Miami Vice: Season 4, Episode 6

God's Work (6 Nov. 1987)

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When the son of a crime boss returns to Miami, Castillo wonders if he's returned to take control of the business. When the man's brother-in-law, a priest, who is a friend of Castillo is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Jorge Cruz
Maria Lupe Cruz
Vater Wajda
Ricky Diaz
Francesco Cruz
Daniel Lugo ...
Father Ernesto Lupe
Juan F. Cejas ...
Louie Garcia (as Juan Cejas)
Janet Constable ...
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When the son of a crime boss returns to Miami, Castillo wonders if he's returned to take control of the business. When the man's brother-in-law, a priest, who is a friend of Castillo is killed, they wonder if he was killed by the crime boss. Written by

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One of the first TV shows in America to include the AIDS epidemic in its storyline. The young son of a Miami crime lord comes home - not to take over his father's business - but to be treated for AIDS. See more »


Felipe Cruz: He stood his ground whether or not it was popular.
Lt. Martin Castillo: I know. We stood shoulder to shoulder once... in a different time for a different cause. He was my friend.
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Gutsy subject matter done justice with more good writing
10 August 2007 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Well before the seminal film "And The Band Played On," MV tackles the issue of AIDS and the public phobia associated with the disease. I can't say enough about how the writing has improved leaps and bounds in season 4 and this episode is yet another example.

EJO gets another shot at showing more layers of Castillo, proving he is probably the most interesting/enigmatic character on the show and possibly the most talented actor working on TV. Some of the all-time best MV episodes revolve around Castillo's back story and this episode keeps the trend alive.

Esai Morales does a great job playing the straight shooting son of a criminal boss. Throughout the first 3/4's of the episode we're led to believe he might be taking over his father's business, but the plot proves to be much more complex and far more daring.

After watching the first 6 episodes of season 4 I'm beginning to get the feeling the producers have intentionally turned the series on its head in an attempt to not only make a better show, but also to critique the mindless, senseless violence and style over substance of the first 3 seasons.

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