Classic Episodes: Miami Vice – Out Where the Buses Don’t Run

Boasting Hugo Boss suits, two-day beard growth, and a sleek Ferrari convertible, Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) on Miami Vice were the first TV cops to have as much flash as the bad guys they chased.

In “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run,” series creator Michael Mann updates Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” with glitzy visuals and a throbbing rock-music soundtrack (The Who, Dire Straits). Former vice cop Hank Weldon (Bruce McGill, center, with Johnson and Thomas) tags along with the squad to catch a cocaine kingpin who disappeared long ago, Hoffa-style. Is Weldon nuts? Says Crockett: “My head tells me he’s stone-cold insane, but my gut says let’s go with him on this.”

The chilling finale proves Crockett’s gut wrong: A guilt-wracked Weldon rips down a wall to expose the corpse of the drug king he actually murdered six years earlier.

Original Airdate: October 18, 1985

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