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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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Trivia

The feature film Miami Vice (2006) was loosely based on this episode. See more »

Goofs

When Crockett, Tubbs and Jimmy Borges get into the Cadillac to search New York, Borges isn't wearing a jacket, nor does he seem to have one with him. When he takes off at the end of the scene he's wearing a white suit jacket. See more »

Quotes

Detective James Crockett: Hi there! We're the cops you tried to have killed!
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Do You Believe In Love
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Written by Robert John Lange
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News
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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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