Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 9

A Perfect Day (27 Nov. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cindy Mulvaney - 1965
Nancy Walsh - 2005
Maura - 2005
Roger Mulvaney - 1965
Art Balducci - 2005
Cindy Balducci - 2005
Dr. Greggs - 2005
Susan Chuang ...
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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27 November 2005 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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Written and performed by Donovan
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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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