Miami Vice: Season 3, Episode 20

By Hooker by Crook (20 Mar. 1987)

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A call girl witnesses two henchmen take her client and ultimately murder him, causing her to go into hiding, confiding and staying with a friend, a woman Crockett falls for big time. Unknown to him, there is far more to her than he knows.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Christine von Marburg
Ali Ferrand
Society Dame
Lou Albano ...
Henchman #1 (as Capt. Lou Albano)
Afa Anoai ...
Henchman #2
TV Host
Kenneth Togaru
Janet Constable ...


A call girl witnesses two henchmen take her client and ultimately murder him, causing her to go into hiding, confiding and staying with a friend, a woman Crockett falls for big time. Unknown to him, there is far more to her than he knows.

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In the shoot out scene, Christine von Marburg starts off holding and shooting with a more modern style semi-automatic pistol. But after the shooting is over, she is shown putting down a revolver similar to the weapon Tubbs often uses. See more »


Detective James Crockett: Izzy, what are you doing with these women? Taking it out in trade?
[after walking in and disrupting Izzy photographing a woman in a bikini]
Izzy Moreno: Ahhh, have some respect Crockett, eh? I will do what ever is necessary to attain attitudinal composity. And that includes the arousal of certain photogenic voluptuaries.
Detective James Crockett: Okay, enough of the myst-o-babble you hispanic Hue Hefner.
Detective Ricardo Tubbs: You ever photograph a model named Ali? Brunette, lot's a hair, lot's a inseam.
Izzy Moreno: I am like a lawyer and a preist when I am ...
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Crockett falls for the wrong woman... again
16 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While working undercover Crockett meets the attractive Christine von Marburg but before he can get her number he is called away by Tubbs. The park outside a building waiting for their target to emerge but are surprised when he lands next to their car having been thrown from a twentieth floor balcony! This gives Crockett a legitimate excuse to look up Christine's unlisted number and become better acquainted with her. It turns out the dead man had been with a woman at the time he was attacked but she managed to escape; at first it appears that she was a model but after a talk with Izzy, whose latest job is working as a 'boudoir photographer' they learn she was a prostitute working for a high class escort agency... which they later learn is being run by Christine! It appears that she also has connections to the man believed to be hind the initial killing.

While this episode is ostensibly an investigation into the death of an underworld banker the real story is about Crockett once again falling for a girl who isn't quite what she initially seemed. Guest star Melanie Griffith does a good job as Christine; giving the character the necessary sheen of innocence. The other main guest star is Star Trek's Lt. Sulu... George Takei who plays bad guy Kenneth Togaru; he is a bit hammy but still entertaining. This was a good episode which wasn't as gritty as many of the earlier season three episodes; that doesn't mean it lacks action; the final shoot out was impressive; made even more spectacular by the shattering of several huge fish tanks!

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