Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Tale of the Goat 

Crockett and Tubbs escort a coffin containing a criminal to his final Miami resting place ... until its learned that he has risen from the dead and has a similar zombie fate scheduled for Tubbs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective James Crockett
... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
... Detective Gina Calabrese
... Detective Stan Switek
... Det. Larry Zito
... Detective Trudy Joplin
... Castillo
... Maximilian 'Legba' Ildefonse
... Sylvio Romulus (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Denise Thompson ... Marie Sansarico
Little Coco ... Baron Samedy
... Dr. Ohara
... Bobby Profile
... Hepcat (as Reginald Pierre)
Jacques Mazeran ... Hungan (as Jacques Mazarin)


A Haitian voodoo priest who is also a drug dealer, died and his body arrives. Later the body disappears. They find a breathing tube in the coffin. A doctor thinks the man is alive, he may taken a toxin that makes a person appear to be dead but also has side effects. The man recruits his followers and he sets out to get the ones who betrayed him especially his right hand who took over his business and his girlfriend. Tubbs decides to go undercover at one of his gatherings and they give him something that could a psychedelic. Written by

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15 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The term 'bocour' is French and has no relation to voodoo; in fact, it describes the class of people who used to carry out the executions of criminals in France. See more »


Towards the end of the episode on the freighter, when Tubbs is shooting at Legba, you can see him fire two shots by the smoke of the gun but you can only hear one. See more »


Det. Larry Zito: [Finding Tubbs in the bottom of the pool] Crockett!
[Crockett runs over and sees Tubbs]
Detective James Crockett: Call an ambulance!
[Jumps into the pool. Zito calls for help]
Detective James Crockett: Hang on buddy!
[Clears the debris from Tubbs' body]
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Phantom Living
Written by Dan K. Brown, Cy Curnin, Rupert Greenall, Jamie West-Oram and Adam Woods
Performed by The Fixx
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Voodoo & Miami Vice....what?
25 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode could have been much better. Great music and good guest appearance acting, but the story was just too bizarre to be anything other than average. Trying to write voodoo into a Miami Vice episode was a challenge the writers should not have tried, especially when they were doing well with their current style of writing. I understand that they were trying to take risks with the show, but one look at the script should have let Mann know to scrap it. The episode might even have been a 7 or better if they had pulled the end together instead of letting it end so confusing, corny and just plain strange. Having said all that, it did have its highlights and it wasn't completely terrible, but a disappointment all the same.

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