Like A Hurricane
8 (76th Overall)
November 20, 1987
April 8, 1988
"Like A Hurricane" is the eighth episode of Miami Vice's fourth season. The episode premiered on November 20, 1987, repeated on April 8, 1988, and features the arrival of singer Caitlin Davies (Sheena Easton), who will become Crockett's wife.
Crockett is assigned to protect a witness in a payola case, and ends up falling in love.
At a bar, band manager Tommy Lowe (Xander Berkeley) is meeting with Caitlin Davies (Sheena Easton), a singer whose career has seen better days. Lowe assures her he has all the promoters in his back pocket and will pay stations to get his artists' music on the air. He introduces her to Benny Rose, a VP in advertising & special events, who is given a wad of cash by Lowe to play a song by his newest group. After Rose says the song should make the top 10, Lowe gives him a sports car to move the song up to top 5 "with a bullet". Just then, the U.S. Racketeering Strike Force moves in and arrests Lowe; as they lead him away Caitlin tells the "mealy-mouthed two-faced bastard", "this one's for all the others you've screwed." Castillo pulls Crockett off an arms investigation so he can guard Caitlin until she testifies at Lowe's trial, because he "blends in with the music crowd". Crockett is annoyed, thinking this is all a publicity stunt, but agrees to the assignment.
Crockett goes to Caitlin's place, met first by her assistant Angie (Toukie A. Smith), and then by her. She doubts Crockett's abilities as much as he disparages her celebrity, and they exchange uncomplimentary barbs. Meanwhile, Lowe argues with his lawyer Ralph Fisher (Teller), who he wants to call in whatever markers he has with the record company. In particular, he needs executives Gordon Wiggins (Tony Hendra) and Paul Fremont (Bob Gerchen) to put the lid on his "problem" and save his reputation. Crockett takes Caitlin to a recording studio, all the while continuing to snap at each other. Wiggins & Fremont listen to Lowe's "next big thing," a band called The Blowguns, and toss the cassette through the sun roof in disgust. They talk to Fisher about Lowe's request for another $75,000 in legal fees. Fisher lets them know, in no uncertain terms, that Lowe will not do time, regardless of their interests. Wiggins wants Lowe silenced before he can name names and cause the Payola subcommittee to be reconvened.
Caitlin & Crockett continue going at it during her recording session; meanwhile, Rose is bowling with Lowe, who learns and is angered that Wiggins & Fremont refuse to help him unless he agrees to take the fall. Rose suggests that Lowe convince Caitlin not to testify; Lowe ushers Rose out when three shady-looking men show up. He pays them to make Caitlin disappear, specifying that he wants it to look like an accident. Caitlin wants to go to dinner by way of Crockett's boat; at dinner Caitlin gives him a hard time about his clothes and cars and his job. Crockett, fed up, lets her know that he doesn't own anything he drives or wears -- it's all provided to him by the department to keep up his undercover role; he's a working stiff who is sick of celebrities "crying the blues over their lonely lives." Caitlin, insulted, says she isn't like the image given off by magazines and TV, and leaves when Crockett coldly asks if she'll hide her face when she goes to testify.
Crockett is paying the bill when the men that Lowe hired arrive and start shooting. Crockett shoots one of them and pulls Caitlin into the boat, with the other two in pursuit. Crockett kills another but the third gets away, and Crockett's SCARAB is shot up and disabled. Caitlin is unhurt, but shaken, and tells Crockett the case she's involved in is much deeper than a normal payola scandal. Lowe was the "hot manager" when her band started out and they put their faith in him, until he got greedy and stole everything, slowly breaking the band apart -- her drummer killed himself and her guitarist joined a cult, but her bass player (and former boyfriend) Will sued, and ended up dead by suicide--or so it seemed. Catilin knows that Lowe had Will murdered, but can't prove it, and her testimony is payback, not publicity. Crockett and Caitlin realize they were wrong about each other, and spend a night of passion in the back of Crockett's disabled boat.
The Coast Guard tows in the SCARAB, and Crockett fills in Tubbs and Castillo, who has had Caitlin brought to the Safe House under heavy guard. Tubbs notices Caitlin & Crockett kissing passionately and calls Crockett out on his actions, informing him that Castillo is also concerned. Crockett reminds Tubbs that Castillo told him not to let Caitlin out of his sight. Later Crockett explains his situation (his job, divorce, son, all-night cases with nefarious characters) to Caitlin, who says she works all night sometimes, and asks to meet Billy (Clayton Barclay Jones), as she isn't afraid of kids. While Caitlin performs a song with a group of kids, Lowe learns of the failed hit on the radio, then picks up a cassette of his Blowguns' single, which Fremont & Wiggins have remixed and sent for his approval. Lowe puts it in his car's cassette player and the car explodes.
Crockett picks up Billy (his mom and Bob Ballard are now married) to meet Caitlin, and seems anxious about their meeting, as Crockett has never introduced Billy to anyone before. Tubbs calls Crockett about Lowe being killed and that the case is over. Caitlin doesn't want them to end just because his assignment does, and Crockett (after a little prodding by Caitlin) finally tells her he loves her. At OCB, Crockett tells Gina what he's about to tell the squad and Gina is coldly indifferent. Crockett announces to the team that he's marrying Caitlin, they all congratulate him and leave the room (Switek asks for Crockett's "little black book") except Tubbs, who confesses to Crockett that he's glad he's found happiness, yet worried about what will come down the line (a rather prophetic statement), Crockett explains their work schedules and her privacy will ensure his cover is kept, and Tubbs congratulates his partner. Angela is uneasy, but sees that Caitlin's in love and nothing she says will make a difference. The squad holds a send-off for Crockett; Tubbs toasts his partner and friend, and Castillo gives him a honeymoon to New Zealand, suggested by Gina, who hugs her friend (and former lover). Fremont & Wiggins talk about Lowe's "unfortunate accident", but decide not to deal with Caitlin yet.
Crockett & Caitlin get married in an elaborate outside wedding. Tubbs is Crockett's best man and Angie is Caitlin's maid of honor, and the ceremony is attended by all the other members of OCB.
- 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
- Xander Berkeley as Tommy Lowe
- Teller as Ralph Fisher
- Tony Hendra as Gordon Wiggins
- Toukie A. Smith as Angie
- Clayton Barclay Jones as Billy Crockett
- Sheena Easton as Caitlin Davies
- Lori Creevay as Secretary
- Robert D'Avanzo as Ernesto
- Tony Delanova as Waiter
- Bob Gerchen as Paul Fremont
- Paul Johnston as Minister
- Rick Marotta as Recording Engineer
- Klaus Przybyla as Agent
- Jared Seide as Benny Rose
- Jan Hammer makes a cameo playing at Crockett's wedding, the second (and final) time he appears in person on the show.
- This is the first appearances of Sheena Easton as Caitlin Davies-Crockett. She also features in the next three episodes, before going away on a national tour. Her next (and last) physical appearance is in the penultimate episode of the season, "Deliver Us From Evil", although she later appears in flashbacks during Crockett's transformation into Sonny Burnett at the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5.
- The episode was rushed through post-production (only 15 days between the end of filming and airing) to avoid leaks of the episode's content.
- The part of Caitlin was originally to be played by Lorraine Bracco (later to be married to Edward James Olmos), but was forced to withdraw due to an illness. Easton was cast as a replacement.
- Although the story is not finished, it will not be picked up again until "Rock and a Hard Place" three episodes later, when Fremont and Wiggins return to deal with Caitlin.
- Crockett tells Billy he shifts "as smooth as Danny Sullivan"; Sullivan appeared in Season 2's "Florence Italy" as Danny Tepper.
- In a couple of scenes, Crockett makes a point of mocking people by repeating what they say in a baby-like voice. This is somewhat odd behavior, as he has never done it before (and never does it afterward).
- Appropriately, Crockett wears a tie at his wedding, marking the fourth time he has done so on the show. He previously wore one for his divorce hearing in "Calderone's Return (Part I)", at Robbie Cann's son's baptism in "Buddies", and at Angelina Madeira's funeral in "Sons and Lovers". While this would technically be the last time Crockett is seen in a tie, Don Johnson would frequently wear one during his time as Sonny Burnett in Seasons 4 and 5.
- During Crockett's sendoff at OCB, a boom mic is visible at the top of the screen.
- Wiggins & Fremont are driving a BMW when they toss the tape, yet the scene after that is of a Mercedes S-Class.
- Filmed: October 20, 1987 - November 5, 1987
- Production Code: 63511
- Production Order: 76
- Club Nu, 245 22nd Str, Miami Beach (Opening in club with Caitlin/Lowe)
- West Dixie Bowling Lanes, 15950 W.Dixie Hwy, North Miami (Lowe/Fisher bowling)
- Quayside Great House, 10670 NE Quay Plaza, North Miami and 4000 Towerside Terrace at Biscayne Bay (Crockett/Caitlin dine, then begin of SCARAB chase)
- Coast Guard Base, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach (End of SCARAB chase)
- Criteria Recording Studio, 1755 NE 149th St North Miami (Caitlin Recording Studio--Don Johnson recorded his album Heartbeat at this location)
- 3579 Stewart Avenue, Coconut Grove (Safe House)
- Brickell Square 25th Floor, 801 Brickell Ave, Miami (Lowe/Fisher office, Fremont/Wiggins office, parking garage)
- 3665 Park Lane, Coconut Grove (Wedding scenes)
- "Domination" by MC's of Rap (Caitlin meeting with Lowe, performed live at club)
- "I Got You Babe" by Sheena Easton (Live in recording studio)
- "When He Shines" by Sheena Easton (Caitlin & Crockett at Safe House)
Jan Hammer MusicEdit
- "The Talk" (Crockett/Caitlin in safe house)
- "Wedding" (Crockett/Caitlin marriage ceremony)
- "Where's the dark green Plymouth Fury with the search light on top?" -- Caitlin to Crockett
- "If Lowe's not going to take a fall, he's gonna name names. Whose? Mine. And who am I going to name, Paul? You. And you're gonna name everyone but the janitor on the 10th floor, then the subcommittee on payola reconvenes and we got another two years of headlines and indictments." -- Wiggins to Fremont
- "You should see him! He's from the Fashion Police!"--Caitlin describingi Crockett
- "A woman ever driven your 'Testosterone', Crockett? -- Caitlin referring to his Testarossa
- "To a cop who's always had the fire, yet refuses to lose sight of what's right, loyal and unselfish. Congratulations, Sonny!" -- Castillo before giving Crockett his present
| Season 4 Episodes:|
"Contempt of Court" • "Amen... Send Money" • "Death And The Lady" • "The Big Thaw" • "Child's Play" • "God's Work" • "Missing Hours" • "Like A Hurricane" • "The Rising Sun Of Death" • "Love at First Sight" • "Rock and a Hard Place" • "The Cows of October" • "Vote of Confidence" • "Baseballs of Death" • "Indian Wars" • "Honor Among Thieves?" • "Hell Hath No Fury..." • "Badge Of Dishonor" • "Blood And Roses" • "A Bullet For Crockett" • "Deliver Us From Evil" • "Mirror Image"