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Payback 

Crockett goes undercover to take down Mario Fuente (Zappa), a dealer of 'weasel dust'.

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Aaron Lipstadt

Writers:

Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Robert Crais | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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 ... Castillo
Dan Hedaya ... Reuben Reydolfo
Graham Beckel ... Agent Kevin Cates
Roberto Durán Roberto Durán ... Jesus Moroto (as Roberto Duran)
Frank Zappa ... Mario Fuente
Frederick Herrick Frederick Herrick ... Earle Hodges (as Fred Herrick)
Margie Beeson Margie Beeson ... Looking Woman
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Storyline

A minor drug conviction, Jesus Moroto, calls Sonny to visit him in prison and then, kills himself in Sonny's presence, which he finds odd. A DEA agent from NOLA offers to assist the Vice team in taking down the elusive Mario Fuente, played by the mean rockin' man, Frank Zappa. Fuente, a drug lord who maintains his residence beyond the 12 mile marker, makes all of his deals through his middleman, Reuben Reydolfo (Dan Hedaya) and never leaves his boat. When IAD gets involved in the case, things take an even stranger twist. It becomes a race against the clock to exact payback. Written by LA-Lawyer

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Music legend Frank Zappa guest starred in this episode. His ailing health prevented him from returning to the series to pick his character up from where it had left off. See more »

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Soul Kitchen
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Written by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore
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A Season 2 high point
29 March 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Crockett's cover is blown, he's being targeted by both Internal Affairs and a vengeful drug kingpin ("I want my money") and the pressure's on from all directions. Part of the reason I love "Payback" is because it's Vice-style noir, turning the screws on a good cop. It's also a terrific synthesis of style and substance. The story's well done and the music and mood round it all out into a very entertaining package.

If the episode has a downside, it's that Frank Zappa never returned to carry out his threat in the closing moments. My understanding is that he retired due to ailing health, and that's just an unavoidable act of nature. But a bummer, nonetheless.

But overall, this episode's a great one. The guest stars are good, Jan Hammer's theme is a favorite and that closing shot in the middle of the ocean resonates long after it's over.

8/10


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