The detectives discover that nine years ago a terminally ill man actually died of a morphine overdose before the disease could take him.

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Jay Dratton
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Caroline Dratton
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Amelia Lopez
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Larry Kenick
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The detectives discover that nine years ago a terminally ill man actually died of a morphine overdose before the disease could take him.

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29 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Lynda Boyd (Caroline Dratton) and Justina Machado (Amelia Lopez) also co-starred in the 2003 movie "Final Destination 2". See more »

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Scotty Valens: You like playing god, Larry?
Larry Kenick: No. But you know what I do like? Dignity. I've seen men scream when they lose it, seen women beg to die with it while they still can.
Scotty Valens: But two of the six people you killed were in a coma. They weren't begging for anything.
Larry Kenick: Their brains were cabbage. No chance of recovery.
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Terminal
13 December 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jay Dratton was a ruthless, self-made man. His death takes center stage when a convicted male nurse confesses to several 'mercy killings' at a local hospital. Dratton was supposed not to have succumbed to his brain cancer so soon. Instead, a high amount of morphine, was found to have been the thing that killed him.

As the Cold Case reconstruct the facts surrounding Jay's death, one thing comes clear, he was not a well liked, or regarded man. He might have been a good business man, but his family life was a mess, although it really didn't start that way. The detectives discover the name "Louise" written in Jay's papers, no one seems to connect him with any woman by that name.

While in the hospital, his mind keeps wandering back to a happier time with his wife and young son. Jay, a horrible individual, quarrels with Amelia,a young mother, whose daughter is also in the last stages of the same disease. After the young girl dies, Jay goes, in a surprise visit to Amelia with a check that covers what she owes for the hospitalization.

The mystery of Jay's death is put together by the Cold Case team when they questions the son, and the estranged wife. Both have a lot to say about a father and a husband they came to regard as a horrible person.

Lilly has words with her mother after Ellen is found at a local bar drinking. Ellen, an alcoholic with no desire to stop, in spite of her live cirrhosis, is killing herself, something that is hard on the well meaning Lilly. Ellen accepts to stay with her daughter.

Paris Barclay directed this episode, written by Gavin Harris. Anthony Starke and Linda Boyd play Jay and Caroline Stratton with conviction. Justina Machado has some good moments as Amelia. Meredith Baxter appears as Ellen Rush.


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