Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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Smuggler's Blues 

Someone in law enforcement is murdering drug dealers and their families in cold blood. To find the culprit, Crockett and Tubbs go undercover and travel to Colombia with a laid-back pilot to pose as dealers.


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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
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Castillo
Richard Jenkins ... DEA Agent Ed Waters
Jaime Sánchez ... Grocero (as Jaime L. Sanchez)
Richard Edson ... Wavey Davey
Ron Vawter ... Lt. Jones
Glenn Frey ... Jimmy Cole
Coati Mundi ... Tucker Smith
John Garcia John Garcia ... Lieutenant Todo
John Girard John Girard ... Bruce


Glenn Frey, the cornerstone of The Eagles, plays Jimmy Cole, a guitar-playing, burned out Vietnam veteran pilot with a seaplane and connections in Cartegena, Colombia. The three guys travel into the South American 'No Man's Land' to hunt for information on the killer(s) of rival drug dealers and their families. It's the nature of the business to pull a gun--even on a cop--and all to the raw and raucous sounds of 'Smuggler's Blues'. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

1 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Juan, Puerto Rico See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


-Much of the plot of the "Miami Vice" film (the 2006 movie directed by Michael Mann, the executive producer of this "Miami Vice" TV show), is based on this episode, and both feature several similar scenes. For instance, Crockett and Tubbs' meet with José Yero in the movie is remarkably similar to their second meeting with Grocero in Club Araña in "Smuggler's Blues"; the scene in the film even reuses lines of dialogue from its equivalent in the series almost word for word. The subplot concerning Trudy's capture by the villains and being placed in a booby-trapped trailer also takes place in the movie. See more »


When Jimmy the pilot is shot and says "I'm alright", the late Glenn Frey's mouth is not moving. The line was clearly dubbed in later. See more »


Det. Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs: We can close each others eyes real fast, but then nobody's gonna make any money.
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Referenced in Miami Vice (2006) See more »


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Written by Tom Cochrane
Produced by Richard Landis
Performed by Red Rider
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An excellent first season episode
2 April 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Smugglers Blues" was inspired by the song of the same name by one Glenn Frey. In fact, the talented Frey appears in the episode as the guitar playing bush pilot, Jimmy Cole.

This is, not surprisingly, a fan favourite. The episode has a great use of locations and a fast-moving plot, with Crockett and Tubbs journeying to Cartagena in Colombia. Accompanied by Frey's "Smugglers Blues", the tale is entertaining, tense and gripping.

With a kidnapped Trudy in genuine danger, this episode has a nail-biting and memorable finale.

Again, Paul Michael Glaser shows his usual strong directing skills here. Jan Hammer's soundtrack is the icing on this delicious Miami cake.

One of the best stories of the first season - 10 out of 10.

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