Det. Nick Vera
Lt. John Stillman
Det. Lilly Rush
Det. Will Jeffries
Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)
Sean "Coop" Cooper (1968)
Jimmy Bruno (1968)
Jimmy Bruno (2006)
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.
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?
International Air Dates:
- Denmark: January 24, 2007 on TV3+
- Brazil: February 5, 2007 on Warner Channel
- Norway: March 28, 2007 on TVNorge
- The Netherlands: May 5, 2007 on Net 5
- Czech Republic: June 25, 2007 on TV Nova
- Finland: August 21, 2007 on MTV3
Although Cold Case has dealt with gay, lesbian and transgendered storylines before, this was the first episode in the show's four year history to feature an on-screen same sex kiss.
Sonja Sohn (Andre's mother) receives the "and" credit. The CBS press release for this episode indicates that Toni's last name is Jameson, but it was later changed to Halstead. She is credited with this name in later episodes.
Although the CBS music page claims that Happy Together by The Turtles was played, the song was in fact not heard in this episode.
Some of the character names were changed from the original version of the script to the one that aired. Lt. Tom McCree was named Ed Kryter, whereas the Brunos' last name was Innocenzi.
When Kat Miller is interviewing Murphy for the case, he asks if she's a lesbian. Tracie Thoms played lesbian attorney Joanne Jefferson in the 2005 film version of the musical Rent.
Music Featured in This Episode:
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
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.
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