Miami Vice: Season 2, Episode 18

The Fix (7 Mar. 1986)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
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After Crockett and Tubbs arrests a dealer and at the bail hearing the judge sets a low bail. Crockett is curious if there's something wrong with him. So he investigates. It seems the man ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Olivia Brown ...
Paul Greco ...
Bernard King ...
Matt Ferguson
Judge Roger Ferguson (as William F. Russell)
Johnny 'Vatos' Hernandez ...
Marco (as John Hernandez)
Michael Fitzgerald ...
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After Crockett and Tubbs arrests a dealer and at the bail hearing the judge sets a low bail. Crockett is curious if there's something wrong with him. So he investigates. It seems the man has a gambling problem. And now he's being told to tell his son whose the star player of his school to throw a game to settle his debts. Written by

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The Fix shows just how dangerous gambling can be
7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Fix started out with an excellent opening scene in an exotic bird sanctuary at the Miami Metro Zoo. The sheer excellence of that scene was only helped by Jan Hammer's heavenly "Cool Runnin" score, which paralleled the action and the flying/squawking of the birds. That was a quintessential Miami Vice scene.

Judge Roger Ferguson (Bill Russell) couldn't get out of his own way in terms of gambling and paying off debts; which included asking his own son Matt (Bernard King) to throw a key basketball game.

Michael Richards (Pagone) turned in a solid performance as a loan shark/thug. I really thought he was pond scum in this episode but he was only doing his "job" as an enforcer of paying what you owe.

Don Johnson as always turned in a top-shelf performance. Particularly in the scene where he had a special talk with Roger at a ghetto stand-in park (the producers, director, etc. wanted the viewer to think it was taped in Overtown or one of the other ghettos of Miami proper) that was actually taped in Coconut Grove. Then of course the ending scene (I'm not going to give away the scene) where Crockett's eyes get as big as saucers due to what he just saw happen in front of him. What a scene and what a freeze-frame by Mr. Johnson.

Also I enjoyed the usage of music in this episode. A scene that was another testament of Hammer's musical gift was the 24:18-24:23 mark of the episode. In this scene, Judge Ferguson walked to the basketball awards area of his house and proceeded to pick up a picture of him and Matt in happier times, with Hammer's "Dutch Oven" hitting a sentimental chord/keys as the camera zoomed in on the picture.

Using Madonna's "Gambler" song at the race track just after the opening credits was perfect for the fast paced action of horse and dog racing. Also Jim Gilstrap's "The Water's Too Deep" was a very good musical touch/cue in the scene where Judge Ferguson was shooting baskets at the school's basketball gym. Dominating his psyche and soul in that scene were his gambling debts and his impending plea for his son to throw a key basketball game.

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