Miami Vice (1984–1990)
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Tale of the Goat 

Crockett and Tubbs escort a coffin containing a criminal to his final Miami resting place ... until its learned that he has risen from the dead and has a similar zombie fate scheduled for Tubbs.


Michael O'Herlihy


Anthony Yerkovich (created by), Jim Trombetta | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Don Johnson ... Detective James Crockett
Philip Michael Thomas ... Detective Ricardo Tubbs
Saundra Santiago ... Detective Gina Calabrese
Michael Talbott ... Detective Stan Switek
John Diehl ... Det. Larry Zito
Olivia Brown ... Detective Trudy Joplin
Edward James Olmos ... Castillo
Clarence Williams III ... Maximilian 'Legba' Ildefonse
Mykelti Williamson ... Sylvio Romulus (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Denise Thompson Denise Thompson ... Marie Sansarico
Little Coco Little Coco ... Baron Samedy
Peter Sellars ... Dr. Ohara
Ray Sharkey ... Bobby Profile
Reggie Pierre ... Hepcat (as Reginald Pierre)
Jacques Mazeran Jacques Mazeran ... Hungan (as Jacques Mazarin)


A Haitian voodoo priest who is also a drug dealer, died and his body arrives. Later the body disappears. They find a breathing tube in the coffin. A doctor thinks the man is alive, he may taken a toxin that makes a person appear to be dead but also has side effects. The man recruits his followers and he sets out to get the ones who betrayed him especially his right hand who took over his business and his girlfriend. Tubbs decides to go undercover at one of his gatherings and they give him something that could a psychedelic. Written by

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Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The term 'bocour' is French and has no relation to voodoo; in fact, it describes the class of people who used to carry out the executions of criminals in France. See more »


Towards the end of the episode on the freighter, when Tubbs is shooting at Legba, you can see him fire two shots by the smoke of the gun but you can only hear one. See more »


Det. Larry Zito: [Finding Tubbs in the bottom of the pool] Crockett!
[Crockett runs over and sees Tubbs]
Detective James Crockett: Call an ambulance!
[Jumps into the pool. Zito calls for help]
Detective James Crockett: Hang on buddy!
[Clears the debris from Tubbs' body]
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Can't Turn Back
Written by Tom Cochrane
Performed by Red Rider
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Voodoo causes headaches for Crockett and Tubbs
30 June 2007 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Tale of the Goat" is an average episode of "Miami Vice" - while it is a relatively fast moving and good looking episode, it fails to fully engage the viewer. The premise, however, is an interesting one - the boss of a crime organisation who is apparently deceased is seen alive and kicking.

Tubbs has a larger part to play in this tale unlike some of the previous episodes where he has been overshadowed by his partner.

The music from Jan Hammer is excellent as always and there are accompanying tracks from Todd Rundgren, The Fixx, Nona Hendryx and Red Rider.

8 out of 10. Good but could have been so much better.

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