Cold Case stars Kathryn Morris (Minority Report, Mindhunters) as Lilly Rush, the lone female detective in the Philadelphia homicide squad who finds her calling when she's assigned to "cold cases" -- crimes that have never been solved. Previously, she used her instinctive understanding of the criminal mind on current murders. Now, she's interrogating witnesses whose lives and circumstances have since changed, making use of today's new science and finding fresh clues to solve cases that were previously unsolvable, all of which appeals to this smart, driven detective. She's also prepared for the consequences: that her work will open up old wounds and may lead suspects to commit new crimes. When she hits a dead-end, Lilly seeks advice from her respected mentor, Lt. John Stillman (John Finn, Catch Me If You Can). Also on the team are Det. Scotty Valens (Danny Pino, The Shield), Rush's confident and strong-willed partner; Det. Will Jeffries (Thom Barry, The Fast and the Furious), who's been around long enough to serve as Lilly's link to the past; and Det. Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford, Angel Eyes), a tough cop who's considered the go-to guy for getting a confession. Lilly makes it her business to ensure that no victim is ever forgotten. On the show's third season, former narcotics detective Kat Miller (Tracie Thoms, Wonderfalls, As If), a young and spunky girl, joins the team. Cold Case is created by Meredith Stiehm (ER, NYPD Blue). Executive producers -- in addition to Ms. Stiehm -- include such reigning entertainment industry names as Jerry Bruckheimer (The Amazing Race, CSI), Shaun Cassidy (Invasion, The Agency), and Jonathan Littman (The Amazing Race, Close to Home).
The triple homicide Lilly shows up to at the beginning of the episode will be solved in the second season premiere, 2-1: The Badlands.
This episode doesn't have a crime date. The beginning only says "Philadelphia, 1976" meaning it could be anytime within the year. However, the 1976 scenes appear to be during a warm period and one of the victim's family members mentions to Lilly that she has checked with the police every August since the murder. Therefore, we can assume that Jill Shelby died in the summer of 1976.
Dana Deemer was murdered on May 19, 1983.
Nitpick: The house in 2003 has been boarded up and abandoned for 20 years. Why is it that the front lawn is green and manicured with a well kept brick walk?
Goof: After Lilly talks to Gwen in the back of the patrol car, she opens the door and leaves. The back doors of police cars always have the child safety lock enabled, so someone should have had to open it from the outside.
Goof: Half way through the episode when Ellen is getting ready to take a shower, she is interrupted by her cats coming to greet her. However, you can see the second cat is pushed into frame by a hand with enough force to swing the back of the cat towards Ellen. The second cat then runs out of the shot as Ellen tries to grab it.
Gail Chimayo was murdered on August 21 or 22, 1998.
In this episode, Lilly confirms that she'll only work on cold cases.