Miami Vice (1985) – Milk Run, and Golden Triangle: Part 1

It’s back to Miami for another flashback to the 80s, as Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) continue to do their part to stem crime in the seedy world of drugs, arms, prostitution, and vice.

Milk run was written by Alison Hock and first aired on 4 January, 1985.

Staking out the airport, our duo try to bust a couple of kids, Eddie (Al Shannon) and Louis (Evan Handler) who are looking to score by going right to Bogota but they make a run for it, but they end up out of the frying pan and right in the fire.

When they come back from Colombia, they are carrying cocaine filled statues for the incredibly dangerous Moya (Jesus Bolano).

When the cops come across Eddie, back in Miami, they grab him, and scare him into working with them. But Crockett gives his word to get him and Louis out of this. To do that though, Eddie has to wear a wire during the exchange

They promise to get the naive young men clear, and get them back home, but things go devastatingly sideways at the airport, changing lives forever.

The series continues its glitzy, but dark storytelling, and it’s an incredibly well-crafted episode, as these two scared kids realise their in over their heads, and their may be no way out.

The way this one ends, just wow. The show was jarring, powerful and always entertaining. Loved this one.

The music in this episode includes ZZ Tops’ classic, Legs as well as Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

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Golden Triangle: Part 1 aired on 11 January, 1985, and was written by Joseph Gunn and Maurice Hurley from a story by Gunn.

Crockett and Tubbs are working an extortion case involving dirty cops, but as they investigate the criminal ring, they discover a prostitution and trafficking ring that is run by an old enemy of the unit’s lieutenant, Martin Castillo (Edward James Olmos).

After they bust a hooker, Candy (Robin Johnson), they use her as an informant, and a piece of their cover as they pose as hotel security while running a string of prostitutes on the side. They are determined to bring down the dirty cops, after Castillo sets them straight on how to perceive them – not as cops but outlaws.

Castillo’s presence in this episode allows the character to come to the fore of the series a bit more, and it’s cool to see Olmos doing more. Things go badly for him, however, when he learns that General Lao Li (Keye Luke – who doesn’t appear until the second episode) is running the organisation.

Castillo was working undercover for the DEA in Southeast Asia for three years, and was trying to capture the General but it never happened.

The pair have history, and stuck in the middle is Castillo’s wife, May Ying (Joan Chen) – this is the discovery that leads us into our cliffhanger ending, and sets up the continuing arc in the next episode.

Except Jan Hammer’s score, there is only one song used in the episode, Dolly Parton’s cover of Great Balls of Fire.

The conclusion is up next week, as well as an episode featuring Glenn Frey.

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