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The Big Thaw 

A cryogenically frozen Reggae star comes to Miami to be unfrozen by Switek and Izzy.


Richard Compton


Joseph DeBlasi, Anthony Yerkovich (creator)

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Episode credited cast:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
Bill Raymond ... Dave Frobel
Martin Ferrero ... Izzy Moreno
Seret Scott Seret Scott ... Esther Nevin
Alfred Molina ... Esther's Attorney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alston Bair Alston Bair ... James Davis
Christopher Brown Christopher Brown ... Simmers
Damian Chuck Damian Chuck ... Nakahara
Herb Goldstein Herb Goldstein ... Dr. Alfred S. Poe
Courtney Griffiths Courtney Griffiths ... Sled


A cryogenically frozen Reggae star comes to Miami to be unfrozen by Switek and Izzy.

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Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Season 4 is batting 4 for 4 so far...
9 August 2007 | by frankenbenzSee all my reviews

The season 4 trend of impressing me with good episodes continues in this entry about a cryogenically frozen reggae star and the motley crew of people trying to thaw him out (Izzy included).

The production value seems to be cranked up, as does the comedic timing of almost everyone involved, most notably Izzy and Switek (two MV'ers that never seem to disappoint). Another nod goes to the believability of the Reggae band who break the previous trend of lazily cast and wardrobes, corny MV archetypes/stereotypes. Sure the Japanese investors are about as clichéd as could be (bowing in their black suits with SLRs hanging from their necks), but it's another light (and funny) touch in an episode that continues to break new MV plot line ground.

Also of note is a cameo by the always impressive character actor Alfred Molina. Anyone who can outshine Gary Oldman in his own film deserves mention...even if it's only a throw away cameo on MV.

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