Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 9

A Perfect Day (27 Nov. 2005)

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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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Cindy Mulvaney - 1965
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Nancy Walsh - 2005
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Maura - 2005
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Roger Mulvaney - 1965
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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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Trivia

The Elwood shown in this episode is actually in downtown Detroit. It used to be on the corner of Elizabeth and WOodward, hence the name. It's been moved due to Comerica Park. However, certain TV shows have moved it even further. This episode placed it in Philadelphia while an episode of the remake of "The Untouchables" put it in Chicago. See more »

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Throughout most of the episode, Vivian has a cast on her right arm. At the end of the episode as the twins are holding hands and looking out at the water on the beach, the cast is gone. See more »

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Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: You'll be in good hands here, better off without me.
[places necklace around her daughter's neck]
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: It'll keep you safe and whenever it seems Mommy's far, far away all you have to do is close your eyes and I'll be here with you.
Maura Mulvaney - 1965: Forever?
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965: And ever. Bye bye, baby.
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I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
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Amazing acting and directing
10 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me a while to warm up to this series while watching reruns on ION TV. One has to realize that in order for this series to work, the writers had to provide clues to the detectives that sometimes stretched the boundaries of credibility. With that in mind, this particular episode covers a home scenario that far too many of us have had to endure. I am not ashamed to admit that I sat there completely transfixed by the amazing acting and directing job done by all of the main actors, including Maridith Monroe, Michael Roderick, Charlotte Stewart, the twins, Amy and Zoe Schlagel and all of our regular cast. Director Roxann Dawson (Lt. Torres of Star Trek Voyager) is seeing her best moment in this episode. Whether she personally had this experience or not, she and the show's writers have created a timeless expression of what so many families have gone through. The episode covers spousal and child abuse with a chilling note of restraint. You may not actually see the worst of the physical and emotional moment, but the story demands that we slowly come to realize the secretive manipulation that occurs when a husband develops an insanity that compels him to injure or kill those he loves. And, I can say from personal experience (in my childhood) that wives who discover they are victims of the insanity will cover up the crime when there seems no reason to do so - sometimes ignoring the problem until it is far too late to save their own children. Family abuse is also one of the most emotional, difficult and dirty sides of police work. I will rate this episode as one of the most riveting and poignant portrayals of an all too common social sickness. As a man I don't often tear up during a television show. But, this one jerked my heart out.


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