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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Did You Know?


Paul Michael Glaser received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction for his work on 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 »


Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: We can close each others eyes real fast, but then nobody's gonna make any money.
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Referenced in Miami Vice (2006) See more »


Smuggler's Blues
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
Performed by Glenn Frey
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An excellent first season episode
2 April 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Smugglers Blues" was inspired by the song of the same name by one Glenn Frey. In fact, the talented Frey appears in the episode as the guitar playing bush pilot, Jimmy Cole.

This is, not surprisingly, a fan favourite. The episode has a great use of locations and a fast-moving plot, with Crockett and Tubbs journeying to Cartagena in Colombia. Accompanied by Frey's "Smugglers Blues", the tale is entertaining, tense and gripping.

With a kidnapped Trudy in genuine danger, this episode has a nail-biting and memorable finale.

Again, Paul Michael Glaser shows his usual strong directing skills here. Jan Hammer's soundtrack is the icing on this delicious Miami cake.

One of the best stories of the first season - 10 out of 10.

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