Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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The Prodigal Son 

Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Daniel Pyne | 2 more credits »

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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
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Peter Allen ... Man in Gallery
Kevin Anderson ... Blue Wacko
Julian Beck ... J. J. Johnston
Charles S. Dutton ... Lieutenant Pearson (as Charles Dutton)
Annie Golden ... Prostitute at police station
Pam Grier ... Valerie Gordon
Anthony Heald ... Commander René
Susan Hess ... Margaret


Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.

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Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one of the scenes, Crockett tells Julian Beck's character J.J. Johnston that while Crockett couldn't touch him, he was patient and implied he would eventually get him. Beck died from stomach cancer 13 days prior to the broadcast date. See more »


When Crockett, Tubbs and Jimmy Borges get into the Cadillac to search New York, Borges isn't wearing a jacket, nor does he seem to have one with him. When he takes off at the end of the scene he's wearing a white suit jacket. See more »


Margaret: Sometimes the best things are the hardest to get.
Detective James Crockett: Yeah, but the hardest to get ain't always the best.
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Miami Vice in New York City
8 November 2009 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Season Two of Miami Vice started with a bang in this feature length episode which saw Crockett and Tubbs going from the jungles of Columbia, via the Everglades, to New York City in pursuit of a Columbian drug dealer who is killing any DEA agent who gets close to him.

When they get to New York they try to draw out the Colombians by putting it about that they have stolen a large quantity of cocaine from the Miami police evidence locker, unfortunately it seems nobody is interested. The situation is confused when Tubbs meets an old girl friend and Crockett is seduced by a beautiful but potentially dangerous woman.

As with all episodes the look is very cool and accompanied by a great sound track. There is plenty action, most of it bloodless even though people get shot... while wearing clothes that look almost perfect for showing blood; just a sign of the times that it was made, it seems odd now that it was considered a violent series at the time.

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