Cold Case: Season 4, Episode 15

Blood on the Tracks (18 Feb. 2007)

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When remnants of a bomb are found during remodeling of an old house, the team reopens the case of a married couple who died there in 1981, in what was thought to be an accidental gas leak.

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When remnants of a bomb are found during remodeling of an old house, the team reopens the case of a married couple who died there in 1981, in what was thought to be an accidental gas leak.

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A stolen life
10 March 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The house that was damaged because an explosion in the early 1980s is being renovated. The workers unveil a secret that was overlooked by the original investigators. The explosion was due to a device that someone had planted in the kitchen range that was connected to a bomb. The Cold Case team get to the scene and the investigation begins.

In flashbacks we are taken to the time of the explosion. Five friends, that met in college, gather at the home of Jack and Johanna for a weekend so they can catch up with their present lives. It is now ten years since they all met like this. They had all been involved in subversive groups because their leftist ideas. The Viet Nam war was an ongoing embarrassment for them, as well as capitalism and imperialism. Jack, the host, has prepared a slide projection about their college days, when the picture of a dead colleague comes on the screen. They get a jolt when they see Roger McBride on the screen. He was killed because something went wrong with a device the group was preparing.

Sarah, Zimmerman and Porter, the three other friends, have gone into good jobs and they have become yuppies. Johanna Kimball, who married Jack was the only one of them that came from a humble background. She stands to lose the most because she has all the material comforts she never had. Jack, on the other hand, has been carrying a lot of guilt because of his terrorist involvement feels responsible for what happened to Roger. He wants to go to the police and confess. The group takes a vote and he is outvoted.

More than twenty years have elapsed from the time of the terrible explosion that took the lives of Jack and Johanna in their home. Anyone of the three remaining friends could have been the one that planted the device that killed the couple. One of them is hiding a bigger secret that comes to light as the detectives realize a technicality that no one caught from the start.

Kevin Bray a frequent director was in command of this chapter in the series. Gavin Harris, who is also involved in the show wrote the screenplay with the ironic twist no one could have guessed. We enjoyed this episode. The acting is first rate. One of the best cases in this excellent police drama.


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