Miami Vice (1985) – The Dutch Oven, and Buddies

It’s back to the glitzy yet dangerous streets of Miami as Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) continue delving into the world of vice.

First up this week is Ditch Oven, written by Maurice Hurley. This story first debuted on 25 October, 1985.

When Trudy (Olivia Brown) has to take a life in the line of duty (something for which she comes under investigation by Internal Affairs for – despite it clearly being self-defence), she turns to an old boyfriend, David (Cleavant Derricks) for some comfort but as the two rekindle their romance, she discovers that one of his friends is involved in the drug trade.

That friend Adonis Jackson (Giancarlo Esposito) is going to be trouble as Trudy has to decide between the law and her friendship. She turns to Sonny for help, and he begins to investigate Adonis.

Trudy’s friends, Sonny, Rico and Gina (Saundra Santiago) come to her assistance and work on taking Adonis down, but will it ruin her relationship with David?

Music includes Women by Foreigner, Diamond Field by Pat Benatar, Love is For Sale by Derricks, King of Babylon by David Johansen and Amy Grant’s Who To Listen To.

This one plays out nicely and it’s nice to see Trudy take the stage for a lot of the episode. Her character was overdue for some extra screen time, and Brown is fantastic in bringing her character to life. A solid episode.


Buddies was written by Frank Military and first aired on 1 November, 1985. Sonny is hanging out with an old friend, Robbie (James Remar), and even agrees to be the godfather of Robbie’s new son, but his old friend (they served in ‘Nam together) may have a secret that could cost him his life.

It seems Robbie may have taken out a loan from someone other than a bank or credit agency, and he may have a connection with them that even Crockett doesn’t realise until Tubbs uncovers it.

We also catch up with Noogy’s wife Ample Annie (Karla Tamburrelli), which ties in directly to Robbie’s story and the revelation about who he really is. It all comes down to a young abused woman on the run with her baby, and the mob is after her and Robbie may be right in the middle.

It’s a dark episode, which contrasts nicely with the vibrant colours that is the show’s palette, but for once, the show has a bit of a positive ending, even though there’s a steep price to it.

Tunes include Kim Mtchell’s Go for Soda, Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley, Own the Night by Chaka Khan, and No Guarantees by The Nobodys.

The guest cast includes a very young Nathan Lane, who meets an early end.

Next week the investigations continue with more Miami Vice.


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