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Basically, ratings were going down the toilet and of course, producers were like, "It must be because of the color scheme! And not because Season Four had some spectacularly awful episodes and ended on a ridiculous cliffhanger! Or because we stopped being more of an ensemble show** and focused on the disastrous love life of a tanned white dude! We can't fail!" So they traded the more somber blues and greens from the past two seasons and brought back pinks and whites, except for Rico, who sort of always dressed in darker colors because he was a) from NYC and b) a black dude. This was the 80s, remember?
Cliffhangers at the end of seasons always irritate me because it just seems like lazy writing to me. As much as I love Friends, this was one of my chief complaints about the series; every single season ended with a big question that was supposed to entice me to return the following fall, but I was just happy to see the gang again. I didn't need cheap tricks to bring me back. And the ending for Season Four of Miami Vice was just that: a cheap trick to get people interested in the show again. The first part of Season Five was getting Sonny back to nominal after he loses his memory in a boat explosion - because that's what happens when you blow up, I guess - and believes he is Burnett, a drug dealer. Once he does come to his senses, the rest of the season is pretty much Sad Sack Central, where Switek is addicted to gambling, Trudy and Gina are just kind of there, and I can honestly say that I stopped caring completely after Sonny somehow returned to the police force after being part of a drug empire. It's not like I thought the show was an accurate representation of life or anything, but my suspension of disbelief can only go so far.
Now, I will say that several episodes that were released after the season concluded were decent; sad, but decent, especially the one involving Valerie and her drug-addicted friend, except that it dealt with the terrible topic of child sexual abuse and can be difficult to watch. Even those episodes cannot redeem the otherwise underwhelming final season, however, so I tend to even forget that it exists and go back to rewatch the first two seasons.
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* I am totally going to do a Sonny's Hair supplemental next, because even if that picture show's something akin to a feathered mullet, you don't see its full glory. And of course, there's the issue of Crockett's ponytail.
** I know it was always more focused on Sonny and Rico, but the writers really took a dive into the inner workings of Crockett instead of evenly distributing storylines to the rest of the cast.