Miami Vice (1984–1989)
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The Good Collar 

Crockett attempts to help a high-school football star achieve his dream, while others pressure him to help bring down a teenage drug lord.


Mario DiLeo (as Mario Di Leo)


Anthony Yerkovich (creator), Dennis Cooper




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 (credit only)
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Lieutenant Martin Castillo
Charles S. Dutton ... Ed McCain
Jsu Garcia ... Officer Ramirez (as Nick Corri)
John Spencer ... Lt. Lee Atkins
Keith Diamond ... Archie Ellis (as Vincent Keith Ford)
Terry Kinney ... Asst. State Atty. William Pepin
Sam Graham Sam Graham ... Count Curtis Walker (as Samuel Graham)
Marion Griffin Marion Griffin ... Ralph
Raycell Long Raycell Long ... Luther Johns


There's a drug overdose epidemic among the youth in a poor neighborhood, so Crockett and Tubbs are staking out the street where the local youth gangs like to make their drug deals. As a result, Crockett busts a scared young man called Archie Ellis who was sent there by "The Regular Fellas", the biggest local drug dealing youth gang, to deliver a package of black tar heroin to a buyer. Meanwhile, Tubbs busts a kid from the enemy gang called "The Apostles", who turns out to be Officer Ramirez, an undercover cop from the anti-gang unit. As for Archie, he turns out to be a good kid and a high-school football talent who's about to receive a college scholarship and move out of his bad neighborhood. He admits that he only agreed to do the drug deal to get enough money to buy a ball and a pair of new sports shoes for his football training. Since he shows clear signs of remorse for what he has done, has no serious priors and respectable, concerned community organizer Ed McCain is vouching for ...

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Release Date:

24 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles S. Dutton, who plays Ed McCain in this episode, played NYPD Lieutenant Pearson in the prior season's episode Miami Vice: The Prodigal Son (1985). See more »


When the grenade explodes near the ice truck, the man jumps from his truck. It can clearly be seen (slow-mo) that he looses his cap. After the first cut, he is seen running without his cap. After the second cut, when Crockett arrives with the blanket, the man has his cap back on. See more »


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The Good Collar
18 January 2008 | by randall-oneilSee all my reviews

This was an unbelievable episode. One of the main characters, Archie, a high school athlete who lived in the "hood" and got mixed up with a dealer named "Count Walker" illustrated two conflicts: good kids in a bad neighborhood who sometimes had to deal with "monied" thugs to get by to attain basic necessities and the cops who felt bound to collar anyone involved with those associated with the drug trade.

Absent of one bad mark, Archie was on his way to a college career playing football. The cops felt bound to thwart him from his well deserved glory due to his minor transgression with being a one time drug mule. How many times does this play out in the real world? Anyway, Archie winds up dead after being caught wearing a wire to catch the "count" talking about his trade. The dealer is arrested but his fate is never known. At that point, does it matter? Charles Dutton and Don Johnson played their roles to the utmost of guilt and despair. At the end, when Archie's grandmother hands Johnson the shoes he gave Archie earlier, you knew it was going to be a long time before he forgot about his role in this case.

See this episode the next time it's on and you'll feel what it must be like to battle the tenants of job responsibility and the reality of doing the right thing.

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