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No Exit


7 (7th overall)
November 9, 1984
Repeat Airdates
March 22, 1985
July 5, 1985
May 16, 1986
TV Rating
TV-14 V
Guest Stars
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"No Exit", also known as "Three Eyed Turtle", is the seventh episode of Miami Vice's first season. The episode premiered on November 9, 1984 and repeated on March 22, 1985, July 5, 1985, and May 16, 1986.


Crockett and Tubbs try to bust an arms dealer who is also an abusive husband.


The Vice team is on a stakeout for a weapons deal, but nothing appears to be happening and there are too many civilians in the area, so Castillo shuts it down. Just then the weapons dealers show up, pulling a gun on Crockett for a rip-off. Crockett throws one of the dealers in his car and drives away, taking him in. The other one jumps into a van and starts firing an M60 machine gun as they take off. No one is hurt, but Tubbs is wound up by the machine gun, which he hates.

The guy Crockett took for the ride (Bill Cwikowski) gives up fellow gun dealers Ramone (Coati Mundi) and Gentile, but they are just middlemen for the main supplier, international gun runner Tony Amato. Crockett, Tubbs, and electronics whiz Lester break into Amato's house,where they plant several bugs, and plan for observation from the bay. As Lester sets up survillence equipment on the St. Vitus Dance, federal agents suddenly board the boat and attempt to take over the stakeout. After a little power play, the agents tell them some Stinger missiles were stolen from a National Armory and suspect Amato will sell the weapons to terrorists planning to take down a commercial jetliner. They will allow the bugs to remain in place in exchange for a compromise: the Vice cops get Amato, the agents get the Stingers, and Agent McIntyre (Tom Mardirosian) goes on stakeout with them, despite his fear of Elvis.

While observing Amato (Bruce Willis) they find he is very abusive to his wife, Rita (Katherine Borowitz), throwing her into the pool because he disapproves of her dinner dress, then taking off without her anyway. They then monitor Rita calling a friend to arrange hiring a hitman to kill Tony. They play the tape of Rita's conversation for Special Agent Nick Pappas (Norman Parker) who does not believe that Rita would have her husband killed and ignores it. Amato's Jamaican contact, Dupass, is heading into Miami to arrange for the sale of the arms, including the Stingers. Dupass is quietly arrested at Miami International Airport and replaced with Tubbs, which passes since Amato has never seen Dupass before.

Meanwhile, Crockett overhears Rita receiving a call from the hitman her friend arranged, and a meet is set up in a park. Crockett scares the hitman off with his badge and meets Rita in his place. Rita tells Crockett she can't go through with having Amato killed. She fears for her life and the hitman's if Amato were to find out; when she hired a lawyer on advice from the police, Amato had his men rape the lawyer's wife, then threatened to do the same to his daughter to chase him off. Crockett reveals himself as a cop and takes her to OCB. Crockett and Tubbs assure Rita that they have the house bugged and they can hear everything, but that she needs to go back to Amato's house and not give them away. Castillo believes that there must be someone waiting in the wings regarding Amato, and orders them to watch him closely.

Tubbs (as Dupass) meets with Amato, Ramone and Gentile, and is shown how the Stingers work; they demonstrate one to prove their effectiveness. They meet that evening in a bar and finalize the deal. Amato returns home and Crockett (who is observing) has to stand by in cold fury while Amato beats Rita and forces her to have sex with him. At OCB, the Federal agents want to get the Stingers while they have the chance, but Crockett, Tubbs and Castillo want to bust Amato, and with Tubbs having a meet with Amato, Ramone, Gentile in the same place as the missiles, they could all accomplish their goals. Castillo is still concerned about "another element" in this deal the Feds haven't told anyone about, but the deal is set for the next day.

That night, Amato slams down his phone after a call and discovers the bug. Tubbs quickly calls Amato, saying that he is also being monitored, and the deal is moved up to that night. After meeting in an airport restroom and forcefully frisking each other - "just checking!" - they go to a ship to close the deal. The Vice cops move in, and despite preemptive intervention by the Feds they arrest Amato and the Stingers are recovered. When they arrive at the courthouse the next morning another group of Federal agents ("the other element") show up with a court order to release Amato, as he has certain overseas contacts they are interested in exploiting. Rita shows up just as Amato is released; distraught, she pulls a gun and fires it as Crockett shouts "NOOOOOOO!"


Guest StarsEdit



  • Robert Paisley as FBI Agent Paul
  • Julian Voloshin as Pensioner "White hat/shirt"



  • When Crockett, Tubbs and Lester go to bug Amato's house, Lester says they have 30 seconds from when he opens the door to deactivate the burglar alarm before it goes off. In real time, it takes Lester more than 50 seconds to shut off the alarm.

Production NotesEdit

  • Alternate Title: "Three-Eyed Turtle"
  • Filmed: September 7, 1984 - September 19, 1984
  • Production Number: 59508
  • Production Order: 7

Filming LocationsEdit

  • Winter Haven Hotel, Ocean Drive / 14th Street (Opening gun deal)
  • Spear House, 9325 North Bayshore Drive, Miami Shores (Amato's house, used again in episode "Mirror Image")
  • Miami International Airport (Swap Dupass for Tubbs)
  • Jose Marti Park 351 SW 4 Street near 2nd Avenue at Miami River (Crockett heads off, then poses as hitman)
  • Virginia Key Northeast end (Test of missiles)
  • Ukulele Bar, 10950 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami (Amato & Tubbs in bar)
  • Shipyard SW 2nd Avenue (Ship scenes for arms deal)
  • Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Miami Downtown (Scene where Amato is brought, then released)


Jan Hammer MusicEdit

  • "Airport Swap" (when Dupass and Tubbs are switched at airport)


  • "What we are is here! What we're not is leaving!" -- Tubbs to the FBI agents
  • "Let's nail this pig!" -- Tubbs to Crockett after watching Amato's abusive treatment of Rita
  • "I tried to tell you fellas - I got the juice! -- Amato to the Vice cops after being released
  • "And the satafortis and the ratafortis and the hantoon rantoon!" -- Crockett to Lester after Lester tries to explain surveilance equipment to him
  • "Just what is your mission, Mr. Phelps ?" -- Crockett to FBI Agent Pappas
Season 1 Episodes:

"Brother's Keeper" (Pilot) "Heart of Darkness" "Cool Runnin'" "Calderone's Return (Part I)" "Calderone's Return (Part II)" "One Eyed Jack" "No Exit" "The Great McCarthy" "Glades" "Give a Little, Take a Little" "Little Prince" "Milk Run" "Golden Triangle (Part I)" "Golden Triangle (Part II)" "Smuggler's Blues" Rites of Passage "The Maze" "Made for Each Other" "The Home Invaders" "Nobody Lives Forever" "Evan" "Lombard"

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