Cold Case: Season 4, Episode 5

Saving Sammy (22 Oct. 2006)

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A married couple were gunned down in their car during their weekly run for a take-out but their young autistic son riding in the back seat is spared. The parents also left behind a teenage ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Sommer
Steve Harris
Greg Wells
Saige Thompson ...
Ruby Harris
Harvey James
Lisa Harris (as Elyse Marie Mirto)
Joseph Shaw (as Kenneth Johnson)


A married couple were gunned down in their car during their weekly run for a take-out but their young autistic son riding in the back seat is spared. The parents also left behind a teenage daughter. The couple were owners of a local tropical fish store, there didn't seem to be any motive. As the only witness, their autistic son's ability to remember events with numerical sequence was always the same regarding his parents. Detective Valens showed a compassion and patience to learn to communicate with the autistic son's abilities that brought forth the clues to unravel this baffling case. Written by lemo;

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Steve Harris and Lisa Harris were murdered in November 2003. See more »


At the beginning of "Saving Sammy", the murdered couple and their two children are named "Harding". By the end of the episode, however, their name has inexplicably changed to "Harris". At one point the detectives even seem to flip-flop back and forth between the two names a few times. I discovered this while watching with the captions turned on; I noticed that each time an actor said "Harding" the captions read "Harris". See more »


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11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A couple is shot to death in their car on their weekly 'take out' night. The only witness is their autistic son, whose ability to remember times, days, and places associated with them is impaired. The child's ability to remember things like numbers in a sequence is his only ability that proves helpful once the case runs cold.

The title refers to the child's pet Siamese fighting fish from his parents' tropical fish store. If placed in a tank with other fish, it will not survive very long. One of the key players, when the fish in his bag was dropped on the floor, picked him up, thus 'Saving Sammy'.

Detective Valens' compassion for and willingness to learn about the young witness' condition is part of what made this episode appealing. The young witness' gift showed that the autistic have their own abilities in spite of their difficulties communicating and comprehending what most of us take for granted.

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