Cold Case (season 2)

Cold Case Season 2
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel CBS
Original run October 3, 2004 – May 22, 2005
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Season two of Cold Case, an American television series, began airing on October 3, 2004 and concluded on May 22, 2005. Season two regular cast members include Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Thom Barry and Jeremy Ratchford.






# # Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
24 1 "The Badlands" Tim Matheson Chris Mundy October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03) 15.03[1]

A 2003 triple homicide case that Vera and Lilly once investigated goes sour in court when the prime suspect procures a viable alibi, and the team must reopen the case in order to find the true killer of the owners of a popular diner and their employee.

  • Lilly sees the teenage employee behind the counter of the re-opened restaurant.
  • Jeffries sees the owners, who were friends of his, at the counter as well.
  • This murder was briefly featured in the pilot episode.
25 2 "Factory Girls" David Von Ancken Meredith Stiehm & Stacy Kravetz October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10) 15.50[2]

The team reopens the 1943 death of a female factory worker which was originally ruled an accident when the sixty-year reunion of her coworkers stirs up new information in the case.

  • Lilly sees the victim tightening her head scarf in the case room.
26 3 "Daniela" David Barrett Veena Cabreros Sud October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17) 15.68[3]

The discovery of a presumed snuff film featuring a missing teenage runaway causes the team to reopen a murder investigation from 1979.

  • The victim and her boyfriend share a final dance.
  • No one is arrested as the death is ruled as suicide.
  • Song featured in the intro: " Bad Girls", by Donna Summer.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Goodbye Girl", by David Gates.
27 4 "The House" Alex Zakrzewski Sean Whitesell October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24) 15.38[4]

When a bag of bones is discovered outside a former state penitentiary, the team reinvestigates the 1968 murder of an inmate.

  • Scotty watches as the victim has a cigarette outside the penitentiary walls.
  • The killer is not arrested because he went on the run, although the death was in self-defense and justifiable homicide.
  • The governor in charge of the prison at the time of the murder is arrested for prisoner abuse.
  • All the music featured in this episode is performed by Johnny Cash.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Flesh and Blood", by Johnny Cash.
28 5 "Who's Your Daddy?" Greg Yaitanes Tyler Bensinger October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31) 16.20[5]

When an internet auction listing for a gold bracelet is found by a nineteen-year-old girl who believes it to be her mother's jewelry, she requests that the 1991 double murder of her parents, who were Cambodian immigrants, be reinvestigated.

  • Lilly sees the victims in the window of their apartment, looking down towards their daughter.
29 6 "The Sleepover" Emilio Estevez Liz W. Garcia November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) 17.66[6]

When a current investigation is discovered to be a copycat murder, the team reinvestigates the 1990 case of a twelve-year-old girl who was attending a slumber party the night of her death.

  • Lilly sees the victim riding her bicycle.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Stand", by R.E.M.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Circle", by Edie Brickell.
  • Loosely based on the murder of Shanda Sharer.
30 7 "It's Raining Men" Paul Holahan Jan Oxenberg November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14) 18.43[7]

A long-term AIDS survivor asks the team to reopen the 1983 case of his dead boyfriend's murder in order to find peace before his upcoming wedding and clear his name as he was the prime suspect in the murder.

31 8 "Red Glare" Tim Matheson Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21) 15.58[8]

The 1953 murder of a school teacher who may have been a communist sympathizer is reopened at the request of the victim's youngest son, who has become suicidal.

  • The victim smiles at Lilly from across the street.
32 9 "Mind Hunters" Kevin Bray Veena Cabreros Sud November 28, 2004 (2004-11-28) 17.51[9]

The team begins the hunt for a serial killer when a murder investigation of a woman who disappeared in 1985 leads to the discovery of eight more victims, all of whom were found decapitated.

  • The murderer is not caught because there is no proof nor confession.
  • The victim is not seen because the case is not officially closed.
  • Loosely based upon serial killer Robert Hansen.
  • Series star Kathryn Morris also starred in a film entitled Mindhunters
33 10 "Discretion" James Whitmore, Jr. Henry Robles December 19, 2004 (2004-12-19) 14.81[10]

The team reinvestigates the 2000 unsolved murder of a prominent assistant district attorney from New Haven, CT when he is posthumously linked to a scandal.

34 11 "Blank Generation" David Barrett Chris Mundy January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) 15.57[11]

The team reexamines a cult member's 1978 suicide when they learn of a new fatality that may be linked to the death.

  • Lilly sees the victim in the case room.
35 12 "Yo, Adrian" James Whitmore, Jr. Sean Whitesell January 16, 2005 (2005-01-16) 15.67[12]

A referee's deathbed confession leads the team to reopen a 1976 case in which an over-matched boxer died during a match that someone paid off to continue.

  • The victim's girlfriend sees both him and her dead father.
  • No one is arrested for this because it is proven that the victim unintentionally caused his own death.
  • The team's search was for the person who paid for the fight to continue.
  • Loosely inspired by the movie Rocky.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Baby, I Love Your Way", by Peter Frampton.
36 13 "Time to Crime" Tim Hunter Tyler Bensinger January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30) 16.69[13]

The case of a young girl killed in a drive-by shooting in 1987 is reopened when the long-lost murder weapon is finally turned in.

37 14 "Revolution" Alex Zakrzewski Liz W. Garcia February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20) 15.41[14]

When the police arrest a fugitive draft-dodger returning from Canada as a suspect for a 1969 murder of a teenage girl, the team discovers that there may be more than one prime suspect.

38 15 "Wishing" Emilio Estevez Karin Lewicki March 6, 2005 (2005-03-06) 15.77[15]

When drawings depicting the death of a mentally disabled teenager are found next to the victim's grave, the detectives reopen the 1993 case and investigate the victim's turbulent home life.

39 16 "Revenge" David Von Ancken Jay Beattie March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) 16.61[16]

The team reopens the case of a missing nine-year-old boy who was found murdered in 1998 when a priest recounts a dead man's confession related to the death.

40 17 "Schadenfreude" Tim Matheson Gina Gionfriddo March 20, 2005 (2005-03-20) 17.29[17]

The discovery of the personalized ring of a long-dead Philadelphia woman found on the finger of a dead junkie prompts the team to reopen the 1982 murder case of the troubled surgeon's wife.

41 18 "Ravaged" James Whitmore, Jr. Meredith Stiehm March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27) 13.24[18]

The investigation of an accidental death of a young mother in 1995 reopens when the victim's sister asserts she may have been accosted by a group of college students the night of her death.

42 19 "Strange Fruit" Paris Barclay Veena Cabreros Sud April 3, 2005 (2005-04-03) 14.84[19]

Haunted by a childhood memory, Jeffries persuades the team to reexamine the 1963 murder of a 16-year-old boy who moved with his African-American family into a predominantly white neighborhood.

  • Jeffries sees the victim in that same yard both as adult and kid, largely because he was the one who found the body.
  • A younger Jeffries is seen for the same reason as above.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Strange Fruit", by Nina Simone.
43 20 "Kensington" Bill Eagles Sean Whitesell April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24) 16.74[20]

The team reopens the 1985 case of an optimistic young mill worker who was murdered in an apparent mugging when someone comes forward claiming to have stolen money from the victim's body.

  • No one sees the victim. Flashbacks of the victim are seen instead.
  • All the music featured in this episode is performed by John Mellencamp.
  • The case comes to the attention of Lilly from a letter written by her prison pen pal from "Sherry Darlin'" since the victim was his uncle. It is also implied that the victim in the previous episode "Sherry Darlin'" was the mother of the victim from this one.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Jack and Diane", by John Mellencamp.
  • Song featured during the home invasion: "Authority Song", by John Mellencamp.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Small Town", by John Mellencamp.
44 21 "Creatures of the Night" Alex Zakrzewski Tyler Bensinger May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) 16.28[21]

The team races against time to find a connection between the 1977 murder of a hotel doorman and a serial killer about to be released from prison on a legal technicality.

45 22 "Best Friends" Mark Pellington Liz W. Garcia May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08) 14.77[23]

When an old truck containing human bones is pulled from the Delaware River, the team re-opens the case, linking the truck to a Prohibition era bootlegger and believe the remains may be those of a woman who went missing in 1932.

  • The victim's lover from the past sees her and they walk off together holding hands.
  • No arrest in this episode as the death was an accident.
  • Song featured in the finale: An original composition by Michael Levine, which can be found on the Cold Case Original Soundtrack under the title "Best Friends". An original poem is heard over the music.
  • The episode won a GLAAD Media Award.[22]
46 23 "The Woods" Nelson McCormick Veena Cabreros Sud May 22, 2005 (2005-05-22) 14.60[24]

The discovery of nine human skulls leads the team back to the serial killer George Marks, whom they were unable to incriminate months earlier and, as the detectives reinvestigate his mother's 1972 murder, he emerges from hiding to face Det. Rush one-on-one.

  • Lilly sees George (as the young victim and not adult killer) and his mother looking down from a window.
  • George's victims are not seen.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Sunshine On My Shoulders", by John Denver.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Behind Blue Eyes", by The Who.
  • During one of the flashback scenes a young George plays a 45 of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders", however this is an anachronism, as the scenes were set in November 1972, and the song would not be released until late 1973.
  • This episode was chosen as "The Worst TV Show of the Week" and "the most psychologically disturbing" by The Parents Television Council because of its themes of familial dysfunction, rape, and murder.



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