Middle Ground - Episode 11

The Wire - s03e11: Middle Ground
Episode 11: "Middle Ground"
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"We don't need to dream no more." -- Stringer Bell The wire begins to yield information about the Barksdale organization, though finding links to the top proves elusive. Stringer and Avon reminisce on how far they've come, with each harboring plans for the future. Tipped by Burrell, Carcetti sees Hamsterdam for himself and weighs the benefits against the political reality--an assessment that mirrors Mayor Royce's own struggle with his advisers. Cutty hits upon an unusual benefactor for his boxing gym and continues to reach out to the corner boys. McNulty and D'Agostino find each other again, while at work, McNulty finds the way to a key piece of the puzzle in an unlikely place. Awaiting his fate, Colvin works behind the scenes to shape the outcome of Hamsterdam, while protecting his men from possible repercussions. With Johnny in the wind, Bubbles considers a new partner, while Omar and Brother Mouzone encounter each other suddenly.


  • Rating: 8.2 (53 votes)
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • Date: 12/12/2004
  • Network: HBO
  • Writers: George Pelecanos
  • Director: Joe Chappelle

Special Guests

  • Anwan Glover (The Wire)
  • Brandy Burre (The Wire)
  • Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire)
  • Michael Willis (The Wire)
  • Chad L. Coleman (The Wire)
  • Doug Olear (The Wire)
  • Tony D. Head (The Wire)
  • R. Emery Bright (The Wire)
  • Peter Gerety (The Wire)
  • Frederick Strother (The Wire)
  • Michael Kostroff (The Wire)
  • Cleo Reginald Pizana (The Wire)
  • Robert F. Chew (The Wire)
  • Glynn Turman (The Wire)
  • Michael Potts (True Detective)
  • Dennis Lehane (True Detective)
  • Dameion Leslie (True Detective)


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