Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 14

Dog Day Afternoons

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.