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The Prodigal Son 

Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.

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Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Daniel Pyne | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Peter Allen ... Man in Gallery
Kevin Anderson ... Blue Wacko
Julian Beck ... J. J. Johnston
Charles S. Dutton ... Lieutenant Pearson (as Charles Dutton)
Annie Golden ... Prostitute at police station
Pam Grier ... Valerie Gordon
Anthony Heald ... Commander René
Susan Hess ... Margaret
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Storyline

Crockett and Tubbs travel to New York to take down a powerful Colombian cartel.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

-The actor Julian Beck (who plays the banker J.J. Johnston) died just months after the filming of this episode "The Prodigal Son", and two weeks before the episode aired. See more »

Goofs

When Crockett, Tubbs and Jimmy Borges get into the Cadillac to search New York, Borges isn't wearing a jacket, nor does he seem to have one with him. When he takes off at the end of the scene he's wearing a white suit jacket. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: Sometimes the best things are the hardest to get.
Detective James Crockett: Yeah, but the hardest to get ain't always the best.
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Soundtracks

You Belong To The City
(uncredited)
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
Performed by Glenn Frey
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Miami Vice takes Manhattan
13 March 2015 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

For a season opener, "The Prodigal Son" is about as surefooted as they come. It features the most pop songs, most guest stars and undeniable swagger as Crockett and Tubbs storm the streets of high-end New York City. Glenn Frey's "You Belong to the City" is used to great effect as a music video, and the same for Jan Hammer's "New York Theme" (great atmosphere). There's no shortage of flying bullets and action, and Crockett even gets to shoot down a helicopter. But my favorite scene is a simple conversation between our heroes and a Wall Street banker who sits at the top of this particular drug operation. It's a chilling scene and ends on just the right note of menace.

This is probably the most '80s episode of a show that would define the decade.

9/10


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