Cold Case

Season 5 Episode 13

Spiders

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 17, 2008 on CBS
8.8
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The team re-opens the 1998 case of a murdered 17-year-old girl when her father is arrested for beating another child.

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  • A man is arrested for beating his infant stepdaughter. Lilly is approached by a female attorney who says that the man had a teenage daughter who was beaten to death in 1998. Believing the man murdered his daughter, she asks Lilly to investigate.moreless

    8.7
    There are a number of reasons why I enjoyed "Spiders." One of the things I like is that it begins focusing on the murdered teen's alcoholic father and then takes a turn nobody saw coming. The episode also keeps the viewer's interest by keeping them guessing as to how things will turn out. The performances by all of the characters are another high point of this episode. Everybody is very well cast and seems very believable in their roles. That doesn't mean it doesn't have its flaws (Spider's mother is one of them), but "Spiders" is a very good episode.moreless
  • haunting

    10
    The team reopens the 1998 case of a teenage girl who was beaten to death when it is revealed he was recently arrested for beating another girl. It really enjoyed this episode. You saw the victim escape from one evil to another (at first, though, you don't think Spider, Elliot and the others as evil). It also explored the darker side of human nature: hatred. The neo-Nazi beat an innocent woman to death, just because she was Hispanic and at the wrong place at the wrong time. To make matters worse, no one (except the vic.) felt any remorse. In the end, it turns out Elliot, the seemingly most level-headed and less "into" the neo-Nazism, killed the vic. because he wanted acceptance and because he hated being a Jew. The ending sequence was good, especially Elliot's transformation into a full-pledged Neo-Nazi.moreless
  • A fine example of why "Cold Case" is the TV series which uses better the technology than any other series nowadays. This is not the best episode of the season but the plot is interesting.moreless

    7.0
    The team reopen a case of a young girl who appeared dead not many years ago. Soon we discover that she did runaway from her home beause her dad maltreated her. She goes to live in a house with other young people, including her boyfriend or at least the boy who helps her, who have a nazi group. She didn't want to hurt other people just because they were from other countries but her colleagues wanted, so she runaway from that home as well but smeone kills her.



    The plot is a bit sad because you don't expect that a person who seems against all that can be as bad as the murderer was. But why this episode stands out is because of the red elements in the black and white images from the past, a very well use of the technology as always. Those elements made me think a lot and I discovered they wanted to tell the viewer something.moreless
  • The team re-opens a 1998 murder of Tamyra Borden, a 17-year-old girl, who filed for emancipation from her abusive father, that was at the time her father is arrested of beating another child.moreless

    10
    It all started when a social worker, who represented 17-year-old Tamyra Borden, comes to the police station and asks to re-open Tamyra's 1998 murder. That girl lived with her troubled father. She just filed an emancipation from her father. She went to live with the white supremacists. The white supremacists killed a Hispanic woman, who went missing. They wanted Tamyra to kill that Latina woman. Tamyra refused to do it. They decided to kill the Latina woman, they believe that everybody is losing their jobs because of the Hispanics. Tamyra wanted to go the police. They would not let her go to the police. They decided to kill Tamyra at the end. The white supremacists are arrested at the end of the episode.moreless
  • Plenty of the usual twists, though there is hardly a real doubt about the real killer for the experienced viewer. The team talks it all to death.

    5.9
    A re-opened murder case leads to a group of neo-Nazis.



    A pretty typical "Cold Case" episode, there's lots of atmosphere and the typical period music and direct flashbacks to give a "modern" sense to the action. Also, as usual for modern drama - people whisper a lot. A few things are left hanging, the attorney's reformed ex-con boyfriend being a kind of unecessary element. I like the idea of a family taking in an abused teen and warping her even further because of her vulnerability. What tends to bother me is the march through suspects, one-by-one with ceaseless melodramatic dialog and judgement. This would work better to my mind if it wasn't the format for every single episode.



    Also, this formula is often useful for the viewer being able to identify the real criminal in practically EVERY single episode. One needs only look for an early interview of a person that seems to be only a witness and says nothing controversial. Bet the farm and that person will be guilty in the end. Anyway, it's hard to feel sad for any of the villians here, even the one who became a respectable professor. I generally prefer installments of "Cold Case" where there is more of a whistful tragedy under the surface.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)

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Sly Borden (1998/2008)

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Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis

Truitt "Spider" Leland (1998)

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Jilon Ghai

Jilon Ghai

Truitt "Spider" Leland (2008)

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