Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Junk Love 

When Crockett and Tubbs bust the owner of a bordello (Miles Davis), they discover that one of his drug-addicted prostitutes is the object of a powerful drug dealer's twisted obsession.

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Detective Gina Calabrese
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Detective Stan Switek
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Det. Larry Zito
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Detective Trudy Joplin
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Lieutenant Martin Castillo
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Rosella Maestres
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Jazz legend, Miles Davis, stars as Ivory Jones, a "scumbag" who is cooperating with "the local constabulary." The sire of a stable of high-priced fillies, Ivory has the 411 on dangerous dudes. Ivory shoots the breeze with Crockett and Tubbs, spouting incomprehensible advices in his trademark husky voice. The guys search the city for a psychopathic dealer with a thing for an old filly with a bad habit, Rosella. Written by LA-Lawyer

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8 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Jazz musician and legend Miles Davis had his first acting credit for this episode. See more »

Quotes

Detective James Crockett: Secret to success Rico, whether it's women or money, is knowing when to quit. I ought to know. I'm divorced and broke.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Slave To Love
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Written by Bryan Ferry
Performed by Bryan Ferry
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A harder-edged tale with a great cameo
22 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite episodes of Vice. It's also the only one I've had to watch twice to get the full picture-- this isn't actually a bad thing, as I'm the kind of viewer who likes a little depth in these pieces. I like TV to go a little further.

There's a deeper, more intricate plot here involving drug barons vying for supremacy, all wrapped around one unfortunate girl with a junk habit, hence the episode title. The plot is seedy, gritty and nihilistic, and just what the season needed.

Just when it doesn't get any better, Miles Davis appears in one of his few acting roles. Miles' voice alone is 110% perfect for Miami Vice, and he is excellently cast as the seedy ex-smuggler-turned-pimp Ivory Jones.

Everyone here has matured-- there's no more awkward jokes between Crockett and Tubbs, and even characters like the now-bearded Zito and Switek are slightly sobered, although not without occasional hints of comic relief. The episode turns up a couple of twists that show one of MV's strengths: it always had surprises up its sleeve. A dark, almost bleak episode, but definitely one watching.


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