Miami Vice: Season 5, Episode 13

The Cell Within (10 Mar. 1989)

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Tubbs is held prisoner by a "reformed" psycho he put away years ago, who is obsessed with eradicating crime through extreme methods.



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Episode cast overview:
Olivia Brown ...
Jake Manning
Rhoda King
Battlin' Barry Gay
Robert Phelps
Juan F. Cejas ...
Jafari Dunn ...
Peter Haig ...


Tubbs is held prisoner by a "reformed" psycho he put away years ago, who is obsessed with eradicating crime through extreme methods.

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The main character is similar to the real life case of Jack Unterweger. See more »


Jake Manning: Prison was a dank dirty hole. But it was only there I was finally able to read the great works: Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Gerard Manley Hopkins - the great poet/preist. From them and-and others, like Saint John of the Cross, I learned that-that everyone has a dark night of the soul, not just us criminals. But every single human being.
Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: Yeah, I agree.
Jake Manning: You know, I also came to understand that, ah, the people have to be held responsible for what they do. And that's what was lacking in my life. That...
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A prisoner out for 'justice'
17 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tubbs is happy when he sees that ex-convict Jake Manning appears to have reformed; this once dangerous man has written a book and is working with a film maker having seen the error of his ways in jail. Tubbs is so convinced that Manning has reformed that he accepts an invitation to dinner. When he gets there is becomes apparent that Manning is quite insane; he has taken various people he considers to be criminal and put them in his small private where he plans to execute them. He believes that Tubbs will see things his way and if Tubbs his to survive he will have to play along for a while. While Tubbs is missing Castillo and the team attempt to find him but it won't be easy.

This was a rather strange episode; it was entertaining enough but it didn't feel like a Miami Vice episode as Manning was more like a pantomime villain than a real criminal… for much of the episode this self-styled administrator of justice was dressed like a priest! The fact that he had his own jail complete with electric chair made it feel more like something out of 'The Avengers' than 'Miami Vice'! If you don't mind all this John P. Ryan's portrayal of Manning is delightfully over the top. Overall I'd say this is a weaker than average episode but it does have a surreal charm.

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