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Yankee Dollar


13 (35th overall)
January 17, 1986
Repeat Airdate
June 6, 1986
TV Rating
TV-14 V
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"Yankee Dollar" is the thirteenth episode of Miami Vice's second season. It premiered on January 17, 1986, and was rerun on June 6, 1986


The death of Crockett's friend leads to a man who mediates deals but doesn't actually involve himself in them.


On a Friday afternoon the Vice team are discussing their weekend plans. Switek and Zito are going to see 101 Dalmatians, with Switek worrying about getting the evil eye from five year olds because his height blocks their view. Gina and Trudy want to wrap up a case so they can have some time off. Tubbs is setting up a date with a girl named Donna. Crockett, having not made any plans, decides to visit an old friend, a stewardess named Sara Davis, whom he surprises at the airport and takes home. Sara says she is really tired and wants to rest up, but promises to meet him the next day. Crockett goes back to the car and sees that Sara had forgotten the flowers he had brought her. As he goes back to give them to her, he hears Sara screaming. Crockett busts in and finds Sara in the bathroom convulsing. Crockett takes her in his arms and rushes her to the hospital, but the doctors are unable to revive her.

The ER doctor tells Crockett that Sara died from a ruptured balloon full of cocaine inside her GI tract; there were four more intact cocaine-filled balloons (totalling 23 grams) inside. Crockett and Tubbs go to Sara's house and find someone knocking at her door; they confront the man and he says he's there to sell her his BMW for $5,000. They chase the man off and check her house, finding a deposit of $5,000 in her account two days before her death, which they figure is her payment for muling the drugs. Crockett deduces she's been running the same route (Miami to Bogota to Paris and back to Miami) for the past two years. Tubbs says the autopsy found the cocaine to be the purest ever seen in the area. Another man pulls up looking for Sara and flees when confronted by Crockett and Tubbs. Crockett tackles him on the beach and he reveals that he is Tim Davis, Sara's brother. When informed that Sara has died, his first thought is "Where's the body?", which prompts Crockett to punch him in the face and arrest him.

Under intense questioning, Tim says Sara was carrying the drugs because she wanted money for the BMW, and Charlie Glide was her contact. Crockett (as Sonny Burnett) goes to see Glide, offering 10 keys of cocaine that didn't make it to the police lockup as incentive to be an investor. Glide sees a very big deal on the horizon and thinks he could use Sonny. Tubbs (as Cooper) gets money from the police lockup and asks Glide's assistant Max Rogo to invest money for a profit in drugs. What Crockett and Tubbs don't know is that Glide is maneuvering them to deal with each other, taking himself out of the loop (which is how he has escaped prosecution so many times); furthermore, he has deduced that Burnett and Cooper are cops. Glide asks Max to "take care of" Tim Davis for screwing up the drug deal involving Sara; when Tim stops by the office to offer "expensive information" and threaten Max with what he knows, Max shoots him.

The deal goes down and Crockett and Tubbs find they've been had; Glide brushes them aside declaring his victory. But they tell Glide the money he personally skimmed used in the deal was infact counterfeit, implicating Glide in a now federal felony, as he has already deposited it in a safe deposit box. Glide wants to make a deal - a free walk in exchange for him giving up a Peruvian drug dealer named Zabado, who fled Peru before a military court-martial. He came to Miami with his chemist - who tried to patent his cocaine formula - and a local purchaser, Lydia Sugarman, widow of a rich local electronics owner, wants capital for a leveraged buyout of her late husband's company. Crockett and Tubbs reluctantly agree to work with Glide, and arrange the deal over dinner with Sugarman and Zabado. Max spills the beans about Crockett and Tubbs being cops to Sugarman, claiming the Peruvian had rolled over on the cops.

Crockett and Tubbs take a boat to the meet, only to find it is another trap set by Glide and Zabado. They manage to escape the boat house before it explodes. They chase down Max and force him to take them to the real meet with Zabado and Sugarman. Before they arrive Sugarman kills Zabado, intending to kill Glide and take everything, but Crockett and Tubbs burst in and a shootout begins. Max and most of the thugs are killed; Sugarman tries to get away but is stopped by police backup. Glide tries to worm his way out by saying both parties set Crockett and Tubbs up. Crockett is about to slug Glide before Castillo stops him. Crockett vows to stay on top of Glide and nail him for the slightest crime. However, Max left the cops a parting gift: Castillo shows Glide a gun in evidence wrapping, asking him if it is his. Glide admits it is, and Castillo has him booked for the murder of Tim Davis, as it was the gun used in the killing (though it was actually Max who pulled the trigger). Glide is insistently in denial, but Crockett gleefully tells him he thinks Glide did it, and that he's going to jail either way. Glide hollers as he's handcuffed that they're "changing the rules".

In a trade as filthy as drugs, who isn't?


Guest Stars




  • The Jan Hammer music played during Glide's dealings is the same used in "Golden Triangle (Part II)" during the final scene with General Lao Li's grandsons and the following shootout -- "The Trial", first part of the medley "The Trial and the Search".
  • Pepe Serna would return to Miami Vice in the season 3 episode "Down for the Count (Part I)" as Oswaldo Guzman, who has Zito killed.
  • When the episode was repeated in June, 1986, it marked Vice's time slot change to 9:00 which would continue for nearly two years.
  • While speaking with Crockett (under the guise of Burnett), Charlie Glide refers to rumors of his dealing in recreational pharmaceuticals as "wives tales". He then asks Crockett if those were written by Chaucer. Glide is slyly alluding to The Wife of Bath's Tale.
  • Glide's mansion was used in the Al Pacino classic Scarface (Frank Lopez home), which inspired many elements of Miami Vice.
  • Crockett's sad luck with women is again demonstrated in this episode, as Sarah dies from cardiac arrest following a cocaine balloon exploding inside her. His girlfriend Theresa would later have a similar problem, albeit using drugs rather than muling them.
  • This episode features one of the few times something slipped past censors -- when Crockett and Tubbs approach Max after the failed bomb attempt, Max can clearly be heard saying, "Oh shit!" as he jumps over the bar.


  • In an overhead shot of Crockett driving Sara home, you can see a car skid to a halt at an intersection to avoid his Daytona. Given that Crockett is merely driving a girlfriend home, it seems totally out of character for him to drive so recklessly. It is likely that the footage was originally intended for a chase scene rather than a casual drive home.
  • When Crockett drops Sara off, he leaves the passenger side seat forward after removing her suitcase from the back. However, when he walks back to his car, the seat is back in place.
  • As Crockett returns to Sara's house to give her the flowers she left in his car, he visibly reacts before we hear her scream.
  • Crockett breaks into Sara's house by smashing some of the glass in her front door. The next morning when Crockett and Tubbs return to the house, the man seeking to sell his BMW is seen knocking on the same front door, with the glass intact.
  • When Crockett chases Tim on the beach, you can seen that they have recorded this scene twice by the position of his left arm holding his holster.
  • What's a rat doing crawling over bags of cocaine in the MDPD evidence locker?
  • When Rogo executes Tim, it is obvious he never actually fires the pistol. The sound has simply been dubbed over the shot to make it appear that he does.

Production Notes

  • Filmed: December 2, 1985 - December 11, 1985
  • Production Code: 60047
  • Production Order: 36

Filming Locations

  • 1500 Brickell Avenue, Miami (Crockett driving Sara to her home)
  • 811 Surf Road, Hollywood (Sara's house and Crockett chasing Tim on beach)
  • 485 W Matheson Drive, Key Biscayne (Glide's Villa)
  • Miami Marine Stadium Key Biscayne (Crockett/Tubbs meet Glide)
  • 1000 Brickell Bay Drive (Glide at bank)
  • Yaze Marina Restaurant at Rickenbacker Marina 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne (Crockett/Tubbs meet Max)
  • Miami River at NW 17th Avenue, Miami (Boat house for bogus meet and boat explosion)


Jan Hammer Music

  • "The Trial" (Crockett and Tubbs' meeting with Glide at the water grandstands).


  • "101 Dalmatians is not just a movie! . . . It's a metaphor for the breakdown of the nuclear family." -- Zito
  • "I know you don't wanna hear this, but I'm afraid I'm gonna have to notify the proper authorities [referring to Sara's death]." -- Doctor to Crockett "You already have." -- Crockett's reply to doctor
  • "Sara's not here right now, pal. Can I help ya?!" -- Crockett pointing gun at man looking for Sara
  • "I promised myself when the Dow broke 1400, I would buy myself a present" -- Charlie Glide
  • "I like simple numbers. A million off the top. Any chance you guys lettin me keep it?" -- Glide to Crockett and Tubbs during interrogation
  • "It's karma, happy you finally get to pay!" -- Crockett to Glide
  • "I didn't do it! I think you did it, and I think you're going to jail! -- Glide and Crockett
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"