Miami Vice: Season 5, Episode 17

Freefall (21 May 1989)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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Crockett and Tubbs, figuring they're on their way out, are recruited by the government to help a dictator escape from his war-torn country - with double-crosses at every turn.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Col. Andrew Baker
Johnny Raymond
Sister Felicia
Maria Strova ...
Bianca Borbon
Capt. Jimendez
Alfredo Álvarez Calderón ...
Caesar Montoya (as Alfredo Alvarez Calderon)
Robert Fields ...


Crockett and Tubbs are recruited by a shady government guy who wants them to help bring a South American President, who's also a drug lord, to the US so he can testify against the Cartel. They are told they have to work with a guy they don't trust. But they accept and they go to the man's country but they discover that there are people in his country who want to get him. They eventually get him out but upon returning there are people in Miami who will do whatever they have to, to get the President. Even threatening or intimidating people Crockett and Tubbs work with. Written by

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21 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Three versions of the final confrontation between Baker and Crockett & Tubbs were filmed: the broadcast version where both quit the force, one where both Crockett & Tubbs are killed, and one where only Tubbs was killed. See more »


[final dialogue of series finale]
Sonny Crockett: What you doing here? Figured you'd be halfway to New York by now.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Everything always takes longer than you think.
Sonny Crockett: Well we had one hell of a run, didn't we partner.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Yeah we sure did Sonny.
Sonny Crockett: So you really gonna go back up to the big bad Bronx?
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: Yeah it looks that way. How about you?
Sonny Crockett: I don't know. Somewhere further south, somewhere where the water is warm, the drinks are cold, and I don't know the names of the players.
Sonny Crockett: I'm gonna miss you man.
Det. Ricardo Tubbs: I'm gonna miss you too ...
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The perfect way to wrap up a series.
18 February 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

By season five, Miami Vice had radically changed. Jan Hammer had left, the budget was very tight, the style had got much darker and violent, the ratings were not good at all and Don Johnson wasn't in very many episodes (due to working big time in Hollywood on major motion pictures). The season finale "Freefall" is a perfect finale to the series because it shows the political problems which were going on in Latin America during the 80's and completely different compared to 2 part episodes like "Calderone's Return", "The Prodigal Son" & "Down For The Count". The action's good and so's the setting, etc... The scene with the Ferrari testarossa speeding down the streets of Miami with the song "Bad Attitude" by Honeymoon Suite works because it's re-showing the defining image from the pilot episode with the Daytona driving through the night down down the streets with the song "In the air tonight" by Phil Collins playing that introduced us to Miami Vice in the first place. It was the right time to end the show because if it had carried on into the nineties, it wouldn't have been the same. Miami Vice was only for the 80's and that's where it belonged. Rating 10/10, "Freefall" is one of the greatest finales to a series that I've seen and it showed that Miami Vice could wrap it up with a bang.

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