Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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The Great McCarthy 

Crockett and Tubbs get involved in the world of offshore power boat racing and drug smuggling.


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Philip Reed | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Detective Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Castillo
Martin Ferrero ... Izzy Moreno
Maria McDonald Maria McDonald ... Vanessa
Charles McCaughan ... Dale Gifford
William Gray Espy William Gray Espy ... Louis McCarthy


Crockett and Tubbs get involved in the world of offshore power boat racing and drug smuggling.

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is another episode that features one of the leading duo becoming involved in a romantic relationship with a woman linked to the case, a relationship that inevitably ends in heartbreak by the end of the episode - a recurring plot point in the series. Surprisingly, despite Crockett arguably being more famous for this, it is once again Tubbs who becomes involved, with Vanessa, who is ultimately revealed to be Giff's murderer. See more »


In the billiard game between Crockett & McCarthy the #1 ball (yellow) is pocketed three times. See more »


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Abysmal Episode of a Great Show
28 June 2010 | by NitroPressProSee all my reviews

I don't really understand the positive reviews of this episode. Miami Vice is a great show and, taken as a period piece, holds up quite well almost thirty years later. However, this episode is hands-down one of the worst episodes made, and one of the worst big-budget show episodes I've ever seen. The script is terrible, the acting is wooden, the directing inept and lifeless, the audio is mumbled and echoing in many spots, and the director fills in the extremely thin and predictable story with endless shots of the tacky band, the tackier bed and the silly, go-nowhere boat "race." The tacked-on chase scene by Gina and Trudy is straight out of an episode of "I Love Lucy," if not pure Stooges. The only good thing was that we laughed ourselves sick for the entire forty-five minutes... Honestly, even the biggest MV fan can give this episode a pass unless it's watched with a big crowd and beers all around.

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