Lilly reopens the 2006 case of a college-bound man's disappearance.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Hoffman
Darren Hoffman
Alexa Hoffman
Lucas Gladwell
Arthur Lennox


Lilly reopens the 2006 case of a college-bound man's disappearance.

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7 January 2007 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Knuckle Up' was one of the only cases on the show where not all the victims were shown "passing on" or having their box closed and shelved at the ending of the show. James Hoffman's case was closed and his ghost was shown "passing on" but Martin Jacobson (played by Gregory Gifford Giles), although his murder was solved his ghost was never shown nor was his box shown on-screen. See more »


Will Jeffries: [drops a photograph of a smiling businessman on the table] Marten Jacobson. He left a wife, and a four-year-old boy...
John Stillman: Beaten... to death.
[Cole looks away guiltily]
Will Jeffries: Look at him... LOOK at him!
[pulls Cole down to stare at Jacobson's photograph]
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References Fight Club (1999) See more »


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The fight club
29 May 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

What turns a good student into ultimately being murdered by making the wrong choice, is what happens to James Hoffman, a student in an expensive prep school. His single dad, has made all kinds of sacrifices to bring up James and his sister after his wife's desertion. James, in spite of his sad experience, is seen cramming up for his upcoming college interviews. His father insists he pays attention to a question that will surely be asked: What is his real passion?

It is Alexa Hoffman who comes to the Cold Case unit in search for answers about the death of her brother. The detectives decide to take the challenge by going to investigate right at what seems to have been the source of the problem, James' prep school. What they discover is how James, who was perceived as a sort of geek, suddenly transformed himself into joining a kind of fight club where the students compete in bloody fist fights, venting their own frustrations.

Two figures emerge from the people that might have been involved in James' murder. Tanner Lennox and Cole Palmer, two of the teenagers that fought rivals, beating them to a pulp. When Cole is eliminated, Tanner becomes the person the detectives want to get to know better. What they find is that the father, Arthur Lennox, has something to hide from his involvement in the case.

Directed by David Barrett and written by Greg Plageman, this was a good episode. The director, a frequent guest in the program, and Mr. Plageman, part of the creative team of the series, team up to give the viewer an interesting show, even though the basic idea has been borrowed for this installment.

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