Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 2

The Promise (2 Oct. 2005)

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Lilly reopens the case of an overweight film student who was subjected to a cruel 'Hog Scale prank' at a fraternity party, after which she mysteriously died in a fire.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurie Dunne
Dirk Bryant
John Avery
Deidre Miller
Veena Bidasha ...
Brother Scott


In 2003, an overweight college girl dies in a fire at a fraternity house. Several years later her father brings the detectives a suspicious picture of his daughter dated the night of the party. As the team investigates the girl's death they uncover a disturbing chain of events that occurred the night she died. Written by jenniferlynn1880

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Laurie Dunne was murdered on October 23, 2004. See more »


While looking at a photo on the laptop, Lilly says the time was 11:25pm, but the time date on the photo shows 11:35pm. See more »


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Frat brothers
8 January 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Malcolm Dunn suffered the loss of his wife to cancer, then his young daughter Laurie dies in a horrible way. There are things he can't explain, like the photograph he found in Laurie's computer taken the night she died in a fire at a fraternity house where she had gone to a party. The Cold Case team decide to take another look. They go to Laurie's friend Dirk, who might hold the key to the mystery surrounding the girl's death.

Dirk has kept coming to Laurie's father to comfort him, something Mr. Dunn can't explain, but he accepts the young man because he feels the boy never got over the tragedy. Eventually, Dirk begins to loosen up in telling what really went on during his initiation at the frat house. In fact, Laurie and her friend Deidre came to the party because the leader of this group wanted to humiliate them because they were overweight.

In putting the case together, the detectives find discrepancies in the different accounts from the witnesses as to the real cause of the fire, and why did everyone survive except Laurie. The evidence points out to how an evil mind was responsible for her death, which had been kept secret all the time because of the secrecy around the pledges the new members were asked to abide by.

Paris Barclay, a frequent contributor to the series directed Veena Sud's screenplay. Lindsay Hollister made an impression as the doomed Laurie, an intelligent girl that didn't deserve what she got. James Immekus is also good as Kirk. Pat Skipper plays a councilman who knew a lot of the shenanigans at the frat house. Nick Wechsler is seen as Manny.

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