Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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God's Work 

The good son of a crime boss returns to Miami for some reason. Castillo fears he's there to take over the business but the tragic truth surprises him. A caring priest related to the criminal and Castillo's close friend is soon murdered.


Jan Eliasberg


Edward Tivnan, Anthony Yerkovich (creator)

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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
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Alfonso Arau ... Jorge Cruz
Rosanna DeSoto ... Maria Lupe Cruz
Olek Krupa ... Vater Wajda
Jonathan Del Arco ... Ricky Diaz
Francesco Quinn ... Francesco Cruz
Daniel Lugo Daniel Lugo ... Father Ernesto Lupe
Esai Morales ... Felipe Cruz
Juan F. Cejas ... Louie Garcia (as Juan Cejas)
Janet Constable ... Homicide Detective


When the son of a crime boss returns to Miami, Castillo wonders if he's returned to take control of the business. When the man's brother-in-law, a priest, who is a friend of Castillo is killed, they wonder if he was killed by the crime boss. Written by

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Release Date:

6 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami Beach, Florida, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rosanna DeSoto and Esai Morales also appeared as mother and son in La Bamba the same year as this episode. (1987) See more »


Felipe Cruz: He stood his ground whether or not it was popular.
Lt. Martin Castillo: I know. We stood shoulder to shoulder once... in a different time for a different cause. He was my friend.
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Gutsy subject matter done justice with more good writing
10 August 2007 | by frankenbenzSee all my reviews

Well before the seminal film "And The Band Played On," MV tackles the issue of AIDS and the public phobia associated with the disease. I can't say enough about how the writing has improved leaps and bounds in season 4 and this episode is yet another example.

EJO gets another shot at showing more layers of Castillo, proving he is probably the most interesting/enigmatic character on the show and possibly the most talented actor working on TV. Some of the all-time best MV episodes revolve around Castillo's back story and this episode keeps the trend alive.

Esai Morales does a great job playing the straight shooting son of a criminal boss. Throughout the first 3/4's of the episode we're led to believe he might be taking over his father's business, but the plot proves to be much more complex and far more daring.

After watching the first 6 episodes of season 4 I'm beginning to get the feeling the producers have intentionally turned the series on its head in an attempt to not only make a better show, but also to critique the mindless, senseless violence and style over substance of the first 3 seasons.

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