Crockett is all smiles, even though he’s going to a funeral.
Maximilan Il De France, or “Legba” to his cohorts, slipped
through Sonny’s fingers time and again. But with him now dead, the
Vice squad has a chance at taking down his voodoo-laced crime ring.
The funeral is interrupted by the arrival of Legba’s lieutenant,
Silvio Romulus, who squires the widow, Marie Sanserique, out of the
cemetery. Suddenly a biker crashes the service and hoses down the
coffin with a machine gun. Sonny and Rico dash in, and throw open
the coffin. Legba’s gone! In his place, the body of a goat stares
up at Sonny.
A lab expert
informs Sonny, Rico and Castillo that Legba might not have been
dead, particularly since an airhose was found in the coffin. A
neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin, found in some Caribbean fish, can
make a person appear dead for about 48 hours, then the person
recovers. But some brain damage often occurs. According to the
expert,“Some of your more courageous voodoo priests use this
in their ceremonies, and mixed with some home-grown psychedelics, it
produces what you might call their version. . . of a Zombie.”
and Rico burst out laughing, but get on the case. Staking out Silvio,
they hear him arguing with Marie, with her accusing him of deceiving
Legba and stealing from the operation. Then she stalks off,
apparently not wanting to be around when Legba’s muscle shows up.
But Sonny and Rico must follow Silvio, who leads them to the used
car lot of Bobby Profile. He slips a large briefcase full of cash
into the safe for Silvio. It looks like Silvio needs some money
laundered before he skips town. But that night, Silvio and his men
walk into the Voodoo Arcade, and Sonny and Rico see Legba and his
boys walk out. They find Silvio and his men on the floor, murdered.
Castillo, he orders them to tail Marie, probably the next thing
Legba wants to take back. Plus, he’ll send a team to watch Bobby
Profile. Marie refuses protection, claiming to know nothing about
Legba’s murders, or smuggling anything into the country, including
crowds of Hatians. But later she calls, asking the squad for help
because Legba plans to take her back to Haiti tonight. Next Stan and
Larry call Sonny and Rico to the car lot stakeout, where they hear
Bobby being shaken down by Legba on the phone, for the money Romulus
hid with him. After the call, they listen as Bobby makes plans with
his assistant to murder Legba.
get to try. That night the Profile dealership explodes with Bobby in
Meanwhile, Marie is taken by Legba’s men from Sonny’s boat,
despite Gina fighting and shooting one of them. With everyone
dropping out of sight, Rico is certain Legba, a voodoo high priest,
will have one more ceremony before running back to Haiti. He
convinces Castillo to let him go undercover. But when Sonny follows
the trucks taking worshippers to the ‘sanctuary’, he finds
Rico’s bug detached and left in the road. Rico seems to be fitting
in until he finds himself surrounded by Legba’s men, guns drawn.
After phoning Gina, she reports there was a sighting of the truck
near somewhere called Kendall Estates. Rico is injected with
hallucinogenics by Legba, then must watch helplessly as he strangles
Marie. The next morning, the Vice Squad searches the estate until
Larry finds Rico at the bottom of the empty pool. Rico recovers in
the hospital, almost strangling Sonny as he hallucinates that Legba
is at his bedside. Now conscious, he tells Sonny and Castillo what
he witnessed and remembers one more word: Blackbird. It’s a
Hatian freighter Legba is sailing back to Haiti. Sonny will lead the
squad after Legba’s ring, insistent that Rico come with them. On
board the Blackbird, Sonny and Rico shoot it out with Legba’s
muscle men, then advance to the bow where Legba stands raving his
voodoo. Rico suddenly flashes back to the ceremony, but he can’t
see Marie being murdered. Legba was between them the whole time!
Just as Rico realizes that Legba didn’t kill her, Legba draws his
gun, but Rico shoots first, blowing Legba’s body into the water.
He’s not coming back to life this time. Rico searches the boat and
finds Marie, drugged but alive. “You’re safe now, Marie.”
Many thanks to C.T. Warren, the fellow Vice fan
that wrote this synopsis.