Miami Vice

Season 2 Episode 11

Phil the Shill

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 1985 on NBC
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Phil the Shill
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Switek has to cool his vendetta against a shady game-show host who could lead the vice cops to an elusive coke dealer.

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    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

    Michael Margotta

    Michael Margotta

    Tony Rivers

    Guest Star

    Phil Collins

    Phil Collins

    Phil Mayhew

    Guest Star

    Emo Philips

    Emo Philips

    Joe Pert

    Guest Star

    Martin Ferrero

    Martin Ferrero

    Izzy Moreno

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • We learn that the official color of Crockett's Ferrari is Tuxedo Black -- because the writer, Mr. Diamond, was mildly offended by the use of a Corvette in Ferrari disguise. Tuxedo Black was a Chevrolet color.

    • QUOTES (3)

    • NOTES (4)

      • The German episode title is "Phils Tricks".

      • Music: "Life is a Rat Race" (during game show & ending) by Phil Collins; "Pick It Up (And Put It in Your Pocket)" (while shopping) by Stan Ridgway from album The Big Heat; "Rock by Day, Whirl by Night" (at party) by Eugene Smith; "Knock on Wood" (leaving party) by Eric Clapton from album Behind the Sun.

      • Initially, Phil Collins' appearance was meant to be a cameo. Apparently Collins had been introducing the rest of Genesis onstage in his "game show host" voice, and that was all that was required. Knowing that Collins had some child acting experience, Writer Paul Diamond, who spent the mid-Seventies as a musician and also music reviewer for the trade paper Hollywood Reporter, pressed to give Collins more to do. Producers Ed Waters and Liam O'Brien allowed Collins to take a shot , and the character of Phil the Shill was the result.

      • Phil Collins was considered to be the "patron saint" of "Vice" music in the first two seasons. Collins' songs used in past episodes include "In The Air Tonight" in "Brother's Keeper", "I Don't Care Anymore" in "No Exit", and "Take Me Home" in "The Prodigal Son". Collins recorded "Life is a Rat Race" for use in this episode; it has never been released on an album.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The original title of the episode was "Phil the Spiv"; an allusion to the character of Flash Harry, the semi-zoot-suited, greasy mustachioed spiv as played by George Cole in the fabulous Fifties Brit comedy Belles of St. Trinian's.
        Spiv is archaic British slang for what we would call a hustler.

      • Note that almost all the guest character's surnames are the same as various members of Genesis across the years. Tony Rivers, the coke dealer, was in early drafts named Tony Silver in honor of Jim Silver, one of the band's only other drummers. The character's name was changed for legal reasons.

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