The secret of Omar lies in this missheard line, oh indeed
September 23, 2008 8:26 AM   Subscribe

The Wire, season 2, episode 6: What does Omar say to the prosecutor right before the theme song starts?

During Bird's trial:

Prosecutor asks: How have you survived this long robbing drug dealers?
Omar: [something like] Eats the eights, I guess.
Fade
[when you walk through the garden..]


I can't hear anything that makes sense to me and I need your fresh ears. What did Omar say?
posted by cowbellemoo to Media & Arts (11 answers total)
 
Prosecutor: And exactly how long has this been your occupation, Mr. Little?
Omar: Oh, I don't know exactly. I venture to say maybe 'bout eight or nine years.
Prosecutor: Mr. Little, how does a man rob drug dealers for eight or nine years, and live to tell about it?
Omar: Day at a time, I suppose.
[Tom Waits]
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 8:32 AM on September 23, 2008


"Day at a time, I guess" - from memory
posted by laumry at 8:33 AM on September 23, 2008


scooped!
posted by laumry at 8:33 AM on September 23, 2008


"Day at a time, I suppose."
posted by Airhen at 8:33 AM on September 23, 2008


An online transcript says Omar's reply is: "Day at a time, I suppose."

http://www.siliconvalleyfrogs.com/thewire/ep19.html
posted by aught at 8:34 AM on September 23, 2008


Here's the video (2:20)
posted by nitsuj at 8:34 AM on September 23, 2008


I frequently turn on subtitles when watching The Wire.
posted by neuron at 8:44 AM on September 23, 2008 [5 favorites]


It sounds so obvious now! Time for new headphones. Thanks, all!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:00 AM on September 23, 2008


Absolutely, subtitles are a necessity for that show as well as a lot of the FX Network dramas.
posted by mmascolino at 10:07 AM on September 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Nthing the subtitles. I don't think we would have enjoyed The Wire nearly as much without them: we could actually make sense of the plot because we could see what they were saying, instead of sitting there going "wait, did he say X? Because that means Y! ZOMG!"
posted by scrump at 10:50 AM on September 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Another vote for subtitles. If you're watching The Wire without them, you're missing a lot.
posted by jdroth at 12:37 PM on September 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


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