And that's why I cannot choose that episode as my favorite. McGill's impressions were just too over the top for me, and I feel like the camaraderie between partners in the police force was well-trod with Sonny and Rico. Sure, the ending was powerful, but it was so difficult to enjoy with the specter of his overacting. I know I'm in the minority here, and I'm okay with that.
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Sympathetic portrayals of homosexuality during the 80s was not a common occurrence, but Miami Vice dove right into it, although the story is told through the lens of two heterosexual men and how his death affected them. Even though it could have been better, that's still a bold step from just not mentioning them at all or presenting them as crazy or evil*. It's no Daley Wong from Bubblegum Crisis, but I'm glad that the topic was at least brought up.
The episode also paints Sonny in a much better light in terms of a more progressive outlook. He could have held similar opinions or at least mimicked them in public, and yes, he could have stood up for Orgel; instead, he carried around an immense burden for years and chose to distance himself from Freed. I'm not saying that I agree with his actions, but seeing his reaction to Orgel's oppression and eventual suicide (by allowing himself to get shot by a drug addict) was enough to sympathize with him and his struggle.
If you really want to see the best that Miami Vice can offer, I highly suggest you check "Evan" out. Of course, you can also watch "Out Where the Buses Don't Run," but you may find yourself getting irritated and shutting the TV off.
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* More often than not, their homosexuality wasn't even overtly mentioned; it was subtly alluded to in a sort of *wink wink* manner, but it was always a character flaw.