Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 6

Saving Patrick Bubley

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2005 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: December 7, 2005 on TV3+

    • This is Mo's second time as a guest star on the show. He also appeared in the pilot (1-1: Look Again), although not playing the same character.

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      - Changes by 2Pac
      - Let the Drummer Kick It by Citizen Cope
      - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? by Moby
      - The Long Day Is Over by Norah Jones
      - Get to Know Ya by Maxwell
      - Cumbia de los Muertos by Ozomatli
      - Faith in You by P.M. Dawn

    • It's mentioned that Det. Josie Sutton (Sarah Joy Brown) "took a leave" for personal reasons. Apparently Brown had some kind of feud with the network, she thought she would be joining the cast permanently. CBS claims that she was only promised a guest star position in four episodes (she appeared in five). Some fans took Sarah Joy Brown joining the cast in the Season 3 premiere as a sign that Kathryn Morris (Det. Lilly Rush) would be leaving the show.

  • Allusions

    • 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.