Cold Case (season 5)

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Cold Case (season 5)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Original network CBS
Original release 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


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
94 1 "Thrill Kill" Alex Zakrzewski Veena Cabreros Sud September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23) 12.75[1]

The team reopens a brutal 1994 triple-murder case in which three young boys, ten year olds and best friends Jack Raymes, George Russo, and Sean Costley were all murdered when the mother of one of the two teenagers convicted of the crime comes forward with evidence that they were innocent. The investigation uncovers major errors made by the original investigation from inconsistent evidence to overzealous officers making questionable choices.

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 Carrie Swett, a fifteen year old girl who had a reputation for being promiscuous. The investigation leads the team to a religious club where they learn a dark secret that could prove to be the key to solving the case.

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 Anna Gunden, a sixteen year old 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 Bingo Zohar, a talented nineteen year old rock'n'roll singer when new evidence comes forth suggesting he wasn't killed in the place where his body was found. The investigation reveals that the victim was facing discouragement and bullying from his peers and family.

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 (Margot Chambers) 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 grifter who had swindled dozens of people and now have to solve which of her victims was the most motivated to kill her.

99 6 "Wunderkind" Kevin Bray Greg Plageman October 28, 2007 (2007-10-28) 11.78[6]

When it is discovered that the mother of Terrence Carter, a murdered teenage boy is using his Social Security Number, the team reopens the 2002 murder of the fourteen year old math phenom and an outcast to determine if she had killed him out of greed or if someone else had killed him for something else.

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, thirty three year old Audrey Metz 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[8]

When the body of a newly missing boy, twelve year old Shemar Reynolds is found in a cargo container, the remains of three other victims, twelve year old Damont Henderson, nine year old Kendrick Malone, and fourteen year old Marcus Hollister who vanished from 1999 to 2003 are found and the team realizes they're dealing with a serial killer, and must figure out his M.O. before he strikes again.

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

The team reinvestigates the 1963 death of Samantha Randall, a sixteen year old tomboy whose death was ruled a suicide, after new evidence suggests that she may have been murdered for acting and dressing like a boy. The team discovers that her own father sent her to a hospital for "gender deviants."

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

The team reopens the 1982 murder of Mike Delaney, a popular twenty two year old college valedictorian who was shot to death on the day of his graduation after "RAPIST" is spraypainted onto his grave. The team discovers that the young man was a serial rapist, whose victims were rebuffed when they sought help.

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

The team reopens the 1945 murder of Ray Takahashi, a hardworking Japanese-American family man who was killed outside an Army-Navy football game. The team learns that the original investigation may have been incomplete after they discover that the victim and his family were among the thousands of Japanese-Americans who were sent to WWII internment camps.

  • 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[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 murder of a seventeen year old girl, Tamyra Borden after her father is arrested for beating a child. The team discovers that the victim became entangled in 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 Andy Rierdan, a seventeen year old boy who went missing from a high school for the deaf. The investigation soon reveals the victim's efforts to be able to hear again, much to dismay of his friends and family.

  • 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, Brenda McDowell 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 case of Pete Doyle, an ex-con who went missing after having been released from prison is reinvestigated when the victim's decomposed severed hand is discovered in a crack house during a drug bust. To solve the case, they must discover if the victim had gotten back to his old habits, or he was killed trying to protect his estranged son.

  • 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 reinvestigates the 1962 death of Nancy Patterson, a housewife whose death was ruled a suicide, after it is revealed that her suicide note does not match her handwriting. The team soon learns that the victim was acting paranoid shortly before her death, but a shocking discovery turns the case upside down.

111 18 "Ghost of My Child" Roxann Dawson Liz W. Garcia May 4, 2008 (2008-05-04) 11.56[18]

Priscilla Chapin, a former drug addict whose son, Max was seemingly killed in an apartment fire in 2005 comes forth claiming she just saw her child in the park. The team must re-examine the original crime scene to see if the boy could've been abducted during the fire and if so, who really started the fire?

  • 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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