Hi pals, coming up on this week’s episode of Go With The Heat a team of vigilantes try to recruit the duo to their side in the episode Over the Line. On This Week In Vice we’re taking a look back to when this episode of Miami Vice aired, from March 19 – April 29, 1989, when Miami Vice was King.
There is a lot of news to talk about in the month and half between Miami Vice episodes so lets rapid fire a few stories. On March 26 the USSR held its first free elections, selecting Boris Yeltsin. On April 15 96 people died in a FA Cup match later called the Hillsborough Disaster. The on April 19 47 crew members of the USS Iowa died in an explosion in the Number Two gun turret.
The biggest news of this timeframe was the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The ship struck the Bligh Reef, spilling 10.8 million gallons of oil into the sound. Duo to its remote location, the spill cover 1,300 miles of coastline and 11,000 square miles of ocean. Numerous oversights led to the disaster including a drunk captain and the senior officer who was supposed to be in charge asleep in his bunk.
On March 22 goalie Clint Malarchuk suffered a life threatening injury after two St. Louis Blues players crashed into the net. During the hit a skate from Blues Steve Tuttle cut Malarchuk’s carotid artery. Malarchuk lost 1.5 liters of blood and 300 stitches to patch the 6 inch wound.
In this time period there are technically five songs that would reach number one on the Hot 100, one of them I will skip until next time. First up is The Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics. This is one of many number one hits from the band who makes constant appearance in Miami Vice.
Up next is The Look by Roxette and rounding out our rapid fire look back is She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals. The last song and the one I’ll spend a little more time talking about is Eternal Flame by The Bangles.
From the album Everything the love song would be a worldwide phenomenon. The Bangles were perfect for the MTV generation and this music video played around the clock throughout 1989.
As with music there are four movies that would claim the top spot at the box office during this timeframe. First up is the unnecessary comedy sequel Fletch Lives starring Chevy Chase. Next, the Academy Award winning feature Rain Man reaches number one just after the awards ceremony and in its 16th. week of release.
But the best movies during this stretch are Major League and Pet Sematary. The sports comedy Major League starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes and more spawned two sequels and is probably the second greatest baseball movie ever (behind Bull Durham of course). Last is the horror movie Pet Sematary. Based on the Stephen King book and directed by Mary Lambert. I’m not normally a fan of King adaptations (minus The Shining) but this one still scares the hell out of me.
And that’s everything you need to know that was happening when Miami Vice was king. Be sure to join us on Go With The Heat at gowiththeheat.com. I’d love to hear from you! Email the show firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @gowiththeheat. There are only 6 episodes of Go With The Heat left before we reach the end of Miami Vice and we have a very special sticker pack just for the end of the show. Check out our Patreon to find out more at patreon.com/gowiththeheat.
That’s all for this week, bye pals.
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