Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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The Dutch Oven 

Trudy's old boyfriend has ties to a drug lord and enlists Crockett's help investigating him.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Jones
Adonis Jackson
Man on Phone
I.A. Detective Louie Gallo
Singer at Party
Ben Dokes
Pervert Driver (as Paul J. Darby)
Ilse Earl ...


Trudy's old boyfriend has ties to a drug lord and enlists Crockett's help investigating him.

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25 October 1985 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Giancarlo Esposito had 3 different guest starring roles in the series, starting with this episode. See more »


At the car chase at the beginning of the movie, you can see a camera in the sunvisor above Crockett's head. See more »


Detective James Crockett: If you had stopped to think last night, it would be either you or me dead.
Detective Trudy Joplin: And there's nothing you would've done differently?
Detective James Crockett: Nope.
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Trudy's Buzz
Written by Joe Delia
Performed by Joe Delia
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Trudy Catches Sonny's Dumbness Disease
18 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not every one of these shows was a winner. Some episodes were losers, like this one. There were too many stereotypes in this one: mainly, the investigating cop who always (a la the "Dirty Harry" films) makes the good cops look like criminals because they shot some scumbag. The good guys - in this case, "Trudy" and "Crockett" with Trudy doing the killing - shoot in self defense (as always) but have to take all this abuse from some loudmouth and arrogant Internal Affairs guy. That gets tiresome and is overplayed on this show (and most everywhere else)..

Meanwhile, we have the usual Miami Vice sleaze angle which sometimes is fun; other times insulting as the cops (mainly Crockett, but here Trudy again,) who just has to go to a bar and then sleep with a guy because all that makes her problems go away. Yeah, okay.

We also have the cliché of the boss telling the cop to take time off and the cop (Trudy) telling boss, Capt. Castillo, "No, I am fine, keep me on the job." And - unlike real life - the cop overrules his/her superior.

There is one predictable event after another on this episode, which is soap-opera-like with Trudy (Olivia Brown) and her boyfriend/crook. Crockett goes through these periodically, always falling for some sleazy woman. Here, it's the reverse with Trudy playing Crockett's usual tale of romance vs. business woes.

I expect our friend Don Johnson act stupid; now Olivia Brown is doing the same thing. This was a dumb and annoying episode. Period.

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