Episode #004 Part 1 of 2
Alternate Title: Return of Calderone
Air Date: 19 Oct 1984 (NBC)
Director: Richard Colla
Writer: Joel Surnow
Crockett and Tubbs are holed up in an apartment doing surveillance on a dealer named Castronova, who is in an apartment across the street. While Tubbs is watching the apartment across the way, Crockett is getting ready to go meet Caroline and their lawyers about their divorce. Zito and Switek relieve Crockett and Tubbs, who take off. After they leave, Switek looks through the surveillance camera while Zito’s in the bathroom. Switek pulls a prank and yells to Zito that the girl in the apartment they’re watching is “buck naked”, when she really isn’t.
Sonny and his lawyer meet with Caroline and her lawyer on the courthouse steps. The two lawyers begin arguing about the details of the custody arrangement for Billy, which leads Caroline and Sonny to walk away from them and talk alone. Caroline and Sonny settle their differences, then proceed to fire their lawyers and leave together.
Two of the men Switek and Zito are surveilling are suddenly gunned down by a person posing as their limo driver, just after the pair have gotten into a limo. The real chauffer comes up with a gun and steps out into the street to stop the shooter. The chauffeur takes his eyes of the shooter for a brief moment, and the shooter takes the opportunity to shoot him. The shooter walks towards a waiting car and escapes. The cops give chase, but do not catch him. Supposedly, there is still one suspect inside the apartment building that’s been under surveillance, but the vice cops don’t find him. They do find $20,000, a brief case, some pistols, and papers that the shooter left behind.
Sonny and Caroline go back home and make love. A knock on the door from Tubbs and Rodriguez interrupts their subsequent pillow talk. Rico tells Sonny that Castronova, his bodyguard, and his chauffeur were shot, and the shooter left behind a book containing the names of eight people, six of whom were already dead. Sonny’s is the eighth name on the list.
Back at the OCB, Rodriguez finds out that the shooter is, perhaps, an Argentinian with a long history known to INTERPOL, a trained assassin with no known name. A torn receipt found in the shooter’s room gives them a name “Carlos Mendez” to check out.
Caroline and Billy have been taken into protective custody, and Rodriguez wants Sonny to go to the safe house and stay with them. Sonny balks, but Lou insists. The two leave for the safe house. Still at the OCB, Zito brings Tubbs an FBI surveillance photo, supposedly of Mendez, though it’s almost impossible to make it out. Tubbs, however, identifies another person in the photo — Calderon.
Meanwhile, Sonny and Lou have stopped at Sonny’s boat to pick up some things. The assassin has targeted Sonny from a perch on top of a building across the way, and he takes his shot. Lou sees the shooter, yells to Sonny, and takes a bullet that was meant for Crockett. In the process, Lou is gravely wounded.
It so happens that Calderon is found to have links with the six people who have already been killed. Sonny wants to go after Carlos Mendez. Rico tries to stop him, but when he realizes that Crockett is determined, he decides to go along with him. The seventh person on the list, one Linus Oliver, a dealer, is now under surveillance and gets a call about a deal. He’s supposed to meet someone named Mendez. Sonny and Rico catch up with Oliver and tell him that he is being set up. They want Linus to call Mendez and reschedule the meeting. Oliver now fears for his life and doesn’t want to do it, but he doesn’t have much choice but to cooperate, since Sonny and Rico found both drugs and the drug deal money in Oliver’s car when they caught up with him.
Crockett is, of course, a bit jumpy, and draws down on a man who’d approached him from behind to return a pack of cigarettes that he’d dropped. Sonny, subsequently, goes to the safe house to see Caroline and Billy, but tells Caroline that he can’t stay.
Oliver goes to the meeting with Mendez at a club. The place is crowded and noisy [I’m So Excited]. Zito is there as a waiter, Switek as a bartender, and Tubbs, Oliver, Trudy, and Gina wait at a table for Mendez. They’re all especially vigilant, since no one really knows what Mendez looks like, except for Oliver. Gina and Trudy get up to dance, after which Trudy heads to the bar. She is accosted by a guy who wants to dance and won’t take “no” for an answer. A friend of his also bothers Trudy, [Tush] gets a bit rough, then strikes out at Zito when he attempts to intercede, after which Zito punches him. A brawl breaks out. In the midst of it, Oliver spots Mendez in the crowd, and the cops are able to apprehend him. They believe they’ve caught the shooter, but the real assassin has simply sat back and watches all the commotion.
Sonny goes to get Caroline and Billy out of the safe house and take them home, believing it’s all over. Meanwhile, Tubbs is interrogating Mendez, who won’t admit to knowing Calderon’s whereabouts. Rico gets word that Oliver has just gotten blown away outside his apartment building. At this point, they all realize Mendez is not the assassin, and that Sonny’s next.
Rico races to the Crockett home, but the family has already arrived, and the assassin is already waiting inside. Just after Sonny, Caroline, and Billy walk through the door and Sonny turns on the lights, he realizes someone is waiting for them — they’ve spilled a cup of coffee on the living room carpet. Sonny grabs Caroline and Billy and pushes them out of the way. A shoot-out with the assassin ensues. The vice cops arrive, and the assassin is killed after he plunges through a window and right into their arms.
Sonny and Caroline’s home is a wreck, and Sonny’s chances for reconciliation with his wife are nil. Caroline tells Sonny that she loves him, but things just aren’t going to work out. Sonny tells her he’ll reschedule the divorce hearing.
The vice squad, still on the scene at Sonny’s home, get word that Rodriguez has died, and that Mendez has finally caved, admitting that he knows Calderon is in the Bahamas. Crockett and Tubbs make plans to go after Calderon.
To be continued…
— Daryle Gardner-Bonneau
Ryan St. Leon
Russ Ballard, In The Night
ZZ Top, Tush
The Pointer Sisters, I’m So Excited
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Robert Lacey, Jr.
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