Miami Vice: Season 1, Episode 16

Rites of Passage (8 Feb. 1985)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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Sparks fly between Tubbs and an old flame who has come to Miami to rescue her sister from a life of prostitution.



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Episode cast overview:
Olivia Brown ...
Valerie Gordon
Tery Ferman ...
Diane Gordon
David Traynor
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ...
Diplomat Roberto Marquez (as Mario Ernesto Sanchez)


Sparks fly between Tubbs and an old flame who has come to Miami to rescue her sister from a life of prostitution.

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Riveting entertainment from start to finish
4 April 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Now in its sixteenth episode, "Miami Vice" bravely has an opening sequence devoid of any regular characters, showing us instead a gorgeous young woman (played by Tery Ferman) being sucked into the world of "modelling" by the story's bad guys.

A far better episode than previous "innocent corrupted" tales, "Rites of Passage" is effective because the viewer actually cares about the young lady and we see the strain on her sister, Valerie, played by Pam Grier. Grier is sexy and stunning as always, even though she is sporting the largest '80s hair I've ever seen on screen. She makes the episode really come alive and is an important element of the plot.

Crockett hardly has a look-in as Tubbs rekindles his relationship with Valerie, although he does manage to bring some comic relief to a party scene where he is constantly being approached by eager call-girls.

Foreigner's "I Wanna Know What Love Is" is used to chilling effect in this episode.

10 out of 10. Very, very good television. They really don't make them like this anymore.

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