Miami Vice

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 21

    Too Much, Too Late

    Aired 1/25/90

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    Leap of Faith

    Aired 6/28/89

  • S 5 : Ep 19

    Miracle Man

    Aired 6/21/89

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    World of Trouble

    Aired 6/14/89

  • S 5 : Ep 17

    Freefall (1 & 2)

    Aired 5/21/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Diehl

    Det. Lawrence "Larry" Zito (Season 1-3)

  • Edward James Olmos

    Lt. Martin Castillo

  • Don Johnson

    Det. James "Sonny" Crockett

  • Olivia Brown

    Det. Trudy Joplin

  • Philip Michael Thomas

    Det. Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs

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  • show Description
  • Miami Vice was one of the most innovative and powerful TV series of all time. Focusing on the Miami Metro-Dade Police "Vice" Department and it's continued battle against the illicit drug, prostitution, and firearms crime underworld of the city of Miami. It used fashion, color, and a varied musical selection in order to accentuate and amplify the emotional undercurrent of the drama it portrayed.

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  • Quotes (54)

    • Sonny: You ever consider a career in southern law enforcement? Rico: Maybe. (laughs) Maybe.

    • Scottie: Six months ago some guy comes up to me in Little Havana. Hands me a suitcase. He says, "Compliments of Mr. Calderone." Nothing else. Just compliments. I didn't even open the damn thing for two weeks. Sonny-- Sonny: How much? How much to buy you, Scottie? Scottie: 70 grand. The calls from DeSoto started about a month later. Information. That's all they wanted was information. Sonny: Information? Scottie: I tried to pull out at least a dozen times, but it was too late. I mean, I never expected anyone to get killed. Sonny: They changed the game plan on us, Scott. Is it still goin' down tonight? Scottie: Yeah. Sonny: Where? Scottie: You gotta help me, man. You gotta help me, man. I got a family. (Cop cars pull up) I got 15 years as a stand-up cop. Sonny: Where? Where? Scottie: I got two medals of valor. I took a bullet for you, for God's sakes. (sighs) They're runnin' a sports fishing boat out of Keys Marina. The drop-off's up river. Sonny: Am I, uh, am I missing something here, or what, Scottie? I don't get it. I don't understand this. You were my partner. I had you and Donna and the kids over to dinner, what, 20 or 30 times. (starts gritting his teeth out of anger) Thanksgiving, birthdays. I trusted you! (grabs Scottie's throat) I trusted you, you bastard! I trusted you! (Tubbs pulls him off of him, Scottie cries)

    • Rico: Crockett. James "Sonny" Crockett. Sonny: Very good, Tubbs. Next week we'll work on your name. Rico: University of Florida. All-American wide receiver number 88? Am I right or what? Sonny: Oh, that was a long time ago. Rico: You were sensational. I remember one time I watched you run a screen pass 90 yards with 10 seconds left on the clock, man, for the winning TD against Alabama. Sonny: It was 92 yards, Tubbs. Six seconds remaining. Rico: Yeah, well, excuse the hell outta me. You know, not that Vice isn't the most glamorous gig in the world, Crockett, but what happened, huh? I mean, you must have had half the scouts in the NFL on your tail. Sonny: Traded it all in on two years in the Southeast Asian Conference. Rico: 'Nam? Sonny: No, Coney Island.

    • Sonny (on them working together): Well, I don't know how this is gonna work, Tubbs. I mean, uh, you're not exactly up my alley--style and personawise. Heaven knows I'm no box of candy. But with all things considered, I think we may have to consider some type of temporary working relationship.

    • (After Elvis, the alligator growls at Rico) Rico: Hey, call him off man. I don't even like alligator shoes! Sonny: Hey, hey, don't talk like that man, you're gonna hurt his feelings. (pats Elvis' head) Don't mind him, Elvis he's from New York.

    • (Sonny wakes up) Rico: Hey, Crockett it's a great day to be alive, man. Sonny: Yeah, or beat someone to death, dependin' on your dispositon.

    • Sonny: 2 weeks! 2 weeks of leg work I put in on this bust, and three fourths of the dealers turn out to be cops! Me, Scotie Wheeler and (motions to Rico) Dr. Voodoo here putting in a surprise guest appearance direct from Fun City. Lt. Castillo: Crockett-- Sonny: Not ot mention Heckle and Jeckle jumpin' the gun by a good five minutes. Is that what you mean by team playin', Lou? Lt. Castillo: What I'm trying tp tell you is there was a foul-up-- Sonny: You know, my badge says "Miami," but lately it's been lookin' a lot like Disney World. Lt. Castillo: Shut up, Crockett! And I'll explain. Now, Tubbs is here on priority clearance per direct request of the NYPD. Interagency memo, Crockett. Confidential. Rico: I'd sorta like to keep it that way, if you catch my drift. Hey, no offense, but when it comes to security leaks, this town of yours ain't exactly Pentagon South. Sonny (to Lt. Castillo): Interesting perspective. Now, tell me somethin' 'Dubbs.' Rico: Tubbs. My friends call me Rafael. Sonny: Are you down here for some specific value to the taxpayers, or are you just workin' on your tan? Rico (laughs dryly): Well, hush my mouth! He's so funny.

    • Sonny: I've been takin' an informal survey of my unit this week, marriagewise. It seems out of 16 Vice cops, we're barely bttin' .250. Caroline: It's not the job. Oh, sure it's got a lot to do with it. (sighs) Seeing you shot that time. And your drinking. (exhales) I've been doing a lot of thinking about it. (They start talking over each other) Sonny: I've been doing a lot better-- Caroline: You know it's funny. In a lot of ways you and your Vice cop buddies... Sonny: ---than when I started in plain clothes. Caroline: ...are just the flip side of the same coin-- Sonny: I mean-- Caroline: --from these dealers you're always masquerading around with. (That silences Sonny, they both sit, quiet for a minute) You're all players, Sonny. You get high on the action.

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    Notes (273)

    • The episode won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Series and Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Series.

    • In conjunction with the 2008 Emmy awards, Crockett and Caroline's phone conversation was in the list of the Most Memorable Drama TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.

    • The German episode title is "Hei├čes Pflaster Florida", meaning "Hot Florida Pavement".

    • In syndication, this two-hour pilot has been divided into two separate episodes.

    • The premiere episode was listed as number 99 in TV Guide's "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History" in the June 29-July 5, 1996 issue.

    • Don Johnson & Philip Michael Thomas edged out Gary Cole and Jimmy Smits for the roles of Crockett & Tubbs. Smits would star in two series with "city-centric" titles: "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue".

    • This premiere episode of the series was named #100 on TV Guide & TV Land's "The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in December 2004.

    • When this pilot script was being considered at NBC, an executive wrote the note "MTV Cops" to summarize the show. That nickname stuck.

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    Trivia (43)

    • The Ferrari Daytona Spyder convertible featured in the pilot episode and the first two seasons of Miami Vice was actually one of two replica kit cars, built on a 1980 Corvett chassis with Ferrari hardware by Tom McBurnie for auto importer Al Mardikian. Miami Vice's producers purchased the two replicas after Mardikian lost them to the IRS.

    • We learn that Sonny has a six-year-old son named Billy.

    • Noogie's full name is Nugart Neville Lamont. Ricardo says it at the end of the episode, when Noogman comes out of the hospital.

    • When Tubbs races through the streets of Miami to save Crockett and his ex-wife, the stock footage reveals Crockett behind the wheel of the car. It gives the impression that Crockett is racing to save his own life. Stock footage of both Ferraris would leave room for plenty of continuity glitches during the run of the series.

    • Check out the scene where Tubbs is on the bridge waiting to pay the ransom. Right before the boat arrives, he turns and walks away from the side of the bridge, then turns around and walks back. Pay particular attention to the lady with the fishing rod and what she does with the reel. The film is simply played in reverse when Tubbs walks back to the side of the bridge.

    • When Jimmy's plane is in the hangar, the engines have three propeller blades. On the runway in Colombia, the engines have two propeller blades.

    • After Tubbs gets rough with David Traynor and accuses him of murdering Diane Gordon, David's lawyer tells Tubbs he's opening himself to libel and assault. The lawyer is incorrect—libel is untruthful statements about someone that are either in writing or sent through the broadcast media. The lawyer should have said slander, which is spoken untruthful statments about someone.

    • In an almost entirely unused revision of Mr. Weisbecker's story by Paul Diamond (Evan, Phil the Shill), a parrot reads the bad guy his rights (mocking the TV shorthand... "You have the right to remain silent"... then fading and going to commercial -- "a parrot could do that!"). In the version as filmed, Zito holds the parrot and reads the Miranda warning in a parrot voice.

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    Allusions (7)

    • CROCKETT (of a breakdancer nearby): Five-thousand street corners in Greater Miami and Gumby here has to pick ours.

    • CROCKETT (of Switek & Zito): I nearly got shot to death by Bluto and Lee Harvey Oswald over there!

    • Bruce McGill played D-Day in the 1978 film Animal House. He hums a few bars of "Anchor's Aweigh" as a salute to this character.

    • The original title of the episode was "Phil the Spiv"; an allusion to the character of Flash Harry, the semi-zoot-suited, greasy mustachioed spiv as played by George Cole in the fabulous Fifties Brit comedy Belles of St. Trinian's. Spiv is archaic British slang for what we would call a hustler.

    • Note that almost all the guest character's surnames are the same as various members of Genesis across the years. Tony Rivers, the coke dealer, was in early drafts named Tony Silver in honor of Jim Silver, one of the band's only other drummers. The character's name was changed for legal reasons.

    • This episode is a modern variation on the 1952 Oscar-winning Western, High Noon.

    • Reb: Valhalla. (as response to a comrade asking where they will go after the mission) In Norse mythology, Valhalla is simply put "The Hall of the Slain", or an afterlife place. Ironically, Reb isn't planning that anyone of the gang die on this mission. Also the comrade who asked where they will go, appears to think it is a place in Europe.

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  • Fan Reviews (36)
  • The tv series is remembered by everyone from the 80s. It redefined how people dressed and acted. Great show.

    By fshocker, Mar 31, 2010

  • 1980's cop show about Miami Vice detectives Sonny James Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs and the scum they take down on the streets of Miami.

    By brothalove1987, Sep 19, 2007

  • What a great show.

    By Pinkfloyd697, Aug 04, 2007

  • I'm glad this show is finally out on DVD! It was an amazing show.

    By tiffnlee, Jul 25, 2007

  • ok

    By edwardsrs, Jun 30, 2007

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