Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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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 »




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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Scenes from this episode (mainly the ending where Crockett shoots down the helicopter and when the Revilla warehouse is blown up) were used in the music video for "Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer. Many of the shots of New York buildings were used in the music video for "Crockett's Theme". See more »


After Crockett and Tubbs are chased by Lieutenant Pearson in New York (at 48:30), a car drives through the intersection. Its three passengers smile and point at the production. See more »


Detective James Crockett: I can't touch you, I know that, too many obstacles, too many politics. But you're dirty, Ace, and I'm patient.
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Many Rivers to Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Joe Cocker
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Miami Vice takes Manhattan
13 March 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

For a season opener, "The Prodigal Son" is about as surefooted as they come. It features the most pop songs, most guest stars and undeniable swagger as Crockett and Tubbs storm the streets of high-end New York City. Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" is used to great effect as a music video, and the same for Jan Hammer's "New York Theme" (great atmosphere). There's no shortage of flying bullets and action, and Crockett even gets to shoot down a helicopter. But my favorite scene is a simple conversation between our heroes and a Wall Street banker who sits at the top of this particular drug operation. It's a chilling scene and ends on just the right note of menace.

This is probably the most '80s episode of a show that would define the decade.


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Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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


Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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