Cold Case

Season 4 Episode 3

Sandhogs

2
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2006 on CBS
8.5
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Sandhogs
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When the remains of a sandhog miner who disappeared in 1947 are found in a subway service tunnel, the team is prompted to re-open the case when they suspect the victim might have been murdered for being a union activist.

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  • Not a very good episode

    6.4
    Did not care for this episode. The story was boring and the black/white thing has been done to death on this show. Lilly once again kicking a man out of her life is getting really old. What happened to all the weight Nick lost? It looks like he gained it back.
  • When the bones of a man that went missing in 1947 are found in a subway tunnel, the detectives investigate to find who killed him and why.

    7.8
    John Donovan was a miner turned union activist after his friend dies in the mine. Right before he stages a walk out, he's murdered in the mine shaft. His body was never recovered until now.



    This episode was pretty boring. It was mostly about everything that was going on down in the mines. Talking about how bad the working conditions were and things needed to change. I've never been much interested in hearing anything about the mining business.



    Although, there was a silver lining to this otherwise boring episode, John's relationship with Alice. They had such great chemistry and in a story like this, it's obvious that it's just doomed. That kept my interest up.



    Most of the cases that go back as far as this one did interest me far more, but this one just came up a bit flat in my opinion. It was still a fairly decent episode though, worth a watch.moreless
  • Interracial relationships taboo in the 1940's!

    6.9
    Interracial marriages were taboo in the civil rights era and the 1940's as the team investigate the death of a sandminer as we get a little bit into the history of Lt Stillman playing as a boy. I like the Lt as he's tough yet sympathetic and a father figure to the team. Great show as racism was on the rise so much back then.
  • Now I liked this episode as how it covered both the issue of interracial relationships in the 1940's, the battle between labor and management and the jobs of sandhogs in one mystery.moreless

    9.1
    Few people know what sandhogs are and how dangerous their jobs are (even currently the death rate is roughly one per mile dug). I liked this episode for how it brought out the Sandhogs and the problems between management and labor long ago. Also, the touching upon of the interracial relationship issue back in the 1940s. I was disappointed in that aspect though in how it was just brushed upon.



    Now this issue of Lily and her 'boyfriends' is starting to get irritating. I liked Joseph in his debut last year but would you let a person who was thought dead and just popped out of thin air (and an admitted ex drug user) work with children again? Especially considering the fact that he probably wasn't working (on the record - ergo construction) during that missing period. You'd think this tough detective can make up her mind between her guys.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)

Brennan Elliott

Brennan Elliott

Ray

Guest Star

Ryan Cutrona

Ryan Cutrona

Eamon "Big Mac" McCallister

Guest Star

Neil Jackson

Neil Jackson

John "Boomer" Donovan

Guest Star

Kenneth Johnson (III)

Kenneth Johnson (III)

Joseph (as Kenneth Johnson)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: There are some discrepancies with the timing of John Donovan's death. The detectives state that he disappeared on a Sunday. Yet later they find out that Donovan disappeared and died on April 28, 1948. However, this date falls on a Wednesday.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Det. Jeffries: They say if it's deeper than a grave, a sandhog dug it.
      Det. Vera: Looks like this poor schmuck might have dug his own.

    • Kat Miller: Back then people stuck it out, even if it didn't make sense.
      Alice: Just the times. He was still married and white, and I was neither.

    • Ray: You know, the way you left it last time, that was... nice.
      Lilly: Look, I, uh... I gotta go.
      Ray: Something I did wrong?
      (Lilly's cell phone rings. She looks to see Joseph calling but doesn't answer.)
      Ray: Ahh, something he did right.

    • Det. Jeffries: Turns out Bertleman was going to squash the strike by hiring Pinkertons.
      Lilly: Goons for hire.
      Det. Vera: Specialize in bashing skulls.
      Lilly: Might explain the blunt force trauma.

    • Lilly: You know your sandhog history, boss.
      Lt. Stillman: The neighborhood I grew up in, you either became a cop, a fireman, or a sandhog. I got this thing about being burned and buried alive.

    • Nick Vera: I ain't going down there.
      Scotty Valens: What's the matter, you don't like tunnels?
      Nick Vera: They got rats the size of badgers.
      Scotty Valens: Nah, man, even the rats hate it down there.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Bobby: I heard Bertleman hired goons, Pinkertons.

      The Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded by Allan Pinkerton in 1850, was a private security guard and detective agency, notorious for its use of brutal and violent measures. In the late 19th century, Pinkerton agents were often hired by businessmen to keep strikers and unionists under control. Even today, the word "Pinkerton" is used as a derogatory term to refer to authority figures who side with the management – and oppose unionists – in labor disputes.

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