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The Afternoon Plane 

Tubbs wins a free vacation and he brings his girlfriend with him. But when he arrives, he discovers a man he arrested. He eventually learns that he's been set up by Calderone, who is ... See full summary »


David Jackson


Anthony Yerkovich (creator), David Jackson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese (credit only)
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek (credit only)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin (credit only)
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo (credit only)
Maria McDonald Maria McDonald ... Alicia Austin
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Leon Wolf (as Vincent Philip D'Onofrio)
John Verea ... Officer Reuben Oliva
Antone Pagán ... Xavier Calderone (as Antone Pagan)
John Leguizamo ... Orlando Calderone
Margaret Avery ... Sally Cordoba
John Archie John Archie ... Jacques
Jackson Davis Jackson Davis ... Shopkeeper
Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas ... Chief


Tubbs wins a free vacation and he brings his girlfriend with him. But when he arrives, he discovers a man he arrested. He eventually learns that he's been set up by Calderone, who is arriving on the next plane. Tubbs is trapped and with no weapon and no one is willing to help him. He also eventually discovers another woman he knew who is now with Calderone. Written by

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Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Coral Gables, Florida, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Vincent D'Onofrio's first television role. See more »


Is mentioned a few times that Tubbs is the one that killed Calderon. This is inaccurate because it was Sonny Crockett that actually killed Calderon. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »


Two Rapid Formations
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
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Another one of the best episodes of Miami Vice
1 September 2007 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

The Afternoon Plane is the best revenge episode of Miami Vice.Rico wins a rise prize were he goes with his new girlfriend doctor in Caribbean week on vacation.One of the best episodes of Miami Vice,here in this episodes not one of the Miami Vice Team shows up only Crockett for 4 min.that's it.But the best of the episodes is that Tubbs is trough this episode alone,one of the best and different episodes of Miami Vice.Great music and great action.The story begins after Rico and his girlfriend Alicia land on Caribbean Island and Rico finds out that a ex convict Leon Wolf is there a murder who Rico arrested him last year for a murder,after that he goes to the police but nobody of the officers hears him so his girlfriend tels him that his out of restriction and that is not lead in his hand's,here he's not a cop,he is Rico Tubbs so they are going into hotel and the get fun,but later on the next day he seas a young kid who looks exactly a kid like he was in Miami,but after that he finds out what's really going on,that today Orlando Calderone is coming for last revenge on him.He was set up and lead in to a trap.Now he finds out he must fled,but there so no other plane or ship,he can not get off this island,nobody wont to helped him,he got no gun and nobody wont's to helped him.Only deputy Reuben Oliva he wont's to proof to him self that he's a real cop,but Wolf and Calderone's cousin shoot's him dead,so now Rico is alone anybody will helped him,Rico kill Orlando's father,Orlando kills his girlfriend and his son and now he comes to get him,Rico try everything to get a gun and good men's to fight against't Calderone,but nobody on this island wont's to helped him,but later somebody give's him a gun a fisherman,but only four bullets for this gun so Rico prepare for ultimately showdown between Calderone and his mercenaries in meantime,his girlfriend Alicia,with his friend Saly,Rico's old flame from New York wait on the airport,but she changes her mind after she hear's a shoot's,so she run back to hotel and helped Rico.The best showdown with Rico and three mercenaries,great episodes one of the best episodes of Miami Vice.To bad is only that the Calderone dies in this episode,and never returns,in last episode in season 2 he survive but not in hear,great performance by John Leguizamo too bad that he never returns with his character in the last season's of Miami Vice.One of the best episodes of Miami Vice.

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