Moral Midgetry - Episode 8

The Wire - s03e08: Moral Midgetry
Episode 8: "Moral Midgetry"
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"Crawl, walk, and then run." -- Clay Davis With Hamsterdam running full tilt, Carver and Truck discover there really is no honor among thieves. Prez impresses the detail with what he's found out from Bodie's cell phone, information that sends McNulty and Greggs on a road trip. Colvin sees the benefits of his plan working, but has overlooked the human toll, until the Deacon points out the deficiencies. Stringer Bell fumes over the cost of being a developer, as state Senator Clay Davis attempts to cool him off with some easy money, and then, delivers on his promise of a federal housing connect. Carcetti confronts a hurdle he must clear if he wants to run for higher office, while Marlo appears to take the bait set by the Barksdale crew. Cutty is shown the possibilities for the future with a tour of a working gym, while the Western District cops tip a few, and weigh the merits of Hamsterdam and their loyalty to their commander. Brianna and McNulty sit down for a heart-to-heart, while Avon dispatches the troops to track Omar and wrestles with a revelation by Stringer.


  • Rating: 7.9 (63 votes)
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Date: 11/14/2004
  • Network: HBO
  • Writers: Richard Price
  • Director: Agnieszka Holland

Special Guests

  • Ernest Waddell
  • Christopher Mann (The Wire)
  • Kelli R. Brown (The Wire)
  • Mayo Best (The Wire)
  • Anwan Glover (The Wire)
  • Michael Willis (The Wire)
  • Richard Burton (The Wire)
  • Benjamin Busch (The Wire)
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire)
  • Megan Anderson (The Wire)
  • Melvin Williams (The Wire)
  • Michael Hyatt (Snowfall)
  • Brandy Burre (The Wire)
  • Chad L. Coleman (The Wire)
  • Jamie Hector (The Wire)
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr (The Wire)
  • Doug Olear (The Wire)
  • Genevi (The Wire)


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