A British television personality who has dealings with a major cocaine dealer is targeted by Crockett and Tubbs.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Phil Mayhew
Michael Margotta ...
Tony Rivers
Rat Race Contestant
Sarah MacPhail
Richard T. Bear ...
Brigid Cleary ...
Jane Tyrell
Gary Kiefer ...


Rock icon, Phil Collins of Genesis, plays a British grifter, "Phil the Shill" Mayhew. Phil takes Stan to the cleaners (over Elvis trivia, no less) and gets himself squarely on the guys' radar. Phil the Shill can feel it in the air tonight with pretty, uptown girl Sarah (Kyra Sedgwick). The girlfriend of a very elusive and paranoid coke dealer, Sarah's life is one big party, shopping and selling coke to her uptown friends. When semi-regular Izzy Moreno (Martin Ferrero) moves in on Phil (and Sarah) Crockett, Tubbs and the crew have to get creative. Written by LA-Lawyer

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13 December 1985 (USA)  »

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"Life is a Rat Race", written and recorded by Phil Collins, was featured as the closing theme in Miami Vice: Phil the Shill (1985). See more »


Izzy Moreno: I love this house, man. Limitless potency. Toreadors on black velvet. Very Hemingwayesque. Women love Hemingway. I can also re-sculpt this empty space up here into a rich, dynamic fully functional albondigas. Albondigas which qualifies you to work with one of the great minds of the Southern Florida refugee experience and score some cheap furniture at the same time.
Phil Mayhew: You must take me for a right wanker, son.
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It's stunt casting, but they pull it off
8 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to shake the feeling that 'Phil the Shill' was written with the guest star in mind. And it's an Izzy episode, which means it's one of the sillier ones. That said, Martin Ferrero's got good material here and Phil Collins fits the con man character to a T. He's a pro within the confines of his limited acting abilities. You just want to strangle the little worm.

At that time, Collins was linked to 'Vice's cultural impact; you can't have so many of your songs featured on America's hottest show without being asked to appear, so it makes sens It's pretty light-hearted, but everything comes together nicely. It all just works.


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