MIAMI VICE: Season 1- Episode 9: Glades

It’s Friday! So, you know what that means. Time for some Miami Vice! It didn’t take long for Miami Vice to rebound. While last week’s episode wasn’t horrible, I felt that it didn’t live up to the previous episodes. But, we’ve got a good one this week! So, let’s get to it!


This episode was directed by Stan Lathan. It was written by Rex Weiner & Allan Weisberger. The original air date was November 30, 1984.

We begin the episode with Crockett and Tubbs in a safe house, in a seedy part of town, protecting a witness. Switek and Zito come to relieve Crockett and Tubbs. They also have mail for the witness, Joey Bramlette (Keith Szarabajka). He silently reads the letter he got as Crockett and Tubbs were leaving, and he looked upset.
Cue opening theme:

We are in a courtroom, where Tubbs is testifying against the dangerous drug dealer, who their witness will be testifying against on Monday. The thing to take away from this scene is that Tubbs got shut down by the court recorder. When he got down from the stand, the day was over, and everybody was leaving. He walked to the court recorder and said, “TGIF, huh>?” And she replied “F-O-R-G-E-T I-T”.

Back at the safehouse, Switek had to take a leak. Zito was making a sandwich, and went into the restroom for a second to use toilet paper as a napkin. When he did this, Joey took off.

Now the gang has until Monday to get him back, or it is 4 years of work down the drain.

Crockett and Tubbs head down to the Everglades to find him. They pretend they are down for a fishing trip, and meet a few locals – Floyd, Billie Joe, and we don’t get the other guy’s name because he doesn’t have a speaking part. Floyd looked very familiar to me. Oh, he’s played by music legend James Pankow, one of the founders of the band Chicago!

Hey Don Johnson. You sure have a perty mouth.

Crockett and Tubbs tell them that they are looking for Joey Bramlette for their guide. Floyd says that he knows where Joey is, and he and Billie Joe will take them to him.

Instead, they drive them into the middle of nowhere, deep in the Glades, pull a gun out on them, and do their best Biff Tannen:

Billie Joe: What is it that Clint Eastman says?
Floyd: Go ahead, ruin my day.

Floyd and Billie Joe leave them there to fend for themselves.
Crockett and Tubbs eventually run into some more locals, who take them to a house in the middle of nowhere. Everybody there is carrying a gun. Then Joey turns around and says, “What took you guys so long?”

It turns out that the drug dealer’s people kidnapped Joey’s and his wife Cassie’s 9 year old daughter, and will kill her if Joey testifies.

You know what’s coming next. They want Crockett and Tubbs to help get the daughter back. Crockett asks how many people are at the house where she is being held. Well, there’s Joey and Billie Joe. Oh good, that’s only 2. This is doable. Oh, and there’s about 20 other people too – all with guns. Forget it! But then Pa, an old man who was playing a fiddle in town when Crockett and Tubbs first arrived, came in. He had overheard Floyd and Billie Joe saying that there was going to be a big drug deal going down the next day. Some Columbians are coming in, so a lot of the men will be there, and only a handful at the house. Now we’re back in business.

They hatch a plan where they will start a gunfight at the drug deal, to set up a distraction, and the others will go get the daughter.

The plan goes into motion, and we get a couple of incredible gunfights! This was probably the best showdown so far. It was about as good as any fights that you would see on the big screen. Crockett saves the daughter, and the episode ends with Joey testifying against the now-not-so-smug-looking drug dealer.

The End.


There were only a few songs in this episode, but they were good ones:

“We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” by The Animals

“I Send a Message” by INXS

“Girls With Guns” by Tommy Shaw

Final Thoughts

This was a great episode. There was plenty of intensity and action. It went by really fast. There were also some humorous parts. This was one of the better episodes.

One thought on “MIAMI VICE: Season 1- Episode 9: Glades”

  1. It was actor John Pankow in this episode, not his musician brother James Pankow. But I did learn something new! I didn’t know John Pankow was related to the guy from Chicago!


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