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A Perfect Day 

The remains of a small girl are found under a bridge. The story goes back to the 60's and turns out the girl has a twin sister still alive. A sad family story begins to unravel.


Roxann Dawson


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Veena Sud




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Tracie Thoms ... Kat Miller
Meredith Monroe ... Cindy Mulvaney - 1965
Maree Cheatham ... Nancy Walsh - 2005
Megan Follows ... Maura - 2005
Michael Rodrick ... Roger Mulvaney - 1965
Ned Schmidtke ... Art Balducci - 2005
Charlotte Stewart ... Cindy Balducci - 2005
Jack Betts ... Dr. Greggs - 2005
Susan Chuang ... Frannie Ching
Amy Schlagel Amy Schlagel ... Maura Mulvaney - 1965


The remains of a small girl are found under a bridge. The story goes back to the 60's and turns out the girl has a twin sister still alive. A sad family story begins to unravel.

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Release Date:

27 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vivian Mulvaney was murdered on August 28, 1965. See more »


When Art was beating Roger in the car park the car behind them had BFGoodrich tires but this model of tire wasn't released until the late '70s or early '80s. See more »


Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: It's a perfect day - but now we should think about heading back.
Vivian Mulvaney - 1965: But I don't want to go home.
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: It's getting late, Vivian.
Vivian Mulvaney - 1965: Why can't we just stay here forever?
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: Okay, close your eyes. Come on. Listen really, really hard. Do you hear the ocean? Now look but don't open your eyes. Can you see it? It'll always be here for you. No one can ever take it away. It will always be right in here.
[taps on Vivian's head]
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: Forever. Our perfect day.
Vivian Mulvaney - 1965: Forever?
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: And ever.
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As Tears Go By
Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
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Have a Kleenex handy for this one.
19 July 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Cold Case" is often a very sad and moving show--and "A Perfect Day" is clearly one of the saddest and most moving. So, my advice is to watch this one but have some Kleenex nearby--you'll likely need them.

The show begins with the discovery of the skeleton of a child--dead 40 some years and at the bottom of the river. Who was the child and how did she die--this is the job of the cold case team. The trail leads to a very sad case from the 1960s involving domestic violence and a mother who is trapped. I'd say more, but don't want to spoil the episode for you.

Overall, this one was very sensitively handled and an emotional show. It is the sort of thing that, when done right, is great because it touches you so much--and the script and acting were tops. Well worth seeing.

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