Miami Vice: Season 4, Episode 3

Death and the Lady (16 Oct. 1987)

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Crockett attempts to prove that a murder in a snuff film was real.



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Crockett attempts to prove that a murder in a snuff film was real.

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When driving around near the end, Crockett has his spiked haircut from Season 3. See more »


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This is i think, an excellent example of what made the show unique. A character-driven story about exploitation and violence in media, nothing to do with the drug trade as many early vice eps did, and taking place in the middle of a much-maligned( i think unfairly) season four.

We learn a lot about the character of Sonny Crockett in this perfectly structured ep. Sonny is unconvinced at first that a murder scene in a pornographic film is in fact a real homicide as alleged by a two-bit porn actor. Slowly, scene-by-scene we see the idea of a genuine murder on film seeping into Sonny's awareness. This is nicely performed by Don Johnson, whose subtle, nuanced emotions are portrayed in many close-ups throughout the ep ( the director does a flawless job telling the story visually) and we the audience see that sonny is in fact, underneath the cynical world-weary exterior, a moralist. He is disgusted by the exploitation of women and the crass attitude of a filmmaker towards something sonny feels is sacred: life. this last thing is an attitude common to many protagonists in Michael Mann's films. The producer/directors TV forays deserve just as much respect.

The show is generally considered past its storytelling prime(seasons 1 & 2 are more highly praised) at this point but the mere presence of this ep is evidence that the show was telling stories of rare complexity well into its run. we are still learning about the characters and their world. Season four is hit or miss admittedly but one has to admire the experimental attitude of the show in a medium where every producer wants things done cheaply and quickly. Miami Vice is a show that reinvented itself every season, visually and thematically, not an easy thing to do from a creative or financial perspective.

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