Miami Vice: Season 5, Episode 4

Bad Timing (2 Dec. 1988)

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Trying to come to grips with himself after the trouble with Burnett, Crockett takes a vacation that becomes a pursuit with three escaped convicts and their hostage.



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Trying to come to grips with himself after the trouble with Burnett, Crockett takes a vacation that becomes a pursuit with three escaped convicts and their hostage.

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An accidental case for Crockett
9 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a hearing to determine whether Crockett should be allowed to remain in the police it is decided that he should see a psychiatrist before a final determination is made; she suggests he takes a holiday. Meanwhile two criminals break out of prison with the intention of getting their hands on the money they stole. Inevitably as they head to meet their former colleague in the Keys they bump into Sonny; not only that; they kidnap the woman he just met and use her as a hostage. He gives chase and ultimately confronts them well off the beaten track.

This episode might rely on the unlikely coincidence of Sonny bumping into the escaped convicts but it is still fairly fun. It is good to see Crockett in a case again and the way it was done meant his return to active duty hasn't been rushed. The bad guys were a little bit over the top; drawing far more attention to themselves than seemed realistic but that did lead to some decent action including a few shootings, setting fire to a petrol station and finally physical fights between them and Crockett as he struggles to save the girl. Overall this may not be classic Vice but it was fun and worth watching.

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