Miami Vice: Season 2, Episode 5

Buddies (1 Nov. 1985)

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The team is investigating the murder of a comic who works at a club owned by two criminals. And a young single mother is being sought by the police cause they think she killed him and his ... See full summary »



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The team is investigating the murder of a comic who works at a club owned by two criminals. And a young single mother is being sought by the police cause they think she killed him and his employers for some reason are also looking for her. While conducting surveillance, they discover a man who went to see them is a friend of Crockett's. When Crockett and Tubbs goes to see him, he claims that they loaned him money to help with his business. While Crockett believes him, Tubbs thinks he's holding something back. Tubbs later does a background check on him and discovers something that Crockett didn't know which upsets him. Written by

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Detective James Crockett: [to his former Vietnam partner] In the jungle the only way you and I got out of there alive was using our minds.
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Mercedes Benz
Written by Janis Joplin (uncredited), Michael McClure (uncredited) and Bob Neuwirth (uncredited)
Performed by Karla Tamburrelli
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An excellent episode
27 June 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

From the lengthy opening scene with Crockett meeting an old army friend (James Remar) in a bar, this is a well structured and entertaining episode.

Karla Tamburrelli returns as Ample Annie, previously seen in season's one's comic "Made for Each Other" episode where she married Neville 'Noogie' Lamont. Unlike the previous tale, "Buddies" is a far more serious outing and there is a real sense of drama to the proceedings when a young mother goes on the run from criminals after stabbing one of the organisation's goons in self defence.

The episode is well acted and directed, with a great script. "Buddies" is one of the more stylised episodes with some scenes looking a little artificial due to over-the-top set dressing. However, this is top drawer entertainment and well worth viewing.

Chaka Khan's "Own The Night" is a memorable track from "Buddies".

9 out of 10.

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