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The Prodigal Son 

Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.

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Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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In one of the scenes, Crockett tells Julian Beck's character J.J. Johnston that while Crockett couldn't touch him, he was patient and implied he would eventually get him. Beck died from stomach cancer 13 days prior to the broadcast date. See more »

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When Crockett and Tubbs meet up at the airline ticket counter for their trip back to Miami, the airline employee mouths a line, but it has been dubbed out. Crockett and Tubbs then speak their dialogue in normal tone and is quite audible. See more »

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Det. Ricardo Tubbs: [Over the phone] That's TUBBS: Tough, Unique, Bad, Bold and Sassy.
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White Stuff
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Written by De Harris and Zeus B Held
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Miami Vice takes Manhattan
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a season opener, "The Prodigal Son" is about as surefooted as they come. It features the most pop songs, most guest stars and undeniable swagger as Crockett and Tubbs storm the streets of high-end New York City. Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" is used to great effect as a music video, and the same for Jan Hammer's "New York Theme" (great atmosphere). There's no shortage of flying bullets and action, and Crockett even gets to shoot down a helicopter. But my favorite scene is a simple conversation between our heroes and a Wall Street banker who sits at the top of this particular drug operation. It's a chilling scene and ends on just the right note of menace.

This is probably the most '80s episode of a show that would define the decade.

9/10


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