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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Maria McDonald would return in the season 3 episode Miami Vice: The Afternoon Plane (1987), as Tubbs' girlfriend Alicia. See more »


The band playing at the party has none of their instruments plugged in. Also, the audio features a full drum kit, but the only drums visible are guys playing on snare drums. See more »


Born To Be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
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Escapist entertainment of the finest order
10 March 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"The Great McCarthy" is indeed a great episode of "Miami Vice". We are introduced to the off-the-wall Izzy Moreno in the fast-moving opening sequence, an eccentric character that was to prove to be a popular regular in the show.

With Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" accompanying an exciting powerboat race, this is stirring stuff. You just don't get big-budget thrills like this on television these-days.

Possibly the only weak point to the episode is a seemingly endless love scene between Tubbs and his love-interest Vanessa, played by the beautiful Maria McDonald. Just when you think, "Surely this can't go on any longer? This must have been on for ages," the scene continues from another camera angle. It's almost like the episode had been completed and the director had been informed it was 60 seconds too short and he'd have to re-cut it.

William Gray Espy is a decent baddie in this tale, the great Mccarthy himself.

Superb. 9 out of 10.

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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