The episode starts out at Michael’s apartment, a studio set. Michael is left eating
yogurt while Sam packs to go on the mission leaving Michael uncomfortable. Unfortunately
the Miami skyline in the background is pretty clearly fake.
Then we go to the Dominican Republic or at least we see some establishing shots that
would lead us to believe this. In reality the establishing shots are not even the
Dominican Republic. When I first saw it I thought it looked more like Puerto Rico
and when I saw the third shot I knew it was. I recognize the Saint Felipe Cathedral
in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Then we see Sam and Jesse in the D.R., but in reality they are walking down the often
used Espanola Way in Miami Beach. When we first see them they are walking westbound
toward Drexel Avenue past 436 Espanola Way. This is the exact spot Jackie Gleason
stops to ask the nice ladies for directions in the movie Smokey and The Bandit 3.
As seen in Smokey and The Bandit 3
Jesse and sam seperate as Jesse walks into Segafredo at 500 Espanola Way. There he
meets with the seller of the list and learns the list is mobile.
We see this location in Miami Vice episode 49, The Good Collar.
Then we see the seller leave in his vehicle that was parked on Drexel Avenue just
south of Espanola Way. Jesse rejoined Sam who is of course having a beer on Drexel
Avenue just north of Espanola Way. This ends the teaser.
Act 1 opens in Miami with an aerial establishing shot of Miami International Airport.
Then we see Michael greeting Nate at what is suppose to be terminal C of Miami International.
This clearly looks nothing like the airport. It was in fact filmed on the west side
of the Miami Beach Convention Center. 1901 Convention Center Drive.
Then we go to Nate’s friend’s shop. In reality this was Ted Vernon’s custom car shop
which we saw used before in episode 38 or 310, A Dark Road. Located at 471 NE 79th
Street in Miami.
After Fi joins in at the shop we go to Madeline’s (set) where they resume an old
Then we see Michael and Nate headed toward Virginia Key on the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Then it cuts and we see them arrive at Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Avenue. We
saw this location used before in episode 23, Hot Spot.
Then we see Michael and Nate arrive at the Taylor’s auto store to save the day. Filmed
on location at 471 NE 79th Street.
Then we see another establishing shot of the Dominican Republic. Really we are looking
past PR 680 at Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Then we see a split screen of several locations at one time where we see both Espanola
Way and stock footage.
Then we see Jesse and Sam working Espanola Way on Miami Beach. The same place we
first saw them.
Then we see Michael, Fiona, and Nate at Madeline’s (set).
Next we see the crew outside the garage of the people who stole the goat. This was
filmed on Commerce Street, Miami Beach near Joe’s Stone Crab.
Then we see Fiona speed up (east) Commerce Street toward Joe’s Stone Crab. Magically
the rest of her team has vanished.
Then somehow Fi pulls into the alley from the north and heads west toward the garage.
Fi gains entry for the team. This leads them one step closer to the goat and they
torch the place as promised.
For the next scene they do not go far. At least not for the exterior establishing
shot. The house is on Commerce Street at the west end. These houses are seen in the
background of the Miami Vice episode 70, Amen... Send Money.
I believe they stop in the alley by the house but I will have to go there in person
to confirm this.
Then they enter the house. This appears to have been filmed on location. The door
matches the house on the left but not that of the house on the right. The windows
also match on this house. Since these houses have been destroyed since the filming
to make way for a low rise condo it will take someone who was there to confirm if
this was filmed at what is now 850 Commerce Street. If you have any information on
this or any other site please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside, Caleb shoots Buckwild to keep him from talking.
Then we see another establishing shot for the Dominican Republic. Well, again not
really. This is Puerto Rico again. I am surprised that they used this shot because
this is so easily recognizable as Puerto Rico even to people not familiar with Puerto
Rico, it just has that look. They picked one of if not the most famous place in San
Juan, Puerto Rico: La Perla. Miami Vice fans will instantly recognize this as the
unforgettable place where Crockett and Tubbs went in episode 15, Smuggler’s Blues
which was largely the basis for the 2006 movie.
Next we go to 405 Espanola Way where Jesse and Sam have set up head quarters on the
second floor. Their Jesse figures out the likely exchange point for the list.