Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Free Verse 

The team is assigned to protect a renowned poet who has come to the US seeking political asylum. With sexy Carmen in the mix, things get complicated.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Detective James Crockett
Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Detective Gina Calabrese
Detective Stan Switek
Det. Larry Zito
Detective Trudy Joplin
Byrne Piven ...
Bianca Sandoval
Héctor Mercado ...
Manuel Guerrero (as Hector Mercado)
Alfredo Gomez
Goon #1 (as Luis Guzman)
Marta Velasco ...
Goon #2
Goon #3


Hector Sandoval is a poet and political dissident with a "direct line to Stockholm" seeking asylum in the US from a warring South American nation. Unfortunately for Tubbs, Crockett is in court testifying; so Tubbs and the remainder of the team must protect the gregarious Sandoval and his headstrong daughter from his enemies. Mick Jagger's former first lady, Bianca Jagger, has a bit part as sexy assassin, Carmen. Written by LA-Lawyer

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4 April 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hector Sandoval: [Sandoval has just met Gina and Trudy] Are all American cops so good looking?
Lieutenant Martin Castillo: [Walks up and shows his badge] Lieutenant Martin Castillo.
Hector Sandoval: That answers my question.
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Written by Mike Muir
Performed by Suicidal Tendencies
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An awkward statement on geopolitics
8 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

'Free Verse' was never one of my favorite episodes; there was just something forced about it. Why would the Vice squad be on protection detail for a congressional witness? It doesn't make a lot of sense. And the odd thing about said politico is that they found a larger-than-life actor to play him and then confined him to a wheelchair. Far as I can tell, Byrne Piven wasn't disabled, and the role needed movement, life.

That said, there's a cool nighttime shootout on the beach, and this episode first introduced me to Bruce Cockburn with "Maybe the Poet", an excellent song that opened the door to an amazing album.

For that, I am greatly thankful.


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