Cold Case (season 5)

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Cold Case Season 5
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Original channel CBS
Original run September 23, 2007 – May 4, 2008
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Season five of Cold Case, an American television series, began airing on September 23, 2007 and concluded on May 4, 2008. Season five regular cast members include Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Thom Barry, Jeremy Ratchford and Tracie Thoms. This season was originally scheduled to air 24 episodes, but due to the Writer's Strike only 18 episodes were produced and aired.


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 entire season N/A
Bobby Cannavale Det. Eddie Saccardo N/A episodes 16, 18
Bonnie Root ADA Alexandra Thomas N/A episodes 5, 12
Doug Spinuzza Louie Amante N/A episodes 12, 18
Mark Rolston Ari Gordon N/A episodes 1, 5


# # Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
94 1 "Thrill Kill" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 12.75[1]

The team reopens a 1994 triple-murder case in which three young boys were beaten to death when the mother of one of the two teenagers convicted of the crime comes forward with evidence that they were innocent.

95 2 "That Woman" Roxann Dawson Liz W. Garcia September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) 13.70[2]

After a piece of clothing belonging to a murder victim is found in an old van, the team reopens the 1998 murder of a high school girl who had a reputation for being promiscuous.

96 3 "Running Around" Holly Dale Jennifer M. Johnson October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07) 13.02[3]

When the younger sister of a missing person comes to the police for help, the team reopens the 2006 case of an Amish girl who was murdered while she was in Philadelphia experiencing the Amish rite of passage called "rumspringa".

97 4 "Devil Music" Chris Fisher Kate Purdy October 14, 2007 (2007-10-14) 13.88[4]

The team reinvestigates the 1953 case of a talented 19-year-old rock'n'roll singer when new evidence comes forth suggesting he wasn't killed in the place where his body was found.

  • Song featured in the finale: "Can't Help Falling in Love", by Elvis Presley.
98 5 "Thick As Thieves" Holly Dale Christopher Silber October 21, 2007 (2007-10-21) 11.69[5]

The team reopens the unsolved 1989 case of an unidentified Jane Doe when she dies in the hospital after being comatose since the day she was shot 18 years ago, only to encounter a long list of suspects when they learn that the woman was a professional con artist who had swindled dozens of people, and now have to solve which of her victims was the most motivated to kill her.

  • Song featured in the intro: "All She Wants Is", by Duran Duran.
  • Song featured in the finale: "One More Try", by George Michael.
99 6 "Wunderkind" Kevin Bray Greg Plageman October 28, 2007 (2007-10-28) 11.78[6]

When a small-time crook is caught using the Social Security Number of a dead teenager, the team reopens the 2002 murder of the 14-year-old math phenom and an outcast.

  • Song featured in the finale: "Natural Blues", by Moby.
100 7 "World's End" Roxann Dawson Gavin Harris November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 13.89[7]

When human remains are discovered in the bottom of a well, the team opens the 1938 case of a housewife who went missing the night of Orson Welles' radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.

101 8 "It Takes a Village" Kevin Bray Erica Shelton November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 12.78[8]

When the body of a newly missing boy is found in a cargo container, the remains of three other victims who vanished from 1999 to 2003 are found, and the team realizes they're dealing with a serial killer.

102 9 "Boy Crazy" Holly Dale Joanna Lovinger November 18, 2007 (2007-11-18) 14.12[9]

The team reopens the 1963 case of teenage girl who was thought to have committed suicide when new evidence leads them to believe the girl might have been murdered for acting and dressing like a boy.

103 10 "Justice" Agnieszka Holland Veena Cabreros Sud November 25, 2007 (2007-11-25) 12.98[10]

The team reopens the 1982 case of a popular college valedictorian who was shot on the day of his graduation when they discover the accusations of rape made against him by several female students shortly before his death.

104 11 "Family 8108" Jeannot Szwarc Kellye Garrett & Elizabeth Randall December 9, 2007 (2007-12-09) 11.57[11]

The team reopens the 1945 case of a Japanese-American man killed outside an Army-Navy football game when it was revealed that the original investigation may have been in the wrong place of search.

105 12 "Sabotage" Nicole Kassell Greg Plageman January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 10.96[12]

The team searches for a serial bomber whose latest pipe bomb maimed the wrong target and whose three previous bombings, in 1999, 2001 and 2003, collectively blinded a man and killed two others.

106 13 "Spiders" John Peters Liz W. Garcia February 17, 2008 (2008-02-17) 9.57[13]

The team reopens the 1998 case of a murdered 17-year-old girl when her father is arrested for beating another child. During the investigation, the team finds evidence that the victim was involved with a group of neo-nazis who were suspected of another unsolved murder around the same time.

107 14 "Andy in C Minor" Jeannot Szwarc Gavin Harris March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30) 9.80[14]

After traces of blood linked back to a missing teen are found, the team re-investigates the 2006 case of a boy who went missing from a high school for the deaf.

  • Song featured in the opening scene: "SOS", by Rihanna.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Look After You", by The Fray.
108 15 "The Road" Holly Dale Jennifer M. Johnson April 6, 2008 (2008-04-06) 11.93[15]

Lilly and Scotty travel to West Virginia to escort a suspected murderer, who is believed to have abducted a woman from her 2007 engagement party and then killed her, back to Philadelphia. Now, as they drive back to Philadelphia, they must listen to his clues and his motives after they find out that the last victim is possibly still alive.

109 16 "Bad Reputation" Alex Zakrzewski Christopher Silber April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13) 9.43[16]

The 1997 murder of an ex-con who had just been released from prison is reinvestigated when the victim's decomposed severed hand is discovered in a crack house during a drug bust.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Santa Monica", by Everclear.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Recovering the Satellites", by Counting Crows.
110 17 "Slipping" Kevin Bray Erica Shelton April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) 11.61[17]

The team reopens the case of a woman who allegedly committed suicide in 1962 when it is revealed that her suicide note was not written in her handwriting. It deals with how madness was considered and treated in the 1960s, and includes issues such as social segregation and pressure at work.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Crazy", by Patsy Cline.
  • Song featured in the finale: "End of the World", by Brenda Lee.
111 18 "Ghost of My Child" Roxann Dawson Liz W. Garcia May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04) 11.56[18]

A drug addict whose son was killed in an apartment fire in 2005 comes forth claiming she just saw her child in the park.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Better Days", by Goo Goo Dolls.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Far Away", by Nickelback.
  • This episode was loosely based on the Delimar Vera case, who was abducted in December 1997 by a relative of the father during an apartment party fire and found by her mother in January 2003 at another relative's party.
  • This episode aired at 8 pm.



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