Cold Case (2003–2010)
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Our Boy Is Back 

When a serial rapist sends a letter to the squad announcing his return to Philadelphia after five years, the team re-investigates the 1998 murder of a college student who was believed to be one of his victims.

Director:

Bryan Spicer

Writers:

Meredith Stiehm (created by), Stacy Kravetz
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Greg Zola Greg Zola ... Bruce
Bree Turner ... Ellen Curtis
Joel Bissonnette ... Carl
Jenni Blong ... Nicole
Brooke Bloom ... Tania
Gwendolyn Whiteside ... Gail Chimayo
Christopher Shea ... Larry Detroit
Joy Hooper Joy Hooper ... Anna Berlin
Brooke Swift Brooke Swift ... Caitlin Young
Sarah Rosenberg Sarah Rosenberg ... Bridget Young
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When a serial rapist sends a letter to the squad announcing his return to Philadelphia after five years, the team re-investigates the 1998 murder of a college student who was believed to be one of his victims.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Gail Chimayo was raped and murdered on August 21, 1998. See more »

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When You're Gone
Written by Dolores O'Riordan
Performed by The Cranberries
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Disappointing Lack of Subtlety
17 November 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

A great, dark plot idea -- serial rapist/murderer who was never caught sends letter to cops saying he's going to strike again -- is kind of done an injustice here by the insensitivity of the execution. I like this show, but the subject matter required more gravitas and respect than was on offer; instead there were a bunch of clichés, unnecessarily graphic flashbacks of victims being pinned down and assaulted (and raped, presumably, soon after we cut away from them), and overall a sledgehammer tone when a scalpel was needed instead.

I liked that there was an effort to make this an old unsolved case that meant a lot to Jeremy Ratchford's Detective Vera; it was great to see his character get really fired up. But unfortunately there was too much doofiness with the victim's weirdly misogynistic boyfriend and another side character who is openly mocked by the detectives for her lack of intelligence near the end of the episode. The killer's motivation was corny and straight off of a bad pop psychology website; I get that it's based on the real-life case of the Center City Rapist in 2002, but that doesn't excuse the lack of subtlety.

And disappointingly, I just didn't "get the feels" from the ending montage, which is usually one of the biggest highlights in an episode of Cold Case. It's all too pat and perfunctory; the show seems to be suggesting everything is all right because the killer is caught, even though a bunch of women were still raped and one was violently murdered. "Heroes" by the Wallflowers seemed like way too triumphant a song for such bleak subject matter; I was left with a "broadcast network"-y, taste in my mouth when the credits rolled, and in this case that's not a good thing. Cold Case can be so much better than this.


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