List of Miami Vice episodes

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The following is an a episode list for the 1980s undercover cop television series Miami Vice. In the United States, the show was aired on NBC. The first episode of the series premiered on September 16, 1984 with the series concluding on May 21, 1989 after five seasons. Though the series concluded on May 21, 1989, NBC aired three more episodes after the series finale, and USA Network aired a fourth post-series finale episode, thus concluding the series on January 25, 1990. There are a total of 111 episodes, spanning five years (19841989) of the show's run. The individual seasons are available on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesDiscsOriginally airedMiami Vice DVD releasesProd.
Region 1Region 2Region 4
12231984—1985February 8, 2005[1]April 25, 2005[2]July 13, 2005[3]595xx
22231985—1986November 22, 2005[4]July 24, 2006[5]July 20, 2006[6]600xx
32451986—1987March 20, 2007[7]May 14, 2007[8]July 5, 2007[9]620xx
42251987—1988March 20, 2007[7]August 13, 2007[10]December 4, 2007[11]635xx
52151988—1990June 26, 2007[12]December 26, 2007[13]TBA639xx
ALL111271984—1990November 13, 2007[14]October 8, 2007[15][16]TBA

Season 1: 1984–1985[edit]

Season one of Miami Vice premiered on September 16, 1984 with the two hour pilot premiere on NBC and concluded on May 10, 1985, after 22 episodes. Regular cast members included Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Gregory Sierra, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown, and Edward James Olmos.

The first season was filmed on location in Miami, Florida.[17] The show's crew took up semipermanent residence in the Alexander Hotel.[17] They later worked out of Greenwich Studios.[18]

The film crew on the show, was 95% local to the Miami area.[18] Various filming locations on the show included: Downtown Miami, Old Miamarina (Bayside Market Place), Opa Locka Airport, Biscayne Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida, Venetian Causeway, Coconut Grove, South Beach, North Miami Beach, St. Croix, McArthur Causeway, Ocean Drive, and Tamiami Trail.[18]

Episodes were produced at an average cost of $1.3 million, much higher than the typical cop-show episode of $1 million.[17] The show went to unusual lengths to get the right settings and props for each episode.

Music was an integral part of the show. Unlike other television shows at the time, Miami Vice would buy the rights to original versions rather than covers. The show would spend up to $10,000 per episode for original recordings by artists like Todd Rundgren, U2, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.[17] Jan Hammer, the show's musical composer, would create the rest of the show's musical score. Hammer used the Fairlight CMI IIx, a computer based music workstation consisting of an 8-bit sampler, digital synthesizer, MIDI controller and sequencer. The Fairlight enabled Hammer to score and perform the entire show's music single handedly. Jan would work out of his state-of-the-art studio in his home in Brewster, New York composing the score for each episode.[17]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
11"Brother's Keeper"[19]Thomas CarterAnthony YerkovichSeptember 16, 198483504
James "Sonny" Crockett is a Miami Vice Squad detective who has just lost his colleague, Eddie Rivera (Jimmy Smits) in a car bombing. Crockett was investigating Esteban Calderone, a Colombian drug dealer, when he meets a New York narcotics detective, Rafael Tubbs. Since they're having difficulties approaching Calderone, Crockett and Tubbs are forced to work together. Crockett later confronts "Rafael" and discovers that he is actually Ricardo, Rafael's younger brother and a New York street cop, who is seeking revenge on Calderone, for killing his brother. They decide to work together and Calderone is arrested. He is freed when he pays $2 million bail and escapes. In the end Crockett persuades Tubbs to enter a career in "Southern Law Enforcement".
22"Heart of Darkness"John Llewellyn MoxeyA.J. EdisonSeptember 28, 198459501
Crockett and Tubbs go undercover to infiltrate an illicit pornography and snuff film distribution ring and rein in a former undercover FBI agent (Ed O'Neill) that may have been corrupted and had gone over to the other side.
33"Cool Runnin'"Lee H. KatzinJoel SurnowOctober 5, 198459502
The Vice squad is forced to rely on a petty criminal (Charlie Barnett) to help them bust a gang of violent Jamaican thugs that are responsible for a series of deadly drug ripoffs around the city.
44"Calderone's Return: The Hit List" (Part 1)Richard CollaJoel SurnowOctober 19, 198459504
Calderone, Crockett and Tubbs' old nemesis, hires a notorious hitman to take out his largest competitors in Miami, and the Vice squad soon learns that Crockett's name is also on the hit list.
55"Calderone's Return: Calderone's Demise" (Part 2)Paul Michael GlaserAlfonse Ruggiero, Jr.
& Joel Surnow
October 26, 198459507
Although Crockett survived the attempt on his life, Lt. Rodriguez (Gregory Sierra) wasn't so lucky. Now Crockett and Tubbs must travel to Bimini to get Calderone and avenge the Lieutenant's death. Along the way, however, Tubbs falls for a beautiful woman whose connection to Calderone is far deeper than he realizes.
66"One Eyed Jack"Lee H. KatzinAlfonse Ruggiero, Jr.November 2, 198459503
As the Vice squad is taken over by a new Lieutenant, Martin Castillo (Edward James Olmos), Crockett is framed for taking bribes as he tries to help an old flame get out of a debt to infamous loan shark Al Lombard (Dennis Farina).
77"No Exit"David SoulStory by: Charles R. Leinenweber
Teleplay by: Maurice Hurley
November 9, 198459508
The Vice squad joins forces with the FBI in an effort to stop an infamous arms dealer named Tony Amato (Bruce Willis) from selling off a cache of stolen FIM-92 Stinger missiles from the U.S Army missile depot.
88"The Great McCarthy"Georg Stanford BrownPhilip Reed & Joel SurnowNovember 16, 198459509
Crockett puts his beloved cigarette speedboat on the line during the Vice squad's attempt to collar a drug smuggler who moves his product using his favorite hobby—speedboat racing—as a cover.
99"Glades"Stan LathanRex Weiner & Allan WeisbergerNovember 30, 198459506
Crockett and Tubbs must journey into the Everglades to find a witness (Keith Szarabajka) who fled from Miami two days before he is supposed to testify against a drug dealer.
1010"Give a Little, Take a Little"Bobby RothChuck AdamsonDecember 7, 198459505
Crockett's refusal to identify an informant (Lenny Von Dohlen) in court gets him locked up on contempt charges. Meanwhile, Detectives Trudy and Gina encounter difficulties while attempting to infiltrate a prostitution ring posing as strippers.
1111"Little Prince"Alan J. LeviStory by: Wendy Cozen & Joel Surnow
Teleplay by: A.J. Edison
December 14, 198459515
After the Vice squad arrests the son of a drug-dealing industrialist during a raid, Crockett and Tubbs try to convince him to help them bring down his own father, which turns out to be a difficulty.
1212"Milk Run"John NicolellaAllison HockJanuary 4, 198559512
Two naïve college students from New York City run afoul of the Vice squad during their attempt to run a small shipment of cocaine from Colombia to Miami to earn quick cash.
1313"Golden Triangle" (Part 1)Georg Stanford BrownStory by: Joseph Gunn
Teleplay: Joseph Gunn & Maurice Hurley
January 11, 198559511
Crockett and Tubbs go undercover as hotel security guards in an effort to stop a professional thief from robbing the hotel's safe deposit boxes, but the case ends up having a connection to a far larger criminal organization that Lt. Castillo has encountered in the past. To be continued...
1414"Golden Triangle" (Part 2)David AnspaughMaurice HurleyJanuary 18, 198559516
Lt. Castillo agrees to let the rest of the Vice squad help him bring down Lao Li (Keye Luke), the Chinese opium drug lord who tried to have Castillo killed years ago, who is now living in Miami and holding Castillo's former wife (Joan Chen) hostage as leverage against him.
1515"Smuggler's Blues"Paul Michael GlaserMiguel PiñeroFebruary 1, 198559514
Crockett and Tubbs are recruited by the DEA to pose as drug smugglers in an effort to expose someone in law enforcement who has been murdering drug dealers and their families.
1616"Rites of Passage"David AnspaughDaniel PyneFebruary 8, 198559519
Tubbs encounters an old flame, Detective Valerie Gordon (Pam Grier), his former NYPD partner and girlfriend, looking for her missing sister, during the Vice squad's investigation into the murder of a call girl.
1717"The Maze"Tim ZinnemannMichael Eric SteinFebruary 22, 198559523
Tubbs is taken hostage by gang members in a run-down hotel, along with all of the other tenants, thanks to the would-be heroics of a cop out to avenge his partner's murder.
1818"Made for Each Other"Rob CohenStory by: Joel Surnow & Allan Weisbecker
Teleplay by: Dennis Cooper & Allan Weisbecker
March 8, 198559527
After his house is destroyed in an accidental fire, Zito is forced to move in with Switek and his new girlfriend, who also happens to be Zito's ex. The resulting friction threatens to derail the pair's investigation of a ring of thieves selling stolen goods.
1919"The Home Invaders"Abel FerraraChuck AdamsonMarch 15, 198559525
The Vice squad is brought in to help the Robbery division stop a series of violent home invasions in wealthy neighborhoods. During the investigation, Crockett learns that one of his old mentors may be losing his flame touch.
2020"Nobody Lives Forever"Jim JohnstonEdward DiLorenzoMarch 29, 198559520
As the Vice squad races to track down a trio of hoods on a violent, drug-fueled joyride robbers through the city, Crockett's new romance proves to be a major distraction for the squad.
2121"Evan"Rob CohenPaul DiamondMay 3, 198559518
The Vice squad's investigation of an arms dealer (Al Israel) is complicated when Crockett encounters Evan Freed (William Russ), a former Vice cop-turned-ATF agent whose past history with Crockett has left them both with a mutual hatred for each other.
2222"Lombard"John NicolellaStory by: Joel Surnow
Teleplay by: David Assael
May 10, 198559529
Crockett and Tubbs are assigned to provide witness protection for an infamous Miami mobster Al Lombard, who is set to testify against a Mafia family as part of a plea bargain to reduce his sentence, but the family won't let him away so easily.

Season 2: 1985–1986[edit]

Season two of Miami Vice premiered on September 27, 1985, with the two hour episode "Prodigal Son". The second season concluded on May 9, 1986, after 22 episodes. Season two regular cast members included Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos.

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231"Prodigal Son"Paul Michael GlaserDaniel PyneSeptember 27, 198560013
Crockett and Tubbs go to New York City to assist the DEA in hunting down a gang of Colombian drug dealers responsible for killing several undercover agents who were posing as dealers in Miami. Meanwhile, Tubbs reunites with his old flame Valerie (Pam Grier).
242"Whatever Works"John NicolellaMaurice HurleyOctober 4, 198560025
Crockett, Tubbs and Castillo seek guidance from a Santería priestess (Eartha Kitt) while investigating the ritualistic murders of police officers and drug dealers. Meanwhile, Izzy helps Crockett get back his Ferrari Daytona after it is repossessed by a city accountant.
253"Out Where the Buses Don't Run"[20]Jim JohnstonStory by: Douglas Lloyd MacIntosh & Joel Surnow
Teleplay by: Douglas Lloyd MacIntosh & John Mankiewicz
October 18, 198560006
A retired Vice detective (Bruce McGill) offers to assist Crockett and Tubbs with their latest case. The only problem? The man the former detective claims is running the drug ring they are investigating supposedly died years ago.
264"The Dutch Oven"Abel FerraraMaurice HurleyOctober 25, 198560003
Trudy is torn between duty and romance when she learns that her boyfriend (Cleavant Derricks) is best friends with a drug dealer (Giancarlo Esposito) who has connections to a big-time supplier the Vice Squad is trying to bring down to justice.
275"Buddies"Harry MastrogeorgeFrank MilitaryNovember 1, 198560020
Crockett learns that his old college buddy, Robbie (James Remar), now a successful nightclub manager, may be connected to the murder of a dancer who accidentally found out too much about the illicit business of the club's Italian Mafiosi owners.
286"Junk Love"Michael O'HerlihyJulia CameronNovember 8, 198560017
Crockett and Tubbs attempt to use an elusive heroin trafficker's girlfriend, a drug-addicted prostitute, to get closer to him. But they soon learn that her connection to the man is far deeper, and more disturbing, than they could have imagined.
297"Tale of the Goat"Michael O'HerlihyJim TrombettaNovember 15, 198560036
Tubbs crosses paths with a Haitian voodoo priest (Clarence Williams III), who has apparently returned from the dead to kill a business associate (Mykelti Williamson) who double-crossed him years ago.
308"Bushido"Edward James OlmosJames LeekleyNovember 22, 198560042
Castillo's old friend Jack Gretsky (Dean Stockwell), a retired CIA agent, reveals that he is dying of lung cancer, and asks Castillo to protect his wife, a Soviet defector, and their son from the notorious KGB assassins that are pursuing them for revenge.
319"Bought and Paid For"John NicolellaMarvin KupferNovember 29, 198560024
Gina's friend Odette (Lynn Whitfield), a Haitian immigrant, is abducted from Gina's home by the son (Joaquim de Almeida) of a Latin American ambassador. The Vice Squad's subsequent investigation soon becomes complicated by the suspect's diplomatic immunity, as well as Odette's sudden recantation of her story by a threat of him.
3210"Back in the World"Don JohnsonTerry McDonnellDecember 6, 198560023
Ira Stone (Bob Balaban), Crockett's journalist friend from the Vietnam War, is ready to break a story connecting a respected general (G. Gordon Liddy) to a drug ring that smuggled heroin into the United States in the body bags of dead soldiers for the former New York drug kingpins who controlled the smuggling ring.
3311"Phil the Shill"John NicolellaPaul DiamondDecember 13, 198560037
Switek is forced to put his vendetta against a sleazy con artist (Phil Collins) who swindled him on hold, when the Vice Squad learns they may be able to use the grifter to bring down a big-time cocaine dealer.
3412"Definitely Miami"Rob CohenMichael Ahnemann & Daniel PyneJanuary 10, 198660012
Crockett falls hard for an attractive, mysterious woman (Arielle Dombasle) and attempts to help her after she is raped by a violent, drug-dealer (Ted Nugent). Meanwhile, an elusive cocaine trafficker offers to turn himself in to the Vice Squad in exchange for a face-to-face meeting with his sister, a protected witness who is planning to testify against him.
3513"Yankee Dollar"Aaron LipstadtJohn Mankiewicz & Daniel PyneJanuary 17, 198660047
Crockett and Tubbs attempt to turn a shady drug dealer against his business partner, a wealthy socialite who murdered her husband in order to inherit his fortune, in order to arrest them both.
3614"One Way Ticket"Craig BolotinCraig Bolotin & John MankiewiczJanuary 24, 198660040
The Vice squad's efforts to bring down a French-Canadian drug lord who ordered the murder of an ADA is stymied by a defense attorney (John Heard) with whom Crockett has an adversarial history.
3715"Little Miss Dangerous"Leon IchasoFrank MilitaryJanuary 31, 198660038
As the police scour the city searching for the "Crayon Killer", a serial killer who leaves childlike drawings next to their victim's bodies, Tubbs tries to help a teenage prostitute (Fiona) turn her life around, unaware that he may be closer to the Crayon Killer than he actually realizes.
3816"Florence Italy"John NicolellaWilton CrawleyFebruary 14, 198660011
Crockett and Tubbs investigate the murder of a teenage prostitute, and a big-time Grand Prix racer (Danny Sullivan) ends up at the top of their suspect list. But is the driver really responsible, or is it someone close to him?
3917"French Twist"David JacksonStory by: Michael Hoggan & Jason Summers
Teleplay by: Jason Summers
February 21, 198660049
Crockett's newfound happy romance with a French Interpol agent (Lisa Eichhorn), who is currently working undercover in Miami, seriously complicates the Vice Squad's intense pursuit of a drug-dealing professional assassin (Leonard Cohen).
4018"The Fix"Dick MillerChuck AdamsonMarch 7, 198660008
After a respected judge (Bill Russell) sets a ridiculously low bail for a drug dealer, Crockett and Tubbs investigate the man and learn that he owes a large gambling debt to a violent loan shark (Michael Richards), who has the same drug dealer working for him, and also wants the judge to convince his son (Bernard King), a college basketball star, to throw his next games.
4119"Payback"Aaron LipstadtRobert CraisMarch 14, 198660048
Crockett learns that a prominent drug trafficker (Frank Zappa) believes Crockett's alter-ego and fake undercover alias, Sonny Burnett, has stolen $3 million from him, and must find out who set him up before the trafficker's hitmen get to murder him.
4220"Free Verse"John NicolellaStory by: Jim Trombetta & Shel Williams
Teleplay by: Jim Trombetta
April 4, 198660005
The Vice Squad is assigned to protect a Latin American poet who has been targeted for assassination by both his home country's secret police, who want him silenced for giving morale to his people, and the anti-government guerillas, who want to make him a new martyr.
4321"Trust Fund Pirates"Jim JohnstonDaniel PyneMay 2, 198660027
Crockett and Tubbs ask for the assistance of an amateur sports plane pilot (Gary Cole) in their efforts to take down a gang of rich kids who are killing off drug smugglers and stealing their cargo to resell it.
4422"Sons and Lovers"John NicolellaDennis CooperMay 9, 198660008
Angelina, Esteban Calderone's daughter, returns and reveals to Tubbs that he fathered her child. However, she also informs him that her half-brother, Orlando Calderone (John Leguizamo), is in Miami and looking to avenge his father's death on Crockett.

Season 3: 1986–1987[edit]

Season three of Miami Vice premiered on September 26, 1986, with the episode "When Irish Eyes Are Crying". The third season concluded on May 8, 1987, after 24 episodes. Season three regular cast members included Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos. Changes in season three included Dick Wolf joining the crew as executive producer working with Michael Mann, different style and fashion looks, the introduction of the Ferrari Testarossa, Sonny Crockett's new car and the death of Larry Zito (Diehl).

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
451"When Irish Eyes Are Crying"Mario Di LeoStory by: John Leekley
Teleplay by: John Leekley & Dick Wolf
September 26, 198662004
Gina begins a romance with a poor reformed Irish revolutionary (Liam Neeson), but the rest of the Vice Squad soon learns that his charitable crusade may be a cover for a planned IRA operation against British MI5 agents currently working in Miami.
462"Stone's War"David JacksonDavid JacksonOctober 3, 198662012
Ira Stone (Bob Balaban) returns, asking for Crockett's help in breaking the story of American mercenaries involved in a secret war in Nicaragua, which will give the Vice Squad a second chance to bring down the elusive General Maynard (G. Gordon Liddy), who managed to escape his sentence.
473"Killshot"Leon IchasoStory by: Manuael Arce & Leon Ichaso & Marvin Kupfer
Teleplay by: Marvin Kupfer
October 10, 198662018
A U.S. Customs agent asks for Crockett and Tubbs' help clearing the name of his brother, a talented Jai alai player (Fernando Allende) with a cocaine problem whose dealer is framing him for a prostitute's murder.
484"Walk Alone"David JacksonW.K. Scott MeyerOctober 17, 198662014
Tubbs risks his life when he goes undercover as a prison inmate in order to expose a drug ring being run by two corrupt corrections officers (Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Conway) working inside the prison. Ron Perlman also gueststars as "John Ruger, Commissioner of Prisons."
495"The Good Collar"Mario Di LeoDennis CooperOctober 24, 198662001
After Crockett catches a promising high school football player (Keith Diamond) delivering heroin to a known dealer, he tries to convince the young man to save his athletic career by helping the Vice Squad bring down a teenage drug lord.
506"Shadow in the Dark"Christopher CroweChuck AdamsonOctober 31, 198662003
Crockett tries to get inside the head of a mentally unstable home invader in order to catch him before his crimes turn violent, despite the fact that the last cop who tried that approach ended up in a psychiatric hospital.
517"El Viejo"Aaron LipstadtAlan MoskowitzNovember 7, 198662009
Crockett's investigation of a drug ring is complicated by the interference of a Texas Ranger (Willie Nelson) who has mistaken Crockett's undercover identity as a drug dealer for the real thing. Steve Buscemi also guest stars.
528"Better Living Through Chemistry"Leon IchasoStory by: Ken Edwards & Harold Rosenthal
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan & Dick Wolf
November 14, 198662007
Tubbs' former partner from New York is out for revenge, believing that Tubbs is responsible for getting him kicked off the force, and threatens to derail the Vice Squad's latest investigation when he kidnaps a drug dealer's chemist.
539"Baby Blues"Daniel AttiasStory by: Michael Duggan & Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan
November 21, 198662017
The Vice Squad begins investigating an illegal adoption and human trafficking ring after an interdicted Colombian airplane thought to be full of smuggled heroin turns out to contain live human infants put for adoption.
5410"Streetwise"Fred WaltonDennis CooperDecember 5, 198662002
While Crockett tries to convince an undercover cop (Bill Paxton) with a wife and child at home to break off his affair with a prostitute (Deborah Adair), Tubbs goes undercover to bring down a violent, drug-dealing pimp (Wesley Snipes) responsible for stealing pharmaceutical-grade cocaine from a hospital to cover up his addiction.
5511"Forgive Us Our Debts"Jan EliasbergGustave ReiningerDecember 12, 198662013
Crockett does all he can to stop the execution of Frank Hackman (Guy Boyd), the man convicted of killing his former partner, after new evidence is uncovered that seems to prove his innocence and being framed by someone else.
5612"Down For The Count" (Part 1)Richard ComptonStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: John Schulian & Dick Wolf
January 9, 198762020
Zito goes undercover as trainer for a young boxer (Mark Breland) to expose a ruthless drug lord with a passion for the sport, but the investigation takes a tragic turn when Zito's cover is blown and he is then killed by the drug lord's hitmen. To be continued...
5713"Down For The Count" (Part 2)Richard ComptonStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: John Schulian & Dick Wolf
January 16, 198762023
Switek is upset when Internal Affairs begins investigating Zito on suspicion of corruption, and sets out to clear his dead partner's name. Meanwhile, the Vice Squad attempts to salvage and continue its floundering investigation of the drug lord that killed their comrade.
5814"Cuba Libre"Virgil W. VogelMichael Berlin & Eric EstrinJanuary 23, 198762015
While investigating a group of drug-dealing anti-Castro guerillas and mercenaries who currently reside in Miami, the Vice Squad uncovers their horrible plot to assassinate a visiting Cuban diplomat, which can escalate already fueled U.S.-Cuban tensions.
5915"Duty and Honor"
"The Savage"
John NicolellaMarvin KupferFebruary 6, 198762019
A series of recent prostitute murders closely resemble similar deaths Castillo investigated while in Vietnam, and his suspicion that the killer is the same one from before are confirmed when the Vietnamese detective (Haing S. Ngor) he worked with on the previous case arrives in Miami looking for his help finally bringing the killer to justice.
6016"Theresa"Virgil W. VogelPamela NorrisFebruary 13, 198762024
Crockett's budding newfound romance with a heroin-addicted doctor Theresa (Helena Bonham Carter) ends up jeopardizing his case against a local drug dealer Joey Wyatt (Brad Dourif), for whom the doctor gets the drugs.
6117"The Afternoon Plane"David JacksonDavid JacksonFebruary 20, 198762022
Tubbs' vacation on a small Caribbean island with his girlfriend soon turns into a nightmare when his nemesis Orlando Calderone (John Leguizamo) arrives with a full-armed and trained hit squad intent on avenging his father and finally killing him.
6218"Lend Me an Ear"James QuinnStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan
February 27, 198762027
Steve Duddy (John Glover), a former police surveillance expert who now works as a private security consultant, agrees to help Crockett and Tubbs by supplying them with equipment to nab drug dealers, while simultaneously selling similar equipment to the same dealers the Vice squad is trying to nail.
6319"Red Tape"Gabrielle BeaumontStory by: Dennis Cooper
Teleplay by: Jonathan Polansky
March 13, 198762029
After an undercover rookie Vice cop Eddie Trumbull (Viggo Mortensen) is killed by a booby trap while working a case, Internal Affairs begin investigating Tubbs on suspicion of selling information to drug dealers. Tubbs almost turns in his badge in anger, but is eventually convinced that the only way to clear his name is to pretend to be the dirty cop everyone thinks he is in order to expose the real source of the leak. Meanwhile, Eddie's partner Bobby Diaz (Lou Diamond Phillips) sets out for revenge.
6420"By Hooker By Crook"Don JohnsonStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: John Schulian
March 20, 198762026
Crockett's latest romance with a respected businesswoman (Melanie Griffith) turns sour when it is revealed that the woman is actually a high-class madam and leader of a local prostitution ring, with connections to a notorious money launderer (George Takei).
6521"Knock Knock...Who's There?"Tony WharmbyStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: John Schulian
March 27, 198762028
Crockett and Tubbs investigate a gang of stickup men who have been derailing Vice Squad drug busts by posing as Federal agents and making off with the drugs and the buy money.
6622"Viking Bikers From Hell"James QuinnStory by: Walter Kurtz
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan & Dick Wolf
April 3, 198762032
When the leader (Reb Brown) of a gang of violent, drug-dealing bikers is released from prison, he sets out on a bloody mission of revenge against those he feels were responsible for the death of one of his comrades while he was locked up, a list that includes Crockett.
6723"Everybody's In Showbiz..."Richard ComptonStory by: David Cooper & Reinaldo Povod
Teleplay by: David Burke
May 1, 198762031
A talented local stage actor attempts to save a struggling community theater by stealing the crack-filled briefcase of a drug dealer (Paul Calderón) and selling the product himself, but this puts his own life in jeopardy.
6824"Heroes of the Revolution"Gabrielle BeaumontStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: John Schulian
May 8, 198762033
An East German spy (Jeroen Krabbé) from Gina's mother's past returns to avenge her death at the hands of a drug-running former Cuban army officer the Vice Squad is investigating.

Season 4: 1987–1988[edit]

Season four of Miami Vice premiered on September 25, 1987, with the episode Contempt of Court". The fourth season concluded on May 6, 1988, after 22 episodes. Season four regular cast members included Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos.

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691"Contempt of Court"Jan EliasbergPeter McCabeSeptember 25, 198763504
Frank Mosca (Stanley Tucci), a big-time mobster, has one of Crockett's old friends killed to prevent him from testifying in court. As Mosca's trial approaches, Crockett has to try to stop his friend's son from taking revenge on Mosca.
702"Amen... Send Money"James J. QuinnJohn SchulianOctober 2, 198763502
When a drug ring investigation turns up a connection to two feuding televangelists Rev. Billy Bob Proverb (Brian Dennehy) and Mason Mather (James Tolkan), one of them attempts to derail the police probe by framing Tubbs for raping one of their parishioners. "Fast" Eddie Felcher (Ben Stiller) a former con-artist helps Crockett and Tubbs get information from on the feud between Proverb and Mather.
713"Death and the Lady"Colin BuckseyDavid BlackOctober 16, 198763501
When an actress in a newly released independent film turns up dead, Crockett and Tubbs suspect that the film's shady director (Paul Guilfoyle) killed her and is now attempting to pass off a snuff film as art-house fare.
724"The Big Thaw"Richard ComptonJoseph DeBlasiOctober 23, 198763507
An investigation takes a turn for the weird when the Vice Squad find themselves embroiled in a dispute over the cryogenically frozen corpse of a famous reggae musician who disappeared years ago.
735"Child's Play"Vern GillumStory by: Priscilla Turner
Teleplay by: Michael Piller
October 30, 198763508
The Vice Squad's attempted arrest of a drug dealer (Ving Rhames) goes badly, resulting in Crockett accidentally shooting a young boy who points a gun at him during the raid which puts Crockett's entire career in jeopardy.
746"God's Work"Jan EliasbergEdward TivnanNovember 6, 198763503
The Vice Squad sets its sights on a drug kingpin's son (Esai Morales), who has returned to Miami after a long absence in Europe to help run the family business back again.
757"Missing Hours"Ate de JongThomas M. DischNovember 13, 198763515
While the Vice Squad investigates a UFO cult leader (James Brown) with suspected ties to the drug trade, Trudy has a bizarre encounter with something she cannot possibly explain.
768"Like a Hurricane"Colin BuckseyRobert PalmNovember 20, 198763511
While working a protection detail for Caitlin Davies (Sheena Easton), a recording artist whose life has been threatened by a drug ring, Crockett finds himself falling in love with his charge.
779"The Rising Sun of Death"Leon IchasoPeter LanceDecember 4, 198763506
The Vice Squad's investigation of murder connected to a suspected Yakuza prostitution ring is complicated by the arrival of a former Japanese detective (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) who is out for revenge against the gang's leader.
7810"Love at First Sight"Don JohnsonPeter McCabeJanuary 15, 198863517
Caitlin becomes concerned for Crockett's own life when he reluctantly agrees to go undercover in a popular video dating service to catch a sadistic serial killer who is on the loose.
7911"Rock and a Hard Place"Colin BuckseyStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Robert Palm
January 22, 198863512
Two ruthless music executives are out to ruin Caitlin's comeback by exposing her secret marriage to Crockett's drug-dealing cover identity, Sonny Burnett.
8012"The Cows of October"Vern GillumEd ZuckermanFebruary 5, 198863510
The Vice Squad becomes involved in a bidding war between an American beef company and a Latin-American drug cartel over a supply of rare, high-quality cattle sperm.
8113"Vote of Confidence"Randy RobertsJohn SchulianFebruary 12, 198863520
A respected, but secretly corrupted gubernatorial candidate (Larry Pine) is caught in a prostitution ring bust. Fearing for his precious reputation, he is ready to do anything to silence the Vice Squad from revealing his true nature.
8214"Baseballs of Death"Bill DukePeter LanceFebruary 19, 198863522
A ruthless General of Pinochet's Chilean National Police (Tony Plana) will stop at nothing to acquire high-quality explosives from top Miami gun smugglers.
8315"Indian Wars"Leon IchasoStory by: Frank Coffey & Carl Waldman
Teleplay by: Frank Coffey & Michael Duggan & Peter Lance & Robert Palm & Carl Waldman
February 26, 198863514
Tubbs goes undercover at a Florida Indian reservation to uncover the connection between a Native rights group and a drug trafficker (Joe Turkel).
8416"Honor Among Thieves?"Jim JohnstonJack RichardsonMarch 4, 198863519
A delusional serial killer with an affinity for glass dolls is killing young girls, and also happens to run a resort popular with drug dealers that Crockett and Tubbs are staying at while undercover.
8517"Hell Hath No Fury"Virgil W. VogelStory by: David Black
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan
March 11, 198863521
A serial rapist is released from prison, and while trying to start fresh and anew, Trudy fears that the victim will avenge her distraught situation by killing the man.
8618"Badge of Dishonor"Richard ComptonStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan & Peter Lance
March 18, 198863524
Tubbs begins to develop a romantic connection with a female undercover officer from the squad, both of whom are investigating a series of prostitute murders by the Miami docks.
8719"Blood & Roses"George MendelukStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Robert Palm
April 1, 198863523
Frank Mosca returns to Miami, and Crockett is eager to avenge his friend's murder by bringing him down. Gina goes undercover to get close to Mosca, but the assignment becomes complicated when the mobster ends up falling for her.
8820"A Bullet for Crockett"Donald L. GoldStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: Michael Duggan & Peter Lance
April 15, 198863525
Crockett clings to life in the hospital after being shot and put in a coma by the girlfriend (Lisa Vidal) of a drug dealer he killed in self-defense. While Crockett is in surgery, Tubbs and the other members of the Vice squad reminisce about their memories with Crockett.
8921"Deliver Us From Evil" (Part 1)George MendelukStory by: Dick Wolf
Teleplay by: David Black, Michael Duggan & Robert Palm
April 29, 198863528
Frank Hackman returns and kills Caitlin during her returning concert after Crockett accidentally kills Hackman's girlfriend during a drug bust. Crockett, setting for revenge, goes to hunt him down.
9022"Mirror Image" (Part 2)Richard ComptonStory by: Daniel Sackheim & Nelson Oramas
Teleplay by: Robert Palm & Daniel Sackheim
May 6, 198863526
Crockett gets amnesia while boarding a drug dealer's boat. He is rescued by a shady drug dealer (Antonio Fargas), and Crockett is left believing that he is his undercover drug dealer alter-ego Burnett.

Season 5: 1988–1989[edit]

Season five of Miami Vice is the final season of the series. The season premiered on November 4, 1988, with the episode "Hostile Takeover (Part 3)". The series concluded on May 21, 1989, with "Freefall", after 17 episodes, but later NBC aired three new episodes after the series finale. They were "World of Trouble" (June 14, 1989), "Miracle Man" (June 21, 1989), and "Leap of Faith" (June 28, 1989). Additionally, USA Network aired "Too Much, Too Late" on January 25, 1990, since NBC would not show that episode due to its strong topic of child molestation (NBC and USA are now owned by the same company). Season five regular cast members included Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown, and Edward James Olmos.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
911"Hostile Takeover" (Part 3)Don JohnsonKen SolarzNovember 4, 198863905
Sonny still assumes the identity of Burnett, unaware of his past as a police officer. Burnett has now gained full control of a powerful drug empire and exposes Tubbs' identity as a cop. Will Tubbs finally manage to get Crockett to his past self?
922"Redemption in Blood" (Part 4)Paul KrasnyStory by: Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Scott Shepherd & Ken Solarz
November 11, 198863906
Crockett's memory begins to come back, just as Tubbs begins a plan to take him down on orders, since his immoral actions begin to have a catastrophic events on Miami.
933"Heart of Night"Paul KrasnyJames BecketNovember 18, 198863904
Castillo must protect his ex-wife Mai Ying (Rosalind Chao) from a drug lord. Also, Mai Ying's current husband Ma Sek (James Saito) may have connections to the drug lord.
944"Bad Timing"Virgil W. VogelScott ShepherdDecember 2, 198863907
Crockett takes a much needed vacation by traveling to Jacksonville, only to finds himself then kidnapped by three homicidal prison escapees, who would rather die than get arrested again.
955"Borrasca"Vern GillumElvis Cole & Vladislavo StepankutzaDecember 9, 198863901
The Vice squad are asked not to be involved in a drug deal involving government agents, but this proves to be easier said then done.
966"Line of Fire"Richard ComptonRaymond HartungDecember 16, 198863908
Crockett and Tubbs must protect a young man (Justin Lazard) who is a key witness in a local drug lord's incoming trial.
977"Asian Cut"James ContnerStory by: Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Peter McCabe
January 13, 198963909
Trudy goes undercover as a call girl to lure out a sadistic serial killer who leaves his victims with distinctive knife marks, but as she becomes his next victim, she must hunt him down before he does.
988"Hard Knocks"Vern GillumStory by: Scott Shepherd & Ken Solarz & Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Ken Solarz
January 20, 198963910
Switek tries to convince a major college quarterback to throw a game, to break even with a local hustler with whom he lost a bet.
999"Fruit of the Poison Tree"Michelle ManningRob BraginFebruary 3, 198963912
Crockett and Tubbs investigate a shady and very corrupted state lawyer who defends drug dealers, then steals and resells their drugs.
10010"To Have and to Hold"Eugene CorrWilliam ConwayFebruary 10, 198963913
While undercover, Tubbs falls for the widow of a slain drug kingpin. Meanwhile, Crockett leaves to be with his son who is not happy about his mother, Crockett's ex-wife (Belinda Montgomery) having another child.
10111"Miami Squeeze"Michelle ManningStory by: Ted Mann & Peter McCabe & Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Ted Mann & Peter McCabe
February 17, 198963917
An anti-drug Congresswoman's (Rita Moreno) campaign is jeopardized when her son steals a shipment of drugs from a big-time kingpin to earn some quick money.
10212"Jack of All Trades"Vern GillumStory by: Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Ken Solarz
March 3, 198963911
Crockett's scheming cousin Jack (David Andrews) unintentionally gets involved with a dangerous druglord while trying to con him into easy money.
10313"The Cell Within"Michael B. HogganJack RichardsonMarch 10, 198963902
Jack Manning (John P. Ryan), a former criminal that Tubbs had imprisoned in New York City, is now in Miami invites Tubbs to dinner. At Manning's house, Tubbs sees that he has imprisoned other people for petty crimes. Manning then imprisons Tubbs for not agreeing to follow his plan to "rid the world of evil".
10414"The Lost Madonna"Chip ChalmersRobert GoethalsMarch 17, 198963914
Crockett and Tubbs agree to help an artsy NYPD detective (Michael Chiklis) retrieve a 15th century statue of the Madonna, which has been stolen from the local museum and is suspected to be in Miami.
10515"Over the Line"Russ MayberryStory by: Scott Shepherd & Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Terry McDonell
April 28, 198963918
Crockett and Tubbs go deep undercover by joining an infamous group of vigilante-dillusioned cops, who serve their own justice against local criminals.
10616"Victims of Circumstance"Colin BuckseyRichard LourieMay 5, 198963918
The Vice squad learn that witnesses of The Holocaust are being murdered one by one, forcing Crockett and Switek to go undercover in a White supremacist Neo-Nazi group.
10717"Freefall"Russ MayberryStory by: Frank Holman & Scott Shepherd & Ken Solarz
Teleplay by: William Conway & Ken Solarz
May 21, 198963924
In the two-hour series finale, Crockett and Tubbs are recruited to protect Gen. Manuel Borbon (Ian McShane), a dictator of a ravaged Latin American country, who wants to hunt him down and kill him for treason.
10818"World of Trouble"[†]Alan MyersonRaymond HartungJune 14, 198963922
Former mob boss Al Lombard (Dennis Farina), who was believed to be dead, returns with a different perspective on his life, to try to convince his beloved son to stay out of the Mafia family business.
10919"Miracle Man"[†]Alan MyersonStory by: Gillian Horvath & Robert Ward
Teleplay by: Rob Bragin
June 21, 198963921
A delusional vigilante named "Miracle Man" donning a blanket as a cape, frequently gets involved with Tubbs and Switek's investigations by murdering the suspects.
11020"Leap of Faith"[†][†2]Robert IscoveRobert WardJune 28, 198963923
A Youth Crime Unit goes undercover as college students to investigate a shady professor (Keith Gordon) who is giving his students a dangerous drug.
11121"Too Much, Too Late"[†][‡]Richard ComptonStory by: John A. Connor
Teleplay by: Jack Richardson
January 25, 199063903
Tubbs' old flame, Valerie (Pam Grier), returns to Miami to help her drug-addicted friend Yvonne (C.C.H Pounder) who is a slave to her drug dealer's demands. As payment for her addiction, she uses her daughter, Lynette (Malinda Williams) to have sex with the dealer.


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