Gina's cleaning woman gets raped in Gina's home by the spoiled son of a wealthy man, who thinks he's above the law. Despite evidence being circumstantial, Gina wants to have the man arrested. Izzy steals Switek and Zito's bug van.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Odette Ribaud
Roberto 'Nico' Arroyo (as Joaquim DeAlmeida)
El DeBarge
Octavio Arroyo
Marcella Hansen ...
Annie (as Marcella Braswell)
Celia DoMuino ...
Mrs. Sanchez
Gustavo Rojas ...


Attractive but poor Odette, Gina's dear friend from Haiti who makes ends meet as a cleaning lady in Miami, gets raped in Gina's home by a man she knows just moments before Gina and Sonny arrive. After a long chase with the perp's white Lamborghini, Sonny tracks him down and busts him. It turns out the rapist is none other than Roberto 'Nico' Arroyo, the spoiled and cocky son of a wealthy Bolivian general in exile turned respectable banker. Odette used to work for them as a cleaning woman until she heard that their previous maid was raped by Nico. Gina wants the man prosecuted at all costs but the evidence turn out to be circumstantial and Nico's father buys Odette's silence from her mother, who still lives in poverty in Haiti with her two younger daughters. Gina desperately tries to convince Odette not to accept the bribe but the girl feels she has no choice but to sacrifice herself for her poor family. Unfortunately, Odette's decision leads to tragedy. Meanwhile, in a small subplot, ...

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29 November 1985 (USA)  »

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In the scene of the car chase two different Lamborghinis are used. See more »


Roberto 'Nico' Arroyo: [Gina arrives at his father's home] The lovely Police lady, what do I owe this pleasure?
Detective Gina Calabrese: [Looking upset] I want to see how you chill out after a rape!
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Bass and Trouble
Written by Manu Dibango, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar, Bill Laswell and Robbie Shakespeare
Performed by Sly & Robbie
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A top drawer episode of "Vice"
27 July 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

If I was tasked with choosing 10 episodes that captured the essence of "Miami Vice" for a newcomer to the series, I'd probably include this one.

Following a humorous start with Izzy and his bug-eyed sidekick, the episode moves into far more serious territory when Gina's friend (played by Lynn Whitfield) is raped by Joaquim de Almeida (perhaps known best for his role as Ramon Salazar in "24").

This episode has it all - gritty drama, exciting action, a great score and memorable performances. As a Gina-driven story, Saundra Santiago is finally given the freedom to display her acting talents.

The show's short but thrilling car chase between Sonny, in his trusty Ferrari Daytona Spyder, and Arroyo, driving a gleaming white Lamborghini Countach, is excellent, big-screen style entertainment.

The soundtrack includes Debarge performing "You Wear It Well" and their better known "Rhythm Of The Night". Other tracks include Fleetwood Mac's "I'm So Afraid" and Sly & Robbie's "Bass and Trouble".

10 out of 10. One of the highlights from Season Two.

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