Cold Case

Season 4 Episode 15

Blood on the Tracks

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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?

    • Lt. John Stillman: (barking) Miller! In here. Now.
      (Kat looks at Scotty, slightly panicking, and walks into the lieutenant's office.)
      Kat Miller: What's up?
      Lt. Stillman: (showing her a juice box) How in the hell do you open this thing?
      Kat Miller: There's this new device called a straw.
      Lt. Stillman: Straw?
      (Kat rips the straw from the side of the box and unwraps it.)
      Lt. Stillman: I didn't see that.
      Kat Miller: Why don't you let the four-year-old show you. Hey, Sean. How 'bout some juice, buddy?
      (Stillman examines closely as Sean plunges the straw into the juice box and takes a sip.)
      Kat Miller: (to Stillman) You wanna go interview a murder suspect or something, boss? To calm yourself down?

    • Porter Rawley: Bombing for peace was like humping for virginity.

    • Sara Lowell: They were protesting against an America that had become an imperialist bully.
      Lilly Rush: Sounds vaguely familiar.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.