A.K.A.: Bushido: The Way of The Warrior.


Original air date:  11/22/1985.

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 Ocean Dr.

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 Exit.

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 Greenwich Studios. 

Around the Dade county Courthouse.

And around some unknown Miami area Fishing tackle store.

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.

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 after, Castillo.

Castillo tells Marty the story of Toshin.  As he does this they are driving repeatedly over various sections of the same bridge, 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 Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue.

Then we cut back to the bridge head where our guys come under attack and they dive into the water to escape.

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.


Bath house

Tail spotted in side view mirror


Unexpected swim.






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Bought and Paid For.


If you recognize any of the unknown locations or have something else to add, please let me know at: cglide@floridamovielocations.org

Castillo is shown some pictures of Gretsky with his wife. These pictures were taken two places, not in Cuba and Russia but :

If you recognize any of the unknown locations or have something else to add, please let me know at: cglide@floridamovielocations.org

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