Cold Case: Season 4, Episode 3

Sandhogs (8 Oct. 2006)

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A mining cave-in was no accident that left John Donovan's lifeless body amongst the rubble. A tragic end to a young man and dashed hopes of his beloved.

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Bobby McCallister - 1948
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Alice Stallworth
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Bobby McCallister
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John Donovan
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A mining cave-in was no accident that left John Donovan's lifeless body amongst the rubble. A tragic end to a young man and dashed hopes of his beloved.

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John "Boomer" Donovan was murdered on April 28, 1948. See more »

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When Bobby is shown in close-up, two ear piercings are visible in his left ear. See more »

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Written by Cecil Gant
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The tunnels
22 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A dead man is found in one of the tunnels for the metro. The remains are linked to a man that died in 1948, John Donovan. The detectives of the Cold Case unit start their investigation right away to try to unravel the mystery behind Donovan's death.

As the episode starts, we were taken to the tunnel under construction. Not everything below the ground was quiet. Donovan, a foreman in the construction site, was a man that wanted to organize the men for better working conditions and benefits, something that pitted him against Sam Bertleman, the owner of the company. Donovan's friendship with a black worker, Nate Stallworth, puts him at odds against the mostly white Irish ground hogs.

After Nate died in an accident in the tunnel, Donovan tries to show his kindness to the dead man's wife, Alice, a young waitress. Donovan, who is above the prejudices of an era where discrimination was everywhere, even more so with John Donovan's fellow tunnelers. John and Alice end up falling in love, but he puts an end to their affair because he found out his own brother-in-law, Bobby McCallister, turned out to be an informer and fears for her safety, and his own. Bobby, who flashes a Zippo lighter that proves to be the key for solving the case.

This chapter of the program was directed by David Von Ancken, based on a script by Greg Plageman, a regular contributor of the series. Jack McGee, a good character actor is seen as the older Bobby. Neil Jackson is good as John Donovan. Enuka Okuma appears as the young Alice. In the episode, Lilly sees Ray again. She obviously doesn't want to see him. She is still involved with Joseph Shaw.


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