8 (30th Overall)
November 22, 1985
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Castillo helps an old CIA friend get his Russian wife and son to safety from the KGB.
PlotEditThe Vice squad is undercover in a park (Trudy as a rollergirl, Gina as a streetperson with a cart, Switek as a bum on a bench, Zito buried in the sand, and Crockett/Tubbs doing surveillance) observing a deal between a man named Herrera and DEA Agent Thompson (Thomas G. Waites), who is carrying $500,000. Crockett observes the boat coming in with the drugs and the deal goes down in the men's room. When the last of the civilians exit they move in, to find Thompson tied up on a toilet with his pants down, Herrara dead in the next stall with the cocaine in the toilet, and the money gone.
At OCB, Thompson and the squad review what happened. Thompson says the government got what they wanted, leaving the job of recovering the money to Castillo's team; after a cold exchange with Crockett, Thompson leaves, but not before saying he never saw the third man in the room. They review the surveillance tapes and Castillo recognizes the last man out of the men's room. He is Jack Gretsky (Dean Stockwell), a CIA agent of the highest level who worked with Castillo in the Southeast Asian Golden Triangle. By Castillo's standards he is a very dangerous man, and Castillo orders the squad not to approach him, deciding to handle it and get the money back himself. He goes to see CIA Agents Hardin (Jerry Hardin) and Carter (Tom Bower), who don't know why Gretsky is in Miami but suspect he has gone over, having a Russian wife and a son, and yet the Russians are after him as well. The agents show photos of Gretsky and his family, and warn Castillo that if he tries to help Gretsky he can expect be treated like any other National Security risk.
With Carter and Hardin watching, Castillo searches for Gretsky, and locates him at his home. They talk about the Golden Triangle days, and how Castillo thought Gretzky was killed in the ambush, but in actuality was "left for dead". Gretsky tells Castillo his wife and son are in Miami, and they are with a mutual friend named Erendira. Castillo finds out Gretsky is here to ensure his family lives a safe life, and asks that Castillo will see to it they do. Suddenly, Gretsky pulls out an automatic weapon and fires at Castillo, who is forced to shoot and kill his friend. Crockett and Tubbs show up, along with Carter and Hardin, who are pleased Gretsky was killed, as they believed him to be an out of whack agent.
Castillo goes home to meditate and find inner peace after having to kill Gretsky. At OCB, Tubbs finds out that Gretsky had advanced terminal cancer; the M.E. couldn't understand how someone with that much pain could even walk. Crockett and Tubbs go to Castillo's place and find his badge and a note. They go to Hardin and Carter's front business but are met by a guy named Surf (David Rasche), who tells them KGB is after Gretzky's wife and son, and may now be looking for Castillo as well. In reality, Surf is working for the KGB, he and his men having killed Hardin and Carter, hacked their computer and placed a homing device on Tubbs' Cadillac. Castillo goes to see Erendira (Rosana DeSoto), and she introduces him to Jack's wife Laura (Natasha Detante) and her son Marty (named for Castillo). Laura wants to wait for Jack, but Castillo tells them he has gone on ahead and that they need to leave. In private Castillo tells Laura the truth, and that he was there when Jack died. Castillo decides take Laura and Marty to Key Largo for protection. While driving there, Castillo tells Marty stories about the Samurai Tochi. Metro-Dade police were tailing Castillo but lost him; Crockett and Tubbs manage to find the road he took.
Castillo takes Laura and Marty to a safe house on Key Largo. While Crockett and Tubbs speak with a Metro-Dade policeman a 4x4 roars up guns blazing; the cop is shot and Crockett and Tubbs dive into the ocean as the 4x4 ramps the cop car and blows both vehicles up, the two occupants escaping in time. Laura explains why she and Gretsky were together; she is former KGB, and they were forced to lie to their respective agencies, until Gretsky got them out after Marty was born. Castillo asks Laura to rest while he checks in on Marty, and tells him more about the samurais and shoguns, giving Marty his father's samurai sword. Laura sneaks up behind Castillo and stabs him in the back with a knife, telling Marty that he killed his father, but as they leave Surf shows up with his accomplices.
Laura and Marty flee after shooting Surf in the shoulder. Although wounded, Castillo takes the sword and kills Surf's accomplices with it. He rescues Laura and Marty from the wine cellar and they escape onto the front lawn, hiding behind the many trees there. Surf drives through the lawn in Tubbs' Cadillac, trying to scare them out with threats. Laura gives herself up, and Marty runs to her side. Castillo challenges Surf with his sword; Surf promises that no one will hurt Laura and Marty in Russia, but Castillo has to die. Crockett and Tubbs arrive and shoot Surf before he can kill Castillo, and they get Laura and Marty on a waiting boat to safety. Castillo has the recovered money (which was given to Laura by Jack), albeit at a slight loss, which he promises to replace.
- Don Johnson as Metro-Dade Detective James "Sonny" Crockett
- Philip Michael Thomas as Metro-Dade Detective Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs
- Saundra Santiago as Metro-Dade Detective Gina Calabrese
- Michael Talbott as Metro-Dade Detective Stan Switek
- John Diehl as Metro-Dade Detective Larry Zito
- Olivia Brown as Metro-Dade Detective Trudy Joplin
- Edward James Olmos as Metro-Dade Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo
- Dean Stockwell as Jack Gretsky
- David Rasche as Surf
- Thomas G. Waites as DEA Agent Thompson
- Tom Bower as CIA Agent Carter
- Jerry Hardin as CIA Agent Hardin
- Rosana DeSoto as Erendira
- Natasha Detente as Laura Gretsky
- Unknown as Herrara
- This is Edward James Olmos' directorial debut. He later directed several episodes of the Battlestar Galactica revival series, which he also starred in.
- As with "Golden Triangle (Part I)" and "(Part II)" from Season 1, this episode both provides an insight into Castillo's background (we find out he is skilled with a Katana), and expands slightly upon his typically taciturn character (he goes so far as to crack a smile when meeting with Jack Gretsky). Such insights were rare and occurred infrequently throughout the series.
- This story references the then-ongoing Cold War between the former Soviet Union and the United States.
- The portion of "Hello Earth" played is the Russian choral portion, adding a feeling of being in Russia during the scenes with Laura, Marty, Castillo, Surf, and the KGB operatives.
- "Bushido" refers to the code of honour of the samurai warrior class in Japan.
- When Laura falls and drops Castillo's gun in the cellar, it is obviously within her reach and in the light. In a subsequent cut, it has disappeared.
- Filmed: October 9, 1985 - October 18, 1985
- Production Code: 60042
- Production Order: 32
- Winter Haven Hotel & public restrooms, Ocean Drive/14th Street, Miami Beach (Opening drug deal at men's room)
- 9100 Carlyle Avenue, Surfside (Erendira's House)
- Card Sound Road, Homestead (Surf and KGB sends Crockett/Tubbs and MDPD into water)
- The Deering Estate, 16701 S. W. 72nd Avenue (Ending scenes where Castillo confronts Surf with sword)
- "Boys and Girls" by Bryan Ferry (Opening sequence at beach)
- "Hello Earth" by Kate Bush (during Laura's escape from Surf)
Jan Hammer MusicEdit
- "Russian Story" (throughout episode, Hammer received Emmy nomination for his score)
- "You're the guy who walked into the toilet with a ton of dough and ended up with his pants around his ankles!" -- Crockett to Thompson
- "What the HELL is going on here?!" -- Crockett in the men's room
- "Surf's up, pal!" -- Crockett to Surf before he shoots him
| Season 2 Episodes:|
"The Prodigal Son" • "Whatever Works" • "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" • "The Dutch Oven" • "Buddies" • "Junk Love" • "Tale of the Goat" • "Bushido" • "Bought and Paid For" • "Back in the World" • "Phil the Shill" • "Definitely Miami" • "Yankee Dollar" • "One Way Ticket" • "Little Miss Dangerous" • "Florence Italy" • "French Twist" • "The Fix" • "Payback" • "Free Verse" • "Trust Fund Pirates" • "Sons and Lovers"