The Barksdale empire is no more. Now, West Baltimore’s drug trade belongs to Marlo Stanfield – and him alone.
Meanwhile, the newly-reassigned Major Crimes Unit continues to “follow the money” up the ladder as a hotly-contested three-man race for the mayor’s office begins to get off the ground.
Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski, formerly a cop, is the new 8th-grade math teacher at Edward Tilghman Middle School – and boy, does he have his hands full. Prez’s students (many of whom have been socially promoted, rather than challenged academically) are a disruptive, apathetic, and neglected bunch who suffer from a plethora of domestic issues – mainly abuse, drugs, and an extremely low standard of living. The season primarily focuses on four boys – Michael, Namond, Randy, and Dukie – who face tough choices and adolescent angst in Baltimore, where children face both the social pressures of school and the crime and easy money of the street corners.
After the tragic death of fellow addict Johnny at the end of season three, Bubbles attempts to get his life back on track, helping his nephew Sharrod go back to school and away from the trouble on the streets.
Dennis “Cutty” Wise, a convicted felon, continues to help young men with an after-school boxing program at his gym on the west side.
Bodie is a man without a country, one of the few remaining enforcers left from the Barksdale Organization. Slim Charles, a former lieutenant for Barksdale, joins Proposition Joe and Cheese on the east side.
At city hall, Tony Gray and Tommy Carcetti, two ambitious city council members, attempt to split the African-American vote in order to oust incumbent mayor Clarence Royce, who is facing heat for the way he has handled the daily issues in a city that averages 300-350 murders a year.
The best way to summarize the phenomenal fourth season of The Wire is to quote from the back of the DVD:
“The explosive fourth season of The Wire continues to blur the lines between good and evil – and incite the fires of urban unrest.”
Created by David Simon
Produced by Ed Burns and Karen Thorson
Executive Producers — Nina Kostroff Noble and David Simon
Co-Executive Producer — Joe Chappelle
Story Editor — William F. Zorzi
Starring Dominic West, John Doman, Frankie Faison, Aidan Gillen, Deirdre Lovejoy, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Andre Royo, Jamie Hector, Sonja Sohn, Jim True-Frost, Robert Wisdom, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi, Corey Parker Robinson, Michael Kenneth Williams, J.D. Williams, Robert F. Chew, Chad L. Coleman, Reg E. Cathey, Glynn Turman, Maestro Harrell, Tristan Wilds, Jermaine Crawford, Julito McCullum, Delaney Williams, Tray Chaney, Tootsie Duvall, Felicia Pearson, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Anwan Glover, Maria Broom, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Christopher Mann, S. Robert Morgan
“Riveting…gripping…can’t-miss drama.” —The Chicago Tribune
“The best show on TV.” —GQ
“Beautiful…brave…its best season yet.” —The New York Times
“Electrifying.” —The Washington Post
“Brilliant.” —USA Today
“A masterpiece.” —The San Francisco Chronicle
“Smart…dazzling…a staggering achievement.” —Entertainment Weekly