Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 14

Dog Day Afternoons

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Dog Day Afternoons
The case of a female bank teller shot to death in her work in 2000 is reopened when the same bank is robbed again by perpetrators wearing identical masks and equipped with identical weapons as six years earlier.

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  • Oh dear God...

    Just because Brennan Elliott is on this episode, I think is one of the best episodes of the whole series. Lily is weird, she has this awesome guy all for herself, and she does what? She does not know what is good for her. Ray Williams is good for her....
  • After a back robbery occurs that is identical to a robbery in 2000, the team re-opens the case of Rowan who was killed during the first bank robbery.

    I thought this was a great episode. It was so sad from the beginning to the end. I fely so bad for Rowan. In some ways it reminded me of the sleepover because she was also a wallfower. The whole episode I was hoping things wouldn't turn out the way they did. It was a perfect example of "bad things happen to good people".

    It was nice to Lilly with a new man in this episode. It's been 2 years since her and the ADA. It's about time she move on especially since they weren't even together.

    This episode pleasantly reminded me of way I watch this series and after "Debut" I really needed a reminder.moreless
  • Why I watch!

    I love the Lily/Biker story as well

    Like most of you all do

    And that it shows her not just at work

    But also in her private life

    You would think that she seems married to her job

    And have no time at all for her personal life

    Even though a lot of you all like myself

    Would love to see her get together with Valens

    But when people get together IMHO

    It ruins a show and then it gets cancelled

    Don't want that to happen just yet!moreless
  • Brilliant epp. very funny bit with the Johnny Cash masks.

    I loved seeing a compleatly different side of Lilly. It was like she was a different person with him. Kinda scary. Scottie's turn to feel all left out like that. The ending was so sad with the girl being killed just because she was going to tell on them. I guess it kinda makes sense though, to kill the one who would tell the cops. It was still very very sad.moreless
  • I really love episodes that deal with Lilly even in small ways.

    I really liked this episode. The songs fit well and the tribute to Johnny Cash was nice as well. The bank robbery/murder was well thought out. Yes, it was fairly predictable (I knew the other bank teller was involved) but also not so predictable until the bitter end.

    What I liked most was the Lilly/Biker story. It was very sweet and the song at the end was a nice touch. Actually I liked most of the songs. They fit well to the whole story. Definitly one of the better episodes this season.moreless
Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Det. Nick Vera

John Finn

John Finn

Lt. John Stillman

Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris

Det. Lilly Rush

Thom Barry

Thom Barry

Det. Will Jeffries

Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms

Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the casting version of the script, Roween's mother's name was Gena instead of Mary and Darla Dunaway's first name was Carla. Additionally, when Julious first comes to the bank, Roween is reading Passage to India by E.M. Foster instead of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

    • Lilly remarks that Roween was "30 years, 3 weeks" when she died. Her birthday was on January 6, 2000 -- a Thursday. The bank heist took place 3 weeks later on a Friday. This means that Roween Ryan was killed on January 28, 2000.

    • We finally get to meet Lilly's motorcycle-riding ex-love, Ray Williams (played by Brennan Elliott).

    • Goof: About halfway through the episode there's a scene in which Scotty, Lilly and Lt. Stillman exit the police department building. In a close-up Lilly is wearing a thin blue scarf that wasn't on her in the wide angle shot. In a cut of just Scotty and Lilly, the scarf is gone again, but when Ray arrives, a close-up of Lilly shows her wearing the scarf one more time.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lilly: You been looking for me?
      Scotty: Not me. Some dude on a Harley.
      Lilly: Oh?
      Scotty: Ray some or other.
      Lilly: (after a pause) Oh.
      (Everybody goes silent.)
      Scotty: (grinning) Must be something personal. (Lilly gives him the look.) Just saying...
      Vera: (winking) Guy on a Harley, always sexy.
      Jeffries: Sure there's nothing you wanna share, Lil?
      Lilly: (to Scotty) Yeah, he shows up again... tell him I'm dead.

    • Lilly: (to Mary) Two kinds of sisters... Sounds like yours were the kind that got along.

    • Ray: Hums like you wouldn't believe.
      Scotty: Really?
      Ray: You oughta take her out sometime.
      Scotty: I'm not sure that's the wisest thing.
      Lilly: (walking in, looking really peeved) What's not the wisest??
      Ray: I was just telling Scotty he needs a bike.

    • Scotty: (knocking on the door, interrupting Lilly talking to Ray) Uhh, the boss is looking for you...
      Lilly: I need another minute.
      Scotty: What should I tell him?
      Lilly: That I need a minute! (bangs the door shut)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Phil: (about Roween) Why would I hate her?
      Det. Vera: Because she was Yoko Ono trying to break up the band.

      Many Beatles fans consider John Lennon's girlfriend/wife Yoko Ono to be the reason the band eventually broke up in 1970.

    • Kat Miller: It wasn't long after that shooting in New York. Black guy reaches into his coat, pulls out a wallet instead of a gun.

      On February 4, 1999, Amadou Diallo was shot 19 times by plainclothes police officers who thought he was reaching for a gun when he was actually reaching for his wallet. Diallo's English was limited and he may have thought the police were trying to rob him. The police thought he was a wanted rapist, but it turned out to be mistaken identity. The officers involved were tried and acquitted of all charges.

    • Johnny Cash
      The bank robbers were wearing Johnny Cash masks. Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was a legendary singer known as the "Man In Black". He is often referred to as a country singer, but he covered songs from several different genres during his lengthy career and he appealed to a wide variety of fans.

      Roween and Julious also talk about Johnny Cash's autobiography (published in 1997), and his wife June Carter Cash. This episode was aired just few months after the premiere of the Johnny Cash biography movie Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter.

      Johnny Cash's music also serves as the soundtrack for the Cold Case episode 2-4: The House.

    • Title: Dog Day Afternoons
      The episode title is taken from the 1975 movie Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino, about a bank robbery gone wrong. The movie was based on the real-life story of John Wojtowicz who attempted to rob a New York bank in 1972 to raise money for his lover's sex change operation.