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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Goran Petrovic
Jeannette Peterson
Uniform Cop #2
Bela Ionescu (as Boris Krutonog)
Cody 'Squirrel' Blanchard
Travis Billingsley
Ray Crawford
Julie Vera


The Cold Case Team reopens a fatal 2006 arson case they find new evidence that indicates that the original suspect may have been wrongly convicted. It sends Vera on a bender, desperate to make things right so the team sets out to solve another 'cold case'. Written by Me

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21 March 2010 (USA)  »

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This episode is loosely-based on the case of Todd Willingham. On Monday December 23, 1991, the home of the Willingham family caught fire in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas. Cameron Todd Willingham was the sole survivor of the blaze that killed his daughters. Willingham was arrested and charged with arson and homicide. Following Willingham's conviction, evidence began to mount in favor of Willingham's innocence. On Tuesday February 17, 2004, under orders from governor Rick Perry, Willingham was executed via lethal injection. This did not stop the Willingham family from seeking exoneration. Faced with the possibility of being responsible for killing an innocent man, Perry fired members of the Texas Science Forensics Commission which was in the process of reviewing the case with leanings toward exoneration. The terminations ordered by Perry suggest a cover-up at the highest levels of the Texas government. See more »


Travis Billingsley: You happy with yourself, Detective? Thought you should know.
Nick Vera: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got it, buddy, okay?
Travis Billingsley: I tried to tell you, but you wouldn't listen! My brother's gone, and that's on you.
Nick Vera: Know what, jackass? I told you to hit the bricks!
Travis Billingsley: You're nothing but a drunk bum.
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A case of arson
15 May 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The episode starts with a fire at the house of Joe Don Billingsley. The uncontrolled event took the lives of the two sons that were trapped upstairs. Joe Don is accused of setting the fire, something he denies. The incident lands him in jail after all the evidence points to him being the perpetrator. Nick Vera, the Cold Case detective, had a hard time when he had to investigate the original crime. Joe Don is targeted in prison to be killed, in a case of jail justice. The only thing is that as it will be found at the conclusion of the story, Joe Don was innocent all the time.

Nick Vera is seen at the beginning in a heated argument with Travis, the brother of Joe Don, who maintains his sibling was wrongly accused. Driving home, a bit intoxicated, Nick gets into an almost fatal accident. He realizes his guilt in driving a police vehicle unauthorized, so he decides to lay low for a while. His colleagues, though, are worried about Nick's state of mind.

In going over the facts, the Cold Case team begin to unravel the mystery about the fire. Nick, acting on his own, also begins to tackle a few loose ends. The detectives get lucky in two fronts, Joe Don's former wife, the mother of the two dead boys, and the landlord of the house that was burned. Both declare there were faulty wiring, so that clears the accused man, who evidently suffered a case of cowardice, not going back to the house to rescue his sons.

Another good chapter in this interesting series. Written by Greg Plageman, who is involved in the creative section of "Cold Case", and directed by Jeannot Szwarc, the program moves at a quick pace. Jeremy Ratchford, who plays Nick Vera, is showcased in the program. He has some good moments. We were afraid his character was being phased out, but we remembered how he appears in another installment, although in his temporarily suspension mode. The cast and guest stars do excellent work.

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