Cold Case (season 4)

The fourth season of Cold Case, an American television series, began airing on September 24, 2006 and concluded on May 6, 2007. Season four regular cast members include Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Thom Barry, Jeremy Ratchford and Tracie Thoms. This is the only season of the series to feature 24 episodes.

Cold Case (season 4)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2006 
May 6, 2007
Season chronology

During this season before the season finale "Stalker", Danny Pino guest starred as his character Scotty Valens in an episode of CSI:NY, also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.


ActorCharacterMain castRecurring cast
Kathryn MorrisDet. Lilly Rushentire seasonN/A
Danny PinoDet. Scotty Valensentire seasonN/A
John FinnLt. John Stillmanentire seasonN/A
Thom BarryDet. Will Jeffriesentire seasonN/A
Jeremy RatchfordDet. Nick Veraentire seasonN/A
Tracie ThomsDet. Kat Millerentire seasonN/A
Susan ChuangDr. Frannie ChingN/Aepisodes 4, 12, 17
Bonnie RootADA Alexandra ThomasN/Aepisodes 7, 19, 22, 24
Doug SpinuzzaLouie AmanteN/Aepisode 15


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
701"Rampage"Mark PellingtonVeena Cabreros SudSeptember 24, 2006 (2006-09-24)16.27[1]

The team reinvestigates a 1995 shopping mall massacre committed by two 16-year-old boys, Neal Halon and Cameron Coulter, who committed suicide at the scene, after the discovery of new video evidence in an air shift points to a third shooter.

  • Song featured in the intro: "I Will Refuse", by Pailhead
  • Song featured in the finale: "One of Us", by Joan Osborne.
  • This episode was loosely based on the Columbine High School Massacre.
  • This was the first episode to air in the regularly scheduled 9:00 pm slot which would last until the end of season 6.
712"The War at Home"Alex ZakrzewskiSamantha Howard CorbinOctober 1, 2006 (2006-10-01)14.43[2]

The team reopens the 2004 case of Dana Taylor, a missing 30-year-old Iraq War veteran, after her prosthetic arm is found in a river. The team learns that the victim was struggling to reintegrate into civilian life after losing her arm in her last tour.

723"Sandhogs"David Von AnckenGreg PlagemanOctober 8, 2006 (2006-10-08)13.72[3]

The team reopens the 1948 disappearance of John "Boomer" Donovan, a missing sandhog miner, after his remains are found in a subway service tunnel. The team discovers that the victim was an outspoken unionist following the death of his best friend, whose activism ruffled a few feathers.

  • A photograph of Joe Washington, the cop killed in "The Runner" (episode 1.5), is seen on the wall of fallen officers.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Sixteen Tons", by Big Bill Broonzy.
  • Song featured in the finale: "I Wonder", by Louis Armstrong.
734"Baby Blues"David BarrettLiz W. GarciaOctober 15, 2006 (2006-10-15)13.97[4]

The team reinvestigates the 1982 death of Iris Felice, a newborn baby girl whose death was originally reported as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. New evidence, however, suggests that she may have been murdered.

  • The victim's ghost is not seen at the end due to the fact that she was an infant at the time of her death. Instead, it ends with Lilly kneeling at her grave.
  • Song featured in the intro: "Somebody's Baby", by Jackson Browne.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Open Arms", by Journey.
745"Saving Sammy"Paris BarclayTyler BensingerOctober 22, 2006 (2006-10-22)14.81[5]

The team reopens the 2003 double-murder of Steve and Lisa Harris, the parents of an autistic boy, after Lilly's boyfriend brings her information suggesting that the boy might have witnessed the murder. The team discovers the boy was a victim of bullying and discrimination due to his autism, and the parents efforts to accommodate him may have led to their deaths.

756"Static"Kevin BrayGavin HarrisOctober 29, 2006 (2006-10-29)14.16[6]

The team reopens the 1958 death of John "The Hawk" Hawkins, a popular disk jockey, after discovering audio evidence indicating that his death may have been a murder staged as suicide.

  • This episode features a cameo by an actor playing Little Richard.
  • Various jingles were featured in the intro.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Scarlet Rose", performed by Alexa Khan and written by Gary Haase. The song was written for the episode.
767"The Key"David BarrettJennifer M. JohnsonNovember 5, 2006 (2006-11-05)13.96[7]

The team reopens the 1979 murder of Libby Bradley, an upper-class housewife and schoolteacher, when new evidence suggests that her killer may have been from her social circle. The team soon discovers that the victim was having marital problems that affected even her own daughter, whom Jefferies had promised that he would catch find her mother's killer.

778"Fireflies"Marcos SiegaErica SheltonNovember 12, 2006 (2006-11-12)14.77[8]

The team reopens the 1975 case of Melanie Campbell, a missing 8-year-old girl, after a child's undelivered letter is found. The team sets out to determine the fate of the girl, and in doing so, delves deep into her controversial relationship with her African-American neighbor and the racial tensions in her neighborhood.

789"Lonely Hearts"John PetersLiz W. GarciaNovember 19, 2006 (2006-11-19)14.53[9]

The team reopens the 1989 murder of Martha Puck, a 33-year-old single woman, after her video dating tape shows up in the apartment of a man who committed suicide. The team learns that the man was a con artist who was manipulating the victim into committing various crimes.

7910"Forever Blue"Jeannot SzwarcTom PettitDecember 3, 2006 (2006-12-03)14.11[10]

The team reopens the 1968 murder of Sean Cooper, a young policeman with a "cowboy" reputation, who was shot to death in his patrol car, after a terminally ill convict claims the cop was crooked. The case takes a shocking turn after the team learns that the victim was having an affair with his partner.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Daydream Believer", by The Monkees.
  • Song featured in the finale: "My Back Pages", by The Byrds.
  • The episode was praised by the blog, The Best Day Ever, for its gay sensibilities.[11] According to an interview with Shane Johnson by the same site, this particular episode was also highly praised by the cast itself. As he shares, "even the regular cast on the show commented on how great they felt the episode was."[12] The gay-themed website, Good As You, said they had never received more e-mails and instant messages than they did in response to the episode.
  • Could have been loosely based on "Brokeback Mountain".[13]
8011"The Red and the Blue"Steve BoyumMeredith StiehmDecember 10, 2006 (2006-12-10)14.05[14]

The team reopens the 2000 murder of Truck Sugar, a country singer who was on the cusp on his big break, after the murder weapon turns up. Lilly must travel to Tennessee with a reluctant Scotty in tow to reinvestigate the case.

8112"Knuckle Up"David BarrettGreg PlagemanJanuary 7, 2007 (2007-01-07)14.12[15]

The team reopens the 2006 case of James Hoffman, a gifted missing 17-year-old boy, after a video clip of him is found on the Internet by his sister. When the victim's remains are found, the team zeroes in on his school and discovers a very cutthroat environment behind closed doors.

8213"Blackout"Seith MannTyler BensingerJanuary 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)14.53[16]

The team reopens the 1996 death of Lauren Williams (Donna Mills), who drowned in her ex-husband's pool during a power outage. The drowning was originally ruled as accidental, but the discovery of the woman's fingernail underneath the diving board suggests she may have been held under. The team learns that the victim had a twisted relationship with her family, particularly her son.

8314"8:03 AM"Alex ZakrzewskiVeena Cabreros SudJanuary 28, 2007 (2007-01-28)15.13[17]

The team reopens the 2002 murders of Skill Jones and Madison Reed, two teenagers from different parts of the city, after Kat discovers they were both fatally shot at precisely 8:03 AM. The team discovers that the timing of their deaths wasn't the only connection as both teens were involved in drug dealing.

8415"Blood on the Tracks"Kevin BrayGavin HarrisFebruary 18, 2007 (2007-02-18)11.60[18]

The team reinvestigates the 1981 deaths of Jack and Johanna Kimball, a married couple who died in a house explosion, after remnants of a bomb are found during the remodeling of their house. The team soon learns that the couple was haunted by a secret from their past anti-war activism, and their investigation leads to a shocking discovery.

8516"The Good-Bye Room"Holly DaleJennifer M. JohnsonMarch 4, 2007 (2007-03-04)13.13[19]

The team reopens the 1964 murder of Hillary West, a 17-year-old girl and young mother who was killed the day after giving birth to a baby girl in a home for unwed mothers. The team learns that the home was harboring some dark secrets.

8617"Shuffle, Ball Change"Mark PellingtonLiz W. GarciaMarch 11, 2007 (2007-03-11)15.45[20]

The team reopens the 1984 disappearance of Maurice Hall, a missing 16-year-old boy who was written off as a runaway, after his remains are discovered in a dumpster. The team learns the victim was an aspiring dancer, much to the dismay of his father.

8718"A Dollar, a Dream"Chris FisherErica SheltonMarch 18, 2007 (2007-03-18)15.09[21]

The team reopens the 1999 disappearance of Marlene Bradford, a widowed mother of two, after a station wagon containing her bones is found at the bottom of a lake. The team learns that the family was living in the car.

8819"Offender"David BarrettGreg PlagemanMarch 25, 2007 (2007-03-25)13.91[22]

The team reopens the 1987 rape and murder of Clayton Hathaway, a 6-year-old boy after his father, who was convicted of the crime is released and pushes a sex offender from the roof of a building, vowing to systematically kill a new offender each day until his son's real killer is found. During the investigation, one team member makes a poor call that threatens to derail the case.

8920"Stand Up and Holler"John PetersKate PurdyApril 1, 2007 (2007-04-01)13.23[23]

The team reopens the 1997 death of Rainey Karlsen, a 16-year-old cheerleader who was thought to have died from an accidental drug overdose, after an anonymous confession to her murder is found in a modern art exhibit along with new suspicious evidence. The investigation uncovers some of the cheerleading squad's dark secrets.

9021"Torn"Kevin BrayTyler BensingerApril 8, 2007 (2007-04-08)11.33[24]

The team reopens the 1919 murder of Frances Stone, an 18-year-old girl at the request of her great grand-niece after hearing about Lily from a group meeting. The team discovers that the victim was a suffragette, much to the dismay of her family.

9122"Cargo"Andy GarcíaTom PettitApril 15, 2007 (2007-04-15)12.19[25]

The FBI asks the team to reopen the 2005 murder of longshoreman Mike Chulaski, whose death might be related to a Russian human-trafficking ring that the FBI is trying to bring down. The team discovers that he may have been trying to rescue a young girl from the group.

9223"The Good Death"Paris BarclayGavin HarrisApril 29, 2007 (2007-04-29)12.14[26]

The team reopens the 1998 murder of Jay Dratton, a terminally ill businessman, after one of his nurses confesseses to six incidents of mercy killing. The team discovers that the victim had made many enemies throughout his career, including members of his own family.

9324"Stalker"Alex ZakrzewskiVeena Cabreros Sud & Liz W. GarciaMay 6, 2007 (2007-05-06)13.70[27]

The team reopens the 2006 triple homicide of a family when the sole survivor of the shooting, the teenage daughter named Kim Jacobi (Ellen Woglom), wakes up from a coma and begins remembering details about the night of the murder. The team learns that the girl was being stalked by a man named, "Romeo." The investigation takes a scary turn when a hostage situation arises with the SWAT team firing one shot into the window of the homicide office wounding Romeo but not seriously, Romeo firing one shot at Lt. Stillman wounding him but also not seriously which promps Lilly to make the bold decision to confront Romeo one-on-one where Romeo shoots Lilly and he is shot dead by Detective Valens.

  • Song featured in the intro: "Speed of Sound", by Coldplay.
  • Song featured in the finale: "Stolen", by Dashboard Confessional.
  • This case was loosely based on the murder of Alice Huling and most of her family in 1978 by Joe Ture.
  • At the end of the episode while at the hospital after being shot by Romeo, Lilly says "Mom" just before the end credits start to roll leaving viewers to wait until the first episode of season 5 to see if she survives.


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