Miami Vice

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 01, 1985 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Crockett is forced to realize that an old Army buddy may be involved with a contract on a young mother's life.

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  • Nice story, bad execution

    Cute little early appearance from Nathan Lane, and also a ho-hum cameo from Frankie Valli. But while the story is fine, this is the worst-directed episode of Miami Vice. Some of the acting and editing is just awful, and some of the sets are just not quite convincing. It's a shame, because it seems like all the pieces are there to make it a solid episode, but it never hits its marks, and is ham-handed all the way through. The few scenes that do work don't mesh together in any way, making this feel like the most poorly-paced episode.

    Between Prodigal Son and Definitely Miami, this is the nadir of both the season and the show.moreless
Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Det. James "Sonny" Crockett

John Diehl

John Diehl

Det. Lawrence "Larry" Zito

Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown

Det. Trudy Joplin

Michael Talbott

Michael Talbott

Det. Stanley "Stan" Switek

Saundra Santiago

Saundra Santiago

Det. Gina Navarro Calabrese

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Lt. Martin Castillo

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Crockett, wearing a black shirt under his white jacket, is having an argument with his old army buddy, Robbie. At the height of the argument, Robbie tricks Crockett into leaving the room so he can sneak out another door. Realizing what has happened, Crockett pursues him in the Ferrari - now wearing a white shirt under his jacket! (This is due to previously-shot stock footage of Crockett madly driving the Ferrari through the streets.)

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  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Das Kainsmal", meaning "The Mark of Cain".

    • Music: "Go for Soda" (at begin) by Kim Mitchell from his album Akimbo Alogo; "Sweet Soul Music" (Robbie dances on pool table) by Arthur Conley; "Own the Night" (in club) by Chaka Khan from Miami Vice Original TV Soundtrack; "No Guarantees" (car chase) by The Nobodys from album of the same name.

    • Writer Frank Military played a roving sociopath in the 1st year episode "Nobody Lives Forever."