Cold Case (2003–2010)
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Lily re-investigates a 1980's murder where a young housewife was blown up by a bomb in her backyard. Meanwhile, the victim's now-grown daughter is bothering a pervert whom she believes is the killer, but is he?


Paris Barclay


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Jan Oxenberg




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Justin Chambers ... Chris Lassing
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Brett Cullen ... Rob Deamer (2003)
Jamie Anne Allman ... Gwen Deamer (2003) (as Jamie Brown)
Sara Arrington ... Dana Deamer
DeLane Matthews ... Lorraine Loomis
Doug Spinuzza ... Louie Amante
Jerry O'Donnell ... Frank Lawson (2003) (as Gerard O'Donnell)
Marlo Bernier ... Albert Miller (as Mark Bernier)
Jack Galle Jack Galle ... Frank Lawson (1983)
Dorian Lopinto ... Pauline
Nadia Axakowsky Nadia Axakowsky ... Adrian Martin


Detective Lilly is asked to investigate the murder of a fireman's first wife, who was going to testify against the man that exposed himself to her. One week before his trial, inside her detergent box of "Gleen" was planted a bomb that went off in her face. She was alive for 16 minutes after it went off and then died on her backyard patio. She is found by her young daughter at home at the time of the explosion. Her fireman husband has since remarried and he seems like a devoted husband to family, respected in the community, and revered as a hero at the fire station. But the daughter, set to marry is still very much haunted by the memories of her mother's. Marvelous sets recreates the time. Written by

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5 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dana Dreamer was murdered on May 19, 1983. See more »


After Lilly talks to Gwen in the back of the patrol car, she opens the door and leaves. The back doors of police cars always have the child safety lock enabled, so someone should have had to open it from the outside. See more »


Written by Gary Kemp and David L Cook
Performed by Spandau Ballet
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Average Story, Great Music
16 November 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This one starts off quite interesting, with a bomb blast killing a housewife while her young daughter helplessly looks on in 1983. It seems she was set to testify against a serial flasher -- was he responsible for her death? The explosion looks authentic and is truly shocking and abrupt -- kudos to the editor for this episode, Maja Vrvilo, for really selling the moment.

The rest of the episode is a bit paint-by-numbers, however. Almost all of the evidence is circumstantial, and there isn't a whole lot of intrigue. Interestingly, there's a also a very similar character to the one D.W. Moffett played in the pilot; here in this second episode Brett Cullen strikes a very similar countenance as yet another controlling, sexist husband who is played against Kathryn Morris's feminist altruism.

But there's no denying the poignancy of the ending; like a delicious dessert after a lackluster meal, it's the viewer's reward for sticking around until the end. Both Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Bryan Adams's "Straight from the Heart" are exquisitely overlaid over a flashback scene showing how the murderer did it, followed by she/he being marched in slow-mo towards the waiting police car while all the characters -- including the "ghost" of the victim as she appeared in 1983 -- look on. It does kind of make the preceding 40 minutes feel worth it.

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