Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Smuggler's Blues 

Someone in law enforcement is murdering drug dealers and their families in cold blood. To find the culprit, Crockett and Tubbs go undercover and travel to Colombia with a laid-back pilot to pose as dealers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
DEA Agent Ed Waters
Jaime Sánchez ...
Grocero (as Jaime L. Sanchez)
Wavey Davey
Ron Vawter ...
Lt. Jones
Jimmy Cole
Tucker Smith
John Garcia ...
Lieutenant Todo
John Girard ...


Glenn Frey, the cornerstone of The Eagles, plays Jimmy Cole, a guitar-playing, burned out Vietnam veteran pilot with a seaplane and connections in Cartegena, Colombia. The three guys travel into the South American 'No Man's Land' to hunt for information on the killer(s) of rival drug dealers and their families. It's the nature of the business to pull a gun--even on a cop--and all to the raw and raucous sounds of 'Smuggler's Blues'. Written by LA-Lawyer

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1 February 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Glenn Frey of The Eagles made his first acting appearance in this episode. See more »


Before they board the plane it has three-rotor props, the next scene where the engine starts it shows a two-rotor prop. See more »


Jimmy Cole: I don't come cheap ya know... I take you where you wanna go, wait so long, then I'm a memory... Oh, and I don't have an "S" on my chest. I'm down with you cats if the play calls for it, but otherwise... I ain't into violence.
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Referenced in Miami Vice (2006) See more »


Lunatic Fringe
Written by Tom Cochrane
Produced by Richard Landis
Performed by Red Rider
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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One of the first season's most memorable episodes
19 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FM radio was honoring Glenn Frey today, playing all manner of Eagles songs; but a local station actually played "Smuggler's Blues". It was great variety, and put me in the mood to watch the episode again. Also, any day that Miami Vice is on the radio is a good one.

Anyhoo, "Smuggler's Blues" has all of the show's hallmarks: an unwinnable war on drugs, shootouts, a secret mission into the Colombian underworld, Trudy strapped to a bomb (Mann totally ripped off this story for the movie). And, almost as cake icing, there's Glenn Frey as a laid-back flyboy. He's there just long enough to make a point, but the impression is left. Even those of us who didn't necessarily like the guy remember this episode for Frey.

And the good news is that it's a great one.


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