Cold Case (season 4)

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Cold Case (season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network CBS
Original release September 24, 2006 – May 6, 2007
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Season four of Cold Case, an American television series, began airing on September 24, 2006 and concluded on May 6, 2007. Season four regular cast members include Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Thom Barry, Jeremy Ratchford and Tracie Thoms. This is the only season of the series to feature 24 episodes.

During this season before the season finale "Stalker", Danny Pino guest starred as his character Scotty Valens in an episode of CSI:NY, also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.


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
Susan Chuang Dr. Frannie Ching N/A episodes 4, 12, 17
Bonnie Root ADA Alexandra Thomas N/A episodes 7, 19, 22, 24
Doug Spinuzza Louie Amante N/A episode 15


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
70 1 "Rampage" Mark Pellington Veena Cabreros Sud September 24, 2006 (2006-09-24) 16.27[1]

A 1995 massacre at a shopping mall is reinvestigated when video evidence is found in an air shaft that indicates that the two teenage shooters, Cameron Coulter and Neal Hanlon, who committed suicide at the scene, may have had a third accomplice who escaped and possibly caused the shooting.

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

The team reopens the 2004 case of Dana Taylor, 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[3]

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[4]

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[5]

The team reopens a 2003 case in which Steve and Lisa Harris, 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[6]

The team reopens the 1958 case of John "The Hawk" Hawkins, 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[7]

When new evidence of a murdered housewife, Libby Bradley 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. The team soon discovers that the victim's personal life was rather rocky and that there were multiple people who could've wanted her dead, especially the victim's daughter.

77 8 "Fireflies" Marcos Siega Erica Shelton November 12, 2006 (2006-11-12) 14.77[8]

When an undelivered letter with a missing child's handwriting on it is found, the team is prompted to reopen the case of Melanie Campbell, an eight year old girl who disappeared in 1975, hoping that they can finally discover the fate of the girl once and for all.

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

The team reinvestigates the unsolved 1989 murder of Martha Puck, a woman shot in an alley when the victim's video dating tape shows up in the apartment of a man who committed suicide. Investigating her personal life, the team learns that there was more to the victim than they thought.

79 10 "Forever Blue" Jeannot Szwarc Tom Pettit December 3, 2006 (2006-12-03) 14.11[13]

The team reinvestigates the 1968 death of Sean Cooper, a policeman who was shot in his patrol car when a con man looking for an early release claims that the cop was dirty. Upon investigating, however, the team discover something else entirely.

  • 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 blog, The Best Day Ever, for its gay sensibilities.[10] 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."[11] 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.
  • Could have been loosely based on "Brokeback Mountain".


80 11 "The Red and the Blue" Steve Boyum Meredith Stiehm December 10, 2006 (2006-12-10) 14.05[14]

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. They soon discover that Truck was on the cusp of his big break, and believe that to be the key to finding his killer.

81 12 "Knuckle Up" David Barrett Greg Plageman January 7, 2007 (2007-01-07) 14.12[15]

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. When his remains are found, the team searches his school and discovers a very cutthroat environment behind closed doors.

82 13 "Blackout" Seith Mann Tyler Bensinger January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14) 14.53[16]

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. They soon discover that the victim had a dark secret that could be the key in solving the case.

83 14 "8:03 AM" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28) 15.13[17]

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. They believe a connection between the two victims could blow the case wide open.

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

When remnants of a bomb are found during remodeling of an old house, the team reopens the case of Jack and Joanna Kimball, a married couple who died there in 1981, in what was thought to be an accidental gas leak. The team soon learns about their past as radicals and wonder if their past caught up with them.

85 16 "The Good-Bye Room" Holly Dale Jennifer M. Johnson March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04) 13.13[19]

Lilly reopens the 1964 case of a murdered 17 year old girl Hillary West, who was killed the day after giving birth to a baby girl in a home for unwed mothers.

86 17 "Shuffle, Ball Change" Mark Pellington Liz W. Garcia March 11, 2007 (2007-03-11) 15.45[20]

When human remains are found in a dumpster, the team reopens the 1984 case of Maurice Hall, a missing 16 year old boy who dreamed of becoming a dancer against his father's wishes. While the father is initially the suspect, the autopsy and a retrace of the victim's last days could reveal the true culprit.

87 18 "A Dollar, a Dream" Chris Fisher Erica Shelton March 18, 2007 (2007-03-18) 15.09[21]

When a station wagon with the bones of Melanie Bradford, 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.

88 19 "Offender" David Barrett Greg Plageman March 25, 2007 (2007-03-25) 13.91[22]
When Mitch Hathaway, a man convicted of raping and murdering his six year old son, Clayton in 1987 goes free and starts systematically killing sex offenders in a Philadelphia, the team reopens his son's case to determine who truly killed him to stop his father's rampage. During the investigation, Valens tries to get the man to turn himself in, but makes a serious mistake in doing so, putting a possible suspect in danger.
89 20 "Stand Up and Holler" John Peters Kate Purdy April 1, 2007 (2007-04-01) 13.23[23]

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 high school student and cheerleader in 1997, to determine if her death had been an accident or if it was murder. The team head to a class reunion at Karlsen's school and discover some hidden truths that could give the team some answers.

90 21 "Torn" Kevin Bray Tyler Bensinger April 8, 2007 (2007-04-08) 11.33[24]

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[25]

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[26]

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[27]

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.



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