Cold Case

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Cold Case
Cold Case cover.jpg
Promotional poster
Created by Meredith Stiehm
Starring Kathryn Morris
Danny Pino
John Finn
Jeremy Ratchford
Thom Barry
Tracie Thoms
Theme music composer Helmut and Franz Vonlichten with intro by Michael A. Levine
Opening theme Nara
Composer(s) Michael A. Levine
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 156 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Meredith Stiehm
Jerry Bruckheimer
Jonathan Littman
Location(s) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Jerry Bruckheimer Television
CBS Productions (2003-2006)
CBS Paramount Network Television (2006-2009)
CBS Television Studios (2009-2010)
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 28, 2003 (2003-09-28) – May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)

Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases.

On May 18, 2010, CBS announced that the series had been canceled.[1] The series currently airs in syndication, and also on Ion Television on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the U.S. and on Viva in Canada.[2] Sleuth channel occasionally airs it at midnight on the weekdays. In 2011, the show began airing on MyNetworkTV.[3]

Premise[edit]

The show is set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and follows Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), a homicide detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, who specializes in "cold cases", or investigations which are no longer being actively pursued by the department. Rush was initially partnered with Detective Chris Lassing (Justin Chambers) in the first five episodes and then with Detective Scotty Valens (Danny Pino) for the remainder of the series. They work under Lieutenant John Stillman (John Finn) and are assisted by other detectives from their squad—Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford), Will Jeffries (Thom Barry), and beginning in season three, Kat Miller (Tracie Thoms).

Usually, each episode would focus on a single investigation. All cases involved murders committed in Philadelphia, although investigations occasionally required travel outside the city. Cases were also spread out over much of the previous century, with some as recent as a year or two old and others dating back to the 1910s. Generally, an investigation would begin when the police received a new lead, or "new direction", on a case. This might be the discovery of a body, a new lead such as an alibi witness not found in the original investigation, new evidence pointing to the innocence of the accused, or a critical piece of evidence such as a murder weapon (e.g., one investigation began when a gun received in a gun buyback program was linked to a murder through ballistic evidence). In some cases, the lack of a body meant that it was originally unclear if a crime had even occurred, with people instead believing that the victim had merely left town.

Over the course of the episode, the detectives would interview witnesses associated with the crime and piece together the story of what led the victims to their death. These interviews were accompanied by flashback sequences to the time of the murder which dramatized the testimony. Witness testimony, even from people who would later be revealed as the killer, was almost never false. At most the guilty party would lie by omission, leaving out critical details, or stopping their narrative before they implicated themselves. The witness testimony was also generally presented in chronological order so that it formed a cohesive linear story for the audience.

The show was also distinguished by "double casting" in which the characters and witnesses would flash back and forth in the scene representing them as they looked at the time of the crime and in the present day. This was done with different actors as children or much younger selves especially if the year in question was well in the past. The oldest case for example took place in 1919. A living witness was seven years old at the time but in 2007 when investigated was now 95. However if the crime took place in the recent past (i.e. within the last 10 years) the same actor would be used with minor differences, unless it was a child or adolescent. However if it was judged that the character was not likely to have altered in appearance significantly except for weight and gray hair, the same actor would be used. This was not just with the guest actors themselves but sometimes with the detectives as well if they had any involvement in the original investigation. Detective Jeffries for example had flashbacks to himself as a child in two episodes and a young detective in another.

At the end of the episode, when the killer/s were exposed and confronted the confession would be in a flashback scene depicting the murder. The scene would show the details with exceptions having to do with the utter heinousness of the underlying motive of the crime such as rape or sexual assault. The police would be shown arresting the killer and walking them into custody. The killer and other characters in the story would seen as flashing back to their younger selves and as now. The spirit of the victim would be seen either by Lilly, one of the other detectives or a loved one of the victim. This would be accompanied by the playing of a song meant to symbolize the period in which the killing took place.

Through the flashbacks, the show examined many issues related to 20th century history, including: racism, homophobia, sexism, abortion, and police brutality. Some of the cases were based on real life events or victims, akin to the "ripped from the headlines" style from shows like Law & Order.

Music[edit]

The theme song is an excerpt from "Nara" by E.S. Posthumus (who also performed the theme for NFL on CBS), with an introduction by series composer Michael A. Levine that begins with an otherworldly wail from vocalist Elise Morris. Besides Levine's original music, each episode makes extensive use of era-appropriate music for flashbacks to the year in question. Some episodes contain music only from one artist such as Ray Charles, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Doors, John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Tim McGraw, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra and John Lennon. Pearl Jam's music was used in the two-part season-six finale, the first time one artist's music has been used for two full episodes.[4] In one episode, the music from the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show ("Creatures of the Night" starring Barry Bostwick) and in another episode ("Wilkommen") only music from Cabaret was used. In the series finale, music from The Rolling Stones was used, and for the first time, it featured an unreleased song.

Original Songs of the series:

  • "Best Friends" – Episode: "Best Friends"
  • "One Dress Left" (performed by Allison Miller) – Episode: "Beautiful Little Fool"
  • "300 Flowers" (performed by Allison Miller) – Episode: "Beautiful Little Fool"
  • "Scarlet Rose" (composed by Gary Haase and sung by Alexa Khan) – Episode: "Static"
  • "Goin' Off" (Written by Jeff Lucky and performed by Danièle Watts) – Episode: "Read Between The Lines"
  • "Read Between The Lines" (Written by Jeff Lucky and performed by Danièle Watts) – Episode: "Read Between The Lines"

Characters[edit]

Name Portrayed by Occupation Division Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Det. Lilly Rush Kathryn Morris Senior Detective
Homicide Main
Lt. John Stillman John Finn Lieutenant
Supervisor
Homicide Main
Det. Scotty Valens Danny Pino Senior Detective Homicide Main
Det. Nick Vera Jeremy Ratchford Senior Detective Homicide Main
Det. Will Jeffries Thom Barry Senior Detective
Asst. Supervisor
Homicide Main
Det. Kat Miller Tracie Thoms Junior Detective/
Senior Detective
formerly in Narcotics/
Homicide
Main
Det. Chris Lassing Justin Chambers Senior Detective Homicide Main

CSI: NY crossover[edit]

On May 2, 2007, one of the Cold Case detectives made a rare appearance outside of the series. In the CSI: NY episode "Cold Reveal", Danny Pino appeared as his Cold Case character Scotty Valens as he traveled to New York when it was discovered that CSI Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) was connected to an unsolved case. The CSI shows and Cold Case all air on CBS and are produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. None of the characters from CSI, however, appeared on Cold Case.

Satire[edit]

In 2005, John Finn, Kathryn Morris and Jeremy Ratchford appeared in a satirical promo on the Irish language television station TG4. The commercial won a Gold Medal in the "Best Drama Promos" category of the 2007 Sharks International Advertising Awards Festival of Ireland (Sharks Awards).[5] The promotion features John Finn and Kathryn Morris in character interrogating a murder suspect (Peader Cox) from the TG4 soap Ros na Rún who refuses to speak in English; both detectives then begin talking in Gaelic, much to the surprise of Jeremy Ratchford's character. The promo tied in with a murder investigation in Ros na Rún.[6]

Similar series[edit]

The investigation of "cold cases" has been used as the basis for several other detective dramas, including:

Cold Squad controversy[edit]

After its launch, television critics noted similarities between Cold Case and a similar Canadian series called Cold Squad which debuted five years earlier.[7] Cold Squad fans accused the American series of copying the Canadian program's basic premise and characters. In 2003, the Cold Squad creators considered seeking legal redress against the Cold Case producers over copyright issues.[8][9] Both shows air in Canada (and on the same network, CTV). The law firm headed by entertainment attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who successfully represented Art Buchwald in his copyright-infringement suit against Paramount and who has defended the James Bond franchise against copycats, confirmed it agreed to represent[clarification needed] the Cold Squad producers, who claim the CBS series is a knock-off of their own hit show. The Globe and Mail reported that Meredith Stehm, the American series creator, attended a TV writing seminar at the Canadian Film Centre in 2002 where the Cold Squad concept was discussed. O'Donnell's law firm commented in a statement: "Our clients are very concerned about many striking similarities and have retained counsel to investigate the situation and, if necessary, to take appropriate action."

Episodes[edit]

This is an episode list for the CBS television series Cold Case.

Seasons one through three and season six comprised 23 hour-long episodes each, while season four included an additional episode for a total of 24. Season five comprised the fewest episodes, with 18. The last season, season seven, which finished its run in May 2010, began airing on September 2009 and consisted of 22 episodes.

A total of 156 episodes were aired over seven seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 23 September 28, 2003 May 23, 2004 #17 14.18
2 23 October 3, 2004 May 22, 2005 #14 15.10
3 23 September 25, 2005 May 21, 2006 #17 14.24
4 24 September 24, 2006 May 6, 2007 #16 13.98
5 18 September 23, 2007 May 4, 2008 #28 10.89
6 23 September 28, 2008 May 10, 2009 #20 12.00
7 22 September 27, 2009 May 2, 2010 #29 9.86

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2003–2004[edit]

Main article: Cold Case (season 1)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 1 "Look Again" Mark Pellington Meredith Stiehm September 28, 2003 (2003-09-28) 15.55[10]

Detective Lilly Rush from Philadelphia Homicide force is transferred to the Cold Case Unit, where she reopens a 1976 murder case involving two wealthy families when the former housekeeper, who is now old and dying of cancer, comes forward claiming to have witnessed the murder of Jill Shelby, a young teenage girl who was found dead near a slumber party hosted by two wealthy brothers.

2 2 "Gleen" Paris Barclay Jan Oxenberg October 5, 2003 (2003-10-05) 13.96[11]

The team reinvestigates a 1983 murder in which a young mother, Dana Deamer, was killed in an explosion in her own house, shortly before she was to testify in court against a man who indecently exposed himself to her in public, since her daughter, who was only 5 when she died, is still convinced that the man is her killer.

3 3 "Our Boy Is Back" Bryan Spicer Stacy Kravetz October 12, 2003 (2003-10-12) 12.82[12]

When a serial rapist sends a intimidating letter to the Cold Case squad announcing his return to Philadelphia after five years of absence, the team reinvestigates the 1998 murder of a college student who was believed to be one of his former victims.

4 4 "Churchgoing People" Mark Pellington Meredith Stiehm October 19, 2003 (2003-10-19) 11.62[13]

The team reinvestigates the 1990 case of a murdered church organist, when his Alzheimer's-stricken widow begins having constant flashbacks of the night when he was murdered.

5 5 "The Runner" David Straiton Veena Cabreros Sud October 26, 2003 (2003-10-26) 14.08[14]

After a drug addict brings in an audio tape in which a fatal shooting is heard, the team reopens a 1973 case involving the unsolved death of Joe Washington, a young police officer murdered after responding to a call at a drug-infested housing project.

6 6 "Love Conquers Al" Greg Yaitanes Kim Newton November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09) 14.39[15]

A petty thief hoping to get a reduced sentence comes forward claiming to have seen a young man washing blood out of his car in 1981 on the same night a teen track runner was murdered.

7 7 "A Time to Hate" Deran Sarafian Jan Oxenberg November 16, 2003 (2003-11-16) 13.95[16]

A 75-year-old woman asks Lilly to reinvestigate the unsolved murder of her son, a former college baseball player, who was beaten to death outside of a flamboyant bar in 1964 after it was discovered that he was homosexual.

8 8 "Fly Away" James Whitmore, Jr. Veena Cabreros Sud November 30, 2003 (2003-11-30) 16.46[17]

After a young woman suddenly wakes up from a 2-year coma and doesn't remember anything about her daughter's death back in 2001, Lilly and the squad must determine if the girl's mother was the killer, or someone else was involved.

9 9 "Sherry Darlin'" Rachel Talalay Sean Whitesell December 7, 2003 (2003-12-07) 16.11[18]

When Lily gets an anonymous phone call from a man who claims to have killed an elderly woman in 1989 and buried her body in the basement of a house, the team investigates the murder of a grandmother who lived with her grandson, an orphan, and disliked his lifestyle.

10 10 "The Hitchhiker" Marita Grabiak Sean Whitesell December 21, 2003 (2003-12-21) 13.95[19]

When new evidence is uncovered that links a current case to an unsolved murder from 1997, the team reopens the case of a hitchhiker who was killed on his way back to Philadelphia after winning a large sum of money at a casino in Atlantic City.

11 11 "Hubris" Agnieszka Holland Stacy Kravetz & Kim Newton January 11, 2004 (2004-01-11) 15.20[20]

A college professor, whose career ended in disgrace after being suspected of murdering one of his female students in 1995, asks the detectives to reopen the case, hoping to clear his name when another young woman is killed in an identical fashion as the first victim.

12 12 "Glued" Peter Markle Tyler Bensinger January 18, 2004 (2004-01-18) 12.80[21]

Det. Stillman asks Lilly to reinvestigate one of his first cases as a homicide detective, the unsolved murder of an 8-year-old boy who was knocked out and left for dead in a snow drift in 1980, after his jacket is found in a hollow tree.

13 13 "The Letter" Tim Hunter Veena Cabreros Sud January 25, 2004 (2004-01-25) 15.75[22]

After a young woman comes forward with new information about the death of her grandmother Sadie, Lilly and the squad reopen the unsolved murder of the 25-year old woman in 1939. They discover racial tensions and a secret romance connected to the woman.

14 14 "The Boy in the Box" Karen Gaviola Meredith Stiehm February 15, 2004 (2004-02-15) 17.33[23]

The team reopens the case of an unidentified six-year-old boy, whose body was found in a cardboard box in a field outside Philadelphia in 1958 after it is discovered that he may have been part of U.S Government approved radiation experiments on orphans.

15 15 "Disco Inferno" James Whitmore, Jr. Tyler Bensinger February 22, 2004 (2004-02-22) 15.33[24]

The team reinvestigates the circumstances of a fire that killed 22 people and destroyed a disco club in 1978 when a new set of remains with a bullet hole in the skull is discovered by construction workers redeveloping the site, suggesting that one death was probably a murder.

16 16 "Volunteers" Allison Anders Jan Oxenberg March 7, 2004 (2004-03-07) 15.98[25]

Human remains found during a building demolition lead the team to investigate the unsolved deaths of two hippies, a white woman and a black man, who disappeared in 1969, who were a part of a group that performs secret abortions on pregnant girls.

17 17 "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester" Tim Matheson Sean Whitesell March 14, 2004 (2004-03-14) 15.92[26]

When a high school basketball phenom receives death threats over the phone, the team reopens the 1987 murder of his father, another star player, who was found stabbed to death hours after leading his team to win the State Championship.

18 18 "Resolutions" Alex Zakrzewski Kim Newton March 28, 2004 (2004-03-28) 14.26[27]

The team reinvestigates a 1999 case involving the death of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on New Year's Eve after a recovering alcoholic comes forward as the possible culprit, but the investigation reveals that the victim may have been poisoned before he was run over.

19 19 "Late Returns" David Straiton Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin April 4, 2004 (2004-04-04) 14.25[28]

Suspicious evidence found at the scene of a current murder leads the team to reopen the case of a young, politically-involved woman who was killed on the night of the 1992 presidential election.

20 20 "Greed" Karen Gaviola Stacy Kravetz April 18, 2004 (2004-04-18) 12.93[29]

The team reopens the 1985 murder of a wealthy stockbroker killed during an apparent carjacking gone wrong, and uncover evidence that the victim was a closeted gay man scamming his clients and even using some of them for sexual favors with the promise of getting their financial careers off the ground, suggesting that he was murdered.

21 21 "Maternal Instincts" Kevin Hooks Laurie Arent April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) 14.83[30]

When a juvenile delinquent claims to remember witnessing his mother's death, the team reinvestigates the 1989 murder of the young single mother, who turns out not to be who everyone thought she was.

22 22 "The Plan" Agnieszka Holland Veena Cabreros Sud May 2, 2004 (2004-05-02) 14.39[31]

The 1999 drowning death of a military academy's strict swim coach is reopened after the homicide division receives a note that suggests he was murdered, and eventually learn that the victim was a pedophile who preyed upon his students.

23 23 "Lover's Lane" Nelson McCormick Meredith Stiehm May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) 14.53[32]

When DNA evidence reveals a man was wrongfully convicted of murder, the team reopens the 1986 case of a teenybopper 15-year-old girl who was raped and killed during a date at a popular lover's lane parking lot.

Season 2: 2004–2005[edit]

Main article: Cold Case (season 2)
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
24 1 "The Badlands" Tim Matheson Chris Mundy October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03) 15.03[33]

A 2003 triple homicide case that Vera and Lily investigated a year ago is investigated when the prime suspect, a former gang member, procures a viable alibi, and the team must reopen the case in order to find the true killer of the owners of a popular diner and their employee for the sake of their only daughter, who is still struggling with her parent's deaths.

25 2 "Factory Girls" David Von Ancken Meredith Stiehm & Stacy Kravetz October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10) 15.50[34]

The team reopens the 1943 death of a female factory worker, which was originally ruled an accident, when the sixty-year reunion of her coworkers stirs up new information in the case.

26 3 "Daniela" David Barrett Veena Cabreros Sud October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17) 15.68[35]

The discovery of a presumed snuff film featuring a missing teenage runaway causes the team to reopen a murder investigation from 1979, when a young teenage girl who ran away from home was found dead. It is discovered that the young woman was transgender.

  • Song featured in the intro: " Bad Girls", by Donna Summer.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Goodbye Girl", by David Gates.
  • Nobody is arrested. It was a suicide.
27 4 "The House" Alex Zakrzewski Sean Whitesell October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24) 15.38[36]

When a human skeleton in a tattered prison uniform is discovered in a sinkhole outside a former state penitentiary, the team reinvestigates the 1968 murder of an inmate who had attempted to escape the prison twice before his death.

  • This is the first episode in the series that featured a single artist's music.
  • All songs in this episode are by Johnny Cash.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Folsom Prison Blues", by Johnny Cash.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Flesh and Blood", by Johnny Cash.
28 5 "Who's Your Daddy?" Greg Yaitanes Tyler Bensinger October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31) 16.20[37]

When an internet auction listing for a gold bracelet is found by a nineteen-year-old girl who believes it to be her mother's jewelry, she requests that the 1991 double murder of her parents, who were Cambodian immigrants, be reinvestigated.

29 6 "The Sleepover" Emilio Estevez Liz W. Garcia November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) 17.66[38]

When a current investigation is discovered to be a copycat murder, the team reinvestigates the 1990 case of a twelve-year-old girl who was attending a slumber party the night of her death.

30 7 "It's Raining Men" Paul Holahan Jan Oxenberg November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14) 18.43[39]

A long-term AIDS survivor asks the team to reopen the 1983 case of his dead boyfriend's murder in order to find peace before his upcoming wedding, and to clear his name, as he was the prime suspect in the murder.

31 8 "Red Glare" Tim Matheson Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21) 15.58[40]

The 1953 murder of a schoolteacher who may have been a communist sympathizer is reopened at the request of the victim's youngest son, who has become suicidal because of survivor guilt.

32 9 "Mind Hunters" Kevin Bray Veena Cabreros Sud November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28) 17.51[41]

The team begins the hunt for a serial killer when the reinvestigation of a woman's disappearance in 1985 leads to the discovery of eight more victims, all of whom were found decapitated.

33 10 "Discretion" James Whitmore, Jr. Henry Robles December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19) 14.81[42]

The team reinvestigates the unsolved 2000 murder of a prominent and ambitious assistant district attorney from New Haven, CT when he is posthumously linked to a major political scandal.

34 11 "Blank Generation" David Barrett Chris Mundy January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) 15.57[43]

The team reexamines a cult member's 1978 suicide when they learn of a new fatality that may be linked to the death.

35 12 "Yo, Adrian" James Whitmore, Jr. Sean Whitesell January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16) 15.67[44]

A referee's deathbed confession leads the team to reopen a 1976 case in which an over-matched boxer died during a match that someone paid off to continue.

36 13 "Time to Crime" Tim Hunter Tyler Bensinger January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30) 16.69[45]

The case of a young girl killed in a drive-by shooting in 1987 is reopened when the long-lost murder weapon is turned in as part of a gun buyback program, and the team begins the daunting task of tracing the gun back to its previous owners to find the original shooter.

37 14 "Revolution" Alex Zakrzewski Liz W. Garcia February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20) 15.41[46]

When the police arrest a fugitive draft-dodger returning from Canada as a suspect for a 1969 murder of a teenage girl, the team discovers that there may be more than one suspect in the murder.

38 15 "Wishing" Emilio Estevez Karin Lewicki March 6, 2005 (2005-03-06) 15.77[47]

When drawings depicting the death of a mentally disabled teenager are found next to the victim's grave, the detectives reopen the 1993 case and investigate the victim's turbulent home life.

39 16 "Revenge" David Von Ancken Jay Beattie March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) 16.61[48]

The team reopens the case of a missing nine-year-old boy who was found murdered in 1998 when a guilt-stricken priest recounts a dead man's confession related to the death.

40 17 "Schadenfreude" Tim Matheson Gina Gionfriddo March 20, 2005 (2005-03-20) 17.29[49]

The discovery of the personalized ring of a long-dead Philadelphia woman found on the finger of a dead junkie prompts the team to reopen the 1982 murder case of the troubled surgeon's wife.

41 18 "Ravaged" James Whitmore, Jr. Meredith Stiehm March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27) 13.24[50]

The investigation of an accidental death of a young mother in 1995 is reopened when the victim's sister asserts she may have been accosted by a group of college students the night she died.

42 19 "Strange Fruit" Paris Barclay Veena Cabreros Sud April 3, 2005 (2005-04-03) 14.84[51]

Haunted by a childhood memory, Jeffries persuades the team to reexamine the 1963 murder of a 16-year-old boy who moved with his African-American family into a predominantly white neighborhood, since he discovered his body when he was 12.

43 20 "Kensington" Bill Eagles Sean Whitesell April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24) 16.74[52]

The team reopens the 1985 case of an optimistic young mill worker who was murdered in an apparent mugging when someone comes forward claiming to have stolen money from the victim's body.

  • All songs in this episode are by John Mellencamp.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Jack and Diane", by John Mellencamp.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Small Town", by John Mellencamp.
44 21 "Creatures of the Night" Alex Zakrzewski Tyler Bensinger May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) 16.28[53]

The team races against time to find a connection between the 1977 murder of a hotel doorman and a serial killer about to be released from prison in New Jersey as part of a plea bargain.

45 22 "Best Friends" Mark Pellington Liz W. Garcia May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08) 14.77[55]

When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, the team re-opens the case, linking the truck to a Prohibition-era bootlegger and believing the remains may be those of a woman who went missing in 1932.

  • Song featured in the intro: "I Got Rhythm", by Ethel Waters with Ben Slavin.
  • Song featured in the finale: An original composition by Michael Levine, which can be found on the Cold Case Original Soundtrack under the title "Best Friends". An original poem is heard over the music.
  • The episode won a GLAAD Media Award.[54]
  • No arrest, as the death of the victim was due to a vehicular accident.
46 23 "The Woods" Nelson McCormick Veena Cabreros Sud May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22) 14.60[56]

The discovery of nine human skulls leads the team back to the serial killer George Marks, whom they were unable to incriminate months earlier and, as the detectives reinvestigate his mother's 1972 murder, he emerges from hiding to face Det. Rush one-on-one.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Sunshine On My Shoulders", by John Denver.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Behind Blue Eyes", by The Who.
  • During one of the flashback scenes a young George plays a 45 of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders", however this is an anachronism, as the scenes were set in November 1972, and the song would not be released until late 1973.
  • Loosely based upon serial killer Robert Hansen.


Season 3: 2005–2006[edit]

Main article: Cold Case (season 3)
No. in
series
No. in
season
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[57]

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[58]

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[59]

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[60]

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[61]

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[62]

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[63]

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[64]

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[65]

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[66]

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[67]

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[68]

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[69]

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[70]

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 ago...it'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[71]

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[72]

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[73]

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[74]

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[75]

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[76]

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[77]

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[78]

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[79]

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"


Season 4: 2006–2007[edit]

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70 1 "Rampage" Mark Pellington Veena Cabreros Sud September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) 16.27[80]

A 1995 massacre at a shopping mall is reinvestigated when video evidence is found in an air shaft that indicates that the two shooters, who committed suicide at the scene, may have had a third accomplice who escaped.

71 2 "The War at Home" Alex Zakrzewski Samantha Howard Corbin October 1, 2006 (2006-10-01) 14.43[81]

The team reopens the 2004 case of a missing veteran of the Iraq War when her prosthetic arm is found in a river.

72 3 "Sandhogs" David Von Ancken Greg Plageman October 8, 2006 (2006-10-08) 13.72[82]

When the remains of a Sandhog miner who disappeared in 1948 are found in a subway service tunnel, the team is prompted to reopen the case, and find evidence that the victim might have been murdered for being a union activist.

  • A photograph of Joe Washington, the cop killed in "The Runner" (episode 1.5), is seen on the wall of fallen officers.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Sixteen Tons", by Big Bill Broonzy.
  • Song featured in the finale: "I Wonder", by Louis Armstrong.
73 4 "Baby Blues" David Barrett Liz W. Garcia October 15, 2006 (2006-10-15) 13.97[83]

The team reinvestigates the 1982 case of a newborn baby who died under suspicious circumstances, which were originally reported as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  • The victim is not seen at the end due to the fact that she was an infant at the time of her death. Instead it ends with Lilly kneeling at her grave.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Somebody's Baby", by Jackson Browne.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Open Arms", by Journey.
74 5 "Saving Sammy" Paris Barclay Tyler Bensinger October 22, 2006 (2006-10-22) 14.81[84]

The team reopens a 2003 case in which an autistic boy's parents were shot in their car when Lilly's boyfriend brings her information that the boy might have witnessed the murder.

75 6 "Static" Kevin Bray Gavin Harris October 29, 2006 (2006-10-29) 14.16[85]

The team reopens the 1958 case of a popular disk jockey when they discover audio evidence that suggests someone may have arranged his murder to look like a suicide.

  • This episode features a cameo by an actor playing Little Richard.
  • Various jingles were featured in the intro.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Scarlet Rose", performed by Alexa Khan and written by Gary Haase. The song was written for the episode.
76 7 "The Key" David Barrett Jennifer M. Johnson November 5, 2006 (2006-11-05) 13.96[86]

When new evidence of a murder case from 1979 is found, Det. Jeffries, who worked on the case as a rookie cop, sets out to find the killer, fulfilling the promise he made to the victim's daughter twenty-seven years ago.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Best of My Love", by The Emotions.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Broken Hearted Me", by Anne Murray.
77 8 "Fireflies" Marcos Siega Erica Shelton November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12) 14.77[87]

When an undelivered letter with a missing child's handwriting on it is found, the team is prompted to reopen the case of an eight-year-old girl who disappeared in 1975.

78 9 "Lonely Hearts" John Peters Liz W. Garcia November 19, 2006 (2006-11-19) 14.53[88]

The team reinvestigates the unsolved 1989 murder of a woman shot in an alley when the victim's video dating tape shows up in the apartment of a man who committed suicide.

79 10 "Forever Blue" Jeannot Szwarc Tom Pettit December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03) 14.11[92]

The team reinvestigates the 1968 death of a policeman who was shot in his patrol car when a con man looking for an early release claims that the cop was dirty.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Daydream Believer", by The Monkees.
  • Song featured in the finale: "My Back Pages", by The Byrds.
  • The episode was praised by the AfterElton.com blog, The Best Day Ever, for its gay sensibilities.[89] According to an interview with Shane Johnson by the same site, this particular episode was also highly praised by the cast itself. As he shares, "even the regular cast on the show commented on how great they felt the episode was."[90] The gay-themed website, Good As You, said they had never received more e-mails and instant messages than they did in response to the episode.[91]
80 11 "The Red and the Blue" Steve Boyum Meredith Stiehm December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10) 14.05[93]

When the murder weapon used in the 2000 murder of country singer, Truck Sugar is found, Lilly must travel to Tennessee with a reluctant Scotty in tow to reinvestigate the case.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Just to See You Smile", by Tim McGraw.
  • Song featured in the finale: "I've Got Friends That Do", by Tim McGraw.
81 12 "Knuckle Up" David Barrett Greg Plageman January 7, 2007 (2007-01-07) 14.12[94]

When a video clip of a missing student is found on the Internet, the team reinvestigates the case of James Hoffman, a gifted seventeen-year-old boy who disappeared just the year before, in 2006.

82 13 "Blackout" Seith Mann Tyler Bensinger January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14) 14.53[95]

When a fingernail is found underneath the diving board of a pool where a drowning occurred, Lilly and Scotty reopen the case and investigate the 1996 family gathering during which the victim Lauren Williams (Donna Mills) died.

83 14 "8:03 AM" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28) 15.13[96]

The team reinvestigates the case of Skill Jones and Madison Reed, two teenagers who were fatally shot in different parts of town on the same day in 2002, at precisely 8:03 AM.

84 15 "Blood on the Tracks" Kevin Bray Gavin Harris February 18, 2007 (2007-02-18) 11.60[97]

When remnants of a bomb are found during remodeling of an old house, the team reopens the case of a married couple who died there in 1981, in what was thought to be an accidental gas leak.

  • All songs in this episode are performed by Bob Dylan.
  • Song featured in the intro: "The Times They Are A-Changin'", by Bob Dylan.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Like a Rolling Stone", by Bob Dylan.
  • Loosely inspired by the film The Big Chill.
  • Probably influenced, as well, by the case of former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson/Kathleen Soliah.
85 16 "The Good-Bye Room" Holly Dale Jennifer M. Johnson March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04) 13.13[98]

Lilly reopens the 1964 case of a murdered seventeen-year-old girl who was killed the day after giving birth to a baby girl in a home for unwed mothers.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Baby Love", by The Supremes.
  • Song featured in the finale: "You are My Sunshine", by Carly Simon.
86 17 "Shuffle, Ball Change" Mark Pellington Liz W. Garcia March 11, 2007 (2007-03-11) 15.45[99]

When human remains are found in a dumpster, the team reopens the 1984 case of a missing teenage boy who dreamed of becoming a dancer against his father's wishes.

87 18 "A Dollar, a Dream" Chris Fisher Erica Shelton March 18, 2007 (2007-03-18) 15.09[100]

When a station wagon with the bones of a murder victim inside is found at the bottom of a lake, the plight of a homeless family who once lived out of the car in 1999 becomes the team's focus during their investigation.

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence plays the role of Abby Bradford in this episode.

88 19 "Offender" David Barrett Greg Plageman March 25, 2007 (2007-03-25) 13.91[101]

The father of a young boy who was raped and murdered in 1987 claims responsibility for pushing a sex offender off a building, and vows to systematically kill another person every day until the team can solve his son's case.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Bizarre Love Triangle", by New Order.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Never Surrender", by Corey Hart.
89 20 "Stand Up and Holler" John Peters Greg Plageman April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01) 13.23[102]

When an anonymous murder confession is found in a modern art exhibit, the team reinvestigates the fatal drug overdose of Rainey Karlsen, a sixteen-year-old cheerleader in 1997.

90 21 "Torn" Kevin Bray Tyler Bensinger April 8, 2007 (2007-04-08) 11.33[103]

The great grand-niece of Frances Stone, a woman who was murdered in 1919 asks the team to reopen the murder in order to reveal the truth behind the incident.

91 22 "Cargo" Andy García Tom Pettit April 15, 2007 (2007-04-15) 12.19[104]

The FBI asks the team to reopen a case involving the 2005 murder of longshoreman Mike Chulaski, whose death might be related to a Russian human-trafficking ring the FBI is trying to bring down.

92 23 "The Good Death" Paris Barclay Gavin Harris April 29, 2007 (2007-04-29) 12.14[105]

When a nurse confesses to six incidents of mercy killing, the team reopens the 1998 case of Jay Dratton, a terminally ill businessman who died while under the nurse's care, and discovers he had made many enemies throughout his career.

93 24 "Stalker" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud May 6, 2007 (2007-05-06) 13.70[106]

The team reopens a 2006 triple homicide when Kim Jacobi (Ellen Woglom), the only survivor of the shooting, begins to remember details about the night her entire family was gunned down.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Speed of Sound", by Coldplay.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Stolen", by Dashboard Confessional.
  • This case was loosely based on the murder of Alice Huling and most of her family in 1978 by Joe Ture.


Season 5: 2007–2008[edit]

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94 1 "Thrill Kill" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 12.75[107]

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[108]

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[109]

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[110]

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.

98 5 "Thick As Thieves" Holly Dale Christopher Silber October 21, 2007 (2007-10-21) 11.69[111]

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[112]

When it is discovered that the mother of a murdered teenager is using his Social Security Number, the team reopens the 2002 murder of the 14-year-old math phenom and an outcast.

100 7 "World's End" Roxann Dawson Gavin Harris November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04) 13.89[113]

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's radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.

101 8 "It Takes a Village" Kevin Bray Erica Shelton November 11, 2007 (2007-11-11) 12.78[114]

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[115]

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[116]

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[117]

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.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", by The Andrews Sisters.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Billy's Letter", by David Huynh.
  • The song in the finale was a reading of the letter that the victim's son had sent before dying in the war.
105 12 "Sabotage" Nicole Kassell Greg Plageman January 6, 2008 (2008-01-06) 10.96[118]

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[119]

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[120]

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[121]

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[122]

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[123]

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[124]

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.


Season 6: 2008–2009[edit]

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112 1 "Glory Days" Roxann Dawson Gavin Harris September 28, 2008 (2008-09-28) 11.36[125]
The team reopens the 1973 case of Mike "Bad Moon" McShane, a murdered college football player, at the request of an old friend of Jeffries, and they discover that the crime may have occurred later than originally thought.
113 2 "True Calling" Paris Barclay Christopher Silber October 5, 2008 (2008-10-05) 11.10[126]

The team reopens the 1991 case of Laura McKinney, a young inner-city schoolteacher, originally thought to have been killed in a carjacking gone wrong, when her car keys are discovered in an old desk at her high school.

114 3 "Wednesday's Women" John Finn Erica Shelton October 12, 2008 (2008-10-12) 10.99[127]
The team receives new evidence in a 1964 case which prompts Kat and Will to travel to Mississippi to investigate the circumstances behind the death of Miriam Forrester, a door-to-door Tupperware saleswoman during Freedom Summer.
  • Song featured in the intro: "You Really Got Me," by The Kinks.
  • Song featured in the finale: "This Little Light of Mine", by Tracie Thoms.
  • Loosely based upon the murder of Viola Liuzzo.
115 4 "Roller Girl" Holly Dale Elle Triedman October 19, 2008 (2008-10-19) 11.29[128]
The team reinvestigates the 1978 case of the death of Missy Gallavan, a teenage roller-skater who was found in a ravine when a convicted thief reveals some information regarding the death in order to get a lighter sentence.
116 5 "Shore Leave" Alex Zakrzewski Elwood Reid October 26, 2008 (2008-10-26) 11.97[129]
When human remains and dog tags are found inside an old oil barrel, the team investigates the disappearance of Jimmy Tulley, a Marine who was reported AWOL on his last night of shore leave in 1951.
117 6 "The Dealer" Chris Fisher Greg Plageman November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) 11.66[130]
The team investigates the 1981 case of Donna D'Amico, a missing single mother after her body is found in the trunk of a car, and soon discover that she may have been growing wise to the shady chop shop operations at the car dealership where she had worked.
  • Song featured in the intro: "The Stroke", by Billy Squier.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Who's Cryin' Now", by Journey.
118 7 "One Small Step" David Von Ancken Taylor Elmore November 9, 2008 (2008-11-09) 12.69[131]
After a toy rocket is found in a river, the team reinvestigates the case of Danny Finch, a 12-year-old-boy whose body was found in the river on the day after the Apollo 11 landing in 1969. But when one of the victim's childhood friends committs suicide while left alone in interrogation, the team must figure out what happened at the creek and who was responsible for the boy's death.
119 8 "Triple Threat" Kevin Bray Kathy Ebel November 16, 2008 (2008-11-16) 12.28[132]
The team reexamines the 1989 murder of Nadia Koslov, a young Russian opera singer who emigrated from the former Soviet Union, when her brother recovers her long-lost bag from a stranger on the street.
120 9 "Pin Up Girl" Chris Fisher Gavin Harris November 23, 2008 (2008-11-23) 12.15[133]
The 1953 murder of Rita Flynn, a well known pin-up model is reinvestigated by the team when a fan brings in a one-of-a-kind photograph that reveals more details about the night of her death.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Look at That Girl", by Guy Mitchell.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Can't I", by Nat King Cole.
  • First appearance of Tania Raymonde as Frankie Rafferty
121 10 "Street Money" Carlos Avila Christopher Silber November 30, 2008 (2008-11-30) 11.52[134]
When an inmate exchanges some procured information on an old shooting, the team reopens the 2005 murder of Dexter Collins, a young African-American politician who vowed to rid the lower-class neighborhood he grew up in of drug dealers who prey on young kids.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Hands of Time", by Groove Armada.
  • First appearance of Jonathan LaPaglia as ADA Curtis Bell
122 11 "Wings" David Von Ancken Jennifer M. Johnson December 21, 2008 (2008-12-21) 12.01[135]
The 1960 death of Ally Thurston, a flight attendant who was trying to unionize her coworkers is reopened after her remains are found in the rubble of a demolished Philadelphia hotel.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Someone to Watch Over Me", by Frank Sinatra.
123 12 "Lotto Fever" Agnieszka Holland John Brian King January 4, 2009 (2009-01-04) 12.67[136]

The detectives reinvestigate the 2007 murder of Ed Dubinski, an auto mechanic whose lottery winnings earned him a number of fair-weather friends when it is found that his bank account had recently been accessed.

  • Song featured in the intro: "The Underdog", by Spoon.
  • Song featured in the finale: "On the Way Back Home", by Lucero.
124 13 "Breaking News" Holly Dale Erica Shelton January 11, 2009 (2009-01-11) 12.30[137]

The 1988 murder of a Philadelphia news anchor is investigated after it is determined she was killed before she was able to report on a scandal involving a local factory's deadly working conditions.

125 14 "The Brush Man" Roxann Dawson Elwood Reid January 25, 2009 (2009-01-25) 13.26[138]
When remains are found at the bottom of a drained duck pond, the team reopens the 1967 murder of an enigmatic door-to-door salesman who was popular with the neighborhood residents.
126 15 "Witness Protection" Alex Zakrzewski Elle Triedman February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15) 10.89[139]
The team opens the 2008 case of a man who was murdered while in the witness protection program when his widow comes to the police asking for help in looking for their missing son.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Until the Day Is Done", by R.E.M.
127 16 "Jackals" Marcos Siega Taylor Elmore March 8, 2009 (2009-03-08) 12.61[140]
The team reopens the case of a teenage girl who was murdered in 1976, and uncover evidence that she had become involved with a notorious motorcycle gang shortly before her death.
128 17 "Officer Down" Alex Zakrzewski Christopher Silber March 15, 2009 (2009-03-15) 13.02[141]
When Jeffries is wounded and another man is killed during a robbery at a convenience store, the rest of the team must race against time to track down the shooter before the trail goes cold. This episode depicts a lower class neighborhood, gang activities and the hard life of minorities.
129 18 "Mind Games" Donald Thorin, Jr. Gavin Harris March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22) 11.41[142]
The team reopen the 2004 case of a psychiatrist who died in a suspicious fire, and begin to suspect one of her former patients was the one that started the blaze.
130 19 "Libertyville" Marcos Siega Kathy Ebel March 29, 2009 (2009-03-29) 11.86[143]
The team re-investigates the 1958 case of a newlywed real estate developer when new evidence suggests his body might have been moved after he was killed.
131 20 "Stealing Home" Kevin Bray Danny Pino & Elwood Reid April 12, 2009 (2009-04-12) 10.56[144]
The team investigates a 1999 murder of a Cuban immigrant who arrived in Philadelphia on a small boat with couple of others, who was pursuing a major league baseball career.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Vida Mas Simple" by Nil Lara.
132 21 "November 22nd" Jeannot Szwarc Ryan Farley April 26, 2009 (2009-04-26) 10.56[145]
When the murder weapon from a 1963 case is unearthed, the team reopens the murder of a pool hustler who was shot the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
133 22 "The Long Blue Line" (Part 1) Roxann Dawson Jennifer M. Johnson & Greg Plageman May 3, 2009 (2009-05-03) 12.46[146]
In the first part of the two-part season finale, the team reopens the case of the first ever female cadet at a local military academy, who was murdered in 2005.
  • First part of the season finale.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Corduroy", by Pearl Jam.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam.
  • Last appearance of Tania Raymonde as Frankie Rafferty
134 23 "Into The Blue" (Part 2) Jeannot Szwarc Jennifer M. Johnson & Greg Plageman May 10, 2009 (2009-05-10) 11.83[147]
In the second part of the finale, the investigation into the female cadet's murder continues. As the team finds more and more clues, the killer tries to stop the investigation in order to remain hidden.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Once", by Pearl Jam.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Black" by Pearl Jam.


Season 7: 2009–2010[edit]

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No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
135 1 "The Crossing" Alex Zakrzewski Taylor Elmore September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) 9.19[148]

After Lilly's car accident, she returns and investigates the disappearance of a young woman aboard a magnificent ocean liner in 1966. Long assumed to be a suicide, the case is re-investigated as a homicide when the victim's bones are recovered. Meanwhile, Moe's judgment surprises everyone.

136 2 "Hood Rats" Chris Fisher Elwood Reid October 4, 2009 (2009-10-04) 10.05[149]

The team re-examines the 1995 murder of a homeless 17-year-old amateur skateboarding prodigy who was trying to earn enough money through skating sponsors to get himself off the streets.

137 3 "Jurisprudence" Holly Dale Christopher Silber October 11, 2009 (2009-10-11) 7.87[150]

The 2004 case of a teenager who died while wrongfully imprisoned in a juvenile detention center is reopened after new evidence suggests that he is innocent.

138 4 "Soul" John F. Showalter Ryan Farley October 25, 2009 (2009-10-25) 9.30[151]

The team reinvestigates the 1970 murder of a young virtuoso jazz musician who was keeping his hard-partying lifestyle secret from his devoutly religious father.

  • Song featured in the finale: "I'll Be Around" by The Spinners.
  • This episode was originally to air on CBS on October 18, 2009 but was pre-empted to the following week of October 25 for American viewers. Other markets, such as the Canadian network CTV aired the episode at its intended date and time.
139 5 "WASP" Chris Fisher Denise Thé November 1, 2009 (2009-11-01) 9.02[152]

The team reopens the 1944 case of a female pilot who was part of a civilian program to aid the Air Force during World War II and was a professional fighter pilot.

140 6 "Dead Heat" Nathan Hope Adam Glass November 8, 2009 (2009-11-08) 8.17[153]

When the remains of a jockey who had been missing since 1986 are uncovered in an old horse grave, the team reexamines the circumstances of his disappearance.

  • All music in this episode is by Santana.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Oye Como Va" by Santana.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Samba Pa Ti" by Santana.
141 7 "Read Between the Lines" Kevin Bray Erica L. Anderson November 15, 2009 (2009-11-15) 9.59[154]

The team reinvestigates the 1991 murder of a 14-year-old aspiring rapper who was in foster care with her younger sister at the time of her death.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Sing a Song" by Earth Wind and Fire
  • Song featured in the finale: "Read Between the Lines" written by Jeff Moonie, Jr and performed by Danièle Watts. It is an original song written for this episode.
142 8 "Chinatown" David Von Ancken Alicia Kirk November 22, 2009 (2009-11-22) 9.55[155]

The team reopens one of Stillman's old cases from 1983, that of a Chinese-American teenager whose murder may have been connected to the killing of his girlfriend by Chinese gang members three months before his own death.

143 9 "Forensics" Holly Dale Jerome Schwartz December 6, 2009 (2009-12-06) 9.64[156]

The team investigates the 1999 death of a young man, a member of a prep school debate team, whose death had been considered a suicide.

144 10 "Iced" Peter Medak Taylor Elmore December 13, 2009 (2009-12-13) 10.30[157]

The team reopens the 1980 case of an ice hockey player who was murdered on his team's ice rink on the same night the U.S. hockey team defeated the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics.

145 11 "The Good Soldier" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Christopher Silber January 10, 2010 (2010-01-10) 10.38[158]

The team investigates the 2005 murder of an Army recruiter, who was killed two days before his deployment to Iraq, and uncover evidence that the victim may have been involved in a pawnshop burglary that occurred the same night he was killed.

146 12 "The Runaway Bunny" John Finn Elwood Reid January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17) 10.62[159]

The team reopens the case of a private investigator who was murdered in 1974 while working to track down a teenage runaway, when his bones are found in the cement foundations of a demolished building.

147 13 "Bombers" Janice Cooke-Leonard Gina Gionfriddo February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14) 8.73[160]

The team reinvestigates the 1982 death of a talented graffiti artist who was killed by a fatal overdose of toxic paint.

148 14 "Metamorphosis" Chris Fisher Adam Glass & Danny Pino February 21, 2010 (2010-02-21) 8.81[161]

The team reinvestigates the 1971 death of a young circus performer when new evidence indicates the girl was dead before the accident that supposedly killed her took place. Meanwhile, Lilly comes under investigation by Internal Affairs after Moe Kitchener, the man who tried to kill her, is found murdered outside a bar.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Light My Fire", by The Doors.
  • Song featured in the finale: "People Are Strange" by The Doors.
149 15 "Two Weddings" Nathan Hope Meredith Stiehm February 28, 2010 (2010-02-28) 9.83[163]

As the resident police expert on fires and explosions, Louie Amante, is going to marry a woman who was suspected of killing her previous fiance in 2008, the team reopens the man's case to make sure that their colleague isn't about to marry a murderer.[162]

150 16 "One Fall" Don Thorin, Jr. Ryan Farley March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14) 10.22[164]

The team reopens the case of a dock worker who was moonlighting as an indy-circuit wrestler until he was shot dead in 1986, and Valens secretly looks into a lead on the man who mugged and raped his mother.

151 17 "Flashover" Jeannot Szwarc Greg Plageman March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21) 9.43[166]

Realizing that the missing Vera has finally hit rock bottom, his worried team members hope that a new twist to a 2006 arson case, which he was secretly obsessing about in recent weeks, might supply leads to his whereabouts.[165]

  • Song featured in the intro: "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd
  • Song featured in the finale: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd.
  • This case bears a similar resemblance to that of Cameron Todd Willingham who was convicted of murdering his three children in a fire, and despite new evidence being brought to light disputing the original verdict, executed.
152 18 "The Last Drive-In" (Part 1) Chris Fisher Elwood Reid March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28) 10.32[167]

When ballistics tie a recent murder case of Rush's to a serial killer who has been inactive since 1983, a tough FBI agent with ties to Stillman shows up to enlist the team's aid in finding the killer who has eluded her for 27 years.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Just What I Needed", by The Cars.
  • There is no song used in the finale. The last scene depicts another victim being shot, showing the killer that the team is trying to track down. Song playing on the radio is 'Let's Ride Into the Sunset Together' played by 'Lost Weekend Western Swing Band'.
  • Part one of a two-part episode.
153 19 "Bullet" (Part 2) John F. Showalter Christopher Silber April 4, 2010 (2010-04-04) 10.10[168]

After determining the serial killer's identity - and some of his likely future targets - the team and the FBI work together to apprehend him while trying to locate and protect the people he's preparing to kill.

154 20 "Free Love" Jeffrey Hunt Elwood Reid & Denise Thé April 11, 2010 (2010-04-11) 9.86[169]

An attraction grows between Rush and FBI agent Ryan Cavanaugh as they travel to upstate New York to investigate the 1969 murder of a soldier who attended Woodstock. Back in Philadelphia, Vera's ex-girlfriend from high school asks him to investigate a break-in that occurred at her home.

  • Jeffries does not appear in this episode.
  • Song featured in the finale: "The Weight" by The Band
  • Final appearance of Jonathan LaPaglia as ADA Curtis Bell
155 21 "Almost Paradise" (Part 1) Alex Zakrzewski Christopher Silber & Adam Glass May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02) 10.02[170]

The team reopens the 1989 case of a high-school girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident shortly after being crowned prom queen. Meanwhile, Rush gets some disturbing news about her sister.

156 22 "Shattered" (Part 2) Jeannot Szwarc Greg Plageman & Elwood Reid May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02) 10.02[170]

While Rush and Valens leave Philadelphia to find Rush's missing sister, Jeffries works to solve the 1993 murder of a teenage girl, hoping to fulfill the promise he made to the girl's parents to find the killer.

  • Song featured in the finale: "Winter" by The Rolling Stones.
  • Series finale.


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U.S. television ratings[edit]

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV Season Ranking Rating Viewers
(in millions)
1st Sunday 8:00pm September 28, 2003 May 23, 2004 2003–2004 #17 9.3[1] 14.18
2nd October 3, 2004 May 22, 2005 2004–2005 #14 9.7[1] 15.10
3rd September 25, 2005 May 21, 2006 2005–2006 #17 9.3[1] 14.24
4th Sunday 9:00pm September 24, 2006 May 6, 2007 2006–2007 #16 8.9[1] 13.98
5th September 23, 2007 May 4, 2008 2007–2008 #28 7.1[2] 10.89
6th September 28, 2008 May 10, 2009 2008–2009 #20 7.5[2] 12.00
7th Sunday 10:00 pm (September 27, 2009 – November 15, 2009)
Sunday 9:00 pm (November 22, 2009 – January 17, 2010)
Sunday 10:00 pm (February 14, 2010 – May 2, 2010)
September 27, 2009 May 2, 2010[3] 2009–2010 #29 6.3[2] 9.86
  • In season 3 episode "A Perfect Day" Cold Case set a series rating record by attracting an audience of 19.36 million viewers.

Cancellation[edit]

Cold Case began in September 2003 and quickly became a staple of the CBS Sunday night schedule. The crime drama had a successful first season and, by season two, was averaging a 3.5 rating in the 18–49 demographic and 15.1 million viewers. For the next couple seasons, total viewership fell slightly but the demographic numbers rose, reaching a 3.8 in season four.

In season five, the show averaged a 2.9 rating and about 12 million viewers. In Season 6, the ratings sank lower, to an average of a 2.7 rating; CBS made a choice between renewing Without a Trace and Cold Case. They chose to keep Cold Case. In Season 7, the show’s ratings dropped even further to a 2.15 rating in the 18–49 demographic and 9.6 million viewers. One reason for this is that the show aired at 10:00 pm, the ratings dropped 25% to 9 million viewers.[4] On November 22, 2009 CBS scheduled Cold Case at 9:00 pm. The ratings increased to 10 million viewers, but it was not enough to keep Cold Case. On February 14, 2010, Cold Case returned to its original schedule, at 10:00 pm.

CBS announced the show would not be renewed for season eight.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

ASCAP Award
  • Top TV Series – (2004)
  • Top TV Series – (2005)
  • Top TV Series – (2006)
  • Top TV Series – (2007)
  • Top TV Series – (2008)
  • Top TV Series – (2009)
GLAAD Media Awards
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) – For episode "Best Friends". (2006)
Image Awards
  • Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series – Paris Barclay (2006)
Imagen Foundation Awards
  • Best Actor, Television – Danny Pino (2010)

Nominations[edit]

ALMA Awards
  • Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series – Danny Pino (2008)
ASC Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series (For episode "Time To Hate") (2004)
Excellence in Production Design Award
  • Television - Single Camera Television Series (For episode "Factory Girls") (2005)
CDG Awards
  • Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Period/Fantasy (2005)
  • Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Period/Fantasy (2006)
  • Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Period/Fantasy (2007)
GLAAD Media Awards
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) (For episode "A Time to Hate") (2004)
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) (For episode "It's Rainning Men") (2005)
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) (For episode "Daniela") (2005)
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (For episode "Forever Blue") (2007)
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character) (For episode "Boy Crazy")
Emmy
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series – Corey Kaplan (production designer) (For episode "Factory Girls") (2005)
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series – Sandy Getzler (art director) (For episode "Factory Girls") (2005)
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series – Timothy Stepeck (set decorator) (For episode "Factory Girls") (2005)

Soundtrack[edit]

A soundtrack CD was released in 2008 by Lakeshore Records, featuring incidental music composed by Michael A. Levine from the first four seasons, as well as the song 300 Flowers, sung by Robbyn Kirmsse.[5]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Late Returns"   3:06
2. "The Good Death"   4:12
3. "The Park"   1:08
4. "Detective's Reprise"   1:40
5. "Sister Vivian's Flashback"   1:04
6. "Yo, Adrian (featuring Elin Carlson)"   1:13
7. "Churchgoing People"   1:52
8. "Gwen & Rush"   0:56
9. "The Professor"   3:15
10. "Sadie's Blues (featuring Carmen Twillie)"   3:47
11. "Forever Blue"   4:59
12. "Bad Night (featuring Robbyn Kirmsse)"   2:02
13. "Fireflies"   1:51
14. "Carl's Recollection"   3:42
15. "Saving Sammy"   3:30
16. "Freely's Flashback"   2:07
17. "8:03 am"   2:45
18. "Rush & George"   2:56
19. "The Badlands (featuring Jason Ralicki)"   2:48
20. "The Window"   1:58
21. "Train Station"   1:04
22. "300 Flowers (featuring Robbyn Kirmsse)"   2:48
23. "Best Friends"   2:13
24. "Baby Blues"   3:12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "CBS Press Express - VALENS JOINS FORCES WITH RUSH TO FIND HER ABDUCTED DRUG-ADDICTED SISTER, AND JEFFRIES LOOKS INTO A NEW LEAD ON THE CASE OF A MURDERED TEENAGED GIRL THAT HAS HAUNTED HIM FOR 17 YEARS, ON THE SEVENTH SEASON FINALE, AND CONCLUSION OF A TWO-PART EPISODE, OF "COLD CASE," ON SUNDAY, MAY 2". cbspressexpress.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Cold Case: CBS TV Show’s Cancelled, No Season Eight". TV Series Finale. TV Series Finale. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cold Case Soundtrack page at Lakeshore Records". November 11, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2009. 

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