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Tubbs' attempts to stop synthetic cocaine of the highest purity from hitting the streets are threatened by his ex-NYPD-partner, whose career was destroyed by Tubbs' testimony regarding a confused shooting.

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Anthony Yerkovich (creator), Dick Wolf (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese (credit only)
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin (credit only)
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Victor Love ... Clarence Batisse
Rob Nilsson ... Wango Mack
Shanti Owen ... Melody (as Patty Owen)
Martin Ferrero ... Izzy Moreno
Nelson Villamor Nelson Villamor ... Henry Penny
Skip Jacobson Skip Jacobson ... Biker (as Skip Jakobsen)
John Fox Dilanna John Fox Dilanna ... Tiny
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Rico Paisley
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Storyline

When Crockett and Tubbs go undercover to get a drug dealer, a man who works for the dealer, blows Tubbs cover. They discover that the man is Tubbs' former partner from New York. Years ago both of them were involved in a shoot out, and Tubbs' partner shot someone whom he claimed was armed but Tubbs couldn't corroborate his claim which would lead to his dismissal. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

-Working Title for this episode: "Long Time, No See". See more »

Goofs

When Izzy is talking to Clarence, he mentions they are committing a "Class A" felony. This is a New York term. In Florida, felony offenses are classified by degrees (first, second, third) and also life and capital. See more »

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Born To Be Wild
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Written by Mars Bonfire
Performed by Steppenwolf
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Season 3 is the real deal
13 February 2019 | by mylkioneSee all my reviews

Aside the nostalgia and gimmicks of the first two seasons (excepting the initial episodes) season three is the best of the lot. Watching this decades on Dick Wolf's fingerprints are all over the third run...And lacking the monotany and of law and order. His ideas blend perfectly with Mann's neo-noir feel. This episode has some of the best acting and solid plot/subplot lines and great if not dated visual and musical touches.


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