Miami Vice (1988) – A Bullet for Crockett, and Deliver Us From Evil

A Bullet for Crockett, which aired on 15 April, 1988, gives us the only Miami Vice clip show. The new material was penned by Peter Lance and Micheal Duggan from a story by Dick Wolf.

When Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) is critically wounded in a bust, the rest of the vice team, sit, worry and reminisce about their relationship with the detective.

The music for the flashbacks are of course drawn from the episode they originally aired in, and included Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight (which is used for the opening, although let’s be honest it was never used better than in the premiere episode), Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House, Be My Enemy by The Waterboys, Pat Benatar’s Diamond Field, There’s a River by Steve Winwood, and Glenn Frey’s Smuggler’s Blues.

There isn’t much of a story in this episode, so there’s not much to chat about. Though I will say, for a clip show, the episode works pretty well, as the surrounding material as the team deals with Crockett’s injuries is done well.

Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas), Gina (Saundra Santiago) even Izzy (Martin Ferrero) all have their moments with the injured officer, and wonder if he is going to survive.

He has to right… cause we have to finish the season, not to mention a whole season to follow!

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The penultimate episode of the season, Deliver Us From Evil, aired on 29 April, 1988. It features a teleplay by David Black, Micheal Duggan, and Robert Palm, taken from a story by Dick Wolf.

Frank Hackman (Guy Boyd) a murderer that was released from prison back in season three’s Forgive Us Our Debts is back in Miami, and he plans on causing Crockett a great amount of pain.

And with Caitlin (Sheena Easton) returning in this episode, with the revelation that she’s pregnant with Sonny’s child, one can imagine how things are going to play out pretty quickly. Of course, the show isn’t afraid to go dark, but you also know that Crockett is going to be unstoppable when it comes to taking Hackman down once and for all.

Of course all of this will help precipitate what happens in the final episode of the season, as things get really dark for Crockett in this story. He is driven closer and closer to the ragged edge, making everything that happens in the next episode all the more believable and frightening for our heroes.

The tunes featured in this episode include We Do What We’re Told by Peter Gabriel, Lazybones by Hoagy Carmicheal, and two tunes by Easton, Don’t Turn Your Back, and Follow My Rainbow.

Next week we close out season four, and begin the fifth and final season of… Miami Vice.

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