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The murder of two beat cops outside their jurisdiction immerses the team in the Santeria religion, while Crockett tries to recover his repossessed Ferrari.

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Detective Gina Calabrese
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Detective Stan Switek
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Det. Larry Zito
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Detective Trudy Joplin
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Lieutenant Martin Castillo
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Héctor Mercado ...
Victor Davila (as Hector Jaime Mercado)
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Ramon Morandez (as José Santana)
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Maxwell Dierks
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Izzy Moreno
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Officer Tommy Solen (as Antoni Carone)
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The murder of two beat cops outside their jurisdiction immerses the team in the Santeria religion, while Crockett tries to recover his repossessed Ferrari.

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In the beginning of the episode as Lt.Castillo is looking into the police cruiser at the dead cop, he blows out the candle on the dash. About a minute or so later after the two dirty hotheaded cops show up to vow revenge, the camera pans left to right from behind the cruiser to reveal the candle is lit. See more »

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Detective James Crockett: Why would they leave that stuff behind in the car?
Priestess Chata: To do to the policemen's souls what the bullets did to their bodies.
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Get It On (Bang A Gong)
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Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by The Power Station
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Lots Of Material & Characters In Here, But 'Izzy' Stands Out As The Most Entertaining
16 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

Two cops are found murdered in their car in South Beach, away from their jurisdiction. It looks like a ritual killing with voodoo-type stuff left on the dashboard as a message. One dumb cop acts immature as vows quick revenge and Castillo has to tell him to calm down.

Meanwhile, in a funny scene aboard Sonny's boat, some "dork" comes with papers to confiscate his beloved Ferrari. Crockett's pet alligator "Elvis" scares the man away. Izzy comes by and hears what's going on and has a funny take on the situation. Izzy's dialog was always good stuff.

Eartha Kitt guest stars as a "santeria priestess." Why does Kitt always play some voodoo witch? I've seen her in this kind of role at least three times. Well, her character in this role lived well; her house was fabulous. Castillo (Edward James Olmos), of course, pays her great respect. He has total disdain for "organized religion," he says early on, yet takes voodoo seriously. What an idiot. If Hollywood promotes voodoo as something serious and real and the Bible as nonsense, what does that tell you?

Anyway, it turns out there is a possibility the good guys might be dealing with a case of crooked cops, too. Is that what this murder was all about? What's the voodoo connection? What's the story with these two young gung-ho cops that are pictured a few times bullying people? Will Sonny have to get a new car?

All these questions, and a few more, are answered in this pretty entertaining episode. I still think Martin Ferrerro as "Izzy" was easily the best character in this show, as he demonstrated in this week's episode.

This episode has some nice, stylish shots and good music, but that's par for the course. The action scenes looked hokey, though. I guess you can't have everything especially with this program which was a real mixed bag: great and stupid stuff, but usually entertaining, which is the name of the game.


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