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 »
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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