Crockett flashes to his role during the Saigon evacuation as he and a war correspondent uncover heroin smuggled in body bags. Ten years later in Miami the H resurfaces and so does the reporter looking for the CIA connection.




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Episode cast overview:
Olivia Brown ...
Mrs. Stone
Capt. William 'Mr. Real Estate' Maynard
Susan Hatfield ...
Mrs. Real Estate / Mrs. Maynard
Gary Cox ...


Don Johnson directs this episode where his girlfriend and mother of his son (Patti d'Arbanville) has a small role amongst 80's icons, G. Gordon Liddy (Capt. William 'Mr. Real Estate' Maynard), Bob Balaban (Ira Stone) and the lovely Iman (Dakotah). At the fall of Saigon, Sonny's buddy and war correspondent, Stone, had wild stories of H going home in body bags, conspiracy theories and CIA spooks. Ten years later, Stone is visiting his old pal in Miami, and singing a familiar tune. Written by LA-Lawyer

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6 December 1985 (USA)  »

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This episode marked Don Johnson's directorial. He would direct several more episodes of "Miami Vice" as well as his later cop show "Nash Bridges" (1996). See more »


Capt. Real Estate: You know of course that in most parts of the world, pain is a second language, people understand it better than words because you can get right to the point. But in this country we don't really have very much pain. So the second language is money. Naturally you expect to receive money for what you know instead of pain. How ironic.
Ira Stone: Isn't it ironic?
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Break on Through (To the Other Side)
Written by John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison
Performed by The Doors
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Another memorable episode with a solid "Doors" soundtrack
5 August 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Back in the World" starts with a scene from Crockett's Vietnam past and old archive footage from the war. After the end titles, Crockett is reunited with his risk-taking wartime pal, Ira Stone (Bob Balaban). Stone is now a wired reporter, on the trail of an almost legendary rogue officer who was exporting heroin in the bodies of fallen soldiers during 'Nam.

The soundtrack to this episode is wall-to-walls "The Doors", with "Break On Through", "I Can't See Your Face in My Mind" and "My Eyes Have Seen You" used to especially effective use.

It's Balaban who really stands out in this Don Johnson directed episode. He delivers a superbly rounded performance and is very believable in the role. G. Gordon Liddy, in his acting debut, is also great as the mysterious "Captain Real Estate". There is also an appearance by supermodel Iman as the striking Dakotah.

Splendidly entertaining, big-budget stuff as always, this episode scores 9 out of 10.

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