Set around the Miami Grand Prix, the episode starts out with a young 17 year old hooker called "Florence Italy", being picked up by one of the racers in the Grand Prix, he then races around... See full summary »

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Set around the Miami Grand Prix, the episode starts out with a young 17 year old hooker called "Florence Italy", being picked up by one of the racers in the Grand Prix, he then races around Miami attracting the attention of Crockett and Tubbs, a chase ensues where the Porsche 906 Carrera eventually escapes Crockett and Tubbs because the young hooker had been thrown out of the passenger seat at speed and killed. The Vice cops follow up on the car and find it belongs to a Danny Tepper, Crockett and Tubbs track down Danny and question him, they feel he is telling the truth when he says that he didn't do it and hasn't been near his car for days. Castillo sends Crockett and Tubbs undercover as potential sponsors in the race to find out who did murder Florence, after sweeps around they begin to suspect Danny's father Frank, while sweeping the street that Florence got into the car, Rico comes across a diner that has a security CCTV system, Tubbs gets the tapes from the night Florence was ... Written by Adam

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Filmed during the Miami Grand Prix, round 2 of the IMSA Camel GT championship on 24th February 1985. That race was won by Al Holbert and Derek Bell driving the same Lowenbrau sponsored Porsche 962 as driven by Danny Tepper on the episode. See more »

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The shop owner tells Trudy and Gina that the 17 year-old hooker hung around with another girl, yet earlier she already found out the girl was a man in drag. See more »

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Race Car Drivers Turn Actors
8 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the drawbacks in the Miami Vice series was that they were so caught up in having other celebrities on their program that it hurt the professionalism of the show, meaning they had amateur actors.....and it shows. That's the case here with Danny Sullivan, a race car driver in the mid '80s - who won the Indy 500 the year before in 1985 - playing one of the main characters. He may be a great driver and a handsome guy....but he is NO actor. He sounds wooden and it takes away from the credibility of the show. I've seen this musicians, singers and other people on Miami Vice. Some were good, but most were bad.

Anyway, since the Miami Grand Prix is featured in this story of a dead 17-year-old hooker named "Florence Italy," we get a bunch of real-life auto racers in the episode. The question is, "Who killed the young girl? Crockett and Tubbs pose as possible Prix sponsors to find out.

For those who love Formula I driving, or least the fabulous white Porsche chased by Crockett and Tubbs, this show will mean more than to the non-racing fan.

I had to laugh seeing Annie Golden in here as grease-monkey "Tommy." To me, she will always be the nerdy woman who was in love with ultra-nerd "Cliff Claven" of television's "Cheers."

Overall, some fairly good race action (including a motorcycle race in a parking ramp) but terrible dialog and acting and an overall really dumb show. Don Johnson's peach shoes and pants look a little weird, but at least the cars still look cool, even 20 years later. Some things never change.


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