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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16 September 1984 (USA)  »

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This episode was not known as "Brother's Keeper" until it re-ran in 1988. See more »


In this first episode of the show, the judge refers to a recommendation by the State Attorney's Office. However, after the first episode, the characters frequently refer to the "Assistant D.A." or "District Attorney," which is incorrect. In Florida, prosecutors are referred to as Assistant State Attorneys. See more »


Sonny Crockett: Tubbs, you ever think about a career in southern law enforcement?
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9 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the made-for-tv pilot for Miami Vice, a cop show which made popular chain smoking and wearing shiny suits without socks.

The pilot begins with a flashback, explaining that New York cop Ricardo Tubbs (Phillip Michael Thomas) comes to Miami seeking revenge of the "Columbian," a drug czar which becomes the man behind many of the Miami DEA's investigations and the guy responsible for killing Tubb's brother. Soon to becomes his partner is Maimi Vice undercover cop, Sonny Crockett (the gorgeous Don Johnson), an honest cop with a collection of badass sports cars and an alligator named Elvis. In the pilot, Tubb's and Crockett's on-going investigation into tracking down the Columbian exposes inter-agency corruption. Even if you have not seen the series, this is a good movie in itself as a just a cop/crime/mystery movie. It's harmless 80s fun.

This marked the beginning of a popular television show that lasted five years (1984 to 1989). Unfortunately, the second Miami Vice movie, Miami Vice II: The Prodigal Son (actually it was just a collection of the shows) which takes place in New York (and this second movie model the scenes for Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City," which appears on the Miami Vice soundtrack and Frey made a few appearances as well).

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