When Ira Stone films a video of American forces on illegal operations in South America, Crockett must protect him from their old nemesis Maynard, who will stop at nothing to silence Stone.





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Episode cast overview:
Detective Gina Calabrese (credit only)
Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
Olivia Brown ...
Capt. William 'Mr. Real Estate' Maynard
Alicia Mena
Eduardo Corbe ...
Judge Ed Zarvo
Dave Corey ...
Jody Wilson ...
Customs Agent


Old buddy Ira Stone (Bob Balaban) calls Sonny collect from Managua, Nicaragua, claiming he has a reel of film of US forces mixing with Sandinistas, and killing locals and a priest. Sonny is more interested in his new set of wheels: one white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa. Stone is stalked, Sonny is pistol whipped and Captain William Maynard (G. Gordon Liddy) emerges to kidnap Stone to ransom him for the film, and the guys realize Stone finally got his story straight. Ira believes he goes out a hero. Written by LA-Lawyer

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3 October 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A dark, hard hitting episode featuring the return of Ira Stone
14 April 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This second episode continues the darker tone of the season. Beginning with one of the grittiest openings of any "Vice" episode, this hard hitting tale takes no prisoners.

When Ira Stone films footage of American soldiers committing atrocities in Nicaragua, his life is placed in peril and events spiral out of control.

Don Johnson plays a doubtful, cynical Crockett in this episode and he delivers a solid performance. Crockett and Tubbs' nemesis from season two is back in the form of "Captain Real Estate", played by G. Gordon Liddy.

This is television gold. Difficult and confrontational viewing, I score this tale 9 out of 10.

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