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Crockett and Tubbs in a gripping Everglades adventure
DVD_Connoisseur10 March 2007
This tale takes Crockett and Tubbs from the seedy streets of downtown Miami to the marshy swamplands of the Everglades. When a protected witness, played by Keith Szarabajka, disappears while being looked after by Zito and Switek, Crockett and Tubbs race against time to find him. The chase leads to the Everglades and an unexpected chain of events unfold.

An exciting and unpredictable episode, "Glades" has a great soundtrack including tracks by The Animals and INXS, excellent performances from the cast, a fast pace and enough action to please most viewers.

9 out of 10.
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Miami Vice:Glades
Scarecrow-8812 March 2010
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This episode of Miami Vice provides Crockett and Tubbs with a change of scenery, heading to the sweaty Everglades to find an informant that got away before his testimony that would put a drug dealer behind bars. Their informant, Bramlette(Keith Szarabajka) fled Miami to his Everglades home because his daughter had been kidnapped by those who work for the Colombian he plans to testify against. So, with the court hearing on the horizon, Crockett and Tubbs will join forces with Bramlette, his family and friends in a major coup de grace, engaging with those in cahoots with the Colombians, as a shipment of weed was to be delivered at dawn, hoping to secure the kidnapped girl in the process. John Pankow(To Live and Die in LA)has a supporting part as one of the kidnappers, Floyd Higgins, and Margaret Whitton(Major League)is Bramlette's wife, Cassie. The novelty of this particular episode is the unusual environment for which Crockett and Tubbs find themselves, helping out Florida hicks and plotting how in the world they are to shake down a well guarded plantation with limited(and untrained) help. Al Cox, as old-timer Clem, is a hoot, particularly with his muzzle-loader(the "gator-getter")that has trouble firing during the climactic shootout. The final image of Crockett and Tubbs, who are filthy, exhausted, and emotionally drained, in the courtroom is priceless..these guys just don't get paid enough for their trouble!
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Good, but ....
siegerrob7610 February 2018
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So many people popping up and flashing across the screen, it is hard to tell which of the good ole boys are the baddies, since they all mistrust Crockett and Tubbs. Also, yet another irritating example of Zito and Switek's complete incompetence -- they're in a bathroom together, don't ask -- which lets the witness escape. Tubbs is also to blame for a bizarre lack of judgment in delivering a letter to the sequestered witness, the devastating results of which Tubbs witnesses (but does nothing even afterward) as the witness read the letter. Since when do sequestered material witnesses receive uncensored mail? (This is pre-Internet, cell phone, social media, remember.) All of this, doubtless, is to create the deus ex machina which fuels the episode but such gross incompetence, especially from Tuibbs, is hard to swallow.
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Shootout in the Everglades
Tweekums15 March 2012
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Looking after a witness in a murder trial should be a fairly easy job; after all he came to the police volunteering information. Things go well enough till he gets sent a letter; after reading it he sneaks out of the safe house and heads back to his home deep in the Everglades. The trial will collapse if he isn't back within forty eight hours so Crockett and Tubbs head to the Glades to find him. When they get there the locals don't seem to friendly; a couple offer to help them but leave them beaten and lost deep in the glades. Soon another group find them but they don't seem too friendly at first. It turns out though they are part of the witness's family and he only fled because he learnt that his daughter has been kidnapped and he wanted Crockett and Tubbs' help to rescue her. It won't be easy; the kidnappers are well armed drug dealers who outnumber them two to one.

In some ways this is a bit silly; Crockett, Tubbs and a bunch of good ol' boys take on and defeat a larger force of well armed drug smugglers without taking any casualties... however if you can overlook this unlikelihood it is a lot of fun. The family is an entertaining bunch; especially the elderly Clem who was armed with an ancient alligator gun and was a lot sharper than people thought. The climactic shoot out was pretty exciting and end standoff between Crockett and the kidnapper who had a gun to the little girls head was pretty tense.
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