Cold Case (2003–2010)
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The Sleepover 

A young woman, with similar markings, is strangled to death near devil's pond. The team re-opens a 1990 murder of a 12-year-old prep school girl at the home of a troubled teen.


Emilio Estevez


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Liz W. Garcia




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
Nicholas Guest ... Jason Beaudry
Frederick Koehler ... Neil Beaudry (as Fred Koehler)
Abigail Mavity ... Rita Baxter
Kevin McCorkle ... Detective Gil Sherman
Judy Prescott ... Kelly Baxter
Emma Bates ... Ariel Shuman
Daveigh Chase ... Ariel Shuman 1990
Katie Mitchell
Mary Chris Wall ... Holly Beaudry
Ashley Rose ... Tiffany O'Connell 1990


When a young woman is killed on the fourteenth anniversary of a similar murder, even bearing similar drawings on her body, Rush and her team hone in on a mentally-disturbed young man. He admits killing the second girl and having visited the site yearly since the first death. Further investigation reveals a group of high-society girls who had bullied the first victim might be involved somehow. Written by jeaneva

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Release Date:

7 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The girls at the sleepover can be seen watching the film The Breakfast Club (1985) on the TV. Emilio Estevez is shown, who directed this episode. See more »


Ariel Shuman 1990: [as Rita and Ariel are walking home] My life is over.
Rita Baxter: We'll be home soon.
Ariel Shuman 1990: I don't want to go home.
Rita Baxter: So what if she thinks we're losers? We'll be losers through junior high. I don't care. My mom says everybody who's ever been anything in the world was a loser.
Ariel Shuman 1990: I care. Just because you don't, why do I have to suffer?
Rita Baxter: In six years, we'll be in college and my mom said we'll be cool. I can't wait for college.
Ariel Shuman 1990: My God. Brandi's gonna hate me for six years.
Rita Baxter: So what if those idiot girls don't like you? ...
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Remade as Cold Case: Shinjitsu No Tobira: Dousoukai (2016) See more »


Don't Leave the Girl
Performed by Erik Broms
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Quite a potent episode
14 November 2019 | by guiglijoeSee all my reviews

I only watched this episode once, on its original air date in 2004. I have never been so emotionally impacted by a piece of fiction before or since. That little girl just wanted to have friends. I was and still am very heartbroken from viewing such a compelling piece of drama. interesting to find out who directed this gem.

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