Miami Vice

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 03, 1985 on NBC
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A former Vice member, Evan Freed, is now working undercover with ATF to bring down an arms dealer. Sonny and Evan have a mysterious past that Tubbs is determined to learn. They must reconcile long enough to calibrate efforts in the weapons sting.

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  • Crockett & Tubbs are assigned to bring in an arms dealer,Guzman, who has a flamboyant and dangerously eccentric associate named Evan.Crockett isn't sure if he can see this case through-Evan is his former partner with a dark secret.moreless

    Crockett & Tubbs go undercover to bring in Guzman(Al Israel), a former Central American despot who is now an arms dealer in Miami. His associate is Evan(William Russ), a white-suited, curly-haired nutcase who takes an instant dislike to Crockett. Crockett reveals to Tubbs they were former partners many years ago, and had a major falling out after the death of another rookie cop, perhaps caused by Evan. Evan tries desperately to redeem himself to Crockett, and promises they'll bring Guzman down.

    This episode is a grabber right from the start. An atmospheric Peter Gabriel song sets the tone ("The Rhythm of the Heat")as an arms bust goes wrong. The rest of the story concerns Crockett confronting his past as Evan begs his forgiveness for his mistakes. It's a solid performance from William Russ, Don Johnson's co-star in the 1985 remake of "The Long Hot Summer", and gives more depth to Crockett's character. Also good is Al Israel as Guzman, who most will remember from Brian DePalma's remake of "Scarface", who was quite handy with a chainsaw. Top class, stylish direction from Rob Cohen, too, with some very effective imagery, particularly in the opening scene. An entertaining episode all round.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 (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sonny: There's nothing going down. You don't need to know anything. And where the hell do you come off, demanding that I bare my soul to you? You're my partner, not my priest.
      Tubbs: Don't be copping no attitude, man, 'cause I don't need to hear it. If you want to drop the friendship and just be partners, so be it.
      Sonny: So be it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Robert A. Daniels was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Film Editing for a Series category for his work on this episode. Jan Hammer was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) category for his work on this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Am Rande der Hölle", meaning "At the Edge of Hell".

    • Evan's character was initially written as a woman, Eva. Guzman was at first Gutman, meant as an homage to the character Kasper Gutman in The Maltese Falcon.

    • Music: "Rhythm of the Heat" (at begin) by Peter Gabriel from his album Security; "You Only Left Your Picture" (in nightclub) by Fashion from album Fabrique; "Biko" (at end) by Peter Gabriel on his S/T album from 1980.