Cold Case (season 3)

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Cold Case Season 3
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel CBS
Original release September 25, 2005 – May 21, 2006
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Season three of Cold Case, an American television series, began airing on September 25, 2005 and concluded on May 21, 2006. Season three regular cast members include Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Thom Barry and Jeremy Ratchford. From episode 8 ownards, Tracie Thoms joins the main cast as Det. Kat Miller.


Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Kathryn Morris Det. Lilly Rush entire season N/A
Danny Pino Det. Scotty Valens entire season N/A
John Finn Lt. John Stillman entire season N/A
Thom Barry Det. Will Jeffries entire season N/A
Jeremy Ratchford Det. Nick Vera entire season N/A
Tracie Thoms Det. Kat Miller episodes 13-23 episodes 8, 9, 10, 12
Susan Chuang Dr. Frannie Ching N/A episodes 5, 9
Sarah Brown Det. Josie Sutton N/A episodes 1-5
Josh Hopkins ADA Jason Kite N/A episode 19


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
47 1 "Family" Mark Pellington Meredith Stiehm September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) 13.68[1]

The team reopens a 1988 case of Jimmy Tate, a teenage high-school graduate, when his daughter reports that Jimmy's old high-school gym teacher approached her, claiming to be her biological father.

48 2 "The Promise" Paris Barclay Veena Cabreros Sud October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02) 16.67[2]

When a widowed father presents photographic evidence that points to his daughter's death as not being accidental, the team reopens the 2004 case of Laurie Dunne, the overweight college freshman who died of suffocation in a fraternity house fire.

49 3 "Bad Night" Kevin Bray Andrea Newman October 9, 2005 (2005-10-09) 15.88[3]

The 1978 murder of teenager Angus Bistrong is reopened after the victim's mother finds a letter suggesting that his death wasn't random, and the team discovers that many of his friends had turned their backs on him shortly before his death because of a car accident he was involved left their friend wheelchair-bound.

50 4 "Colors" Paris Barclay Sean Whitesell October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16) 14.15[4]

The team reopens the 1945 case of an African-American baseball player, prominent young 20-year old who was supposed to play in Major League, beaten to death with his own baseball bat.

51 5 "Committed" Alex Zakrzewski Liz W. Garcia October 23, 2005 (2005-10-23) 14.95[5]

When it is discovered that a recently deceased elderly woman had been using someone else's identity for decades, the team reopens the 1954 case of a housewife who was committed to a mental institution for almost burning her son in a house fire.

52 6 "Saving Patrick Bubley" Marcos Siega Tyler Bensinger & Karin Lewicki November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 16.62[6]

When a mother of five loses her fourth son because of gang violence, Rush has to reopen her first case from 1999, when her first son was murdered, and also has to find out who killed her four sons and stop the youngest one from getting killed.

53 7 "Start-Up" James Whitmore, Jr. Karin Lewicki November 13, 2005 (2005-11-13) 17.42[7]

When a death threat is found on the hard disk of an old computer, the team reopens the 1999 case of a young, healthy woman who died of a heart attack, and discover that she was briefly a millionaire during the dot-com boom.

54 8 "Honor" Paris Barclay Craig Turk November 20, 2005 (2005-11-20) 17.08[8]

When a box filled with POW support bracelets is found in an abandoned drug den, the team reinvestigates the shooting death of a veteran of the Vietnam War who was killed in 1973, a year after he came home from the notorious Hanoi Hilton.

55 9 "A Perfect Day" Roxann Dawson Veena Cabreros Sud November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27) 19.36[9]

When a fisherman finds evidence of a young girl's death washed up onshore in New Jersey, the team reopens the 1965 case of an abused four-year-old child and examine the domestic violence that took place in her family's home.

  • This was the highest rated episode with more than 19 million viewers
  • Song featured in the intro: "My Girl", by The Temptations.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Catch the Wind", by Donovan
56 10 "Frank's Best" Michael Schultz Andrea Newman December 18, 2005 (2005-12-18) 15.22[10]

The team re-opens the 2001 case of a robbed and murdered deli owner when the brother of the man convicted of the crime brings forth new evidence suggesting the man, who had worked at the deli, may have been wrongfully accused.

57 11 "8 Years" Mark Pellington Meredith Stiehm January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08) 15.95[11]

When the team receives a tip related to a 1988 murder, the team investigates the lives and relationships of the victim and his four close friends when they parted ways after high school in 1980.

58 12 "Detention" Jessica Landaw Liz W. Garcia January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 14.60[12]

The suicide of a high school outcast in 1994 is reinvestigated as a murder when a missing piece of his suicide note turns up, indicating that he may have been fearing for his life right before his death.

59 13 "Debut" Tim Hunter Karin Lewicki & Kate Purdy January 29, 2006 (2006-01-29) 16.50[13]

When a local art dealer is named a suspect in his wife's murder, the team reinvestigates the 1968 death of a girl he was escorting to a debutante ball on the night she was murdered.

60 14 "Dog Day Afternoons" Craig Ross, Jr. Sean Whitesell February 26, 2006 (2006-02-26) 14.56[14]

The case of a female bank teller killed during a robbery in 2000 is reopened when the same bank is robbed again by perpetrators wearing identical masks and equipped with identical weapons as six years earlier.

  • Although the flashbacks take place in 2000, they are shown in black & white.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing", by Chris Isaak.
  • Song featured in the finale: "I Hope You Dance", by Lee Ann Womack.
  • There is an error when Jeffries and Vera go to the bank to ask questions and they start talking to the teller, and Jeffries mentions the bank robbery from 5 years's actually 6 years ago the other robbery they are referring to happened.
61 15 "Sanctuary" Alex Zakrzewski Steve Sharlet March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) 15.05[15]

When a drug dealer that Scotty worked with while he was on an old undercover case years back, the 1998 murder of one of Scotty's former drug mules is reinvestigated.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Teardrop", by Massive Attack.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Return to Innocence", by Enigma.
62 16 "One Night" Nicole Kassell Veena Cabreros Sud March 19, 2006 (2006-03-19) 14.62[16]

When a man who turns himself in for the 1980 murder of a teenager who was buried alive on the night of his prom claims to have struck again, the team reinvestigates the previous case to discover the man's MO to find where his latest victim is buried before it is too late.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Take the Long Way Home", by Supertramp.
  • Song featured in the finale: "You and Me", by Lifehouse.
  • Only time a suspect is seen in three different stages of their life during a closing scene.
63 17 "Superstar" Bill Eagles Patricia A. Fullerton, Craig S. O'Neill & Jason Tracey March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 14.64[17]

The team reinvestigates the 1973 case of a murdered college tennis star when the victim's sister presents them evidence that someone had been trying to poison her.

64 18 "Willkommen" Paris Barclay Andrea Newman April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02) 12.27[18]

When a gun is found amongst prop furniture at a local community theater, the team reinvestigates the 2002 murder of an outcast taxi driver who had just been cast for his first role in a musical.

  • All the music featured in this episode is from the musical Cabaret.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Willkommen".
  • Song featured in the finale: "Maybe This Time"/"Cabaret", by Natasha Richardson.
65 19 "Beautiful Little Fool" Kevin Bray Liz W. Garcia April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09) 13.22[19]

The team reopens the 1929 case of a woman found dead in a ravine on Christmas Day when the victim's great-granddaughter asks the team to finally solve the case in order to clear away the dark cloud hovering over her family.

  • The episode title comes from the novel The Great Gatsby. The episode holds many similarities to the novel.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Charleston", by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
  • Song featured in the finale: "300 Flowers" by Allison Miller (as Violet). The piece was composed by Michael A. Levine, specifically for this episode.
  • Final appearance of Josh Hopkins as ADA Jason Kite
66 20 "Death Penalty: Final Appeal" Alex Zakrzewski Sean Whitesell April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) 13.64[20]

The 1994 case of a raped and murdered sixteen-year-old girl is reopened when Det. Jeffries receives a call from the man who is about to be executed for the murder, who claims that he was set up by one of the detectives who originally worked on the case.

67 21 "The Hen House" David Von Ancken Craig Turk April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30) 14.10[21]

The 1945 murder of an ambitious female reporter is reopened when a letter turns up indicating that she was meeting someone at a train station the night when she was murdered.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Leapfrog", by Les Brown and his Orchestra.
  • Song featured in the finale: "It Could Happen to You", by Jo Stafford.
68 22 "The River" Craig Ross, Jr. Liz Garcia May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07) 14.61[22]

When a new witness comes forward, Lilly and the team are prompted to reopen the 1984 shooting of Grant Bowen a respected and beloved ER doctor whose secret gambling addiction was destroying his family.

69 23 "Joseph" Roxann Dawson Liz W. Garcia & Andrea Newman May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21) 13.09[23]

When Joseph Shaw's credit card is used a year after his death, Lilly reopens the 2005 case of a counselor at a teens' rehab center who was shot to death two weeks before he was scheduled to testify in a murder case.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Float On", by Modest Mouse.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Collide", by Howie Day.
  • This episode is inspired by and draws heavily on the film Laura (1944 film). One of Joseph's cats is even called "Laura"



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