Cold Case - Season 4

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Cold Case Season 4

Smart, driven Detective Lilly Rush of the Philadelphia homicide squad works on "cold cases" - crimes that have never been solved - by reopening dormant murders that occurred years or even decades ago. This experienced detective is intrigued by interrogating witnesses to old crimes whose lives and circumstances have since changed, making use of today's new science and finding fresh clues to cases once thought unsolvable.

At the same time, she is prepared for certain consequences, namely that her work will open old wounds and may lead suspects to commit new crimes. Nevertheless, Rush makes it her business to ensure that no victim is ever forgotten.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - Rampage

    When Rush hits a dead end, she seeks advice from her respected mentor, Lieutenant John Stillman (series star JOHN FINN), and Detective Will Jeffries (series star THOM BARRY), who has been around long enough to serve as her link to the past.  Also on the team are Detective Nick Vera (series star JEREMY RATCHFORD), a tough cop who's considered the go-to guy for getting a confession; Detective Scotty Valens (series star DANNY PINO), Rush's confident and strong-willed partner; and relative newcomer Kat Miller (series star TRACIE THOMS), who is eager to prove herself.
  2. 02 - The War at Home

    A 2004 case involving the disappearance of a female Iraqi war veteran, Dana Tucker (LESLEY FERA), is reopened when her high-tech titanium prosthetic arm is found in a river.  When Dana returned from the war after fighting for 93 days, she was not the same.  She returned home as a hero to the community - but not to her fellow soldier's widow, who is the prime suspect in Dana's disappearance.  Meanwhile, Scotty visits his brother, Mike (recurring guest star NESTOR CARBONELL), regarding an ongoing child molestation investigation.
  3. 03 - Sandhogs

    When the skeletal remains of a man found in a subway tunnel are identified as a miner who disappeared in 1947, Rush and Valens believe that he may have been murdered.  In 1947, the rumor mill was abuzz with rumors about why the man went missing.  Maybe it was because of his attempt to unionize his fellow miners or because of his scandalous, public love affair.  There was a long list of suspects, including the owner of the mining company, who wanted to stop the impending strike, and a fellow miner who wanted nothing to do with fighting for anyone's rights.  Meanwhile, Rush's boyfriend, Joseph (recurring guest star KENNETH JOHNSON), tells Rush that he loves her.
  4. 04 - Baby Blues

    Charged with the emotional task of finding an infant's killer, Rush reopens a 1982 case involving a female baby who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome under suspicious circumstances.  She starts her investigation with the only people who were with the baby on the morning of her death: the parents.  First, Rush persuades the father to admit to not wanting the child, his second.  Then, the mother confesses that she felt overstressed with the demands of a new baby, along with being a working mother.  Their older child, who was only 6 years old at the time of his sister's death, hardly remembers what happened that night but somehow believes that he had something to do with it.  Meanwhile, Ray (recurring guest star BRENNAN ELLIOTT) enters Rush's life again.
  5. 05 - Saving Sammy

    Rush mixes pleasure with business when her boyfriend, Joseph (recurring guest star KENNETH JOHNSON), asks her to reopen a 2003 case involving an autistic boy named Brent Harding (COLE PETERSON) who witnessed his parents' murder.  Brent's photographic memory and his inability to lie lead Rush to a series of clues and suspects, including Brent's sister, who lied about where her brother was on the night of the murders, a bully at school and a corrupt school administrator.  Now, Rush and the team must decipher which facts are real and which could possibly be figments of Brent's imagination.
  6. 06 - Static

    When the 1958 suicide of a celebrated Philadelphia disc jockey is discovered to have actually been a murder, Rush and the team must find the truth of this public persona's private life by decoding a message hidden in his final broadcast.  The list of suspects includes the DJ's ex-wife, who inherited his estate, a young musician who was starved for his attention and a man who believed that the DJ got his young daughter pregnant.  Meanwhile, Scotty again attempts to reach out to his estranged older brother, Mike (recurring guest star NESTOR CARBONELL).
  7. 07 - The Key

    A case that Jeffries worked on when he was a rookie in 1979 is reopened when evidence is found near the original location of the female victim's body.  Jeffries made a promise to the woman's daughter to find her mother's killer and now, armed with new evidence, he is more determined than ever to close the case and bring the murderer to justice.  The evidence includes a jacket belonging to the victim and car keys that could not have been hers, because she did not know how to drive.  Among the suspects are the victim's husband, her ex-lover and her daughter.  Now, Jeffries must go back 27 years and retrace his steps - but as a more experienced detective.
  8. 08 - Fireflies

    Rush reopens the 1975 case of a Caucasian girl who went missing and was presumed murdered after becoming best friends with an African-American girl, Cherise Tisdale (GABBY SOLEIL [1975], JUDITH SCOTT [2006]), in a predominately white town.  The black residents had been the targets of racial hatred from the others, and initially a black man was suspected in the white girl's death.  But the townspeople also turned against the white family for befriending Cherise, leading Rush and the team to new suspects.  Ultimately, along with the truth comes a shocking revelation that no one expected.
  9. 09 - Lonely Hearts

    In 1989, a homely 33-year-old woman was gunned down in an alley.  Now, the unsolved murder case is reopened when a tape of the victim, made for a dating service, is found after a man's suicide.  Apparently, the man was watching the tape when he killed himself.  The probe reveals that the suspected killer was a con artist who dated lonely women in order to rob them of their life savings.  Meanwhile, Vera moves into an apartment of his own.
  10. 10 - Forever Blue

    After a dying convict gives Rush clues to an unsolved cop killing, she reopens the case.  Born into a family of police officers, young patrolman Sean "Coop" Cooper (SHANE JOHNSON) worked the streets during a time when tough, not completely legitimate methods of dealing with drug offenders were the norm.  When Coop's body was found under a bridge in a bad neighborhood in 1968, the theories ranged from revenge to a gang killing to a jealous lover.  But Rush's investigation uncovers a secret about Coop that may have motivated someone entirely unexpected to murder him.
  11. 11 - The Red and the Blue

    When Jeffries' former partner shares new information about the 2000 murder of a male singer, the case is reopened, requiring Rush and a reluctant Scotty to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, and delve into the world of country music.  The victim was caught between women from two very different worlds - one Southern, one Northern - and the detectives must untangle a web of love, destruction and booze.  At first, Rush and Scotty believe the murder resulted from a lovers' triangle, but they soon find out it had nothing to do with love and everything to do with music.  Original songs by multiple Grammy Award and Country Music Award winner TIM McGRAW are featured throughout the episode.
  12. 12 - Knuckle Up

    In 2005, a brilliant, driven honors student, James Hoffman (MARSHALL ALLMAN), who was destined for the best colleges, went missing.  Now, his sister finds a video clip on the Internet of James getting brutally beaten and shows it to Rush and Valens, who reopen the investigation into James' disappearance.  They learn that he had secretly become a member of a "fight club" of overstressed rich kids looking for a thrill.  Unfortunately, they find James dead--but he didn't die because of the fight in the video, and Rush and the team must track down a much more surprising culprit.
  13. 13 - Blackout

    Rush and Scotty reopen a 1998 accidental death case when new evidence suggests that it may have been murder.  The investigators enter the picture-perfect world of the wealthy Williams clan but soon discover that no family is perfect, especially not this one.  The once-gorgeous matriarch, Lauren Williams (DONNA MILLS - "Knots Landing"), was stranded at her ex-husband's home during a snowstorm, along with her two children.  However, when morning came, she was found face down in the swimming pool, and it was deemed an accidental death at the time.  Armed with new evidence today, however, Rush and Scotty uncover family intrigue concerning money, sex and power.
  14. 14 - 8-03

    When a wealthy white teen and a struggling black teen from very different towns were murdered at the same exact time of day in 2002, no one made a connection.  But now, Miller, who was an undercover cop at the time, realizes that the killings may be related, and she persuades Rush to reopen the cases.  The black boy may have gotten himself into a turf war with drug dealers, and the white girl is initially believed to have been taking methamphetamines in order to continue being an overachiever.  The tragic truth about how these two young people were connected, however, is much more shocking.  Songs by multiple Grammy Award-winning band U2 are featured throughout the episode.
  15. 15 - Blood on the Tracks

    When evidence of a pipe bomb is found in a suburban home during renovations, Rush reopens the case of a married couple killed in 1981 in what was termed an accidental gas leak explosion at the time.  As she digs into the history of the couple and their friends, Rush learns that, ten years earlier, they had all been linked by their opposition to the Vietnam War.  But secret feelings and illegal activities led to a rift between the friends, and Rush must sort out who may have placed the bomb in the couple's kitchen after a tumultuous ten-year reunion.  Meanwhile, Stillman tries to remember his parenting skills while caring for his visiting grandson.  Songs by legendary musician Bob Dylan are featured throughout the episode.
  16. 16 - The Good-Bye Room

    When Barbara (JILLIAN BOYD), a woman who was adopted as a child, claims that her biological mother, Hilary (JOHANNA BRADDY), was murdered the day after Barbara was born, Rush and the team explore the world of unwed mothers and the maternity homes where they were hidden during the 1950s and '60s.  Rush learns about the strangers with whom Hilary was forced to give birth, the people who tricked her into giving up her newborn--and the secret that ultimately led to Hilary's death.  While reexamining her personal relationship with her own mother, Rush must find a killer among a few hundred women who were at the maternity home at the time.
  17. 17 - Shuffle Ball Change

    During an excavation, construction workers uncover the decomposed and battered body of Maurice Hall (NATHAN HALLIDAY), a sensitive grocery clerk who disappeared in a working-class town in 1984.  Rush learns that Maurice was listed as missing at the time, and no one knew he was dead.  His father, who always favored Maurice's ambitious, athletic older brother, tells Rush that Maurice had been behaving strangely before his disappearance.  But his brother later confides details about Maurice's activities that his father never knew about - activities that could get someone killed in that neighborhood.
  18. 18 - A Dollar A Dream

    In 1999, a suburban mom, Marlene Bradford (PAULA MALCOMSON), lost her house after her husband died and, possessing very few street smarts, she was forced to live in her station wagon with her daughters, ages 9 and 14.  Now, an environmental group finds Marlene's car - with her decomposed body in it - at the bottom of a lake.  She had been shot.  After her disappearance, her daughters were placed with separate families and lost touch.  Rush and the team must glean enough facts from the girls' memories to determine who murdered their mother.  Meanwhile, despite Stillman's orders to the contrary, Jeffries tries to track down the trucker who killed Jeffries' wife in a hit-and-run.
  19. 19 - Offender

    A man claims responsibility for pushing a sex offender off a building and promises to systematically kill another person every day.  Twenty years ago, his six-year-old son was raped and murdered, and now he intends to execute one registered sex offender every day until Rush's team can find the culprit in his son's killing.
  20. 20 - Stand Up and Holler

    An anonymous confession to the killing of a 16-year-old girl is found in a modern art exhibit.  As a result, Rush and the team are forced to enter the complicated, emotional and vicious world of high school cheerleading in order to solve the murder.
  21. 21 - Torn

    Rush and the team reopen their oldest case to date when they investigate the 1919 death of a young suffragette.  Frances May Stone (ERIN CAHILL) was a young girl living in a world that gave women few rights, something she wanted to change by any means necessary.
  22. 22 - Cargo

    Rush and the other detectives delve into the world of the Russian Mob when they reopen a 2005 case involving the murder of a longshoreman who innocently got in the middle of a profitable human trafficking ring.  Multiple Emmy & Award nominee Meredith Baxter ("Family Ties") recurs as Ellen Rush.  Academy Award & nominee Andy Garcia ("The Godfather: Part III", "Ocean's Thirteen") directed the episode.
  23. 23 - The Good Death

    When a nurse confesses to the mercy killings of six patients, the detectives reopen a 1998 case involving a terminally ill man who suspiciously died months before anticipated.  But after finding out that the patient left a note with a mysterious female name on it, and that he had been having serious family problems, Rush and the team explore other suspects.  MEREDITH BAXTER recurs as Ellen Rush.
  24. 24 - Stalker

    In the fourth season finale, a hostage situation erupts in the Philadelphia police department.  The team must negotiate quickly before they lose one of their own.