Filming for this episode took place from 10/09/1985 through 11/12/1985, a much longer
period of time than normal. It was originally scheduled to have filming completed
on October 17, 1985. There was no shooting on October 12+13 because it was a weekend.
The no shooting that started that weekend lasted over three weeks. Filming did not
resume until Tuesday, November, 12 just 10 days before the episode aired.
The episode starts on Miami Beach. Ocean Drive at what has now become known as the
Bushido bath house. This was located at the end of 14th Street at Ocean Drive, 1401
Crockett and Tubbs are stationed across the street in the Winterhaven Hotel.The
script originally called for Crockett and Tubbs to be stationed inside a life guard
tower but the realities of filming changed their location. We saw this same room
in the Winterhaven and the same bath house area used at the start of episode 7, No
After raiding the bath house the vice squad learns that they have been bested.
The teaser ends and we see the standard season two opening montage.
Act 1 opens inside the O.C.B. (Greenwich Studios Set). They are having a debriefing.
Castillo recognizes the guy who killed Herrera and stole the money. In the final
production it then cuts to the exterior of a storefront. In the script the scene
was longer (and better I think) and involved Gretsky having infiltrated the O.C.B.
as a mailman as shown in the script pages below.
Then we go to Los Angeles. To the 1100 block of Western Avenue.We have seen this
same location used in episode 10, Give A Little, Take A Little.We see an establishing
shot of an adult bookstore and arcade at 1117 Western Ave., L.A..
Then we go inside the store. In reality we are back in Miami on a set built inside
Around the Dade county Courthouse.
Around a clock shop and Fishing tackle store. Which are right next door to each other.
419 and 417 Espanola Way, Miami Beach.
Then we see Castillo in a Thai neighborhood. He is clearly being followed and is
given a message from Gretsky. This was filmed outside the studio, on the north side
of the studio at what was then the North Miami Community Center. If you look in the
background behind Castillo’s tail as seen below left, you can actually see the exterior
of the Stage A building of Greenwich Studios. Inside this building is where the O.C.B.
set was built. The community center is now a bank but the building’s exterior is
nearly unchanged since Vice days.
Then we cut to a Buddhist Temple. Well not actually. In reality this was filmed at
a private residence. 21 Palm Avenue on Palm Island. Here Gretsky ends his life after
getting a hug from Mr. Emotional.
As act two begins we see Castillo at his home, reflecting on what has happened. This
was filmed at the same house that he has throughout the series. 3351 Poinciana, Coconut
Grove. Fortunately the finished product that we see differs from the script. The
finished product is important to Castillo’s persona. The script does not fit Castillo.
It has him looking intently looking at his collection of Ming Dynasty pottery. He
gently holds the fragile pieces, like a jeweler, one at a time. Trying to find something
in them, find some beauty or meaning in them. He carefully removes the glass dome
that covers the finest piece, the center of the collection. His hands tighten on
it without his awareness. Suddenly it shatters in his hands. He then runs his hands
across the shelf, sweeping the Ming pieces off, crashing on the floor. He stops at
a photograph of Jack and himself in jungle fatigues, their arms around each other.
He tries to cry but can’t. Tries to scream but no sound comes out. He takes out a
wooden box and kneels. Carefully removes a Samurai sword. Then the scene cuts.
It cuts back to the O.C.B. where we learn that Gretsky was full of cancer. Then it
cuts to Castillo’s house where we see Tubbs finding Castillo’s badge which he had
left on the table.
Then we see Crockett and Tubbs arrive at the adult book store. Only the KGB is already
there and they have killed Hardin and Carter. The KGB puts a tracking device on Tubb’s
car. This was all filmed at the studio.
Act three starts with Castillo arriving at Erendria’s home where Gretsky’s wife is
hiding. This was filmed at 600 Surfside Blvd in Surfside Fl. The interior scenes
were also filmed here.
Castillo takes Lara and her son away to safety. They head to Key Largo. We see them
on the Card Sound Road Bridge headed south.
As they crest the top of the bridge Castillo learns that Gretsky named his boy Marty
Castillo tells Marty the story of Toshin. As he does this they are driving repeatedly
over various sections of the same bridge (Card Sound), not in order.
As the story continues, Castillo notices he is being tailed. This was filmed on Old
Dixie Highway further to the north of where they had been going over the bridge.
In real life this would not make sense. They are headed south toward the bridge.
Then we see Tubbs and Crockett pulling over on the north side of Card Sound Bridge
to meet with a uniformed Sheriff.
Then it cuts to Marty, Martin and Lara arriving at an abandoned hotel on Key Largo. In
reality this was filmed in South Miami at the Stone House on the Deering Estate,
16701 SW 72nd Avenue. They enter the front door located on the west side of the structure
away from the bay. The Deering Estate is a location Miami Vice also used in Cuba
Libre, The Afternoon Plane, Leap Of Faith and Freefall. Freefall and Cuba Libre also
used the Stone House.
Then we cut back to the bridge head where our guys come under attack and they dive
into the water to escape. We see the uniformed officer dive into the water. In the
script he does not. He ask what is going on and is immediately struck by a high-powered
bullet and is instantly killed. Then C+T return fire but the van has bullet proof
glass. They dive into the water to avoid the explosion.
Then we go back to the Deering Estate. There they get into a dangerous cat and mouse
game with the Russians after Lara stabs Castillo. It ends while Castillo is facing
off against Surf in the backyard. Tubbs and Crockett arrive and neutralize surf.
We see Lara get set up in a second floor room. This becomes a popular room for Miami
Vice filming as we see it used again in both Cuba Libre and Freefall.
Act 4 opens with Marty and Lara fleeing out of the hotel, of course filmed at the
Deering Estate’s Stone House.
Her exit is blocked at the same door they came in and the same one we see guest arriving
thru in Freefall.
As seen in Freefall
Lara and Marty head to the basement
They come in and walk right past the basement stairs where Lara is trying to push
the door in. Filmed from the third floor.
She guides Marty through the basement only they are no longer in the Stone House.
They have moved next door to the Richmond Cottage. Still at the Deering Estate.
Then we cut to the third floor of the Stone House. Special thanks to Bethany Gray,
Historic Preservation and Curatorial Manager of the Deering Estate. Who authorized
me access to the third floor to take pictures which is normally off limits.
We briefly cut back to the Richmond cottage basement where she drops the revolver,
it disappears and then later reappears. Then we return to the third floor of the
Then we see them run. Not from the south side of the Richmond Cottage but from the
east side of the Stone House.