Miami Vice: Season 3, Episode 5

The Good Collar (24 Oct. 1986)

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Crockett attempts to help a high-school football star achieve his dream, while others pressure him to help bring down a teenage drug lord.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Larry Zito (credit only)
Olivia Brown ...
Ed McCain
Officer Ramirez (as Nick Corri)
Lt. Lee Atkins
Archie Ellis (as Vincent Keith Ford)
Asst. State Atty. William Pepin
Sam Graham ...
Count Curtis Walker (as Samuel Graham)
Marion Griffin ...
Raycell Long ...
Luther Johns


Crockett attempts to help a high-school football star achieve his dream, while others pressure him to help bring down a teenage drug lord.

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24 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Charles S. Dutton, who plays Ed McCain in this episode, played NYPD Lieutenant Pearson in the prior season's episode Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son (1985). See more »


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The Good Collar
18 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an unbelievable episode. One of the main characters, Archie, a high school athlete who lived in the "hood" and got mixed up with a dealer named "Count Walker" illustrated two conflicts: good kids in a bad neighborhood who sometimes had to deal with "monied" thugs to get by to attain basic necessities and the cops who felt bound to collar anyone involved with those associated with the drug trade.

Absent of one bad mark, Archie was on his way to a college career playing football. The cops felt bound to thwart him from his well deserved glory due to his minor transgression with being a one time drug mule. How many times does this play out in the real world? Anyway, Archie winds up dead after being caught wearing a wire to catch the "count" talking about his trade. The dealer is arrested but his fate is never known. At that point, does it matter? Charles Dutton and Don Johnson played their roles to the utmost of guilt and despair. At the end, when Archie's grandmother hands Johnson the shoes he gave Archie earlier, you knew it was going to be a long time before he forgot about his role in this case.

See this episode the next time it's on and you'll feel what it must be like to battle the tenants of job responsibility and the reality of doing the right thing.

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