'The Wire': Way Down in the Hole

'The Wire': Way Down in the Hole

By The Ringer

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan recap, breakdown, and analyze every episode of the iconic HBO hit series, The Wire, starting from the beginning with season one.

Episodes

"That's Got His Own"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 12 of Season 4 of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on detective Ellis Carver. Later in the episode, the two pick some of their favorite scenes and Van delivers a sidebar on riding horses.
28/10/201h 7m

"A New Day"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are just two episodes away from wrapping up this season of ‘Way Down in The Hole.’ As they unpack Season 4, Episode 11, they take a look at the beloved character Bubbles. Then they reflect on a tearjerking scene and talk about a Dem Franchize Boyz song that has aged incredibly well.
26/10/201h 2m

"Misgivings"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to Season 4, Episode 10 of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on Clay Davis, which leads to a rare Jemele Hill sidebar on “ain’t shit” men. Later in the episode, the duo picks out some of their favorite scenes and discuss who was right, Bodie or Poot, in reaction to Little Kevin’s death. Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan
21/10/201h 24m

"Know Your Place"

On today’s episode of ‘Way Down in the Hole,’ Jemele Hill and Van Lathan analyze an iconic, yet slightly uncomfortable scene that takes place in a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The two recap Episode 9 before getting into some trivia, which includes a 'Wire' star who almost beat Daniel Craig out to be James Bond, and more.
19/10/201h 8m

"Corner Boys"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move on to Episode 8 of Season 4 of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive into Michael Lee (18:30). Later in the episode, they pick out some of their favorite scenes (35:00) and Van provides a can’t-miss sidebar involving Jheri curls and father-son relationships (1:00:30). Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan
14/10/201h 17m

"Unto Others"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan inch closer to the end of the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ as they recap Episode 7 (5:36). Van shares one of his favorite scenes in ‘Wire’ history (32:22) and reminisces on the time he saw ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in theaters (40:23) before the duo fill us in on some notable moments to file away for later (54:09).
12/10/201h 3m

"Margin of Error"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 6 of the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on De’Londa Brice (08:50). Later, they shine a light on some of their favorite scenes from the episode (41:00) and look at what aged the worst (48:00). Hosts: Jemele Hill and Van Lathan
07/10/201h 10m

"Alliances"

Voodoo, zombies, and a haunting suspicion that Chris Partlow is the mastermind behind the eerie disappearances in West Baltimore are just some of the topics mentioned in Episode 5 of Season 4 of ‘The Wire.’ Jemele Hill and Van Lathan continue their marathon of the show, digging into the dysfunctional systems that fuel the story line (3:32). They also take a closer look at Chris (12:07) before comparing his presence to some notable horror-movie figures (16:20).
05/10/201h 6m

"Refugees"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the fourth episode of Season 4 of ‘The Wire’ with a deep dive on Randy Wagstaff (11:40). Later, the two pick out some standout scenes (33:45) and determine who won the episode (1:11:40).
30/09/201h 22m

"Home Rooms"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan discuss Season 4, Episode 3 of ‘The Wire.’ The two look back on their own middle school experiences (32:00), then break down Duquan "Dukie" Weems (11:20). They debate which scene absolutely stole the show (34:24) before Van divulges the one time he tried to dress like Tupac (49:12).
28/09/201h 14m

"Soft Eyes"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move on to Episode 2 of the fourth season of ‘The Wire’ with a character deep dive on Namond Brice (13:10). Later in the episode, they pick out some of their favorite scenes (35:35) and, of course, take some time for a Van Lathan sidebar.
23/09/201h 22m

"Boys of Summer"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are back to analyze Season 4 of ‘The Wire.’ In today’s episode, the two break down what to expect from Season 4 (0:54) and also take a look at the child actors who star in the show (4:25). They also recap Episode 1 (7:13) and, of course, they discuss a Van Lathan sidebar (42:25).
21/09/201h 9m

Season 3 Awards

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan wrap up the third season of ‘The Wire’ by giving out season awards such as Defensive Player of the Year (59:00), Best Scene (27:50), Season 3 MVP (1:04:00), and more.
07/09/201h 13m

“Mission Accomplished”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan breakdown the season finale of Season 3 of ‘The Wire’ and the demise of the Barksdale dynasty (1:40). Later, they pick out some of the best scenes of the episode (12:20).
02/09/2056m 4s

"Middle Ground"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan react to Episode 11 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ and eulogize Stringer Bell (6:50). Later in the show, Bill Simmons joins the conversation to break down the famous Stringer and Avon balcony scene (20:30).
31/08/201h 3m

"Reformation"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 10 of Season 3 of ‘The Wire’ by diving deep on Bunny Colvin (7:50), analyzing the success of Hamsterdam (23:30), and picking out some of the episode’s best scenes (27:30).
26/08/2059m 47s

"Slapstick"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the ninth episode of Season 3 and discuss characters caught between two worlds (1:50), dive deep on Detective Pryzbylewski (11:05), and pick some of their favorite scenes (32:00).
24/08/201h 6m

"Moral Midgetry"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down Episode 8 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ and the unintended consequences of many characters’ actions (1:30), the fallout between Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell (9:50), and more.
20/08/201h 7m

"Back Burners"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan push forward to Episode 7 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to break down the impact of Bernard and Squeak’s romance on the Barksdale organization (12:30), and some of the episode’s standout scenes (33:40).
18/08/201h 20m

"Homecoming"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan turn their attention to Episode 6 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ and break down the character of Marlo Stanfield, analyze the ongoing differences between Avon and Stringer, examine a memorable scene with Bunk and Omar, and more.
13/08/201h 12m

"Straight and True"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan dive into Episode 5 of the third season of 'The Wire' to explore Avon's return home from jail, the politics of Mayor Clarence Royce, best scenes from the episode, and more.
11/08/201h 18m

“Hamsterdam”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan get into Episode 4 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to explore the "Hamsterdam" experiment (4:00), the intentions of Howard "Bunny" Colvin (11:45), scenes that stood out (31:00), and more.
06/08/201h 4m

"Dead Soldiers"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return for Episode 3 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to look at the gradual setup for later episodes (03:00), the more information we learn about Councilman Carcetti (15:45), the moment that jumped out the most (33:40), the death of Ray Cole (01:00:00), and more.
04/08/201h 13m

“All Due Respect”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan sit down for Episode 2 of the third season of ‘The Wire’ to analyze the foundation of the Barksdale-Stanfield war (03:00), the story of Tommy Carcetti (18:00), their favorite scenes (36:30), going to the movies (57:15), and more.
30/07/201h 24m

“Time After Time”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan kick off the third season of ‘The Wire’ by debating the overall theme (01:30), then they look into Dennis “Cutty” Wise (16:30), the opening scene of Bodie and Poot (32:30), a trivia nugget (58:00), and more.
28/07/201h 3m

Season 2 Awards

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan wrap up the second season of ‘The Wire’ by giving out awards such as Best Performance (01:30), Best Boss (21:00), Best Scene (32:15), Rookie of the Year (41:45), MVP of Season 2 (01:06:15), and more.
23/07/201h 14m

"Port in a Storm"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the Season 2 finale of ‘The Wire’ and the episode’s inevitable ending (01:30), if Nicky Sobotka was a victim (17:45), Stringer’s visit to Brother Mouzone in the hospital (36:00), the Greek’s goodbye (53:15), and more.
21/07/201h 18m

“Bad Dreams”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the 11th episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its theme of the american dream (01:30), Frank Sobotka’s struggle with his life (17:45), the best scenes of the episode (34:00), and more.
16/07/2056m 33s

"Storm Warnings"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan jump into the 10th episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to identify the issue of fitting in (01:30), the uniqueness of Brother Mouzone (14:45), Valchek pushing Pryzbylewski over the edge (31:45), Ziggy’s confession (58:00), and more.
14/07/201h 4m

"Stray Rounds"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan explore the ninth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its unintended consequences (01:15), the rise of Stringer Bell (09:30), McNulty’s trip to the brothel (39:00), and more.
09/07/201h 12m

"Duck and Cover"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the eighth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and the danger of a lack of self-worth (01:30), self-destructive McNulty (11:00), the dynamic between the Sobotkas (31:15), who won the episode (01:11:00), and more.
07/07/201h 17m

"Backwash"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan move along to the seventh episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to look at the class divide and the fallacy of the American dream (01:30), Frank Sobotka’s nobility (28:30), mental health in the Black community (01:12:00), more.
02/07/201h 28m

“All Prologue”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the sixth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ and its themes (02:00), say goodbye to D’Angelo Barksdale (17:00), go through Omar’s court appearance (45:45), and more.
30/06/201h 30m

“Undertow”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan dive into the fifth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to examine the trust issues among the characters and who is going with or against the current (01:00), before taking a closer look at Beadie Russell (09:45), the moment between Avon and Stringer that changed D’Angelo’s life (28:45), Donette moving on (55:00), and more.
25/06/201h 10m

“Hard Cases”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are onto the fourth episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ to look at all the moves being made around Baltimore (02:00), Nick Sobotka and his relationships (10:00), trouble among the Barksdales (34:30), and more.
23/06/201h 3m

“Hot Shots”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the third episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire,’ its theme of desperation (02:00), union leader Frank Sobotka (17:15), McNulty getting played by Bunk and Lester (34:45), Stringer Bell’s latest move (44:15), What Aged the Best? (58:45), and more.
18/06/201h 11m

"Collateral Damage"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are onto the second episode of Season 2 of ‘The Wire.’ They look at the overall feeling of powerlessness (01:00), the ruthless duo of “The Greek” and Spiros (13:00), Brianna Barksdale’s visit to Avon in prison (30:45), Wee-Bey’s cell getting tossed by the guard (40:45), and more.
16/06/201h 4m

"Ebb Tide"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan kick off Season 2 of ‘The Wire’ by looking at why the show focused on the Port of Baltimore (02:00), the introduction of the Sobotka family (10:45), Bodie’s new role in the Barksdale organization (25:15), Major Valchek’s vendetta (35:00), some casting trivia (58:30), and more.
11/06/201h 5m

Season 1 Awards

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return to address some of the serious issues happening around the country before highlighting some of the most significant moments of the "best first season of television ever." They give out awards such as Best Boss (30:00), Best Quote (52:00), Rookie of the Year (01:04:45), Best Scene (01:12:00), MVP of Season 1 (01:23:00), and more.
09/06/201h 29m

“Sentencing”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the season finale of ‘The Wire' Season 1 (01:00), including Daniels reprimanding Carver (12:00), Kima taking a stand in the hospital (30:00), D’Angelo being pushed to the brink (37:15), the emergence of Brianna Barksdale (54:45), and more.
28/05/201h 9m

"Cleaning Up"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are on to the 12th episode of ‘The Wire' Season 1 to break down the ongoing consequences of Kima’s shooting (01:30), why Wallace was so significant (10:00), D’Angelo’s reaction to Wallace’s death (34:30), and more.
26/05/201h 17m

"The Hunt"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan return to analyze the 11th episode of ‘The Wire' Season 1 and discuss the fallout from the shooting of Kima (01:45), defense attorney Maurice Levy (09:15), the surprising actions of Rawls (41:45), the origin of the Wee-Bey GIF (01:03:15), and more.
21/05/201h 26m

"The Cost"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan cover the shocking 10th episode of ‘The Wire' Season 1, looking at the risks everyone is willing to take (01:30), the events that lead to Kima getting shot and what makes her such a foundational piece of the series (11:15), Walon and Bubbles furthering their friendship (44:15), and more.
19/05/201h 17m

“Game Day”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan are on to Episode 9 of ‘The Wire' to break down Baltimore’s big game (02:00), the popular Shardene Innes (13:45), Poot getting “romantic” on a payphone (40:30), the importance of going hungry (01:02:45), and more.
14/05/201h 15m

"Lessons"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at Episode 8 of ‘The Wire' and the lessons that various characters learned (02:00), the homicidal Wee-Bey Brice (15:15), the best scenes (36:15), Omar’s most memorable line (48:00), and more.
12/05/201h 16m

“One Arrest”

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan dive into Episode 7 of ‘The Wire' and look at the progression of the detail (02:00), why Bubbles is so relatable (12:30), Walon’s powerful speech (32:30), how to look tough while ordering an iced tea (56:00), the Madame LaRue story line (01:09:00), and much more.
07/05/201h 16m

"The Wire"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan get into the sixth episode of ‘The Wire' and examine the fallout from Brandon’s murder (02:00), the complex character of Wallace (09:30), Omar cooperating with the police (33:00), a romantic conversation between D’Angelo and Shardene (51:00), trivia (01:08:15), and much more.
05/05/201h 14m

"The Pager"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan breakdown the fifth episode of ‘The Wire,’ including the most powerful “file this away for later” moment of the series (02:00), Pryzbylewski’s major breakthrough (19:30), Lester Freeman’s path to the detail (24:45), a comparison between Wire characters and NBA players (29:45), three pivotal scenes that stood out (45:00), and much more.
30/04/201h 14m

"Old Cases"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan discuss the fourth episode of ‘The Wire,’ including D’Angelo Barksdale’s story about Deirdre Kresson (02:00), an Omar Little deep dive (13:30), McNulty and Bunk’s epic two-word conversation at a murder scene (37:45), Bubbles in the suburbs (42:30), the most versatile cuss word (58:45), and much more.
28/04/201h 10m

"The Buys"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan break down the third episode of ‘The Wire’ (02:00), including D’Angelo’s slipup during the re-up (07:00), one of the signature scenes of the first season (12:00), Bubbles’s fashion review (33:30), the complicated Lieutenant Daniels (48:45), the phrase of the episode (01:04:00), and much more.
23/04/201h 24m

"The Detail"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the second episode of ‘The Wire’ and discuss the assembly of the detail (03:00), what makes Jimmy McNulty tick (11:00), the McNugget scene (25:30), the interrogation of D’Angelo Barksdale (34:15), the “We Love This Show … But” moment of the episode (40:30), Stringer Bell’s flirtatious actions (48:30), the late-night visit from Herc, Carver, and Pryzbylewski (55:15), a shocking fact (59:30), and more.
21/04/201h 11m

"The Target"

Jemele Hill and Van Lathan look at the pilot episode of ‘The Wire’ and discuss the episode’s theme of “chain of command” (03:00), the fall of the Barksdale empire (08:00), a character deep-dive on D’Angelo Barksdale (30:30), their favorite scenes from the episode (44:00), the greatest snitch in history (51:00), and more.
15/04/201h 17m

Prologue

Before diving into Season 1, Jemele Hill and Van Lathan discuss how they first got into ‘The Wire’ (04:00), the show’s unique authenticity (15:30), the TV landscape in 2002 (24:30), initial reviews from critics (35:15), how close it came to cancellation (01:04:00), and more.
15/04/201h 16m
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