Miami Vice

Season 5 Episode 17

Freefall (1 & 2)

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 21, 1989 on NBC
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Freefall (1 & 2)
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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.moreless

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

    9.2
    In the end of the series, we are treated to an episode that is terrific on its own but doesn\'t mesh well wish the rest of the series.



    Crockett and Tubbs are sent by Captain Highsmith (nominally Castillo\'s boss) to infiltrate a Central American country and snack the leader, General Borbon. (Loosely based on Manuel Noriega.)



    The first half deals with the mission itself, with the acknowledgement they probably won\'t make it back.



    The second half deals with Borbon\'s evading them back in Miami. The actual storyline, with a farewell scene with Izzy, a kidnapping of Tubbs, the surprise people behind the plot to keep Borbon free and a battle royale with Crockett and Tubbs foregoing regulations and deciding to snatch the General through any means necessary, is really good.



    The only letdown is the underuse of the supporting cast. Switek\'s gambling storyline is concluded but rushed. Castillo plays a minor role until near the end. Trudy is barely there and Gina has one line and is never shown speaking on screen.



    That said, the final moments of the episode, seguing into a montage of the series highlights under Terry Kath\'s vocals, is a nice end to the best show of the 80\'smoreless
Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Det. James "Sonny" Crockett

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

Philip Michael Thomas

Philip Michael Thomas

Det. Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs

Ian McShane

Ian McShane

Gen. Manuel Borbon

Guest Star

Robert Beltran

Robert Beltran

Capt. Amendez

Guest Star

Sherman Howard

Sherman Howard

Col. Andrew Baker of Special Drug Taskforce

Guest Star

Martin Ferrero

Martin Ferrero

Izzy Moreno

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  • 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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