Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 5

Committed (23 Oct. 2005)

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A former mental patient named Betty Patroski dies. The woman's only child, her son Otis, is called to identify the body and finds it is not the body of his mother. Det. Rush and her colleagues begin the search for Otis' real mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zelda Amatuzzi (2005)
Bettie Petrowski (1954)
Carmen (1954)
Zelda - 1954
Nurse Olsen (2005)
Anton - 2005 (as Charlie Robinson)


A former mental patient named Betty Patroski dies. The woman's only child, her son Otis, is called to identify the body and finds it is not the body of his mother. Det. Rush and her colleagues begin the search for Otis' real mother.

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'Committed' takes place in 1954, when lobotomies were still legal, even considered "normalizing" a patient at the loss of their intelligence and personality. It wasn't until the 1970's that several states and provinces/territories in the United States and Canada outlawed lobotomies for being inhumane, unethical and immoral practices. In the current year of 2014, medication and counseling is most often used and is much more effective for the well-being of patients. See more »


When Anton takes Bettie to the park in his truck, you can see in the snow the tire track marks of a previous take, as the truck rolls in following those same tracks. See more »


References Girl, Interrupted (1999) See more »


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My mother
1 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Bettie, a young mother, is seen with her son, Otis, in the kitchen of her house. She is a good baker, judging by the many pastries she has made. As a touching finish, she decides to add a flammable liquid to the cake she just got out of the oven and in the process, she ignites, and almost burns the house. It is clear Bettie has a mental problem. Her husband decides to commit her to a mental institution where she is supposed to be helped.

As Bettie arrives in the mental facility, she becomes involved with some of the inmates. Carmen, a talented painter, and Zelda, a woman with a vivid imagination, are her pals since her arrival. Carmen is a rebel. Zelda also speaks her mind. Bettie who doesn't respond well to treatment, is given iced baths, something the doctors decide will help it. Anton, an orderly in the hospital befriends Bettie.

When one of the former inmates is found dead, it is determined she has assumed another inmate identity. The cold case begins the investigation. The issue that triggered the death of Bettie has to do with a lobotomy performed on one of the inmates.

The episode written by Liz Garcia, a frequent collaborator of the series, was directed by Alex Zakrzewski, who also has been involved with the show. The acting is first rate, as most of the episodes clearly show. This one counts with a fine Natasha Gregson Wagner, the daughter of Natalie Wood, who bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother. Also on hand, Diane Ladd, who has appeared in the program before. Rebecca Lowman is appealing as Bettie. Al Pugliesi, Laurie Johnson and Charles Robinson are also on hand in supporting roles.

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