Episode 9 starts out with Fiona and Michael at the beach. This was filmed at the
south end of Haulover Beach. Haulover Beach is well known for it’s lengthy nude
bathing section, noted meeting place for swingers.Michael and Fiona are at the far
southern point right at the Haulover Cut. If you are familiar with the documentary
movie Cocaine Cowboys, you will remember this place as a major drug importation point
in the 1980’s. In the movie they reveal that they had a girl placed in an apartment
at the top of the condo on the south side of this cut. She used binoculars to look
for cops and Coast Guard and talked to the drug runners by radio to warn them or
direct them in. Good Movie, true story.
They are there to meet with or rather observe a test of Michael’s contact at the
C.S.S., Perry Clark. He passes the test in the parking lot of Haulover Beach Park.
After the teaser we find Michael back at his place (rear of C.G.C.C.) and he is talking
on the phone with Perry who is still at Haulover park. Perry is sitting on a bench
at the west end of the cut near the bridge.
Sam and Michael go for a drive in Sam’s new CTS. This was filmed on Arvida Parkway
which makes sense because they end up at a home on Arvida parkway. 1 house north
of the house used in the Miami Vice episode, Bought and Paid For (29 November 1985
(Season 2, Episode 9)) . Here we meet Nick Lam, dude with a problem.
Then it is off to the Coconut Grove Mall. This is actually Coco Walk in the Grove.
The scene starts on Florida Ave. by the Mayfair as our gang pulls up in Sam’s new
car and parks on Florida Ave. at the intersection of Rice Street.
Red arrow is where they park. Green arrow is studio.
They all go into Coco Walk. If you look closely behind Michael the sign reads Coco
The chase starts, and they run out of Coco Walk onto Grand Ave.
Then we see them turn from Grand Ave. onto Virginia Street running northbound.
They run down the ally that goes between Virginia Street and Rice Street. Fiona
comes in from Rice Street and with some joy, saves the day.
Next, we go back to lam’s place to watch the video. Then to Michael’s before returning
to Lam’s. The plan is set and we head to Le Meridien. This was filmed on location
at 18683 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach, as the sign states. Here the outside
looks nice and modern but in real life, not a place a wealthy or even upper middle
class person would be found. Kind of old and cruddy inside.
Sam takes Fiona shopping. This was filmed at 3096 Fuller Street in the Grove. Very
close to Coco Walk.
Next, Michael meets with the kidnapper in a marina, not a lot of background clues
here but it was most likely filmed near the studio at Grove Key Marina. I will have
to go back down there to verify.
Next, Michael meets with Perry. This was filmed at the Carlitos set at the rear
of the studio.
Next, Michael goes to meet the head kidnapper. This was also filmed near the studio.
It was filmed at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. In the picture below right my friend
Dan J stands in for Michael.
Peacock park in background.
Michael enjoys the negotiation. Unknown location. If you know where this was filmed
please let me know at email@example.com
Then we return to Lam’s place on Arvida Parkway where Fiona is trying to entertain
and comfort Nick Lam. Then we go back to Michael’s place at the studio. After Michael
installs GPS in a shoe we head off to the meet. This was filmed at E.G. Sewell Memorial
Park along the Miami River. Side note: The meet takes place by the old boat slip
in an area known as the tropical gardens section of what was originally General Samuel
Crocker Lawrence’s grapefruit grove. He was a civil war General in the Massachusetts
Militia and first Mayor of Medford MA., near Boston. He bought this land in 1897
and created a grapefruit grove here sending as many as 10,000 boxes of fruit per
year north to New York. In 1964 the City of Miami acquired the land and named it
after three term Mayor and famous pioneer E.G. Sewell.
Sam is taken to the place where they hold the kidnap victims. This is very close
by. It is also along the Miami River just west of Sewell Park on N.W. 11th Street.
Shooting south we see the toll booth on the Dolphin Expressway in the background.
Then we go back to Michael’s place where we learn there is only 2 hours to act in
order to save the girl. We cut to Lam’s place where Michael is seen preparing for
the operation. Then Michael goes to meet with the head kidnapper. The exterior
set up shots would lead us to believe this was filmed on Brickell Key but it was
not. The set up shot below shows the Four Ambassadors that we saw under construction
in the movie Tony Rome. The meet actually was filmed back at Le Meridien.
While at Le Meridien, Sam and Fiona rescue the girl from the old marina on the Miami
River. After learning that she is safe, Michael tells the kidnapper that Lam won’t
pay and Michael leaves. This leads the kidnapper to go to the marina where he discovers
what has happened and is caught by the police.
We then go to Lam’s place where his girlfriend lets him know how she feels, ouch.
Next, we return to Michael’s set where he meets with Perry Clark for the last time
as it does not go so well. The episode ends at Michael’s place as he gives Fiona
a birthday present.