Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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Hostile Takeover 

Crockett, as Burnett, murders and manipulates his way to the top of the crime organization he works for.


Don Johnson


Ken Solarz, Anthony Yerkovich (creator)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Debra Feuer ... Celeste
Joe Santos ... Oscar Carrera
Jon Polito ... El Gato
Anthony Crivello ... Miguel Carrera
Paul Lazar ... David Sugarman
Victor Argo ... Commandante Salazar
Matt Frewer ... Cliff King
Roberto Escobar ... Emilio (as Robert Escobar)
Gordon McConnell Gordon McConnell ... Boyd


Crockett, as Burnett, murders and manipulates his way to the top of the crime organization he works for.

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4 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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Miami, Florida, USA

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1.33 : 1
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"Sonny's not Sonny anymore!"
9 November 2012 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Sonny Burnett (Don Johnson) - a seasoned underworld enforcer/drug-trafficker remains lethal in his milieu now working for drug kingpin Oscar Carrera (Joe Santos).

Aiding in the brutal maintenance of Carrera Cartel footholds in multiple illegal enterprises (Mostly cocaine) and defending against incursions by outside criminal groups Burnett becomes the point-man in a war between Carrera and rival drug lord El Gato (Jon Polito).

In such a tense environment a guy can forget himself in his drive for self-preservation. That has happened to Burnett who has, via amnesia incurred in the finale of the fourth season, forgotten he is really Detective Sonny Crockett - vice cop whose cover should have been blown a very long time ago after facilitating multiple prosecutions resulting in successful indictments of countless cocaine traffickers in Miami-Dade County.

Having intricately woven a dual identity and passed himself off as a ruthless thug on the drug underworld scene for years a loss of memory leaves him with mere instincts and partial belief in his cover reputation.

He plays it out having only the occasional fragment of memories which contradict who and what he thinks he is. Surrounded by members of what remains of the drug underworld he has so successfully duped he has every reason to think he is who they think he is.

His police colleagues only have a vague idea of what might be going on with him though they know he has gone rogue. His partner and best friend Rico Tubbs (Phillip Michael Thomas) attempts to go in undercover as a buyer first to figure out what it is up then to get Sonny back on the ball.

I remain a huge fan of this storyline which tends to place me in the minority of Miami Vice fans. It was a show way ahead of its time throughout its run but the amnesia storyline put it ahead of shows 20 plus years later.

Some say it was wrong for the show and went in a direction it should not have. I can't think of a single series it was more right for and wish they had gone with it further than they did. In fact I wish they had made it the focus of the series.

A number of modern series (The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Weeds, Sons of Anarchy et al) show criminals as good guys. But I can't think of a single show that gave us a noble protagonist who became the baddie. I submit to the reader that this is the angle a future series might go in with more panache.

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