Miami Vice (1988) – Bad Timing, and Borrasca

Bad Timing written by Scott Shepherd, is the final episode in the Sonny Burnett arc. Vice detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) is under review and testimony seems to be pretty damning, but I’m sure he’ll find his way through. First airing on 2 December, 1988, Sonny has his hands full with the review, and takes…

Miami Vice (1988) -The Cows of October, and Vote of Confidence

If there was any doubt that season four of Miami Vice showed that the series had lost its edge, The Big Thaw, Missing Hours, and this episode, The Cows of October definitely cemented that into fact. Written by Ed Zuckerman, the episode first debuted on 5 February, 1988, the story follows a canister of bull…

Miami Vice (1988) – Love at First Sight, and A Rock and a Hard Place

Vice detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) goes undercover with a video dating service to find a serial killer in the first episode up this week. Written by Peter McCabe, the episode first aired on 15 January, 1988. Johnson also serves as the episode’s director. Caitlin (Sheena Easton) is worried she may lose her new husband,…

Miami Vice (1987) – The Big Thaw, and Child’s Play

All series have their handful of weaker episodes, but most Miami Vice has been solid storytelling, but of course they are going to stumble on occasion. And this, The Big Thaw,  is definitely one of those. Written by Joseph DiBlasi (Michael Duggan), it aired on 23 October, 1987. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson), Ricardo Tubbs (Philip…

Miami Vice (1987) – Down for the Count Part 1 & 2

We dive into a two-parter this week that sees John Diehl bowing out of the series, wanting to pursue other options, and leave an underwritten character, that of Larry Zito behind. Airing as two parts, unlike the series opener, and season two opener, Dick Wolf penned the teleplay from a story he created with John…

Miami Vice (1986) – Better Living Through Chemistry, and Baby Blues

Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) gets his cover blown in Better Living Through Chemistry. Written by Dick Wolf and Micheal Duggan from a story by Ken Edwards and Larry Rosenthal. It first aired on 14 November, 1986. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Tubbs are working to bring down a dealer who claims to have perfected…

Miami Vice (1985) – Back in the World, and Phil the Shill

Detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson who also serves as director of this episode) recalls his time in Vietnam, when an old friend, Stone (Bob Balaban) resurfaces with a story about some heroin that made it out of Saigon and is now resurfacing in Miami. Back in the World was written by Terry McDonnell and first…

Miami Vice (1985) – Bushido, and Bought and Paid For

Castillo (Edward James Olmos who also serves as the director of the episode) takes center stage in the first episode up this week. Bushido was written by John Leekley and first aired on 22 November, 1985. The Lieutenant is asked by an old friend from the CIA, Jack Gretsky (Dean Stockwell) to help get his…

Miami Vice (1985) – Made For Each Other, and The Home Invaders

Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) get a bit of a break in the first episode this week. Made for Each Other was written by Allan Weisbecker, Joel Surnow, and Dennis Cooper, and first aired on 8 March, 1985. Switek (Michael Talbott) and Zito (John Diehl) take centre stage in this…

Miami Vice (1985) – Rites of Passage, and The Maze

Rites of Passage was penned by Daniel Pyne and first debuted on 8 February, 1985. The story finds Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) rekindling a romance with an old flame, when Valerie Gordon (Pam Grier), a fellow cop from New York, comes down to Miami in search of her sister, Diane (Tery Ferman), to save…

Miami Vice (1984) – Heart of Darkness, and Cool Runnin’

Following the series premiere the first episode following the opener was as edgy and dark (while being as colourful, vibrant and music-filled as Brother’s Keeper). Heart of Darkness (not quite dissimilar to Joseph Conrad’s original story) was written by A.J. Edison, and first aired on 28 September, 1984. Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs…