t No Secret


I know you’re all eagerly awaiting some words on #58. But what the fuck are we supposed to say? A guy who cheated death multiples times per season finally died. His invincibility was central to his role in this program’s cosmology, but as we saw this season, there are limits to how much disbelief we can suspend in the interest of mythology. This wasn’t Prop Joe, who stayed quiet but was still in a dangerous business. Omar’s entire line of work was loud, proud, and on the edge. And by the end, he was a caricature of himself, hobbling around in rags screaming at every hopper in sight.

What I’ve been trying to figure out is whether he was done in by the game (cue Pacino), his own code, or both. Certainly, they haven’t been incompatible. No one had more fun spouting off the vaguely Eastern rhetoric of “all in the game” than Mr. Little, even as his boundless self-determination seemed to contradict this fatalistic stance. At the same time, Omar eschewed the notion of collateral damage, or even the expansion of the “game” metaphor to encompass anything beyond dealers, users, and stick-up kids.

You could say that it was Omar’s ties to the underworld that brought him back from his tropical sojourn. But “the game” has always been about profit, commodities, and how to get over on others. In this case, it was pure honor and revenge, which really don’t compute to most characters on the show unless there’s an effect on earning. In fact, Omar’s main impact on the show has been as an irritant to first the Barksdales, and then Marlo. In both cases, it was over love, or honor, or some other sort of sentimental bond that ALL IN THE GAME lives to fracture. Avon helped get his best friend killed. That’s in the game. Leaving behind wealth and security to hunt down your enemies . . . that’s a Western, where no one ever has any money anyway.

A brief interlude: I won’t be reading the comments section anymore, unless that anonymous guy or one of my close personal friends says something. Sorry, but it’s gotten too perilous. And to that anti-Semite, thank you. Thank you. I love getting to feel like a meaningful minority for once.

Pizzawhale pointed out how weird it is that The Wire seems to kill off the characters who usually survive: Smart ones. Little Melvin, quiet as kept, is alive, but Prop Joe died. That dude who provided the model for Omar is still with us today. In real life, being smart and clever sustains you. In The Wire, it leads to hubris and free-thinking, which invariably gets the whole world turned against you.

In conclusion, I’ve also been enjoying The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the first season of Dexter. And I have no fucking clue what schedule we’re on, since none of us have gotten the last three episodes yet and my OnDemand is inconsistent.

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70 Comments on “It Ain’t No Secret”

  1. g Says:

    A nice example of headshots in this episode, on both sides of the fence. I guess I see to many parallels in this season.

    Clay steals from politicians and, for example, Stringer in Season 3. Omar, he just steals what he wants from the dealers.

    I don’t know, maybe that’s pushing things a little, but it was not subtle during the episode.

  2. The Hypnotoad Says:

    I still can’t figure out what Omars death means. And not that i have any knowledge of the final two episodes or want to before i see them, but looking back on it; are we glad we got a season 5? I mean, all our favorite characters are getting killed off. It feels like the final season of OZ where Sayed, Schillenger, the dude from Law and Order: SVU, and i’m pretty sure everyone else died or got longer prison terms. It was like, damn.

    The ending of season 4 seems like a Hollywood ending now that i look back on it knowing what i know. Omar escaped Baltimore rich, McNulty was sober and living happily with Beadie, the crew had gotten back together to work the 22 bodies, Chris and Snoop were free, Prop Joe and Butchie were alive. Simon had to make sure to bring the wire back just to shit on what we hoped happened. But its his story to tell. And i certainly didn’t get into the wire just to see what I wanted to happen.

  3. Cranky Says:

    For me the death of Omar – speaking of the scene itself, as well as the manner of it – was simply stunning. The very matter-of-factness of it …. Goes to buy a pack of Newports and the amoral little Kennard pops one into his skull. Boom. He’s gone. No gunfight at OK corral, no big fireworks, no heroic last stand. Just pop and down he goes. That’s The Wire and that’s life, too.

  4. This was mentioned on the Sepinwall blog, but it bears repeating here:

    In Season 3, the impetus for Omar to stop killing is Bunk’s speech, made after Bunk saw the kids pretending be Omar in the street. Once Omar breaks his promise, the first thing he does is tell those kids on the corner what he’s done, and in turn, gets taken out by one of them.

    The kicker: Simon confirmed that in that Season 3 episode, the kid in the street who shouts, “My turn to be Omar!” is none other than Kenard.

    I take no credit whatsoever for that finding, by the way — good hunting by one of Sepinwall’s readers.

  5. The Hypnotoad Says:

    Wheres the Sepinwall Blog, Jordon? Seems like most of the bloggers on this site have given up. I needs my wire fixing while i’m pretending to do work.


    And I don’t think being disillusioned with and disappointed by jerk-off readers is quite the same as giving up, but hey. No need to get into that.

    Anyway. One of the grand injustices in television history will be when Isiah Whitlock, Jr.’s performance this season goes entirely unnoticed by the public at large. His kid-in-a-candy-store look sitting in front of Carcetti as breaks into maniacal laughter after getting two liquor board seats? Sweet sassy molassy.

  7. Jay Smooth Says:

    I thought it was a good an ending as you could have to the Omar story.. he (along with maybe prop joe) was always the one “supernatural” character, exempt from the inexorable logic of The Game that defined everyone else’s arc.. and his presence as that exception enriched the show without discrediting it, but for the show to be true to itself he had to be reined in by that logic sooner or later.

    A fundamental theme of the show is that The Game is incompatible with humanity, and the more you try to stay in while staying human the more surely will you get sucked dry. Prop Joe and Omar both thrived so long by staying detached and calculated at all times, until Prop Joe was finally doomed by his sentimental notions of family loyalty with Cheese and Marlo, and Omar by his emotional reaction to Butch’s death.

    In both cases, their reign as superhuman ended when they slipped and started being human.

    (tho I guess you could say Omar acted on emotion in his season one quest for revenge too, I’ll have to go back and consider how that one was different)

  8. Krolo Says:

    Man when I was watching the scene with Omar rolling up on that Stanfield corner I couldn’t help but feel dread….especially when I saw Kenard with the cat. I kept looking around that building for him to pop out of and I finally took a breath when the scene ended with Omar standing out on the corner. Then he ends up in the grocery shop and I let out an audible “No!” as he got shot. It hurt my heart to see him go down like that, but as it is he tempted fate one too many times. The Kenard-Omar storyline was a master work in my opinion.

    McNulty’s shenanigans seem as if they are going to bite him pretty good….I’m just not sure what will happen to him. He’s telling way too many people about all of this.

    That Barlow is one corrupt piece of sh*t. I guess there are a finite number of good po-lice in Balmer.

    I’m very interested in what Lester’s got in mind for Clay Davis….especially after the feds refused to take his case up.

    Don’t let the punks scare you away from the comments. They’re idiots.

  9. Simon's bitch Says:

    My audible “no” came when I saw Kenard with the cat.

    When that didn’t happen, I relaxed. Oh, wrong, Kimosabe!

    Not only is Omar’s death matter of fact, but his corpse gets picked over by the hoppers and Bunk and then mislabeled in the morgue. No end to the indignity of life. RIP Omar. I loved him.

    I was pretty sure that McNulty would wind up in jail, but after his scene with Beadie, I’ve started to worry about him eating his gun. Of the three “pre-quels”, 2 are dead. (Not my observation originally)

  10. Stumbleweed Says:

    The end of that episode (much like when the Greeks were introduced) really sent home the fact that the biggest players in Baltimore are just blips on the radar. One of the greatest stick-up artists in Baltimore history gets popped by a kid while buying Newports, then is mistaken for a random white dude in the morgue, and finally, gets cut out of the Sun for a house fire. That’s The Wire to the core…


  11. Ethan Says:

    While I don’t think this is going to go down as the most popular season of the Wire and it probably won’t be the best, I think people were definitely to quick to pronounce the season a failure. In my view, episodes 7 and 8 have definitely been a noticeable improvement on the rest of the season. Episode 8, in particular, I thought was great. It is probably not a coincidence that the best episodes of the season seem to be appearing with the big name writers, Richard Price and especially Dennis Lehane.

    It seems like most of us thought Omar was done as soon as we soon Kennard with the cat, even if the demise came a few scenes later. As sad to see Omar go as I am, when he robbed the corner earlier in the episode,I was thinking to myself, “How is he escaping these stick ups on crutches? Eventually someone has got to put one in the back of the head”. So clearly the writers did have a limit for what Omar could get away with.

    Omar’s code was it’s own institution and throughout seasons 1-4, it proved to be nearly as powerful an institution as the game itself. In season 5, we see Omar abandon his institution and subsequent fall. The institutions of the Wire have a strange way of both protecting and slowly bleeding out its constituents.

    Finally, I thought Gus bumping Omar’s death for the house fire was the most perfect scene in the newsroom and almost makes the whole thing worth it on it’s own.

  12. jetsetjunta Says:

    yeah i think that unlike the death of prop joe or even wallace, the show took some time during this episode to tease out the meaning(lessness) of omar’s death (i would say in those other cases i was left to sort of stew with the viewer). but the newspaper thing and the coroner scenes proved that while there is a whole world where omar’s name rings out, that doesn’t mean he’ll be remembered in the larger world, or even recognized. marlo’s joy was undeniable, his (seemingly) one big problem taken care of. so all that superhuman effort on the part of omar to catch marlo’s lieutenants and corner boys sleeping, knock off one of two, and spread fear for honor’s sake, and what happens in the end? train keeps rolling. individuals who rebel against societal systems, which themselves exist to play out strategies of power no individual can compete with, are really still simply reactive to the system, and therefore part of it. kenard is the product of omar as much as omar is the product of outlaws before him, and outlaws need the law, or else their violence has no meaning, and no one can live without that.

  13. Almost everything I read in the comments here is well thought out and interesting. Why are you guys letting one or two asshats ruin that?

  14. Crabbie Says:

    Is everything fine for Marlo? I’m not even talking about the cops here, but just from a street perspective — he basically got punked in front of the entire city by a dude hopping around on one leg talkin’ bout “ain’t no half-steppin'” (lord I miss Billups). His muscle couldn’t take care of Omar, and in fact went yellow. This is a weakness that Michael, at least, perceives, and we can only imagine that Cheese does as well. And I think that we, as viewers, have almost been encouraged to forget all about Slim Charles (as Marlo seems to), and his many ominous eye-fucks of Mr. Stanfield early in the season.

    As for the cops, I’m not sure how worried he really needs to be about them, though for reasons outside of his control. McNulty and Freamon just aren’t going to get away with this shit, the only question really is just how bad it’ll really end up going. Given the show’s love of symmetry, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the ultimate result is all of their previous cases reviewed/overturned, and we get Avon back out again.

    “The king stay the king”

    That’s probably pushing it, but at this point McNulty’s only hope is the p.d.’s self-protective instincts kicking in with a cover-up. Daniels is a nice rabbi for him to have, but Rawls still has the higher rank. The question isn’t whether or not McNulty’s fucked (he’s been pretty obviously fucked since season 1, for all the reasons the FBI profile gave), but how many people will go down with him.

    All of this is just plot re-hashing, I don’t feel quite ready to get all deep on this episode. I was as certain Omar would die this season as I was that the whole thing would be massively tragic, but at this point his whole story-line this seasons leaves me puzzled. What was the point, other than to get him & Butchie “resolved”? I guess that the point is that you can’t cheat “the game,” but I find myself expecting that there’ll still end up being some purpose, in plot terms, to his adventuring in Baltimore this time around. But perhaps a viewer sitting around wondering “to what purpose?” is exactly the point. Not perhaps, for sure.

    Speaking of “the game”, it was both wonderful and heartbreaking to see Poot in an off-brand ref’s jersey stocking basketball shoes. “The game be rigged” is, was, and always will be true – the results are death and jail, period, and everyone including Marlo, Avon, and even ultimately Joe and at his very end Stringer knows and acknowledges this. What Poot & Cutty finally understood was that the only way you win is by not playing anymore.

    This is true even for Vondas & The Greek, though whether or not we’ll end up seeing it on this show is one of the few mysteries left for me. I never bought all of the “Omar & Prop Joe are supernatural/the exceptions/magic” shit that’s been so popular here, and I’m tempted not to buy it with these dudes. But if those Columbians they pissed off in season 2 ever catch-up to them (or some other up & comer), the chances are good that we’ll never see it, as Simon et al may want them to remain in their current roles as instrumental incarnations of The Game writ large.

    Brother Mouzone may well be magic, just in the sense that he makes no sense at all, a bizarre amalgamation of conradictory nyc badassery and caricature that’s divorced from logic & reality, a ghostface lyric made flesh. Will we see him again, as we seem bound to see everyone else who’s ever been on the show? One can only hope. I always thought that if The Wire = Greek shit, than Mouzone = The Fates, and it’s entirely possible that Slim Charles or Avon have already put a call in.

  15. Anthony Says:

    Shameless self-blog-promotion:

    I wrote Omar an obituary. Not to be taken too seriously, I know he’s just a fictional character.


  16. Matt Says:

    I would say that Poot decided to play a game with a little less risk involved…though depending on where that store is located, it could be argued otherwise. I guess my point is that he is still a low level dealer at the end of the day, and ‘the king stay the king’ the majority of the time in this part of the game.

  17. Janet Says:

    Krolo ….. Davis doesn’t know the Feds won’t take the case. I think Lester wants an insurance policy against his and McNulty’s “shenanigans.” Maybe sometime down the road Davis can help them if/when they get caught. When Davis offered him money Lester said something about not taking his payment like that. I’m pretty sure Lester is banking a favor which, of course, is not exactly legal either.

    An earlier poster said he would watch a David Simon-produced reading of the telephone book…

    I could listen to Clarke Peters read all day long.

  18. Krolo Says:

    Thanks for the clarification Janet. I’ve been meaning to re-watch the episode for content as my mind was busy bouncing around the inside of my skull after Omar was shot. I’m sure that’s one of many details I only have a cursory recollection of.

    On another note I’d love to see Slim Charles get into some stuff with Marlo. Slim has taken a lot of guff and he’s yet to retaliate.

  19. Simon's bitch Says:

    Lester specifically told Davis that he would be calling later to ask some questions and that Davis should answer them if he didn’t want to be looking at Federal charges. I think he’s trying to follow the money higher than Clay.

    Higher than Clay would be how high? State? Federal? Anway, someone with more suction than Daniels/Rawls/Carcetti.

  20. Rickish Says:

    If Slim Charles resurfaces, I think it’s to settle matters with Cheese. The two of them have been two sides of the coin for a bit now, so it only makes sense for Simon to pit them against each other. If Marlo’s done, it’ll have to be either through policework, his own men, or some kind of Co-op contigent. I don’t think they’ll pull another Omar/Llewelyn Moss on us.

  21. jay Says:

    The Omar Kenard arc was very reminiscent of the Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Especially in light of Kenard’s “It’s my turn to be Omar”/Jesse moment in season 3.

  22. Jay Smooth Says:

    BTW it’s kinda ill that Omar went out the same week that Larry Davis went out IRL.

  23. Skate Nazi:

    I don’t want to speak for the writers of the site but, regardless of whether those scenes were in official previews, maybe don’t post about them without a proper spoiler warning at the very least. I know up here in Canada we don’t get the previews with our episodes, and I’m sure others would rather stay as in the dark as possible.

  24. Skate Nazi Says:

    Shit, I’m sorry dudes!
    I thought that everyone who had seen 58 had seen the preview for 59, didn’t realize that they had episodes up there with no previews.
    Mods or admins please delete my second paragraph up there if you would.

  25. Mal Says:

    Regarding comments about Poot, it ties back to Daniels’ wife in s2 – “The game is rigged, but you cannot lose if you do not play”.

    Again, I am so grateful for the discussion on this site, it’s really enhanced my enjoyment of the show. I’m really hyped for s5e9, as it always seems to me that the Penultimate episode is where it starts to really kick off – Stringer and Sobotka’s death, for example.

    Also, does anyone know if the final episode will be shown On Demand a week early as with the rest of the series? I really hope it’s kept till the end.

  26. Shoals Says:

    The whole preview thing is dicey. I didn’t have them when I was watching the screeners. I guess that made my experience more pure. But it was kind of cool to see them this time, since that episode definitely left me wanting more.

    I personally hate predictions, so trying to figure out what the “next episode” scenes mean already seems pointless to me.

  27. Curtis Says:

    Hating predictions, but I’m very scared for Bunk somehow. Dread. Indeed. It is the best show ever on TV.

  28. Joe-El Says:

    I really don’t see the “Omar abandoned his code and that’s why he was killed” line of reasoning. Omar robs drug dealers. He only kills those in the game. He stayed true to that code all the way to the end. I see his hunt for Marlo to avenge Butchie no different than his hunt for the Barksdales to avenge Brandon. His loyalty to Butchie is obviously going to override his promise he made to Bunk (which, it appeared, he was planning on keeping).

    That Newsweek article was good…definitely shone a different light on the journalism storyline (which I’ve liked, anyways). My only disagreements with Simon in that article is that a) its a bit of a stretch to compare the screwing with dead bodies to create a serial killer to the lies that created the situation in Iraq and b) he’s simply wrong that Whiting/Klebanow are not one-dimentional caricatures. He mentions Rawls…we have seen other sides of Rawls and the reason (through the system he works in) he acts the way he does. Also, we saw multiple sides of the port characters that we have yet to see with the newsroom. And thats fine I guess. Thouroughly enjoying this season and the blog.

  29. Andrew Says:

    I’ve maintained throughout the season that Whiting and Klebanow were not caricatures. They may not be deeply drawn overall, but still enough so that they don’t qualify as caricatures. In order for someone to be a caricature, every single scene has to be about their defining characteristics without exception, and that’s where they fail the test. I can think of several scenes from both characters where they’re not being weasels. The scene where they announce the buyouts is the most obvious.

  30. DocRich Says:

    Even though his demise seemed imminent as he lurched from corner to corner . . . . Omar’s gettin’ got like that was way more sudden than what I was prepared for. And Kennard’s reaction afterwards was the first time that little mutha has been scared of anything or anybody – great piece of acting by that small soldier. “So I’m a loot-enant now!” . . indeed.

    But my favorite scene from this epic episode was McNulty’s expression when that FBI dude was reading the serial killer’s psychological profile – and it matched ole Jimmy “Bustballs” to a T! Fuckin’ priceless!! And then when he muttered to Kima on the way out that the profile, “was in the ball park” – I kust started cracking up again!

  31. Cranky Says:

    Something’s been bugging me. I posted about this over on the Sepinwall blog and didn’t get a satisfactory explanation. The thing with the clock code and the book of maps. First of all, the only people I’ve known to use those books are cops. So how did Marlo’s crew or the Greeks who showed them the cell phone with the clocks, know about them? What about them or the game would have caused them to need/use freekin’ MAPS??

    I sense a corrupt cop somewhere in this.

    Thoughts anyone?

  32. MJ Says:

    One of our kids owns a bakery in DC. No driver who delivers anything in a big city goes without a map-book in his vehicle. It’s as important as the steering wheel. They use it most of the time to get around traffic backups.

    Kennard was under the radar. It was perfect. Everybody was looking one way and the shot came from the grassy knoll.

  33. Cranky Says:

    Thanks, MJ, for scratching my brain itch. I guess I just haven’t known any delivery people.

  34. Curtis Says:

    I watched the ep again last night. It occured to me that Omar succeeded briliantly in his heroic struggle against Marlo. He knew it was likely he would die keeping himself in plain sight – “I’m out here, me and my lonesome” – but when he died, his message of Marlo’s cowardice would resonate even louder and lead to Marlo’s certain downfall. Michael’s pointed questions to Snoop & Chris were the canary in the coal mine, indicating what the whole community must be thinking. And then for a nothing hopper to gun Omar down, showing that not only Marlo, but his muscle is flacid — just a perception, a myth rather than reality (just like Omar himself). I say Omar’s demise was purposeful and his last doleful glance at Kennard was Omar patiently watch as Death approached.

    Both McNulty and Gus are making the same courageous sacrifice – destroying their own lives and the lives of those around them because they are driven by the moral imperative of The Truth.

    Omar the Hero.

  35. Curtis Says:

    I point out the title of Rafael Alvarez’s excellent book – The Wire: Truth Be Told.

  36. Rickish Says:

    Curtis: Good points on Omar’s death being more of a kamikazee mission to discredit Marlo’s rep — even if I can’t bring myself to believe that when Omar turned to little Kenard that he knew death was coming. Also, I agree about McNulty and Omar being two sides of the same coin, but don’t see Gus in the same way. If anything, Gus is more like Bunk this year, the only sane man in an insane world. For Bunk, McNulty’s on one side mucking everything up (like Templeton) and the brass are on the other side letting it go (like Whiting/Klebanow).

    Great post, though.

  37. vadmspartan Says:

    RIP Omar Little. There was an air of dread for that whole episode, especially the Omar scenes. You just knew something was gonna happen. And then it happened. I guess I’ve been in denial about the whole Omar-Kennard thing, probably because of an instinctive dislike I have for that kid. I’ve been trying to rationalize his death but I guess it doesn’t have to, life on the streets is random. Death come suddenly to anyone and everyone, besides he’s been pushing it for dozens of times.

    The only silver lining I can get out of his death is the note he had with a list of the Stanfield organization, showing the detail that he’s got Cheese managing the East Side for him. Maybe Cheese will prove the weak link. Either way Marlo looks to be in trouble with Bunk having a warrant for Chris. The walls seem to be closing on everyone.

  38. Mark Says:

    I think Lester’s plan with Davis is to simply has an insurance policy for if (and when) his shit with McNulty gets found out. He said he doesn’t get paid until he comes back a couple of days later, just enough time to see how the stuff with Marlo pans out. At that point, the guy will be ready to retire anyway. If, however, his shit is fucked by this case, Davis thinking he could be seeing a federal jury could give him a cushion to land on if his pension is bumped. Just a thought.

  39. quesera Says:

    McNulty and Gus courageous and self-sacrificing? Bwahahahaha! It’s funny how perceptions differ. McNulty is not doing this for any “truth”. He’s doing this because he’s a selfish prick who wants to win at any cost. His life is destroyed because he’s a whore and a raging alcoholic. The best scene for me was Kima’s meeting with the parents of the homeless man that McNulty sexually assaulted post-mortem. They were clearly devastated by what they believe to be the rape of their son at the hands of a serial killer. Sad and chilling.

    I have no respect for Gus. He is spineless and incompetent. It took McNulty all of 5 minutes to figure out that Scott Templeton is a liar. It amazes me that Gus continues to let this guy pass. He’s a lousy editor and a gullible fool.

  40. Curtis Says:

    quesara – you think The Hero is necessarily untarnished or motivated by pure uncomplicated drives? Yeah? And do they still wear white hats in your world? McNulty doesn’t know what moves him to do what he does and he leaves destruction in his wake and yes he is a selfish prick, but that motherfucker wants The Truth and unlike Marlo, he is not a coward.

    And you think Gus is confused by Templeton? He is trying to survive and pay his freaking mortgage. But he is going to let that all go because he will not give up after calling Templeton and the ME out this week. The Truth. Heroes. Selfish Pricks. Hell yes.

  41. Farmer in the Dell Says:

    Omar. I am dumbfounded. It didn’t feel real the entire episode. Hell, it still doesn’t feel real. The scene was perfect. The bell ringing, (for whom the bell tolls), the causal glance, and then, boom. All that tension, the seasons of buildup, and it was Kenard enforcing a word given to Bunk, broken by Omar. A man gotta have a code, and Omar broke his word, no matter how justified, he broke it. The Code was an insitution in itself.
    At least that is how I have tried to rationalize it. Joe-el is right; the line of reasoning on this point is stretched. I may be reaching to get meaning out of a meaningless act. Or it could be that Omar was desperatly trying to be relevent in a world, a city, a street, that had changed.

    But I think the real message, if we include Butchie, Prop Joe, and Bodie (‘I feel old), is that you cannot retire from the game. The game retires you. Butchie never left, Bodie refused to leave, Prop Joe couldnt leave, and Omar, well Omar came back. I think this is what the Wire is about. On a long enough timeline, the system wins. You can cheat it for awhile. You can legalize drugs (Bunni got fired), juke the stats (Burrell finally got canned), smuggle goods through the docks to pay the wages (poor Frank), roll over the school budget until next year (Royce, now Carcetti with police), make up murders to get money for real casework(McNulty forthcoming), make up stories to get published (Scott), beat a money laundering charge with a local jury (Clay Davis), hide 22 bodies in the vacants (Chris and Snoop) and you can limp around the streets calling your rival a coward (Omar), but in the end, the system will win.

    In other words, the nail that sticks out gets hammered. Omar limping around in broad daylight, making all the noise in the world, stuck out. And he got nailed. The other nails? Scott, McNulty, Carcetti, Clay Davis, Lester, Chris, Snoop, and Michael. Well we will just have to wait and see. Alot of good stuff coming in these next two episodes. I can’t wait. RIP Omar.

  42. quesera Says:

    Exactly. Poot retired from the game. He is doing just fine.

  43. Curtis Says:

    Obama Endorses Omar

  44. Anthony Says:

    People, Savino isn’t the first person Omar killed after the bench meeting with Bunk. Stringer was. The impetus for him to stop killing was when Bunk bailed him out of jail and told him to promise he wouldn’t catch anymore bodies. So he broke his word (that he wouldn’t kill anyomre) but he didn’t break his code (“I ain’t never put my gun on nobody who wasn’t in the game”). There’s a difference.

  45. Anthony Says:

    And before Savino the guy in the stash-house, where Omar flushed the four kilos.

  46. Ethan Says:

    Not killing anyone who wasn’t in the game wasn’t the entirety of his code. Shooting a guy in the back of the head who wasn’t directly involved in Butchie’s brutal killing sees to violate the spirit of his code at the very least.

  47. Chas Says:

    Anthony….I’ll have to go back and look again but I don’t think Omar killed anyone in the stash house.

    Also you are confused about Omar killing Stringer after Bunk got him out for the murder. Stringer was long since dead when Chris and Snoop set Omar up for the murder of the delivery woman which is what led to Bunk telling omar “no more bodies”.

    I dont think Omar had created any “bodies” other than Savino since Bunk asked him not to.

    I really like the idea of Omar’s revenge becoming a kamikaze mission. I don’t think he originally would have intended for it to play out like that but I could see where he may have realized that even if he couldn’t get to Marlo he could show that the man behind the curtain isn’t really what everyone perceives him to be.

  48. Anthony Says:

    No, no, no Chas…not after the jail scene, after the bench scene, after Tosha was killed, in Season 3. Remember, when Bunk came to the scene and saw the kids imitating Omar? Then he and Omar met and talked on a bench somewhere, and Bunk made Omar feel feel guilty about what he was doing to the community. As a means of making up for it, Omar returned Dozerman’s gun to Bunk. That was in Season 3, and that is what I am referring to. And in response to Ethan, as far as Savino goes, Omar said from the beginning that he was going to go after Marlo’s people first (starting with Monk, who wasn’t directly involved in Butchie’s murder either). Savino was muscle for Marlo. He was fair game.

  49. Chas Says:

    Anthony…I see now. I didnt see where anyone was saying that Omar hadnt killed since the bench scene.

    I think the point some are making is that for Omar part of his code is keeping his word and he had always kept his word until he killed Savino thus no longer living by a code. And once he was no longer living by a code he gets killed. Which to me is interesting but I dont completely think is why he had to die.

  50. Anthony Says:

    Okay, Chas, I think someone alluded to that on the sepinwall blog, not here. My bad.

  51. Pat Noonan's Mom Says:

    Haven’t seen this discussed, but did anyone think that Norman was also playing the system in a parallel to McNulty, i.e. that he was in on creating an imaginary threat (challenger for Carcetti : serial killer) in order to help get money where he thought it was needed (1/2 of baltimore money goes to PG : real po-lice work)? Wasn’t he the one to point out that Carcetti did not meet with any black leaders? And he was first to say that Carcetti would have to do more than kiss the ring (this was before they had the meeting).

    Even if true, unlikely that there’s time in 2 episodes for Wilson to get caught up in this in the same way McNulty is caught up.

    Q: what did Michael’s little brother say to Dukie at the end, something about a-rabbing it? Huh?

  52. Pat Noonan's Mom Says:

    also, re: Omar’s age / DOB being 1960 in the morgue — he and Bunk knew each other from high school, where Bunk stood out for being a black kid on the lacrosse team. In their discussion about high school do they reference the grad year for either of their classes (Bunk was older)? If so, that would clarify if Omar was really in his 40s or if the morgue was wrong within the continuity of the show.

    Alternatively, Omar’s scene from Chronicles ( is set in 1985 and there is NO WAY he is 25 there — more like 12. Ok then, so either Wire screwed up or the wrong date is intentional as …? another indication of the information disconnect between the streets and the police system?

  53. Skate Nazi Says:

    Yo PNM, I think that “a-rabbing” is what Bubs used to do when he rolled that cart around and sold stuff to people, and also when he was doing the scrap metal thing.

    I also noticed the tag on Omar’s body with his DOB and thought that was totally off. There’s no way he was 47-48 years old. Maybe the morgue got some bogus info or Omar had a few different sets of stats like alias style. Weird.

  54. Tom Says:

    Agree with Chas. Omar breaking his promise to Bunk was tantamount to breaking the codes he lived by and while being part of the game was what ultimately did him in, you get the sense that Omar’s spiritual death came a lot sooner. There was definitely a Night of the Living Dead feel to the scenes of Omar lurching through the dark alleys these last few episodes.

    And this may be just continuing my Omar being the walking dead point but does anyone else feel that Omar’s death was not quite as tragic as you might have expected? Sure, we saw it coming unlike the deaths of Stringer, Bodie or Wallace but it seems like the tragedy of Omar’s demise was spelled out over the past few episodes and after he drops, there was nothing more to be said.

  55. anonymous Says:

    The morgue had everything fucked up. They had Omar’s tag on a white middle-aged man before that fella switched it at the end. No doubt they had the white guy’s DOB transposed, too. White dude looked about 48.

  56. Jeff Spence Says:

    Guys, ‘arabbers’ in Baltimore traditionally are people who sell things (almost always produce/foodstuffs) from a pony-drawn cart. It’s pronounced “a-rabber” (long ‘a’). I wouldn’t really call Bubs’ Depot an example of arabbing, and I don’t think Bubs would have either.
    Google the “Arabber Preservation Society” for more information – you can also search the (real) Sun website for a series of recent articles about them being pushed around by the city – an issue when their stable was found to be not in compliance with code. There used to be arabbers in most northeastern cities, but insofar as I know, Baltimore is the only city that still has any (and they’re down to just a handful these days.)
    As an aside, Joy Lusco Kecken, who’s written three episodes of The Wire, made a great documentary together with her husband Scott about arabbers (“We Are Arabbers”) which I couldn’t recommend more highly – you can buy it online/from them direct on DVD.

  57. […] February 25, 2008 You Ain’t Got No Honeynut Up In This Bitch? Posted by lolabrigada under Random Observations | Tags: Heaven and Here, Omar Little, the wire |   In sad news yesterday, Wire creator, David Simon, killed off crowd pleaser Mr. Omar Little.   The toughest dude with a “short coming” or two got “got.”  Tough one to swallow.  I can’t add much to what has already been written, so I will point you in the direction of Shoals over at Heaven and Here. […]

  58. kidjock Says:

    NEED……………….TO TALK……………………….ABOUT……………NEW EPISODE!

    I am going crazy!!

  59. Shoals Says:

    okay, okay. .. #59 post within the hour.

  60. Trevor Cook Says:

    McNulty will get fucked… He’ll be promoted. “Fuck the bosses.” -McNulty

  61. humbly Says:

    Hi all,

    Something has been bugging me about the final scene in the morgue with the attendant switching the body tags.
    What was the intent of this scene?
    Was it simply to show us that Omar was really dead, unzipping the body bag etc.? Many of us felt a feeling of disbelief at the sudden end of Omar.
    Surely there is more to this curious episode ending scene than that.

    Just wanted to run this up the flagpole.

  62. Ben Says:

    Just to clarify, the scene with Omar and Bunk on the bench is from season four, after Omar gets out of jail, way after Stringer goes down. His first post-word killing was either the dude in the stash house when those guys walk in and one of em says “he just popped in and took out dude”, or when Omar gets ambushed in Monk’s place. Did Omar take someone out there? Also, it was cruel of the writers to have Omar killed in the beginning of the episode. With all the other big deaths, they came at the end so we had time to sit and stare at a wall after it happened. My stomach was upset and I felt out of it the rest of the whole episode. It made it all the more unexpected, thank God they didn’t do that for all the other characters, I was a wreck after Bodie and Prop Joe got taken out.

  63. Adam Hoff Says:

    I think Omar’s death was meant to be stark and without ceremony. I also think that was the point of the morgue scene, conjoined with the metro budget scene before it … Omar, the street legend, the fan favorite, didn’t warrant tears from the cops, an inch of column space, or even someone taking the time to tag the body bag correctly. We were supposed to sit there and watch the rest of the episode, realizing that the world barely changed the minute that bullet went into his head. Really, Marlo and Co. were the only people in Baltimore that truly cared, and they were just relieved. I thought it was pretty brilliant.

  64. gonzagylot00 Says:

    I just wanted to point out in this episode: When Marlo finds out he says something along the lines of : NOW we got to go to AC to Partlow.

    Partlow just looks displeased, like he freaking hates Marlo, and wouldn’t spend a second of his spare time with him if it wasn’t an order.

  65. Anthony Says:

    re: Just to clarify, the scene with Omar and Bunk on the bench is from season four, after Omar gets out of jail, way after Stringer goes down.

    Meaning no disrespect, Ben, but it’s from Season 3. Before Stringer is killed. You can look it up.

  66. gonzagylot00 Says:

    Anthony is right.

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