Filming for this episode took place from 07/01/86 thru 07/11/86 with additional filming
of 6 scenes on Tuesday, 07/22/86 and on 08/22/86 for three more scenes.
I have not done any accounting to see if it holds a record but this seems to have
been one of the most dangerous episodes of Vice to work on. Nearly everyday of filming
at least 1 or 2 people were injured. From a wooden cross falling off a wall and hitting
an extra to the Director, Mario Di Leo being accidentally shot with a plug from one
of the machine guns. He had to be rushed to the hospital via helicopter. The filming
continued when Don Johnson stepped in and took over directing.
The episode starts off in a parish hall with a slide show and talk being given in
order to raise money for the Irish. The Vice squad was told that this was to be an
arms deal. Instead it ends up being an attempted hit. This was filmed at St. Patrick’s
Church, 3700 North Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach.
Then we see the opening montage. This is the 7th variation of the montage that we
see (not counting slight differences in length of segments and differing colors on
the Miami Vice logo). This is very similar to what will become the standard season
3 opening montage but instead of seeing the Testarossa on Collins Ave., we see a
cut of Bal Harbor.
After the opening montage, Act 1 opens inside the O.C.B. (set at Greenwich Studios).
Gina gets benched as expected and then she cheers up after receiving a call from
the orator at the slide show, Sean Carroon.
Then we see Bluto and Lee Harvey better known as Switek and Zito arrive at Bunny
Berrigan’s house. Bunny is in the pool, there is no sign of Sean as he is now staying
in a hotel. This house should look familiar. I recognized it right away because
of the stairway seen in the background. This is the same house that Lombard’s girl
lived in. The “Borroto house”, 241 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne.
Next we see Crockett and Tubbs track Izzy Down. This was filmed on Washington Avenue
at 6th Street on Miami Beach. We see this location used in the movie Bad Boys as
well as in the Miami Vice episode, Freefall.
Next we see Gina meet with Sean at a romantic bayside park. This was filmed at the
north tip of Virginia Key. The beach has grown over with low vegetation now, but
However; mainland Miami has grown up considerably.
Then we cut to evening, and Gina and Sean are having diner. The exterior establishing
shot was likely stock footage, possibly still from the Miami area. If you recognize
it please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
The interior of the restaurant was filmed at a familiar Vice location. The Barcelona
Hotel, 4343 Collins Ave. We have previously seen the Barcelona Hotel in; Lombard,
Buddies, and Definitely Miami.
Then we cut to an establishing shot of the exterior of Carroon’s beach hotel. Location
unknown. Looks like more stock footage.
Then we go inside where Gina is Gina. The interior was also filmed at the Barcelona
Then it cuts to the interior of the O.C.B., a set at Greenwich Studios. Here we
meet Cross who is after Carroon.
Then we go to Max Klizer’s. This was a set at the studio.
Then we cut to Gina and Carroon in his hotel room (Barcelona Hotel) preceded by a
quick shot of Bayfront Park and Downtown Miami.
Next we see Stan and Larry doing some surveillance. This was filmed on Collins Ave.
at 43rd Street.
This is where we first see the Testarossa, in black.
Then we see Tubbs waiting for Gina. This was filmed on N. Meridian Ave. at West 40th
St. Tubbs is parked on (the south side) of West 40th Street right where it meets
Meridian Avenue. Gina approaches walking northbound on the west side of Meridian
They are watching Bunny who comes out of 3923 Alton Road. No where near Collins Ave.
More movie magic.We see this store in the background of Burn Notice episode 64;
Door Bunny exits.
Then we go to another familiar Miami Vice location. Jimbo’s on Virginia Key. Here
Crockett meets with the arms dealer, Eddie Kay.
Then we return briefly to Bunny’s house on Key Biscayne.
Then we see Cross and Castillo eating lunch in the same restaurant where we saw Gina
and Carroon eat diner. The Hotel Barcelona.
Then we go to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to the area by No Name Harbor.Another
location we have seen used in Vice before. We saw it used in episode 28, Junk Love.Here Stan and Larry listen in on Sean and Bunny.
Then we see an establishing exterior shot of Gold Coast Shipping before going inside
the O.C.B. (set).
From there we cut to Max’s office (studio set) where Bunny ups the bid for the stingers.
Max calls Eddie who is riding in a deuce and a half out on Virginia Key between Jimbo’s
and the beach where Gina met with Sean.
Then we see Crockett and Tubbs arriving in a gravel pit and meeting Eddie to pick
up a truck load of weapons with their Daytona.
The question of fitting the weapons into the Daytona is resolved when Crockett questions
if the batteries are any good in the stingers.
Then we see an establishing shot of the SE Financial Center at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
in Miami. This is no doubt footage from episode 40, The Fix.
Then we go inside Max’s place which was filmed on a set at Greenwich Studios.
From there we return to the O.C.B. (set).
Then we go to Sean’s hotel room (Barcelona Hotel) where Gina cannot get control of
herself and has to leave. Then we see Cross in his hotel room (studio set), call
Sean and warn him off the beach.
Then we cut to the inside of the O.C.B.(set) where Castillo organizes the take down.
Then we cut to Stan and Larry outside Berrigan’s house (241 Harbor Dr. K.B.) They
radio Gina and Trudy that he is leaving. Gina and Trudy are in the Dade County Communications
Center, a set at Greenwich Studios.
Then we see Bunny traveling eastbound on NW 21st Street and turn right (south) onto
NW 39th Ave. Larry and Stan are following.
Castillo is watching from above.
Bunny has pulled into Carroon’s hotel. This was filmed, not at the Barcelona Hotel
but out west by the airport where we just saw Berrigan turn. What at the time was
the Sheraton Riverside, 3900 NW 21st Street. Now it is a Wyndham Hotel.
Then it is showtime. They leave the hotel with their tail and it cuts briefly to
Castillo’s helicopter hovering above. Then we see Berrigan and Carroon pull into
a parking garage. This is actually the police garage at Miami International Airport.
At the time it was Pan American Parking Lot # 1.
They park on the second floor at the base of the ramp that goes to the third floor.
Eddie Kay and Bunny Berrigan leave in the van to decoy toward the beach. Stan and
Larry enter the garage to look for Sean.
We then tail Eddie and Bunny past a Winn Dixie Supermarket. Location unknown.
Then we see them arrive at No Name Harbor at the end of Key Biscayne.
The Vice Squad neutralizes Kay and Berrigan, then realize that a Stinger is missing.
Then we get a nice view of the old MacArthur Causeway.
Then it cuts to Carroon atop the Pan American parking garage at Miami International
Airport.We see this same background from a different angle in episode 29, Tale of
The Goat where Crockett and Tubbs meet Legba’s coffin at terminal D.
C+T arrive at the garage and find S+L tied up in their van right where Eddie Kay
had been parked.
They head for the roof. Gina having blown by Stan and Larry, is already on the rooftop.
Crockett arrives on the scene from the NE.
Then we see the stunt double fall over the wall. Gina comes rushing up to the wall
and we can see the Biltmore Hotel in the distant background.
No fire escape.
The episode ends here, atop the parking structure.