Miami Vice

Freefall (1 & 2)

Season 5, Ep 17, Aired 5/21/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Crockett and Tubbs embark on what they see as a suicide mission. They are recruited by a Special Drug Taskforce to escort the corrupt dictator of Costa Morada, a revolution-ravaged Latin American country. Gen. Manuel Borbon has promised to reveal the members of the most powerful South American drug cartel. Crockett and Tubbs are faced with what might be their final showdown.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Johnson

    Det. James "Sonny" Crockett

  • Olivia Brown

    Det. Trudy Joplin

  • Michael Talbott

    Det. Stanley "Stan" Switek

  • Saundra Santiago

    Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese

  • Edward James Olmos

    Lt. Martin Castillo

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Crockett and Tubbs finally catch a big fish - only to find out they were not supposed to keep him on the hook.

    By OnlyTheHunter, Dec 28, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Sonny: What you doing here? Figured you'd be halfway to New York by now. Rico: Everything always takes longer than you think.

    • Sonny: So you really gonna go back up to the big bad Bronx? Rico: Yeah it looks that way. How about you? Sonny: I don't know. Somewhere further south, somewhere where the water is warm, the drinks are cold, and I don't know the names of the players. I'm gonna miss you man. Rico: I'm gonna miss you too Sonny. Sonny: I give you a ride to the airport... Rico: Why not. Sonny: ...with my stolen car. Hey Tubbs, you ever consider a career in southern law enforcement? Rico: Maybe. Maybe.

    Notes (4)

    • The German episode title is "Letzter Auftrag", meaning "The Last Order".

    • The scene where Stan places a bet and walks to his car was actually included in the episodes "Too Much, Too Late." As that episode wasn't aired, the scene was placed as is into "Freefall", since the story arc was meant to be included in it. When "Too Much" finally aired, the scene is left intact.

    • Music: "Bad Attitude", (climactic showdown) by Honeymoon Suite from the album The Big Prize; "Tell Me" (end credits) by Terry Kath; "Land of Confusion" (Borbon is found in Miami) by Genesis from the Invisible Touch; "Ship of Fools" (returning from Costa Morada) by Robert Plant from his album Now And Zen; "No Way Out" (finding out the traitor) by Don Johnson and Tim Truman; "Crying Shame" (they decide to go on the mission) by Lyle Lovett; "Year Zero" (car chase between Crockett and Raymond) by King Swamp.

    • This episode marks British actor Ian McShane's second appearance in Miami Vice. McShane was previously seen playing a drug dealer in a 3rd season episode, "Knock Knock, Who's There".

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