Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 11

8 Years

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Clem Garris was killed in January 1988.

    • This is the first episode in which Lt. Stillman's ex-wife Rita (played by Laura Johnson) is seen.

    • We get the first look of Lilly's cats Olivia and Tripod since episode 1-12: Glued. We also hear more about Lilly's motorcycle-riding first love.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, the teenagers are listening (and singing) to the song No Surrender in the car. The caption says it's June 6, 1980. No Surrender is from the album Born in the U.S.A., which was not released until 1984.

    • Nitpick: It has been questioned how May re-registered the stolen Chevy for 18 years. Since she obviously was living on the fringe of law-abiding society and even had a small-potatoes criminal record, it's doubtful she cared too much about whether the car was street legal.

    • Nitpick: The color of Petey's eyes changes from green to blue from the 1980s to the 2000s. Similarly, the present day May has blue eyes but the younger actress has brown eyes.

  • Quotes

    • May Pearson: On what basis?
      Scotty: Obstructing a police investigation -88, New York bench warrant -94.
      Det. Nick Vera: And irritating two homicide guys 2006.

    • Scotty: May Pearson?
      May: Yeah.
      Scotty: (showing his badge) Philadelphia Homicide.
      May: I don't have anything to do with anything!

    • Lilly: Olivia got chomped by a neighbor dog.
      Stillman: (joking) Did he get the other eye?
      Lilly: (giving a dirty look) That's not funny!

    • Lilly: You find this (Henry) Mack?
      Scotty: Six feet under in Trenton.
      Jeffries: Tough interview...

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • May: Remember that day we ditched, drove around playing Born to Run till the tape broke?

      This is a reference to the Bruce Springsteen album (and song) Born to Run, released in 1975.

    • Although not identical, this episode parallels in some ways the recently cancelled FOX show Reunion. Both are about high school graduates (4 here and 6 on Reunion) who endure dramatic events, including an unplanned pregnancy, until one of them is eventually killed years later, with the other friends being suspects for the crime. In fact, Reunion and this episode both told the story in a year-by-year format. Even more interesting, this episode told the story over 8 years; when Reunion was cancelled, it had also covered 8 years (although the plan was to cover 20 years altogether). But unlike in Reunion, this time we got to know who the killer was.