Cold Case (2003–2010)
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Love Conquers Al 

A petty thief, hoping for a reduced prison sentence, relays information pertaining to the night in 1981 when a high school track runner was fatally shot, placing doubt on the guilt of the man now serving a life sentence for the crime.


Greg Yaitanes


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Kim Newton




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Vincent Ventresca ... Bennett Cahill (2003)
Josh Hopkins ... ADA Jason Kite
Lacey Beeman ... Jane (1981)
Tim DeZarn ... Ricky Stockvis (2003) (as Tim deZarn)
James DuMont ... Will Harrell (2003)
Summer Glau ... Paige Pratt
Howard Holcomb Howard Holcomb ... Bennett Cahill (1981) (as Howard Halcomb)
Doug Kruse ... Al Clarkson (2003)
Saxon Trainor ... Jane (2003)
Kevin McCorkle ... Gil Sherman


A petty crook, Ricky (Tim deZarn), hoping to get a reduced sentence, relates witnessing a young man washing blood out of his car the night a teen track runner was murdered. The young athlete, Paige Pratt (Summer Glau), was found shot, and her boyfriend Al Clarkson (Doug Kruse) was originally imprisoned for the crime. Written by maya2376

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9 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Paige Pratt died on May 5, 1981. See more »


Scotty Valens: [on Lily working Cold Cases vs Active murder cases] You don't want to be where the action is?
Lilly Rush: I don't want to see bastards get away with murder.
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Written by Kevin Cronin
Performed by REO Speedwagon
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The Motive Feels a Bit Shaky
20 December 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

The plot of this one starts out mysteriously enough with the murder of a teen track star (played by sci-fi queen Summer Glau) and ends up super soapy -- like a lot of Cold Case episodes.

And while I found the process of getting there a lot more interesting than the ending itself, it's impossible to deny that ending montage over Billy Joel's "She's Got a Way" as the show intercuts shots of the characters' past (1981) and present (2003) selves.

My issue is the killer's motive, which, despite being based on a real case, still seemed a bit too flimsy for the brutality of the crime. I was left saying to myself, "THAT'S why she had to die? Really?" It all seemed engineered for maximum soapiness -- or maybe it feels that way because we don't learn enough about the characters outside of the words "love triangle."

There are episodes of Cold Case that can give me the "feels" while also creating somewhat plausible scenarios -- this wasn't one of 'em.

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