Cold Case

Season 4 Episode 10

Forever Blue

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 2006 on CBS
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Forever Blue
The team re-investigates the 1968 death of a policeman who was shot in his patrol car. The case was then ruled as a drug bust gone bad, but new evidence now reveals the victim may have been romantically involved with his partner.

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  • So many have written wonderfully about "Forever Blue," (see Google)I'm sure I needn't. This episode is as perfect as CC has ever been. It's about two gay cops, one of whom is murdered, not knowing the reason ...nor is the case solved, for 38 years.moreless

    The black-and white flashbacks are incredible; the songs (Daydream Believer; My Back Pages) are great; the acting is faultless. Everyone seems so deeply invoved with the character he/she plays, and the episode is both erotic and perfectly acceptable as TV14 fare--which, for a gay-themed story, is a minor miracle, Actually, the most erotic thing in the show is their NOT touching each other! (The kiss is nice, too). It's brsathtakingly frightening to see that, as recently as 1968, not only was homophobia rampant in a big city police department, but also complete igorance of homosexialiy on he part of well-meaning, foolish people--someone could "sort him out;" the victim is sent on a fake call so some guys can "rough him up a litle bit." 1968? Valens says: And what about today?

    Note: The first line is personal to the author: it is MY father I have broken faith with.


    I have broke faith with my father,

    And love a lad home from the war

    Who does not regret it, or even think of it


    So honest he is, and so unafraid,

    Even of fear itself ,

    Full of half-formed plans, yet so sure

    Of his love, that he dies for it,

    Without ever knowing

  • Absolutely brilliant episode! Probably the best from the whole series. Dealing with very sensitive issues, superbly done.

    The acting is brilliant, Brian Hallisay and Shane Johnson are wonderful as the doomed lovers. I think this was a very sensitive episode, and it was dealt with in such a professional manner. This episode is very reminiscent of the film Brokeback Mountain, in the way that the two men have feelings for eachother, but are still trying to lead a 'normal' life, with their partners/wives. Its extremely sad when Coop's dad dissowns him for being involved in a homosexual relationship. It is gutwrenching to watch as you know that one the men will be killed. This was such a heartwarming episode. I truly enjoyed it, and I was so distressed with the outcome. Love is such a special thing, and regarldess of gender, age or religion, it should never be taken away!moreless
  • A personal comment on Forever Blue's handling of a same-sex love affair between two policeman.

    Forever Blue is a brilliant, touching, episode in a usually brilliant series. Perfect performances are topped with the pleasant surprise of Chad Everett as Jimmy Bruno (present) and the ending, seeing the inner vision of himself (younger) moving into forever with the younger Cooper said everything about love that does not die.

    I am not enough of a technical geek to say much about how the transitions between past and present were handled, except that they never seemed unnecessary or a gimmick.

    It is not often a television show brings on the tears. This did.

    How much has changed regarding attitudes to same sex relationships, as a threat to "manliness" in the police and fire services is open to question. Shows, like this, help, though.moreless
  • A new witness comes forward with evidence in the shooting death of a policeman in his patrol car in 1968.

    Sean Cooper was a devoted policeman who unlike many back in is days, did not take bribs from local drug dealers. He had a secret that may have been what got him killed. He was found shot to death in his patrol car in 1968. It was believed to be a drug bust gone bad. With the new evidence, at first it's thought he was killed for drug dealing, but it turns to him having an affair.

    This episode kind of come as a cross between many different episodes in the past. Police episode plus gay relationships episode. Hardly original, but with a series like Cold Case you can't really expect episodes to be too original for long.

    The acting also was kind of on the outs. The scenes with Cooper and Jimmy, especially the intense ones, were just so unbelievably. The acting was medicore at best.

    The episode wasn't the worse, but by far not the best.moreless
  • I just started watching Cold Case and this episode is what got me hooked.

    This episode really touched me because of the story it told. The victim, Coop, was killed by a fellow police officer because he was gay These kind of things really make me want to cry because it highlights how difficult it could be to be gay I believe that everyone should be treated as equal and when I watched this episode I could not help but cry at the relationship Coop shared with Jim. It just really touched me and I stayed up to 2 in the morning watching more Cold Case episodes. Probably one of my favorite episodes to date.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)

Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson

Sean "Coop" Cooper (1968)

Guest Star

Brian Hallisay

Brian Hallisay

Jimmy Bruno (1968)

Guest Star

Chad Everett

Chad Everett

Jimmy Bruno (2006)

Guest Star

Sonja Sohn

Sonja Sohn

Toni Halstead

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the closing sequence when Stillman is in the bar and looking at Coop's photo, next to it is a photo of Joe Washington, the cop killed in episode 1-5: The Runner.

    • Nitpick: The gun used in the murder was a sawed-off shotgun, probably a Browning, and probably with an 18" barrel. This weapon was a police and military issue only as were the bullets. Why would the murderer use a weapon and ammunition issued to police or military use only when the owner would be much easier to track?

    • Goof: Jimmy says to Coop that his wife is taking the kids to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. However, the movie opened in the U.S. in December 1968. By then, Sean Cooper was already dead.

    • Sean Cooper died in September 1968.

    • When Coop's case boxes are filed away, there are four of them instead of the usual one. On the shelf above are case boxes for victims named Dennis White, Steven Carter, Alan White, and Pat Olson.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Coop: So, what would you believe? My alarm broke or I got lost?

    • Scotty: You know the police shrink is two floors down?
      Vera: I've lost it, haven't I?
      Scotty: You're close.

    • Brogan Cooper: We raised you right!
      Coop: It has nothing to do with you.
      Brogan Cooper: You are not going to disgrace our family, the force.
      Coop: Quit looking at me like that, Pop... please.
      Brogan Cooper: I thought you were a man.
      Coop: I am.
      Brogan Cooper: No, you're not. And you're not my son, neither. (walks away)

    • Murphy: (propelling a hefty transvestite down the hall) No, you may not use the ladies' room. (to Jimmy, who's leaning against the wall with Coop) We're allowed to beat up queers for information, right, Jimmy?
      Jimmy: Your bust, your call.

    • Brogan Cooper: (when Sean finally turns up in the church, late) So what do you think, Jimmy? Brawl or babe?
      Jimmy Bruno: Brawl... Then a babe.
      Brogan Cooper: Isn't it time he got married?
      Jimmy Bruno: You gotta go out on a second date for that, Sarge.

    • Jimmy: (about his infant son who's about to be baptized) Think he'll be a cop?
      Coop: He has no choice. It's in his genes: forever blue.
      Jimmy: Someone's gotta break out.

    • Scotty: (sees Vera carrying a basketball ball) I didn't know you played.
      Vera: I don't. Belongs to a kid in my building. Stole it from him.
      Scotty: (a beat) You've lost it.
      Vera: No, I've gained it.
      Scotty: Gained what?
      Vera: The upper hand.

    • Coop: Eileen home tonight?
      Jimmy: You in love with my wife, Coop?
      Coop: Just her cooking.

    • Scotty: There's a nurse. Says she's looking for you.
      Vera: For me?
      Scotty: You know her?
      Vera: No. (to Scotty and Kat) How do I look?
      Kat: Like crap.
      Vera: (not affected by her comment a bit) Can't keep 'em off me.

    • Toni, Andre's mom: Officer, I wanna report a robbery.
      Scotty: We're, uh, homicide.
      Toni: Take this down: suspect is a white man, wearing an ugly-ass tie and a bad attitude.

    • Owen Murphy: You a lesbian?
      Kat Miller: You a jackass?

  • NOTES (8)


    • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
      Jimmy says that his wife Eileen is taking their kids to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The movie, released in 1968 and starring Dick Van Dyke as an eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, is based on the 1964 children's story by Ian Fleming (who also wrote the early James Bond novels) about a magical vintage car named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The film was adapted into a stage musical that opened on London's West End in 2002 and on Broadway in April 2005

    • Schindler's List
      The flashbacks of 1968 are done in black and white, barring a few colored details (usually in red) in each scene, e.g. the patrol car lights, the red of the U.S. flag, or a red phone on the Lieutenant's desk. The same effect was used in the 1993 movie Schindler's List, although there were only a handful of such details during the course of the over three-hour film.

    • Title: Forever Blue
      This episode shares its name with a song by Chris Isaak, released in 1995 on an album also called Forever Blue.