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Did Castillo EVER smile?


Olmos is a wonderful actor, and I totally get why you need a character like Castillo here, but does anyone know if he ever lets his guard drop for even a second in an episode? A smile. A quip. Some indication that he's human.

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Back in 1986, Edward James Olmos answered a similar question with this answer:

"I don't see myself going, "Four killed on that drug bust? Ha, ha, ha! Sonny, you're really good." They simply don't give me any scenes where I can smile."

That being said, in the last scene of The Home Invaders (from season one), you can see Castillo grin, as Lt. Malone and Sonny chat just before Malone informs Sonny that he is retiring.

I hope this helps.

Edit: One other note about that episode. Tubbs does not appear at all in the episode. He was injured filming the previous episode. From the entire series, this was the only episode PMT did not appear in.


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catch_the_spindrift, good call on The Home Invaders. I'd forgotten about that scene.

OP, there was a fourth season episode (I think it was "Death and the Lady") where Castillo smiles. He asks what a kitten's doing in the squadroom and Crockett says, "evidence".



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Excellent work, catch_the_spindrift and Mr-Fusion! Really appreciate the responses and the knowledge. That's exactly what I was looking for and then some.

I just finished watching "Payback" (S2, Ep.19) and Castillo, as always, is a slow burn. But there was a nice moment between he and Crockett. Sonny was under investigation from Internal Affairs and he goes to the office to find Castillo in his office, lights off and on his small couch (presumably sleeping, or more accurately, trying to). Crockett asks what Castillo believes and in typical Castillo speak he says "You're a good cop.". When Sonny wants to pursue the matter to clear his name (involving taking down a dealer) Castillo--who had heretofore said the matter was too dangerous--pauses and then says "You got him.". I'm sure it reads rather simple, but Olmos plays it perfectly. He's betting on his man. Nice moment, well played by both actors and it shows a hint of Castillo's humanity.


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Agreed, it is a great Crockett-Castillo moment.

Payback's a great one. One of my favorite fiction authors wrote that episode. It's kinda tragic that they never again (in the series) picked up the dangling thread left in the last scene (Fuente still thinks Crockett has his money), but it still plays as classic Vice noir.

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Wasn't familiar with the name Aaron Lipstadt, but looked him up and I am familiar with some of his work. I see that he was a production manager on Battle Beyond the Stars, which makes him a legend in my book.

Vice did a pretty good job of bringing plot threads and characters back in (which aids greatly in its world building), but they also left some major ones dangling. For instance I know that we never hear anymore about Rico Jr. either, which is mind boggling.

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Wasn't familiar with the name Aaron Lipstadt
I'm not either. Had to look that name up just to make sure I was reading properly.  Not sure why IMDb has Lipstadt credited as the writer, but "Payback" was actually written by Robert Crais:
http://miamivice.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Crais

Anyhoo, you're right, Rico's son was another dangling thread, even though we got closure on Calderone's kid (Leguizamo).



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Wasn't familiar with the name Aaron Lipstadt
Had to make sure I was reading that right. Looks like Lipstadt was the director, but it was written by Robert Crais:
http://miamivice.wikia.com/wiki/Robert_Crais
Talking about this episode makes me want to watch it again.

Anyhoo, you're right, Rico's son was another dangling thread, even though we got closure on Calderone's kid (Leguizamo).



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Ahhh, okay, that's my bad then. I looked it up after I got home from work, and my caffeine level had dipped below critical . Clear not mind. Straight not thinking.

I see Crais is well versed in the world of cops and crooks. I was about to ask why Hollywood hasn't come knocking to adapt his novels, but I saw they already have Hostage (2005).

I suppose it would've been a bit of a buzzkill to have Tubbs changing diapers in between busting bad guys, but it's really surprising they didn't do more with that particular thread. Then again, Sonny's family sorta falls out of the picture as well.

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He also smiles in another season four episode - "God's Work" when he is gently teasing his priest friend about his baseball team's performance

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Very cool, thanks for the info .

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Just watched this episode again and the great scene you were referring to. I think that was the biggest smile and laugh he ever had in the entire series.


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I saw him smile in the episode where Crockett marries Sheena Easton.

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Well... wait, Crockett married Sheena Easton?! Huh. Yeah, how could Castillo not smile at that?

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He smiles at a cat at some point.

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My favorite Castillo moment is during the first episode he appears in.....when he looks Tubbs square in the eye and says: "Don't ever come up to my face like this again, detective." Bad-A$$

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Castillo seems to be at his warmest - smiling and even hugging - when he meets up with someone beloved from his past; e.g. his ex-wife played by Joan Chen ("Golden Triangle") and his assumed dead friend Jack Gretsky played by Dean Stockwell ("Bushido").

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