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Miami Vice--Whatever Works

Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
21 January 2011

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Dirty cops, Santeria ritualistic homicides of two shady police officers, and the "confiscation" of Crockett's Ferrari Spyder--you just know that you are in for a treat with this much going on. We see that Olmos' Lt. Castillo has extensive knowledge regarding the religion of Santeria and how he wants to talk with the man who killed the two cops, who had left behind certain tell-tale signs of why he committed the murders. Castillo turns to a priestess(played by Eartha Kitt!)with expertise in Santeria, perhaps with the ability to arrange a meeting with the killer. Brue MacVittie is the ringleader, officer David Blakeney, behind the group of dirty cops who had been skimming from drug dealers, using the money to pay off debts/bills, waging a war with them when the kidnapping of a boy leads to multiple murders on both sides, escalating in a major shootout at the end. Martin Ferrero returns as Izzy, Crockett's go-to street snitch, who tries to help Sonny get his Ferrari back from department debt collector Robert Trebor(who nearly becomes alligator food when he meets Elvis while looking for the keys to Sonny's car while looking in the cabin of Crockett's boat!). This episode is a bit more lighthearted that others, following Crockett's tribulations retrieving his Ferrari and how he instigates a bar fight with Blakeney and his boys which results in fisticuffs. WHATEVER WORKS is yet another episode which reveals aspects of the enigma which is Lt. Martin Castillo.

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Top drawer episode of "Vice" with style and substance

Author: DVD_Connoisseur from England
24 May 2007

"Whatever Works" starts with the atmospheric, voodoo-like, ritualistic killing of a police officer. This causes tensions to run high and Castillo is as calmly detached as always.

The episode is well-paced, well-scripted and amazingly good to watch. Crockett shows his casualness towards the female of the species, caring only for his beloved Ferrari which has been repossessed by the local authorities to balance the books.

To lighten things up, Martin Ferrero's Izzy Moreno is back, now accompanied by a new sidekick.

For fans of Duran Duran's John Taylor, there's an appearance from the man himself and a performance from The Power Station, playing "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" with Michael Des Barres replacing Robert Palmer. All good stuff.

On the guest star front, Eartha Kitt plays the mysterious Priestess Chata.

Full marks for this one. It's action packed, exciting and amusing. 10 out of 10.

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Voodoo Vice

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
11 November 2009

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Series two continues with another great episode containing plenty of action and a few good laughs. The story opens with two South Beach cops found dead in their car surrounded by voodoo paraphernalia. These items lead Castillo and his team to believe they were killed because they were corrupt after they consult an expert. With this going on everybody is jumpy, the crooks are opening fire on cops fearing revenge and the other South Beach cops are worried they will be next.

If this isn't enough to worry about Crockett has to contend with some petty official who wants to take his Ferrari and auction it as it is officially city property, this sub plot involves an appearance of Elvis the alligator and comedy relief Izzy Moreno who was more amusing than I recall him being in season one.

As well as the regulars this episode features guest appearances by Eartha Kitt as a voodoo priestess and Duran Duran's John Taylor as a singer in a local club.

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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Lots Of Material & Characters In Here, But 'Izzy' Stands Out As The Most Entertaining

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
16 June 2007

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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