Straight and True - Episode 5

The Wire - s03e05: Straight and True
Episode 5: "Straight and True"
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"I had such fuckin' hopes for us." -- McNulty Frustrated in his grass-roots reform efforts, Colvin arms himself with intelligence from Daniels' detail and personally delivers a message to the next level of corner management. McNulty sees Stringer Bell's legitimate business dealings as a sign that he is now unreachable as a drug target. Bubbles shakes the tree for Johnny one more time; Carcetti quietly seeks to fix the program for protecting state's witnesses after another one is killed; Omar struggles with dissention in the ranks; Stringer hard-sells his new business model to an under-whelmed Marlo. Greggs' surveillance gives McNulty reason to smile, and then he takes an interest in politics. Cutty flexes his muscle and continues to slide back into the life; and Avon returns from prison.


  • Rating: 7.7 (55 votes)
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Date: 10/17/2004
  • Network: HBO
  • Writers: Edward Burns (III)
  • Director: Daniel Attias

Special Guests

  • Kelli R. Brown
  • Chad L. Coleman (The Wire)
  • Jamie Hector (The Wire)
  • Delaney Williams (The Wire)
  • Eric Ryan (The Wire)
  • Mayo Best (The Wire)
  • Antonio Cordova (The Wire)
  • Michael Willis (The Wire)
  • Michael Kostroff (The Wire)
  • Cleo Reginald Pizana (The Wire)
  • Michael Salconi (The Wire)
  • Richard DeAngelis (The Wire)
  • Christopher Mann (The Wire)
  • Brandy Burre (The Wire)
  • Anwan Glover (The Wire)
  • Richard Burton (The Wire)
  • Jay Landsman (The Wire)


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