Miami Vice

Season 1 Episode 2

Heart of Darkness

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 1984 on NBC
8.6
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Crockett and Tubbs are skeptical of rumors that an undercover FBI agent has betrayed an operation. Switek and Zito setup a burglary sting operation.

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  • Gripping second episode from the first season

    8.0
    "Miami Vice" is certainly a series that hit the ground running. Although viewers turning their television sets on during the pre-credits sequence may have wondered momentarily what they'd stumbled across (the episode cleverly opens on an "adult" film shoot with an acrobatic young lady being manhandled by a burly air-conditioning repair man!), "Heart of Darkness" is proof indeed that "Miami Vice" did not hesitate in demonstrating its high production values and top-quality scripts from the very start.



    In "Heart of Darkness", there's the possibility that an undercover vice cop (played by a pre-"Married With Children" Ed O'Neill) may have "turned to the bad side." Seeing a mirror reflection of himself during his deep cover assignments, Crockett decides to give the cop a chance to prove himself. Is Crockett making a dangerous decision he will live to regret? The show reveals why the chemistry between Crockett and Tubbs works. As both cops learn about each other, there's clearly a lot of respect and trust between the two. "Heart of Darkness" is a dark episode of "Vice" but it does have its lighter moments including a great scene with Elvis the alligator and a humorous insight into the average day of Zito and Switek.



    Easily an 8 out of 10, rated on my "Vice" scale. This blows most television series out of the water, displaying a scale and budget that you just don't see these days.moreless
  • Undercover job gone bad. Or is it?

    8.0
    Even with the suits and the cars and the money, undercover work isn't glorified here, giving the episode (and the series) a darker view. The storyline of an FBI agent gone too deep undercover is a cliche, but dealt with well. You don't know if he's a good guy or not. While his obvious confusion and even madness reflects mainly the pressure of an undercover cop, it *does* also reflect Sonny. The episode continues building the relationship between the characters. Even though it at first looks like all the tension from the first ep is gone, you'll soon notice it's still there.



    While Tubbs gets to show both trust and hesitation here, it really is Sonny who shines through the episode, both with showing his vulnerability and his madness. Ranting at Elvis was hilarious, as was the way both characters laughed at the tension afterwards. Sonny's horror at the end was heartbreaking. Showing the porn industry was refreshing in its ugliness; instead of happy professionals they had users and victims and you couldn't always tell which was which. So many lines seem blurred, and people cross the ones that aren't, and there seems to be more questions than answers about morals.moreless
  • Why I watch the show!

    7.6
    An FBI agent tries to ruin the investigation that both

    Crockett and Tubbs are trying to run. No wonder you

    Shouldn't trust the feds at all for handling cases as they

    Hinder & hurt more than they help if you ask me.

    The relationship between the two leads is improving slowly but surely. Will take time though.
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

Philip Michael Thomas

Philip Michael Thomas

Det. Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs

Ed O'Neill

Ed O'Neill

FBI Agent Arthur Lawson (aka Artie Rollins)

Guest Star

Suzy Amis

Suzy Amis

Penny McGraw

Guest Star

Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht

Sam Kovics

Guest Star

Julio Oscar Mechoso

Julio Oscar Mechoso

Lester Kosko

Recurring Role

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    • In the same style as some other shows of the era, such as The A-Team, the closing credits of this episode use various sequences from the episode, which then freeze as credits appear. This was the only episode of the entire series to use such a style on the closing credits; all other episodes use various montages of Florida locations.

    • The German episode title is "Pakt mit dem Teufel", meaning "Pact with the Devil".

    • Music: "She's a Beauty" (at begin) by The Tubes from album Outside Inside; "Missing You" (during opening credits) by John Waite from album No Brakes; "Going Under" (synth part as Sonny drives to restaurant) by Devo from album New Traditionalists; "This Masquerade" (in bar at end) by George Benson from Breezin

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