Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 6

Saving Patrick Bubley

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2005 on CBS
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Saving Patrick Bubley
When a mother of five loses her fourth son to gang violence, Lilly sets out the save the youngest, reopening one of her first cases on the homicide squad.

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  • For WEB. D Brothers love

    This was one of the most, if not THE most heartbreaking episode of Cold Case I've ever seen. 4 out of 5 sons dead , mom ends up strung out, an entire family ripped apart over 1 man feeling disrespected. The emotion in this episode was so heavy I stayed teary- eyed through the entire thing, Just mind boggling and so sad how 1 person can make such a life changing this case for the absolute worst. Then him being the catalyst for EVERYTHING. only the deaths but the mothers very very sad. Definitely something I will not soon forget.moreless
  • Heartbreaking

    Good episode, very very sad, not just one victim in this particular cold case, but 4, all brothers of the black bubley family, leaving only the youngest brother, Patrick Bubley , alive & grieving intending to seek revenge for his 4 older brothers. great plot, with lilly particularly acting well bringing us on her emotional rollercoaster. the mother of the bubleys, supposedly a widow, acted well too, as she tried to live with the deaths of her four son and the extremes she went through just for the sake of her sons. in the end, the episode was well solved and as according to the title "saving Patrick Bubley" thankfully he was saved and Lil managed to persuade him to drop his desire for revenge and pursue his education to make his mum and 4 brothers proud( beautifully potrayed in the end watching him in school behind a fence, as if to tell us that the thought of the brothers will always be there for patrick although they cant physically be together anymore). love the whole episode, kept me glued. Bravo cold case! this is for Web D!moreless
  • A very sad episode that shows how violence only begets more violence

    This was an extremely sad episode because there was absolutely no need for any of the Bubley sons to die. It showed how a family full of love could be destroyed by gang violence. The eldest son was just looking after his little brother when that gangbanger killed him for speaking up for himself. What made it worse was the way each Bubley brother took it upon himself to avenge the previous death, which only led to their own. It was a total tearjerker & I was crying through most of it but the ending tied everything up quite nicely & PM Dawn\'s \"Faith in You\" was the perfect final song. This is one of the best shows on television.moreless
  • This episode made me cry.

    The way back machine travels to Lilly's very first case as a murder cop and to the tragedy of a family caught up in the cycle of drugs and violence when 4th of 5 children of a single mother is found dead.

    Lilly is determined to save the 5th and youngest son and believes she can do it my solving the big story as to why the cycle started in the first place. This is one of those episode that is Cold Case at its best both beautiful and tragic. It showed how quickly a symbol of hope can turn into a symbol of destruction.moreless
  • excellent.

    The team reopens 3 other cases when a woman loses her 4th son to gang violence. As Lilly worked the first son's case (1999), she makes it her personal mission to save the 5th and final son, Patrick, from the same fate as his brothers.

    Heartbreaking is putting this episode lightly. You got to see the struggles of the family, the mother trying to raise 5 children on her own and then losing them one-by-one, eventually turning to drugs as a coping mechanism. Plus, you've got the mysterious WEB D. (scooter, if I remember correctly) that the brothers fight over. It symbolizes hope, togetherness and the struggle for the family to stay together without the temptation of drugs, guns, violence and the streets, which, unfortunately, leads to the early deaths of 4 young boys. And since one of the death's was Lilly's 1st case, you see how much she's changed, especially since her first partner was a douche (luckily, we've got Scotty now :) ). And as another reviewer said, the "no drugs today, Biff" scene was a series classicmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, we learn that the Vaughn Bubley case (November 25, 1999) was one of Lilly's first on the homicide. The triple homicide in episode 2-1: The Badlands was Lilly's last before she moved to cold cases. The Lincolns in The Badlands were murdered on September 27, 2003. This means that Lilly worked on the homicide squad approximately 3 years and 10 months before switching exclusive to cold cases.

    • The four Bubley brothers died exactly two years apart from each other: Vaughn on November 25, 1999, Cedric in 2001, Quincy in 2003, and finally Luther in 2005.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (in flashback)
      Det. Fulcrum, Lilly's first partner: Ah, crap! Cretin's got family!
      Lilly: Should I... notify them?
      Fulcrum: Yeah, go on.
      Lilly: I... just never done it before.
      Fulcrum: This is the perfect opportunity then, because this here ain't nothing but an NHI.
      Lilly: No Humans Involved.
      Fulcrum: Yup!
      Lilly: I don't really believe in that.
      Fulcrum: Stick around long enough and your bleeding heart will run dry real soon!

    • Det. Rush: (showing Patrick Bubley the shelf with his brothers' case files on it) The road you're going down, Patrick, leads right here. There's a spot open. Next to your brothers.
      Patrick: Maybe that's just how it goes.

    • Highlight below for a spoiler:
      Det. Rush: I don't believe four boys are dead over a scooter.
      Patrick Bubley: It wasn't just a scooter.
      Det. Rush: It stood for something?
      Patrick Bubley: Everything.

    • Scotty: (talking to the rich kid in the car trying to buy drugs, him and Vera flashing their badges) No drugs today, Biff.

  • NOTES (4)


    • William Edward Burghardt DuBois
      W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963) was an African-American writer and civil rights activist. In this episode, Patrick Bubley wins the W.E.B. DuBois essay contest held in his school in 1999.

    • Citizen Kane / Rosebud
      The plot at the end of the episode is very reminiscent of the 1941 movie Citizen Kane, directed by and starring Orson Welles. In the movie, publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane longs for something called "Rosebud", which in the end turns out to be a sled he had as a boy. In this episode, "Web D", the reason for the brothers' murders, turns out to be Patrick's scooter that he won in an essay contest.

    • Saving Private Ryan
      The episode title is a reference to the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan, starring Tom Hanks. Also the plot is very similar. In the movie, Mrs. Ryan has lost three of her sons in World War II. When the youngest of his sons gets trapped behind enemy lines, the army is determined to return him safe and sound to his mother. In this episode, Mrs. Bubley has lost four of her sons in gang-related shootings and Lilly is determined to solve the murders to save the youngest of the Bubley brothers, Patrick.