When a drug bust nabs artwork instead of drugs, Crockett and Tubbs enter the underground art scene, but a cop from New York (Michael Chiklis) takes control of the operation to protect the artwork.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Brown ...
Joey Scianti
NYPD Det. Jeffrey Whitehead
Sal Castelli
Julia Scianti
Stephen G. Anthony ...
Stanley Costa
David Arisco ...
Arroyo (as Davis Arisco)
Cynthia Caquelin ...
Society Woman
Lee Duval ...
Joel Goodman ...
Sigmar Motherlant


When a drug bust nabs artwork instead of drugs, Crockett and Tubbs enter the underground art scene, but a cop from New York (Michael Chiklis) takes control of the operation to protect the artwork.

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17 March 1989 (USA)  »

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At the auction, one bidder bids $100,000. A subsequent bid is placed for $110,000, at which point the auctioneer looks at the first bidder, who shakes his head. The auctioneer then announces a sale for $100,000. Since the high bid was $110,000 he announced the incorrect amount. See more »


Joey Scianti: Now let me get this straight: this big art collector wants to buy the Madonna with street dope? What the hell is this world coming to?
[looking over at his partner driving the car]
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Stolen art
23 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode begins it looks like we will be in for some old school 'Miami Vice' as the team waits for a large shipment of drugs to arrive in the port but then somebody turns up and tells the people waiting for the ship that they can't use the dock. One of the men loads something into a pickup and Crockett goes to arrest him; after a shootout the man is dead and Crockett is surprised to find to find art in the truck. It turns out they have found two parts of a famous triptych; 'The Madonna and Spirits' that had been stolen in France some time ago. Soon they are joined by NYPD detective Jeffrey Whitehead who briefs them on the theft and helps prepare Tubbs for an undercover role as a corrupt arts professor out to make a lot of money. The get the missing part of the triptych they will have to get close to the Scianti family; people better known for drug dealing than art appreciation.

This was a fairly solid episode; the case was interesting, there was some action and a couple of twists… although the main one could be spotted a mile off! Art theft might not be a typical Miami Vice story line but it didn't seem unreasonable that they might investigate such a crime although it did seem a little unlikely that Tubbs could bluff his way as an art expert quite too well. The regular cast did a good job and Peter Dobson and Michael Chiklis were good as main bad guy Joey Scianti and Det. Whitehead… the latter also provided a good laugh as he ran through the Port of Miami terminal in a dress at the end! Overall I'd say that this wasn't a classic episode but it is still plenty of fun.

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