For those of you unfamiliar with The Wire, from left to right, these are Herc and Carver. They are partners from narcotics who are assigned to the wiretap investigation in the show's first season, and we follow their progress throughout the show's five year run. They are not exactly major characters. We know a lot more about Jimmy McNulty, Kima Griggs, Bunk Moreland, Lester Pearson, Lt. Daniels, Major Rawls, Bunny Colvin and many others than we know about these two knuckleheads. Domenick Lombardozzi as Herc gets seventh billing and Seth Gilliam as Carver gets ninth on the imdb.com page for the show. What we do know about them is that they are violent, they are corrupt and Herc is not the sharpest crayon in the box. They might not fall into the category of "good po-lice" like Lester or Kima or Bunk, but we know they are trying to do their jobs. For all their faults, a viewer would have to have a heart of stone not to have a soft spot for Herc and Carver.
Here is some of the dialog that makes me love Herc and Carver.
Best line about Herc and Carver by another character:
Kima Greggs: Winning the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.
Carver's classic reply:
Carver: This isn't a war. Wars end.
Herc's best explanation of their relationship early on as partners:
Herc: I would never steal and not tell you.
Best dialog explaining their later relationship after their partnership ends:
Carver: (disgustedly) This is an enabling relationship.
Herc: (hopefully and cluelessly) Yeah... enable me.
Have I already told folks to watch The Wire? Yes, I have. Now I'm doing it again, because it's my blog and I get to write about what I want to.