Cold Case: Season 3, Episode 23

Joseph (21 May 2006)

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Orlando is killed in 2005 in a house for chemical-addicted teens after he is beaten by a fellow patient. Joseph, the supervisor, catches Corey beating Orlando, but can't save Orlando. Two ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Ted Robinson
Reba Dautry
Corey Lewis
Crystal Eckersdorf
Jane Robinson
Wilder Dautry
Joseph Shaw (as Kenneth Johnson)


Orlando is killed in 2005 in a house for chemical-addicted teens after he is beaten by a fellow patient. Joseph, the supervisor, catches Corey beating Orlando, but can't save Orlando. Two months later, right before Joseph is to testify against Corey, Joseph is found to have been killed at home by a shotgun blast through his door. The obvious suspect, Corey, was in jail at the time of the murder, so the detectives work to solve the open case, which involves good intentions, poor choices, and entanglements for Lilly. Written by John Hosking

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Conduct unbecoming
20 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

To what extent will anyone go in order to protect the person he is infatuated with, is what this episode explores. The person in question is Lilly Rush, one of the most level headed persons in the Cold Case unit. From the moment Lilly examines the picture of Joseph, a dead man, in a case being investigated, she seems fascinating by just looking at his photograph she finds in the file of the case the detectives are working on.

For all practical purposes, Joseph was killed by Corey Lewis, a youth at the Robinson Center for troubled adolescents. Joseph had witnessed Corey kill another teen, Orlando, and has been instrumental in the incarceration of the killer. Joseph dies under strange circumstances, but after his credit card is used for a purchase at a suburban store, the detectives of the Cold Case unit become interested in finding the person who used it.

The Robinson Center was founded by Ted and Jane Robinson, whose own son was killed in a case that involved drug usage. Jane, who seems like a kind woman, has a secret of her own. It involves Corey, and the passion he has awakened in her. in trying to locate Joseph's own brother, Wilder, the investigators are given the address of a farm where he might be holed up. Lilly, going against all reason, visits the country place on her own, something that could have been fatal. What she discovers at the farm will get her into hot water with Lt. Stillman and jeopardizes her career in the force.

The episode was directed by a veteran of the series, Rosann Dawson, and written by Andrea Newman and Liz Garcia, frequent collaborators of the program. Lilly's loyalties and judgment in error are at the center of the story. The only thing that is incomprehensible is a flaw involving the identity of a dead man that, for all purposes, was slain in an act of revenge because he knew too much of a compromising situation involving the Robinsons. There is a problem of credibility about the original police investigation of Joseph's death. We don't want to give that away. We are baffled watching how a grounded Lilly Rush loses her mind because of a carnal attraction, something that is out of character with the detective.

Other than those objections, this chapter showcases Kathryn Morris as Lilly. Danny Pino goes through the show being questioned about the hand that gave the beating to the pervert he took care of the last time we saw him, but to which he will not confess even though it is a case of brutality.

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