The Wire

10 Best Episodes of The Wire - Season 2

Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Wire - S2E1

#12 - Ebb Tide (Season 2 - Episode 1)

Det. McNulty—exiled to police-boat duty—makes a shocking discovery in the Baltimore harbor.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 1515 votes.

The Wire - S2E5

#11 - Undertow (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Ziggy loses his prized Camaro to drug dealers who aren't buying his alibis about not paying up.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 1377 votes.

The Wire - S2E4

#10 - Hard Cases (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Sobotka reprimands his nephew Nick for stealing the cameras and orders him to bring the cargo back.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 1374 votes.

The Wire - S2E2

#9 - Collateral Damage (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Major Valchek gets back at Sobotka for the church gift fiasco and a feud begins.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 1435 votes.

The Wire - S2E7

#8 - Backwash (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Russell tells Sobotka the investigation is over, but a computer is cloned, and when a container goes missing, the cops follow.

The episode was rated 7.82 from 1306 votes.

The Wire - S2E3

#7 - Hot Shots (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Bunk and Freamon chase their crime scene, a container ship, to Philly.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 1404 votes.

The Wire - S2E8

#6 - Duck and Cover (Season 2 - Episode 8)

McNulty is back to his old self, on a drunken binge of legendary proportions.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 1320 votes.

The Wire - S2E9

#5 - Stray Rounds (Season 2 - Episode 9)


Bodie's effort to improve sales ends disastrously, forcing Bell to rethink his strategy.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 1307 votes.

The Wire - S2E6

#4 - All Prologue (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 1353 votes.

The Wire - S2E10

#3 - Storm Warnings (Season 2 - Episode 10)


Bodie is unhappy that Proposition Joe's people are slinging on his turf.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 1312 votes.

The Wire - S2E11

#2 - Bad Dreams (Season 2 - Episode 11)

With the clock ticking, the Detail makes a desperate move. Daniels reams out Landsman for dropping the ball.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 1283 votes.

The Wire - S2E12

#1 - Port in a Storm (Season 2 - Episode 12)


The Detail suffers a setback, while Russell and Bunk revisit Philly to look for evidence.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 1267 votes.

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