5 (73rd Overall)
October 30, 1987
March 25, 1988
A distraught Crockett (due to an accidental shooting of a child) reaches out to his estranged son Billy.
Crockett & Tubbs are doing surveillence for gun runners when they hear a man & woman fighting next door. When the fight escalates Crockett bursts in and finds Walker Monroe (Ving Rhames), holding a knife on his girlfriend, Annette McAllister (Danitra Vance). Monroe drops the knife when ordered, but Crockett sees a gun in another room and fires through the wall. He discovers, to his horror, he has shot a young boy.
Crockett, Tubbs, Annette, and Monroe all talk to IAD about the shooting. Annette and Monroe agree that the child thought his mother was endangered and grabbed the gun (a 9mm Belgian-Browning high power), and Monroe is repentant for hurting Annette. Crockett is agonized about the shooting. Tubbs was afraid that Crockett had been shot. Gina finds Annette has a record for prostitution arrests, but no jail time; there is nothing on either the boy or Monroe. Castillo wants Crockett to speak to a psychologist, DiTello, but he refuses, opting instead to go to the hospital and check on the boy, Jeffrey McAllister, who is alive but not yet stabilized. Crockett insists that everything possible be done for him, and for the doctors to let him know about money if needed. Outside ICU they see Monroe, who blames his outburst on Annette "turning tricks" and that he's been seeing a social worker. Crockett warns him about touching Annette again.
On the St. Vitus Dance, Crockett hears a radio report about the shooting and that "community leaders" want him suspended. While he has some alcohol to kill the pain, he looks over a picture of Caroline and Billy, who now live upstate. They find the gunrunners Crockett, Tubbs, and Switek were staking out didn't show because they were hit by the main man, Holiday, and Vice decides to shake him out. Crockett ignores Castillo, who doesn't want him working due to the shooting and has Tubbs keep an eye on him. They go see Holiday (Isaac Hayes), who denies knowing of any guns; Crockett rams his head into a pinball machine and pulls his gun, but Tubbs backs him off and works out a deal with Holiday, who mentions there are some new people from Chicago who think they own the turf. Tubbs (who knows Crockett's mind is on Jeffrey) dresses down Crockett about roughing up Holiday, then reaches out to him to help through his situation. Walker gives Annette money to take care of Jeffrey's hospital bills, then tells her to "keep doing her job" and he'll keep her alive. Crockett, while driving, spins his car around and takes off.
He goes to see Caroline (Belinda Montgomery) and Billy (Clayton Barclay Jones), whom he hasn't seen in three years, and is introduced to Caroline's fiance Bob Ballard (Parris Buckner). Meanwhile the "community leaders" (mostly African-Americans from Overtown where the shooting occurred) see Castillo and the Chief of Police, demanding that the officer that shot Jeffrey be identified and suspended, to "give the people something". The Chief insists the officer (Crockett) will be suspended and charged if appropriate, but not just to "give the people something". Caroline tells Crockett that Billy has missed him, and Crockett takes Billy out in the Testarossa. He tells Billy that he stayed away so that he and his mom could start a better life. Billy is distant, telling his dad that his mom is going to marry Bob and that Bob wants to adopt him. Tubbs and Switek meet Holiday with a case full of Benjamins in exchange for some CIA weapons, which is a set up for a raid. Castillo says the weapons can be linked to the new Chicago gang coming in. Trudy finds a crate full of the same Belgian Browning guns that Jeffrey used, and Castillo orders all boxes opened. Crockett returns from his time with Billy, after having a furious argument with Caroline over Bob wanting to adopt him.
Crockett is at Jeffrey's bedside again, then goes to DiTello's office, and after a long period of staring at one another leaves without saying anything, heading for OCB. Castillo calls him in to his office, asking where he was, since he didn't call and tell anyone where he went, and informs Crockett he's off the street, despite the fact the department cleared him in the shooting. Crockett's emotions finally overwhelm him and he vents to Castillo, who tells him that the shooting will eat him up - as it should - but to remember the work that he does and the people that care about that work, and about Crockett. Crockett is back at the hospital where Jeffrey is stable but unresponsive. The doctor tells him that Jeffrey's mother has been paying the bills in cash, despite the appearance of financial difficulties, and returns Crockett's uncashed check to him. Tubbs relays the find at the bust of Holiday that the numbers on the guns found there and Annette's gun were the same. The shipment was hijacked from Baltimore, though the people being investigated in Miami are from Chicago. ATF indicates the gun gangs are branching out into franchises nationwide, and the prints on the McAllister gun actually belong to someone else, not Jeffrey McAllister.
Crockett storms into an Overtown church and confronts Annette and Monroe with the fact that there is no Jeffrey McAllister, infuriating the community leaders. The prints on the McAllister gun belong to a 13 year old runaway from Wisconsin named Gordon Cavis, alias "Crossbones", with outstanding warrants for assault, burglary, and murder in Chicago; he is part of a South Side street gang, the "Bandits", who use younger juveniles to commit the more serious crimes - murder being the rite of passage - since no one will send a 13 year old to the chair. After the Chief admonishes Crockett for inflaming the situation by visiting the church, Crockett explains to the Chief that someone had to speak for the kid, regardless if he's a normal kid from Overtown or a murderer from Chicago, and the "community leaders" used him for political gain. Everyone in the room accepts this, and decide to bring Annette & Monroe in for questioning. A rage-filled Monroe viciously beats Annette, but she manages to stab him in the leg with a knife before passing out.
In the hospital, Annette admits she has no kids and that Monroe made up the whole "Jeffrey McAllister" thing. They were fighting over her telling Holiday about Monroe's guns, and she feared both Monroe and Crossbones would kill her before Crockett intervened. Tubbs tells her Monroe will kill her unless they stop him first. She tells them where Monroe can be found. The Vice team raids a storage facility where Monroe and his men are and a shootout ensues, in which Monroe's men are killed and the truck full of weapons they are moving catches fire and blows up. Monroe, fleeing from Crockett atop a storage tank, is knocked over the side by fallout from the explosion; after hesitating, Crockett tries to save Monroe but fails. Crockett goes to see "Jeffrey" one more time at the hospital, talking about his (Jeffrey's) unknown dad, and about Crockett's relationship with Billy; the boy finally becomes conscious, squeezing Crockett's hand. Crockett goes to see Billy again and vows to be the best dad he can be to him, promising that no one is going to adopt him.
- 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
- Olivia Brown as Metro-Dade Detective Trudy Joplin
- Edward James Olmos as Metro-Dade Lieutenant Martin "Marty" Castillo
- Danitra Vance as Annette McAllister
- Ving Rhames as Walker Monroe
- Clayton Barclay Jones as Billy Crockett
- Isaac Hayes as Holiday
- Belinda Montgomery as Caroline Crockett
- Parris Buckner as Bob Ballard
- Robert MacBeth as Olson
- Rafael Prieto as Mathias
- Jimmy Rogers as Leader
- Arnie Ross as Metro-Dade Sergeant DiTello
- Unknown as Jeffrey McAllister
"Ripped From The Headlines"Edit
- In this episode, two issues are explored: The problem of juvenile gangs expanding into guns and distributing them around the country, along with the problem of kids committing crimes without consequences, and the exploitation of people for political gain.
- This is the first appearance of Caroline Crockett (played by Belinda Montgomery) and Billy Crockett (played by Clayton Barclay Jones, replacing Ryan St. Leon) since Season 1's "Calderone's Return (Part I)". It also marks the first appearance of Parris Buckner as Caroline's future husband Bob Ballard.
- The argument between Castillo and Crockett ("What do you want me to SAY?!") was shorter in the early script drafts before it was changed to the broadcast version.
- Under today's laws, Crockett would be fined for allowing his son to ride on his lap in his car rather than in a booster seat with a seat belt.
- Tubbs was right about no one sending a teenager to the electric chair -- in 2005, the Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment for anyone under 18 years of age.
- Crockett once again comes under fire for his actions, but like previous occurrences he is exonerated.
- This episode is the first since the premiere ("Contempt of Court") to show people being shot and killed; the previous three episodes either had no gunfire at all or someone firing into the air (Crockett in "The Big Thaw").
- When Castillo tells Sonny, "You can't lose yourself," the series again foreshadows Crockett's total loss of his true identity in Season 5 and suggests it is at least partly caused by all the deaths he has on his conscience.
- Working Title: "All God's Children" and "The Children's War"
- Filmed: September 14, 1987 - September 22, 1987
- Production Code: 63508
- Production Order: 73
- 1400 North Miami Avenue, Miami (opening with Crockett/Tubbs stakeout)
- NW 13th Str/NW 1st Ave south to right into NW 8th Str to right into NW 2nd Ave (Crockett/Tubbs driving after shooting)
- 1100 North Miami Avenue, Miami (Crockett/Tubbs meet with Holiday in bar)
- Ace Theater, 3664 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove (Crockett abruptly turns car)
- NE 161st St / NE 21st Ave, North Miami (Final shootout with Vice and Monroe)
- "Forever Tonight" by Jan Hammer (beginning with Crockett, Tubbs and Switek's surveillance)
- "The Dream" by Albert Collins and Robert Cray (in pool hall with Holiday)
- "Race Against Time" by U2 (shootout with Monroe's men)
- "You touch her again, and you won't need a social worker!" -- Crockett to Monroe
- "This is one of those absolutely, positively has to be delivered overnight situations, you understand?" -- Tubbs (as Cooper) to Holiday about his gun shipment
- "The bullet left the gun, it was your gun, your finger on the trigger, you pulled the trigger, now, live with the responsibility. It's gonna scar you, eat you, burn you inside, and it should...but you've got work to do that you care about, people are depending on that, you've got people who care about you, Sonny, like me." -- Castillo to Crockett