Miami Vice: Season 1, Episode 3

Cool Runnin' (5 Oct. 1984)

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Crockett and Tubbs must enlist the help of an unreliable petty thief to bust a drug operation run by a trio of homicidal Jamaicans.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Charlie Barnett ...
Larry Riley ...
Detective Bobby Price
Caroline Crockett
Detective Jake Estaban
Jerry Mayer ...
Detective Alessi
Parris Buckner ...
S.W.A.T. Leader
Cynthia Caquelin ...
Maria Chavez ...


Crockett and Tubbs must enlist the help of an unreliable petty thief to bust a drug operation run by a trio of homicidal Jamaicans.

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5 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Lee H. Katzin was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction for his work on this episode. See more »


In the scene where Crockett, Tubbs, and Noogie walk down the street in a busy marketplace, the guy pushing the camera dolly is visible in the reflection from the storefront windows. See more »


Nugart Neville 'Noogie' Lamont: Anytime, anytime y'all need the Noog-man? You know where I'll be at, you know? You know what I'm sayin'? Ha ha ha ha! What's my name? Noo-gie!
[begins rapping as he gets in car with his girlfriend]
Nugart Neville 'Noogie' Lamont: Say the beat don't stop 'til the break of dawn, I say skip, child, what can I say? I can't feel the mornin' inside my OJ! So I just take half, suss the mic... Trick or trail! I said, hey, baby, by the way, what's your name? She said I go by the name of Lois Lane. You can be my boyfriend, you surely ...
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References Serpico (1973) See more »


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Another strong early "Vice" tale
2 March 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

From the dramatic pre-credits sequence involving an unexpected shooting and a high-speed chase involving two vans, "Cool Runnin'" is an exciting and witty episode that is not short of real emotion.

As with so many episodes of the series, this is an example of excellent television. It is simply a joy to behold - every scene is a gem. Although "Miami Vice" has a gritty edge to it, there's always an element of escapism to the proceedings, even if it's just an opportunity for the viewer to admire the beauty of Miami itself. Not all of the scenes are set in beautiful surroundings, of course. This tale certainly has its seedy locations and they add genuine atmosphere to the proceedings.

In this episode, Crockett and Tubbs realise they're both prepared to cut corners in order to get the right result.

The late, great Charlie Barnett makes his first appearance in the series as the likable Neville 'Noogie' Lamont.

8 out of 10.

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