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.


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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
... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
... Man in Gallery
... Blue Wacko
... J. J. Johnston
... Lieutenant Pearson (as Charles Dutton)
... Prostitute at police station
... Valerie Gordon
... Commander René
... 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)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some people have stated that J.J. Johnston (Julian Beck) characteristic features in this episode helped inspire the character Montgomery Burns from "The Simpsons" (1989). See more »


When Crockett and Tubbs meet up at the airline ticket counter for their trip back to Miami, the airline employee mouths a line, but it has been dubbed out. Crockett and Tubbs then speak their dialogue in normal tone and is quite audible. See more »


Margaret: I work in public relations.
Detective James Crockett: That's what I am.
Margaret: No.
Detective James Crockett: Like public park, public toilet! WHO THE HELL ARE YOU WORKING FOR?
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Written by George Davis and Lee Diamond
Performed by Neville Brothers
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A brilliant start to the second season of Miami Vice...
11 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

This two part season premiere feels more like a film. The script writers on this knew what they were doing and they succeeded. "Prodigal Son" is a brilliant start the second season of Miami Vice. It's got everything: Story, Action, Music & Style. Jan Hammer's score is absolutely fantastic. Crockett & Tubbs in New York, amazing. It's a shame that they didn't do any other episodes this one in the later seasons because this was the one that made everyone want to watch Miami Vice and it's the season which made the show do very well in the ratings. Rating 10/10, I could watch this episode over and over again and I wouldn't get bored. Miami Vice is one of the greatest achievements in television history and of the 1980's.

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