Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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By Hooker by Crook 

A call girl witnesses two henchmen take her client and ultimately murder him, causing her to go into hiding, confiding and staying with a friend, a woman Crockett falls for big time. Unknown to him, there is far more to her than he knows.


Don Johnson


Anthony Yerkovich (creator), John Schulian (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




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
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Melanie Griffith ... Christine von Marburg
Vanity ... Ali Ferrand
Martin Ferrero ... Izzy Moreno
Veronica Cartwright ... Society Dame
Lou Albano ... Henchman #1 (as Capt. Lou Albano)
Afa Anoai ... Henchman #2
Bill Boggs ... TV Host
George Takei ... Kenneth Togaru
Janet Constable ... Susu


Crockett and Tubbs are at a high class party tracking a suspected money launderer called Symington. They lose him but Crockett meets a charming, attractive and mysterious businesswoman called Christine Von Marburg there. As for Symington, he visits his favorite elite prostitute Ali Ferrand only to be jumped by two hulking goons who throw him to his death. Ali witnesses this, so they go after her as well but she manages to escape and goes into hiding. The man behind Symington's death turns out to be one of his shady clients, a ruthless, no-nonsense businessman called Kenneth Togaru. Crockett and Tubbs must now find Ali before the goons do and their only hope for that is none other than Izzy, since she did some nude photo shoots in his makeshift studio. Meanwhile, Crockett contacts Christine and asks her out. They turn out to have great chemistry, which leads to a steamy, passionate romance. Unfortunately, he soon finds out that not only Christine is the owner of the elite Caprice ...

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Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This is Vanity's first television role. See more »


The interior of Izzy's photo studio is architecturally backwards relative to the building where it's supposedly located. Visitors descend from the sidewalk and turn right to enter, but the studio's exterior window is on the left (facing into the building) and the main room opens to the right (which would be under the street). See more »


Detective James Crockett: First a junkie, now a hooker.
Detective James Crockett: I think I've been in the business too long. I'm starting to fall for the players.
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Performed by Bill Bergman
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Interesting, entertaining, and memorable episode of the series that's sexy and it looks at a thrilling and crooked underworld.
30 December 2016 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

I clearly remember this "Miami Vice" episode from watching as a kid, plus I just had a recent viewing of episode 20 from season 3 of 1987 called "By Hooker by Crook". It's memorable for it's entertaining story and for the guest stars of Melanie Griffith(the later wife of Don Johnson then she divorced him)and the sexy but now late Vanity, and it even had the appearance of WWF manger legend Lou Albano.

Anyway the story is set in Miami and no one as in most episodes are who they appear to be, the sexy Vanity plays Ali a high class lady of the night call girl and as the episode opens up her rich john client is murdered by henchmen(one is played by Lou Albano). So Ali wants to go on the run and hide to protect herself yet, she ends up as dead as a duck in the night as she's first a damsel in distress being tied up and gagged before being strangled to death by the henchmen.

Melanie Griffith is Christine a high profile Miami business woman or so it's seems and she's a best friend to Ali and even becomes a hot love interest of passion for Crockett(Don Johnson). Yet after Ali's murder it's revealed that Christine runs a lady of the nights escort service and more about Ali's death and Christine's business is tied to money laundry and dirty business underworld of the mob! Typical vice issues on "Miami Vice", overall real good memorable episode for it's story and characters and guest appearances now need I say more!

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