Miami Vice: Season 1, Episode 1

Brother's Keeper (16 Sep. 1984)

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Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their partners.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Scott Wheeler
Caroline Crockett
Trini DeSoto
Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Olivia Brown ...
Miguel Pinero ...
Esteban Calderone
Eddie Rivera
Michael Santoro ...
Corky Fowler
Jossie DeGuzman ...
Maria Rivera


Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together but the New York cop is keeping something from him. While the New York cop suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take. Written by

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The Best pilot ever made
3 August 2007 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

Miami Vice the pilot Brother's Keeper is probably the best episode in TV series,here it's all begin,how Sonny and Rico meet,the opening main title,everything.Here we meet Sonny,Ricardo,Gina,Trudy,Lt.Lou Rodriguez,Calderone how it begin's,everything.The story begins,were Sonny works undercover to find Columbian drug lord,but somebody blows up the car and kill's Sonny's friends,Eddie and Corky,so he try to move on,in meantime Ricardo Tubbs comes to Miami,to find Columbian drug lord Calderone who kills three week's earlier his brother Rafael,later Crockett and Tubbs they meet by there meeting,but when cops come's,Tubbs runs away with his speed boat,so Sonny chase him with his car and he jump on his boat,and he fought's with him,later he find's that he's a cop from New York,later they become partners and they go both against the same guy,on the end they find the lick in there apartment and on the end became a showdown with Calderone's men but before this,when they were ready was great soundtrack performed by Phil Collins:In The Air Tonight,on the end they get Calderone,but some judge bail's him out from jail,so he escapes with his airplane,so Crockett and Tubbs go empty,then ends the show.I'can say only one thing,probably the best pilot in the first season in Miami Vice.

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