Cold Case

Season 5 Episode 17

Slipping

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2008 on CBS
9.1
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Slipping
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The team re-opens the case of a woman who allegedly committed suicide in 1962 when the victim's granddaughter comes forth with evidence that the note found on the death scene -- then thought to be the suicide note -- was not written in the victim's handwriting.

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  • A teenage girl visits the police station and asks Lilly to investigate the 1962 death of her grandmother. Since she was found hanging in the attic of her home, her death was ruled a suicide. However the girl claims to have evidence to the contrary.moreless

    9.2
    "Slipping" is without a doubt the best episode of the season. Up to this point in the season I have not seen an episode with such a well written script. The story is very exciting and even a bit scary. I was hooked on this episode from start to finish and had no idea how it would turn out. All of the guest actors in this episode give great performances. Especially Frances Fisher as the dead woman's daughter. You can clearly see how the death of her mother effected her. "Slipping" is definitely an episode of Cold Case to see!moreless
  • perfect 10

    10
    The team reopens a 1962 when the victim's granddaughter comes to the station with evidence that suggests otherwise. This is probably the best episode of season 5 (after "The Road" and "Thick as Thieves"). Anyway, as the team investigates, you come to realize, for once, that the victim's "suicide" may in fact be just that. Also, I really like how Scotty (not Lilly) was the one to push the team to continue the investigation even when everyone else doubted that it was murder. Plus, the Elisa references were great-we have not here of Elisa in a while, especially when Lilly calmly reminded Scotty that the victim wasn't Elisa. OK bye.moreless
  • A near 10!

    9.9
    Slipping was one of the best episodes of Cold Case ever made, if not, indeed, the best. I've always preferred episodes that take place a bit further in history than just a few years and lately there just hasn't been that many of those. I thought the plot was great, so kudos to the writers. The episode definitely kept you wondering about the murderer and the motive till the end. The characters were intriguing, Emily Rose did a wonderful job as the victim and Frances Fisher was very convincing as her daughter all grown up.



    As for Scotty, he was on the edge in this episode and I loved seeing it. All that fire in him made him even hotter.moreless
  • Excellent Script.

    8.5
    What I really liked about this episode was the plotting of the case. How little tidbits of information where gradually revealed to the viewers. It was also interesting was watching Lilly & the team go back and forth as to whether or not it was suicide or murder. Then as information is discovered and people are interviewed you saw the build up to something bigger then just a mentally unstable woman. I also like how Lilly gently but firmly reminded Scotty that Nancy wasn't Alyssa and this case wasn't about him. The closure of the case was very dramatic and edgy. Overall a very enjoyable episode.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)

Emily Rose

Emily Rose

Nancy Patterson

Guest Star

Keith Coulouris

Keith Coulouris

Daniel Patterson (1962)

Guest Star

Ronny Cox

Ronny Cox

Daniel Patterson (2008)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The evidence box has Apr'08 on the outside instead of the month and year (Sept'62) that Nancy Patterson died.

    • According to the script, Nancy Patterson died in October 1962. The date of her death is not indicated in the episode, although we can tell it took place after the events of the opening teaser (September 16, 1962).

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Belle: I help out with the cooking and cleaning here.
      Det. Jeffries: Something tells me you haven't always been cooking.
      Belle: Spent some of my best years dancing.
      Det. Vera: I'll bet.
      Belle: Still know how to put a smile on a man's face. (a beat) I'm talking about my cooking, of course.

    • Vera: I thought poetry was supposed to rhyme.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Scotty: What's with the Cyndi Lauper?

      Cyndi Lauper is a rock musician that made it big in the 1980s. Aside from her music, she was known for dressing eccentrically, frequently donning crazy hair colors or styles and bold clothes. Her style, which was classified as "hybrid punk" is emulated by the victim's granddaughter, prompting Scotty to make the comment.

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