Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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Brother's Keeper 

Miami detective Sonny Crockett reluctantly teams with New York City cop Rico Tubbs when both of them end up pursuing a drug dealer who killed their respective partners.


Thomas Carter


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Anthony Yerkovich




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Gregory Sierra ... Lt. Lou Rodriguez
Bill Smitrovich ... Lt. Scott Wheeler
Belinda Montgomery ... Caroline Crockett
Martin Ferrero ... Trini DeSoto
Mykelti Williamson ... Leon Jefferson (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Esteban Calderone
Jimmy Smits ... Eddie Rivera
Michael Santoro Michael Santoro ... Corky Fowler
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Maria Rivera


Miami Vice cop Sonny Crockett is working undercover to get a Columbian drug lord. When he tries to bust a man who is apparently in business with the Columbian he discovers that the man is New York cop who is also after the Columbian. They both agree to work together but the New York cop is keeping something from him. While the New York cop suspects that someone on Crockett's team might be on the take. Written by

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As a result of this being a pilot filmed prior to the remainder of the series, there are several notable differences between it and the series proper, including:
  • Olivia Brown is not listed during the opening credits, but is instead listed as a guest star afterwards. This was changed for the series proper, where her name appears between John Diehl and Gregory Sierra/Edward James Olmos' credits during the opening sequence. The syndicated, two-part version of the pilot also adds Brown's name to the opening credits.
  • Crockett's sidearm is a Browning BDA (the BDA was in fact a SIG Sauer P220 that was branded as the BDA by Browning, who were responsible for importing it into the United States). Once the show was picked up, Crockett's weapon was changed to a Dornaus & Dixon Bren Ten, which it would remain for the first two seasons. Various reasons for the change are cited, including the silver finish of the Bren Ten showing up better during night filming, or Michael Mann's preference for the Bren Ten's "flashier" styling, better suited to a man posing as a drug dealer.
  • Crockett's backup gun is also different in the pilot - he carries a Detonics Pocket 9, whereas in the series he instead carries a Detonics Combat Master.
  • Tubbs uses the pseudonym Teddy Prentiss while chasing Calderone in Miami, instead of his usual alias of Rico Cooper.
  • Crockett's speedboat is a 1984 Stinger 390 with no radar arch, whereas his speedboat for the remainder of the first series is a Stinger 390x with an arch and a noticeably different paint scheme.
  • Similarly, the St. Vitus Dance is a Cabo Rico 38 sailboat in the pilot, but changed to an Endeavour 40 once the show was picked up as a series.
  • The scenes at OCB headquarters were filmed in a real office building, at 3033 N. NW River Drive in Miami. For the remainder of the series, OCB scenes were filmed in an office set built on a soundstage at Greenwich Studios in North Miami. The complete change in interior layout is never addressed or even acknowledged in the show.
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Spotlights were used along with the fixed street lights to illuminate the road during the Camaro/boat chase. The temporary lights are on hydraulic scissor stands and are visible in most of the chase sequence. See more »


Ricardo Tubbs: [meets Elvis the alligator] Hey get him away from me man! I don't even like alligator shoes!
Sonny Crockett: Awww, you'll hurt his feelings...!
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Alternate Versions

On at least one VHS release of this pilot from MCA Home Video, The Rolling Stones' 1978 song "Miss You" was replaced by instrumental, '80s-sounding rock music. See more »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


Body Talk
Composed by Stanley "Stick" Burke, Melvin Gentry, Carl Greene, L.A. Reid and Bo Watson
Performed by The Deele
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A stellar debut
10 March 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It has all the establishing elements of any self-respecting pilot, but "Brother's Keeper" works best as a TV movie, and a fairly explosive on at that. Crockett and Tubbs, two cops with clashing styles forced to work together to bring down a drug kingpin. It's a tenuous partnership and an uncertain start to such a smooth and glossy TV series, but it fits in the context of a great cop story.

But no matter how you look at it, this is great television. It's brimming with macho dialogue, pulses with energy, and it's one of my favorite episodes of the show. The high fashion, shootouts, car/boat chases, they're all here in fine "Miami Vice" form. Not only that, but it features Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight", which might be the show's greatest MTV segment.

This is highly watchable stuff.


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Release Date:

16 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (Blu-ray release)| Stereo (Seasons 1-5)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (DVD version)| Stereo


Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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