Miami Vice: Season 2, Episode 20

Free Verse (4 Apr. 1986)

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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:
Olivia Brown ...
Byrne Piven ...
Hector Sandoval
Bianca Sandoval
Héctor Mercado ...
Manuel Guerrero (as Hector Mercado)
Alfredo Gomez
Goon #1 (as Luis Guzman)
Marta Velasco ...
Goon #2
Goon #3


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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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
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A weak one, overall. But it could be worse
2 October 2012 | by (Cuesta Verde Estates, CA) – See all my reviews

"Free Verse" is one of the unusual episodes that just don't grab me. The entire Vice squad is assigned to protect Hector Sandoval, a political prisoner who's waiting to appear before before Congress. And naturally there's a conspiracy to have him offed before he can talk.

The problem with "Free Verse" (at least, for me) is that Sandoval isn't an engaging character. And even though the reason is (sort of) given in the episode's opening, protecting a politically incendiary poet just doesn't feel like a job for a vice squad.

To its credit, this episode did turn me onto Bruce Cockburn with the use of "Maybe the Poet" in the final shootout. A terrific song.


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