Cold Case (2003–2010)
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Saving Sammy 

The case is reopened of an autistic boy whose parents were both shot and killed while picking up Chinese takeout. Meanwhile the boy's near-adult sister, Ruby, wants custody of him.


Paris Barclay


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Tyler Bensinger




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
Tracie Thoms ... Kat Miller
Brennan Elliott ... Ray Williams
Jake Abel ... Doug Sommer
Andrew Borba ... Steve Harris
Greg Cipes ... Greg Wells
Cole Petersen ... Brent Harris
Saige Hassler ... Ruby Harris (as Saige Thompson)
Peter Mackenzie ... Harvey James
Elyse Mirto ... Lisa Harris (as Elyse Marie Mirto)
Kenny Johnson ... Joseph Shaw (as Kenneth Johnson)


A married couple were gunned down in their car during their weekly run for a take-out but their young autistic son riding in the back seat is spared. The parents also left behind a teenage daughter. The couple were owners of a local tropical fish store, there didn't seem to be any motive. As the only witness, their autistic son's ability to remember events with numerical sequence was always the same regarding his parents. Detective Valens showed a compassion and patience to learn to communicate with the autistic son's abilities that brought forth the clues to unravel this baffling case. Written by lemo;

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Release Date:

22 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Steve Harris and Lisa Harris were murdered in November 2003. See more »


Scotty says (after reading up on autism) that autistic people cannot tell lies, which isn't true. There is a wide range on the autism spectrum and many autistic people can lie and show emotion. See more »


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Saving Sammy episode
11 December 2006 | by jnmil3See all my reviews

A couple is shot to death in their car on their weekly 'take out' night. The only witness is their autistic son, whose ability to remember times, days, and places associated with them is impaired. The child's ability to remember things like numbers in a sequence is his only ability that proves helpful once the case runs cold.

The title refers to the child's pet Siamese fighting fish from his parents' tropical fish store. If placed in a tank with other fish, it will not survive very long. One of the key players, when the fish in his bag was dropped on the floor, picked him up, thus 'Saving Sammy'.

Detective Valens' compassion for and willingness to learn about the young witness' condition is part of what made this episode appealing. The young witness' gift showed that the autistic have their own abilities in spite of their difficulties communicating and comprehending what most of us take for granted.

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