Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 17


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a poison-soaked towel turns up at the station, Lilly re-opens the 1973 case of a murdered female college tennis star.

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  • good episode....

    The team reopens the 1973 murder of female tennis player when the victim's sister comes foreward with evidence indicating someone may have tried it poison her. As usual, the the acting, music and plot was excellent. However, it was about time they did a tennis episode. I really felt bad for Andi, the victim. She was pretty, intelligent and (of course) great at tennis. However, her overbaring father, stalker-ish reporter friend, and the pressure of male "friends" to fail (because back then girls weren't supposed to be good @ sports) and her female "friends" to show everyone that girls rule and guys drool @ everything put Andi in a bad place, almost making her run away from and be her own person (before her untimely death, though).

    Overall: 10/10moreless
  • The sister of a 1973 murder victim finds her sister's towel laced with a deadly poison prompting the detectives to re-open the case.

    I can only describe this episode as I would describe tennis: BORING! It revolves around tennis. I mean, I don't know much about sports, but I don't get all of these conspiracies going on about tennis. Everyone wanted to get this girl because of tennis.

    I feel more sad for her sister. It was sad to see the way her dad treated her, how he was going on about her being his superstar right in front of her. It was also sad to see how her dad treated Andi. He pushed her too way too hard and it was sad that because of it she wasn't able to get a life outside of tennis before she died.moreless
  • There is more to the surface than simple battle of the sexes tennis match in this episode and a student that just want to play tennis, minus all of the political issues that are surrounding her game.moreless

    There is more to the surface than simple battle of the sexes tennis match in this episode and a student that just want to play tennis, minus all of the political issues that are surrounding her game.

    Once again I see, an allegory in this episode, which I like seeing, but it isn‘t over the top, for it let‘s the viewer see the allegory without the writers connecting the dots for us. This time the allegory it the dark side of a person’s new found fame. How the new media and the fans can trump a person up as the greatest thing since slice bread, also now it can ruffle the feathers of a person fellow associates, how they think that they have gone all “Hollywood” on them. Despite the fact that they think that they haven’t done that and that they feel in the long run, that they will still be doing their job when all of the 15 minutes of fame has passed them by and the general public has move on a new craze. A good example of this, are the stars of Discovery’s hit series “Deadliest Catch”, who feel that they haven’t changed but the fellow fishermen that don’t get the airtime, feel like that they have changed.

    This episode also goes into the demented world of obsessed fans that feel that it was them that had made the person the way that they are and the superstar should be grateful for what the fans have done for them. When they feel that they aren’t grateful for them, they feel like they are stuck up and all of the fame that they have acquired has gone straight to their head, that sometimes can lead up to stalking, harassment on the phone, and even, if things get out of head, death, something that we have seen before and something that I fear might happen again with new stars that we are in love with right now.

    And finally, we also see how parents live vicarious through their children, controlling their action with the masquerade that they are doing what they think is the right thing for them, but in fact it what they want for them and that when they rebel against it they feel like they are betraying them, again something that we are seeing to much nowadays with parents fighting against the officials and coaches that they feel are putting their children down.moreless
  • Obviously... it's a battle of the sexes match turned deadly after it.

    great episode... the killer is sure out of left field. Very good job with the camera work... (i probably am a little psycho... but i probably would want to see more of a struggle in the end. After all, Andi is a feisty athelte... she should be able to give her attacker a harder time, at least. 3 seconds just seems too short... lol!)
  • Another good show as usual

    No wonder I watch this show

    It is indeed very good

    Again showing that those cases that would had been forgotten

    Really don't need to be

    As a tennis star is murdered

    And Lily and the team find her towel

    They try to see who murdered her

    As she was going to be a star

    Then got laid out to dry and murdered

    Good thing that they found the murderer
Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Det. Nick Vera

John Finn

John Finn

Lt. John Stillman

Kathryn Morris

Kathryn Morris

Det. Lilly Rush

Thom Barry

Thom Barry

Det. Will Jeffries

Tracie Thoms

Tracie Thoms

Kat Miller (Episodes 3.13+; recurring previously)

Alicia Ziegler

Alicia Ziegler

Andi (1973)

Guest Star

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry

Eric (2006)

Guest Star

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy

Eric (1973)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Fritz: (looking at Andi's picture in the paper where she's wearing shorts) She have something against skirts?
      Grace: Let's just say she's more Billie Jean than Chrissie.

      This is a reference to tennis players Billie Jean King and Christine Evert. In the early 1970's, Chris Evert was engaged to top men's player Jimmy Connors. She was also later romantically involved with several high-profile men. Billie Jean King, on the other hand, had a more brusque demeanor and, unbeknownst to the world at large, started a same-sex relationship with her secretary in 1971. However, it wasn't until some ten years later that this became public and she openly admitted to having a lesbian relationship. There are several innuendos throughout the episode as to what Andi's sexual preferences might have been (e.g. Fritz mentioning that she sweats unusually lot for a girl, women's liberation movement, or the pantsuit she wears at the pre-game party), but the subject is never brought up.

    • Lt. Stillman: So, Andi's a phenom, Grace is a grinder.
      Jeffries: And they hate each other.
      Scotty: Like Mozart and... that other guy.

      Although the myth is unconfirmed, "that other guy" Scotty is referring to is musical prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (1756-1791) bitter rival Antonio Salieri (1750-1825). He has even been accused of being responsible of Mozart's death by poisoning him.

    • Fritz: You ever see McEnroe chuck a racket? That's just tennis.

      John McEnroe is known for being a champion tennis player and also for having a very bad temper. He won three titles at Wimbledon and four at the US Open. It was common for him to throw rackets (or break them) and yell at officials. He was especially known for saying "You cannot be serious!" when he disagreed with a call.

    • Battle of the Sexes
      The "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Fritz and Andi is inspired by the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs on September 20, 1973. Riggs had claimed that women's tennis was inferior to men's, and that even at the age of 55, he could defeat the top female players. Billie Jean accepted the challenge, played against him, and defeated him.