The final trio of episodes that wrap up season one are up for viewing this week starting with Nobody Lives Forever. Written by Edward Di Lorenzo this tale first aired on 29 March, 1985.
Detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) has his hands full with a new romance, but it may end up distracting him from his job, and leave his partner, Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) in harm’s way as a trio of murderous thugs go on a rampage.
Crockett is delighted to being having a romance with Brenda (Kim Griest) a local architect, and his on again off again thing with Gina (Saundra Santiago) is pushed to the side (and one wonders if it will be rekindled or not especially with how the pair’s conversation goes), as the passion rises higher and higher.
But when Tubbs shows up on Brenda’s doorstep beaten and bloody after Crockett misses a meet, he brings everything into question, his love life, his partnership, his career, and realises a decision is going to have to be made.
And despite the fact that they decide to slow things down they plan to continue the their relationship… but this is the last time we see her in the series. So obviously it doesn’t work out…
Music in this episode features George Thorogood and the Desrtoyers iconic, and now cliched (which doesn’t necessarily allow for the punks to be taken too seriously now) Bad to the Bone, New Love by Glenn Frey, the classic Green Onions by Booker T and The M.G.s, and Hearbeat by Red 7.
The guest cast includes an appearance by Giancarlo Esposito, and continues to show how dark and bitter the series can be.
Evan is yet another classic episode that transcended the series and much like the season opener, Calderone’s Return, and The Golden Triangle became symbolic of the series.
Written by Paul Diamond the penultimate episode of the season first aired on 3 May, 1985.
Crockett and Tubbs are tasked to work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and that requires working with one of Crockett’s old partners, Evan Freed (William Russ).
Evan is in deep cover, working as the right hand man of an arms dealer named Guzman (Al Israel), and his cover is close to being blown when the case jeopardises the ATF’s investigation. Both Tubbs and Crockett try to understand Sonny’s complicated relationship with Evan, but the agent may be too dangerous to work with.
The writing, characterisations, and moments in this episode are top notch, the episode is stunning, and powerful. And even now, some thirty odd years later, it works, and works well.
And just as importantly, it looks great.
Evan’s fate isn’t a surprise but it is sad and painful, and caused by an event that both he and Sonny could have handled better when they were fresh out of the academy. This is a stellar episode, and a prime example of how amazing the series could be.
Music includes two classic Peter Gabriel tunes, The Rhythm of the Heat and Biko as well as You Only Left Your Picture by Fashion.
Lombard is the final episode of the season. Written by David Assael from a story by Joel Surnow, the episode, airing on 10 May, 1985, wrapped up a continuing story thread that resurfaced a few times throughout the season, that of mobster Al Lombard (Dennis Farina).
Lombard has been granted immunity by the courts, something that must stick in Sonny and Rico’s craw because they’ve been working the case on and off all season. But they play by the book, and serve as his protection while he prepares to testify against fellow monster, Frederico Librizzi (Ned Eisenberg).
Unfortunately Lombard doesn’t want to be protected, he just wants out of the country, and what should be a fairly easy protection duty turns into a hunt, and race against time. From there they struggle to keep him alive and safe until he can testify. But will Librizzi’s people find them before Lombard makes it to court?
The series continues it’s inclusion of musical artists in roles in this case, Bowzer aka Jon Bauman from Sha-Na-Na plays one of Lombard’s friends and employees.
Much like the previous episode the writing and characters are strong. The season ended as strongly as it began, probably even more so.
The music of the final episode of the season, besides Jan Hammer’s continuing superlative scoring includes My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small and Wire by U2.
Next week we dive into season two with the feature length opener, Prodigal Son.