Miami Vice

Brother's Keeper

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/16/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Miami police detective James "Sonny" Crockett reluctantly teams with New York bred newcomer Ricardo Tubbs to solve several murders connected to a mysterious Colombian drug lord.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Philip Michael Thomas

    Det. Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs

  • John Diehl

    Det. Lawrence "Larry" Zito

  • Michael Talbott

    Det. Stanley "Stan" Switek

  • Saundra Santiago

    Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese

  • Don Johnson

    Det. James "Sonny" Crockett

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • The location of the "In The Air Tonight" scene.

    By MH68, May 18, 2014

  • After his partner is blown up during an undercover sting, Miami Vice Squad detective "Sonny" Crockett joins forces with New York cop Rafael Tubbs to solve a series of killings connected to an elusive Colombian drug lord. Good Pilot to a landmark series...

    By Jay-Spacedust, May 17, 2011

  • Miami Vice Detective Sonny Crockett & New York newcomer Ricardo Tubbs team up to take down Colombian Drug Kingpin Calderone.

    By brothalove1987, Sep 19, 2007

  • An excellent introduction to the series

    By DVDConnoisseur, Aug 06, 2007

  • An interesting introduction!

    By rimtorra, Aug 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • 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.

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    Notes (9)

    • 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".

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    Trivia (3)

    • Jimmy Smits' brief appearance at the beginning of the episode was his first credited acting role.

    • 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.

    Allusions (2)

    • 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!

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