Cold Case

Season 6 Episode 10

Street Money

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 2008 on CBS
7.8
out of 10
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5

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Street Money
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The team re-opens the 2005 murder of a young and promising African-American politician who was determined to get rid of drug dealers in lower-class neighborhoods.

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  • Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    5.0
    The main problem with this episode was that it was SO BORING. The plot was basically, "guy tries to clean up his childhood neighborhood." But it wasn't even a good reworking. It was formulaic, except for the ending. I mean, who saw THAT coming. Another problem; I didn't fully understand why Walter or whoever killed him. Also, it took place in 2005. People don't watch Cold Case to see them solve three-year old murders. We want to see them solving cases from the 60s, 70s, 80s and some of the 90s! Very few episodes with that small of a year gap have succeeded. All in all, a very disappointing episodemoreless
  • A young black politician is gunned down before an election.

    8.5
    This is actually one of my favorite episodes of the 6th season. When it says it is based on a true story, I actually think it is based more on the documentary "Street Fight" which chronicles the race for mayor between a young, fresh-faced challenger (Cory Booker) and a sixteen-year incumbent (Sharpe James) in Newark. I thought that the murdered character, Dex, was very likeable, and the ending was thus very tragic. And it showed the corruption that still does taint Philadelphia politics, and is actually rather realistic if you watch "street fight". A solid story that we haven't seen from Cold Case as much in the last season or so.moreless
  • The Wire...

    4.5
    The whole episode stole from The Wire... season's 3 and 4 in particular. We even had Gbenga Akinnagbe playing the same role as he did in The Wire... hmmmm

    The whole episode stole from The Wire... season's 3 and 4 in particular. We even had Gbenga Akinnagbe playing the same role as he did in The Wire... hmmmm

    The whole episode stole from The Wire... season's 3 and 4 in particular. We even had Gbenga Akinnagbe playing the same role as he did in The Wire... hmmmm

    The whole episode stole from The Wire... season's 3 and 4 in particular. We even had Gbenga Akinnagbe playing the same role as he did in The Wire... hmmmmmoreless
  • Dexter Collins reminded me of somebody.

    8.0
    I appreciated what this episode had to offer as well as the parallels to our current political siuation. Dexter Collins simply wanted to do things the right way using his ethics and morals. Which in the world of politcs is never an easy task. Dexter's death surrounded by scandal but ultimately was due to his desire to stay true to those morals and ethics. But stemming from those ethics and morals are also secrets. One stemming from his past combined with dirt on his opponent pushes one of his supporters over the edge due to his desperation for change. Paul Cooper is still in Lil's background but seems to be getting closer.moreless
  • A solid episode with believable character motivations. Some aspects are anachronisms but overall the story is effective.

    7.4
    The team investigates the murder of a local politician who seemd too good to be true.



    Though this installment only stretched a killing back a few years and is not as "cold" as some, it works on most levels. It begins with a disclaimer about bearing no resemblance to characters living or dead, I assume because the protagonist has some things in common with Barack Obama.



    My major complaint is that the local councilman exerts too much influence on the police and other local officials (health department, etc.). Vice and influence is still around in city politics, but it's not as overtly obvious as here - here it's portrayed as closer to 1950s machine politics. Not a fatal flaw as the rest of the story presents interesting characters that all have some human shortcomings. It's also good to see Stillman take off his gloves and throw his weight around in the name of the truth.



    Best of all is the fact that a number of characters are believable as the potential killer - the sitting councilman, the former campaign manager, the cafe owner, the street thugs. Though real life would rarely mimic this exact plot, the storyline is interesting, has intrigue, and is well-paced.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)

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

Dexter "Dex" Collins (2005)

Guest Star

Christine Woods

Christine Woods

Cassie Michaels (2005/2008)

Guest Star

Peter Holden

Peter Holden

Harold (2005)

Guest Star

Tania Raymonde

Tania Raymonde

Francine "Frankie" Rafferty

Recurring Role

Jonathan LaPaglia

Jonathan LaPaglia

ADA Curtis Bell

Recurring Role

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