Cold Case

Season 5 Episode 12

Sabotage

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 2008 on CBS
8.9
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Sabotage
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The team re-opens the 1999, 2001, and 2003 pipe bombing incidents that killed two and blinded one victim. The serial bomber is still on the loose and ready to strike again as he missed his latest target.

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  • A serial bomber who struck several times between 1999 and 2003 is still at large and may be targeting another victim. Lilly and the team start their investigation in the hopes of stopping the bomber while they still have time.moreless

    6.0
    This is one of the more disappointing episodes of Cold Case. I did not get into this episode and did not at all feel for the character who's anger and frustration with society drove him to murder. I have basically seen this basic storyline in countless movies (John Q, Mad City) and television shows that I no longer find it interesting. I didn't really have a vested interest in this episode until the very end when the bomber's final explosive device detonates. That scene was done well. That can't be said for the rest ofthis episode and it recycled plot line.moreless
  • There's a serial bomber on the lose.

    6.7
    So this is my first ever Cold Case episode review. I dunno, I'm in a writing mood lately.



    It was entertaining to watch our Philly detectives slowly uncover the connection between the victims of the bombings. We were given a pretty good idea who the perp was early on, and it was sad to see everything that perp went through that drove him to kill people. A man can only take so much.



    The ending was nicely done albeit a tad predictable. The perp looked really sad and completely hopeless while he was talking to Stillman. That last part with all the chaos after the bomb exploded was great, and the song (OneRepublic's Apologize) added to the emotional factor.



    This episode wasn't as sad as I wanted it to be, but it did keep me glued to the screen. Great acting by the guest stars. I'm giving this 3 out of 5 Philly PD badges.moreless
  • Very emotional stuff.

    9.0
    This case about the sudden re-emergence of a seemingly random bomber is a perfect example of the brilliance of this show. We see the ramifications of his actions, and when he's finally identified, his motives are suddenly obvious. We find an educated man continuously victimized by corporate profit-mongers, and then by the lack of accountability in modern America. One criticism I will offer is on the subject of the ending. It let's the audience, the bomber, and the prosecutor off way too easy. It's the light at the end of the tunnel that people always look for and that was, in this case, spoon-fed to us. Brilliant ep, mediocre ending. Watch it anyway.moreless
  • And the show is still good! Great one.

    9.6
    With all the writers strike this episode keeps is level, it's a good one.



    There is a bomber on the loose and now he is back. The story behind the reason why the bomber is doing this is interesting.

    All the references, John Henry, that music box, the song.



    One man that had lost his job and by that his daughter because of her condition, his envy of his brother's life, the fact that a kid in a story said that product was disposable...



    Big and little things that can change a person. I understand his rebellion with the health system, it's a terrible thing to see someone you love in pain and anyone doesn't anything to help.



    That was a beautiful music box. At the station, when they started to show his brother's wife and daughter and Lily figured it out, I was suspecting it. And then the bomb explodes! That sound, her expression, the images after, I just wanted to know what had happened with them, if they were hurt, alive, dead. The perfect music for the end, "it's to late to apologize".

    So many things happened that can't be forgotten or are hard to forgive.

    And then Nick and Kat walk out of the house with the girls alive and OK.moreless
  • The central theme is that of a mania fed by the seemingly innocuous behaviors of everyday people and is powerful and emotional. I suggest this episode may be the first to show multiple victims "watching" Allesandro led away in cuffs.moreless

    9.8
    This series continues to demonstrate television excellence with yet another complicated storyline showcasing an array of detection techniques and personal interactions among our Philly police detectives. "Cold Case" maintains its high standard of superb acting by not-yet-famous people in challenging roles: Allesandro's supervisor awkward and uncomfortable in his position of having to lay off his staff; the physician's assistant unfairly expected to step in and perform a medical miracle on a sick child; a big box store manager, seemingly too young for a position of retail authority; and, so sad, Wojciechowski, an ex-Air Force pilot recently cleared to fly commercial aircraft and newly engaged to marry, in the wrong place at the wrong time and whose life is spared but impossibly changed forever. We, the viewers, are left on the edges of our seats anticipating the horror of a mother and child torn to pieces by Allesandro's fifth bomb. It is rare to find a fault or error of logic in the many "Cold Case" scripts we've watched so faithfully, but I suggest it is a too-long stretch of our imaginations to believe that Luke Ross's wife would have held a lengthy telephone conversation with a man purporting to be a bank official investigating credit card fraud without ever having even a hint of recognition of her brother-in-law's voice. Allesandro did, in fact, live with the Ross family for a time after his divorce and the death of his daughter. That is the only flaw in an episode of a television series known for its quality craftsmanship and lack of "loose ends." Otherwise, this "Cold Case" series is as riveting as any episode in its five seasons, and long may it continue to run.moreless
Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris

Det. Lilly Rush

Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

John Finn

John Finn

Lt. John Stillman

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Det. Nick Vera

Thom Barry

Thom Barry

Det. Will Jeffries

Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms

Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Luke Ross (1999/2007-08)

Guest Star

Ryan Kelley

Ryan Kelley

Curt Fitzpatrick (1999)

Guest Star

Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Roderick Poole (1998)

Guest Star

Doug Spinuzza

Doug Spinuzza

Lab Tech Louie Amante

Recurring Role

Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root

A.D.A. Alexandra Thomas

Recurring Role

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