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Cold Case

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A man claims that he was wrongfully convicted of the 1982 murder of his rich wife. The case is reopened when the victim's rare ring is discovered worn by a recently deceased junkie.

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  • Inspired by the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, the episode focuses on a doctor convicted of his wife's murder who might be exonerated by new evidence.

    Schadenfreude was the first episode of Cold Case I watched, so although it isn't the strongest episode, it has special meaning to me.

    The storyline is classic Cold Case: new evidence (a missing ring discovered on the body of a dead junkie) leads the team to reopen a murder case (the death of a surgeon's wife in her own home). The twist: her husband, the only other person in the house at the time of her death, was convicted and has been imprisoned for 23 years.

    The strongest element of the episode is the interaction between Lilly and the convicted Dr. Chase. He has the stereotypical doctor's arrogance but with the hard edge of knowing that he has lost so many years of his life for a crime he did not commit. Lilly walks a fine line between compassion and contempt with this difficult character, who may well in fact be guilty, and her scenes with him crackle.

    The investigation uncovers evidence that Dr. Chase's improbable story of rushing downstairs to find his wife dead and a dark haired man and blonde woman escaping out the front door may have some validity. Along the way, the episode highlights one of Cold Case's strengths: the murderer is, in my view, a sympathetic character while the victim is less than pure. By blurring these lines between good and evil, CC provides emotional punch and depth of character. The resolution makes sense given the characters that we have met during the hour.

    I'm also a sucker for the soundtrack. The 70's/80's episodes almost always have great music, regardless of the rest of the episode. And Schadenfreude is a solid and enjoyable episode that deserves credit for getting me hooked--highly recommended.moreless
Linda Purl

Linda Purl

Diane Moore (2005)

Guest Star

Jenna von Oy

Jenna von Oy

Kitty (1982)

Guest Star

Andrea Savage

Andrea Savage

Lindsay (1982)

Guest Star

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