The Weekly Wire: “I Wanted To Make That Shit Special”
Okay. It’s that time again, kiddies. Another look at HBO’s The Wire. I’m kicking the classroom door wide open. Here’s some dialogue between the two detectives, McNulty (white dude) and Bunk (black fella). They have great rapport. This dialogue is interesting — I don’t know that it needs much context. You maybe could know that McNulty is always putting himself in the political cross-hairs by trying to actually be a good cop (“good police”). What’s fascinating to me is that I don’t really know what’s going on in this scene. Something’s there. Something’s up. Some element of history that goes beyond what we see in the show. This is from Episode 7, Season 1, by the way. Here’s the dialogue. Both embedded video (longer, fuller scene) and the text (shorter to highlight the dialogue I want to highlight). Take to it. Like it? Dislike it? Go beyond that. Tell me why. Tell me what you think works. What doesn’t. How does it lay? How does it play? (And if you’re looking for the scene referenced last time in the comments, the one where they basically just say versions of “fuck” back and forth, you can clickyclicky and see it.)
Det. James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty: You know why I respect you so much, Bunk?
Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland: Mm-mmm.
McNulty: It’s not ’cause you’re good police, ’cause, y’know, fuck that, right?
Bunk: Mm. Fuck that, yeah.
McNulty: It’s not ’cause when I came to homicide, you taught me all kinds of cool shit about . . . well, whatever.
Bunk: Mm. Whatever.
McNulty: It’s ’cause when it came time for you to fuck me . . . you were very gentle.
Bunk: You damn right.
McNulty: See, ’cause you could have hauled me out of the garage and just bent me over the hood of a radio car, and . . . no, you were, you were very gentle.
Bunk: I knew it was your first time. I wanted to make that shit special.
McNulty: It was, man. It fucking was.