Cold Case

Blood on the Tracks

Season 4, Ep 15, Aired 2/18/07
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  • Episode Description
  • When traces of an explosive are found in a house, the team re-opens the 1981 case of a married couple who died in the same house in what was then ruled as an accidental gas leak.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Danny Pino

    Scotty Valens

  • Jeremy Ratchford

    Det. Nick Vera

  • John Finn

    Lt. John Stillman

  • Kathryn Morris

    Det. Lilly Rush

  • Thom Barry

    Det. Will Jeffries

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • In 1981 a gas explosion occurs at a house killing two people. In 2007, as the house is being renovated, pieces of a bomb are found. The explosion was not an accident. Lilly and the team investigate.

    By meathead704, Sep 22, 2008

  • When a part of a bomb is found in the basement of where two people were killed in 1981 in an explosion, the team believes that the explosion was not accidental as thought, but a planned murder.

    By luckydagangsta, Jun 19, 2008

  • Bob Dylan episode! Personal fave!

    By JPPT1974, Feb 26, 2007

  • This was one of my favorite episodes

    By cpearls2, Feb 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Lilly: (to Johanna) Does it haunt you, or when you steal a life, do you leave your soul behind?

    • Sara: If I died, if I vanished off the face of the earth tomorrow, no one would even notice.

    • Lt. Stillman: Legally, the DA can't lie to a suspect... Scotty: Ahh, but we can. Kat Miller: I love this job.

    • Johanna: I thought it was you and me against the world. Jack: It still is. Let's do this together. Be strong with me, Jo. Johanna: You always were the strong one. Jack: It isn't strength. It's like I don't have a choice. Johanna: No choice... I think I understand now.

    • Tom Zimmerman: I was already home. Nick Vera: Alone? Tom Zimmerman: Yeah. Nick Vera: Great alibi, Z. Did the butler do it, too?

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    Notes (3)

    • International Airdates: - Denmark: March 28, 2007 on TV3+ - Norway: May 9, 2007 on TVNorge

    • Less than a month after this episode aired, Jamie Bamber appeared in episode 3-20: Crossroads (Part 2) of Battlestar Galactica (in which he stars), which also used heavily the song All Along the Watchtower. This time however, it was a version assembled by Bear McCreary.

    • Music Featured in This Episode: All the songs in this episode are performed by Bob Dylan: - The Times They Are A-Changin' - All Along the Watchtower - Ballad of a Thin Man - Thunder on the Mountain - Positively Fourth Street - Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Simple Twist of Fate - Like a Rolling Stone This is the second consecutive episode in which all songs are exclusively by the same artist.

    Trivia (3)

    • Det. Vera had an uncle who served two tours during the Vietnam War.

    • Goof: Thom Barry (Det. Will Jeffries) doesn't have his usual mustache during most of the episode. In his final scene at the McBride house, it's suddenly back.

    • The fatal explosion happened on the night of June 7, 1981.

    Allusions (4)

    • The Jones Family appears to be modeled in spirit and action on the Weather Underground, a radical faction that emerged from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1969, taking its name from a lyric in Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues. The group advocated violent overthrow of the government and establishment of proletarian dictatorship. They were most publicly associated with acts of domestic terrorism (principally bombings and arson fires) between 1969 and 1974.

    • Title: Blood on the Tracks The episode is named after Bob Dylan's 1975 album which is widely considered among his best. In addition to this, there are also other Dylan references in the episode: One of the college friends was named Tom Zimmerman; Zimmerman is also Dylan's real last name. Jack Kimball's wife was named Johanna; Visions of Johanna is a song from Dylan's 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.

    • The Big Chill This episode seems to be an homage to Lawrence Kasdan's 1983 Best Picture nominee The Big Chill. There are several parallel elements present, such as the classic rock soundtrack, a group of college friends who gather years later to find that some of them have had political changes of heart and are growing apart, and even the death of a member(s) of the group is the catalyst for the action.

    • Lt Stillman: (to his grandson) What do you got there? Sean: (shows him an action figure) Avatar Aang. He can bend air. Avatar Aang is the main character in the American-made but Asian-influenced animated action/fantasy series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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