Cold Case

Season 3 Episode 22

The River

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 07, 2006 on CBS
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The River
When a new witness steps forward, Lilly and the team are prompted to re-open the 1984 shooting of a respected and beloved ER doctor who had a secret he had been hiding from his family.

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  • New witness shows up, case re-opened, that's how it goes in 'Cold Case' people!

    What a case. Beautiful episode! I honestly had lost all my faith in 'doc' and then, at the end... I'm not going to reveal it off course, I was just dumbfounded (but in a positive way then) You have to see this episode, it is absolutely stunning. Jeffries and the Japanse squirrel : ) It's always nice to have a bit humour in this otherwise rather dark show. There's one thing I disapproved, and that's Scotty...Is he seriously getting away with this? Scotty just beat the crap out of a guy because he was watching little boys, which is -I gotta admit- scary and creepy and reminds me of paedophilia. But does that give him the right to beat him up? I don't think so. . If Scotty is punished, okay, then I'll delete this all, but I haven't seen anything of that (yet) so I'm free to say what I want, right? It's just a tv-show but it says a lot about people who can't restrain themselves when necessary and moreover that you can never take the law in your own hands! That's medieval. And I hope Cold Case teaches us a lesson there, because it is simply not allowed to do whatever you want to do! I don(t hate Scotty, don't get me wrong; but he is way out of line.moreless
  • Very deep episode (especially the ending)

    I've been recording episodes of Cold Case on TNT over the last 2 months or so and this episode I've watched maybe 10 times, and I'll watch it 10 more times with anyone willing to watch it with me. Everyone knows the endings Cold Case are it's signature, but the last 10 minutes of this episode, starting with the interrogation scene, are epic. As soon as Lily grabs the green luck charm and asks Cy where he got it from, you knew it was on!!! And the way Cy went from defensive to coaxing himself that life behind bars wouldn't be all that much different than the life he was leading. And to finish with the Asia song and while Valens was beating the crap out of the pedofile, was perfect.moreless
  • A witness comes forwad saying she saw a man wearing a doctor's cap shoot a man in 1984.

    Grant Bowen was a highly respected doctor with a secret is shot dead in an alley in August 1984. At the time, the detectives believed it was a homeless man, but now with a new witness, the investigation quickly turns to his friends and family.

    It was an okay episode, but it didn't definitely didn't live up to the standards I expect from a Cold Case episode. It was a bit boring. It was all about Grant's issues with being addicted to gambling and about how it ruin all of the aspects of his life, but that was really all we got to know about him. I mean, you'd think an episode gooing in so deep about an addiction would have a bit more emotion and excitement to it, but nope.moreless
  • A witness steps forward with information about the murder of a beloved ER Doctor, and Father.

    A great episode, full of strong emotions, character development, and team bonding. It was nice to see the team "Gel" in this episode, you see them work together so often, and see them work together so well, but in this episode you feel it, the chemistry is magic. And the writers mixed in the comedy to perfection, with the "Flying Squirrel", and the "Do you have to say it like that", it was cute. We follow the near perfect Doctor, Husband, Father, and discover he has a dark secret weakness, he is addicted to gambling, poker, which led to the discovery of a dark secret. The more they ask around, the more they discover several people that had several reasons.

    And we get to see Scotty in his element away from the team, protecting those in need, and in true Scotty fashion he went a bit aggressive, but no one should doubt he was right.

    In the end it was friendship, twisted as it may be, that was strongest.moreless
  • What is one’s life worth? And what is happening to Det. Valens?

    Lilly and her team investigate the murder of an ER doctor that occurred in 1984. It turns out that our doctor was a gambler on the verge of ruining everything he worked hard for: carrier, family’s future and the admiration of his son, a future doctor.

    One of the saddest episodes of the 3rd season! The question this evening was mostly: what do you do when your ability to take reasonable decisions is compromised? When a turn of life is about good or bad luck, right or wrong cards in hand, one turns back and looks what is left and what is to come. What is one’s life worth? What happens when one hits rock bottom? Can we make up for the ones who once trusted us?

    On the sideline, we discover yet another dark side in Det. Valens personality when he takes action against a potential pedophile.moreless
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)

Emmanuel Xuereb

Emmanuel Xuereb

Dr. Grant Bowen (1984)

Guest Star

Garette Ratliff Henson

Garette Ratliff Henson

Jason Bowen (1984)

Guest Star

Eamonn Roche

Eamonn Roche

Dr. Seth Garvey (1984)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Highlight for a spoiler:
      Det. Jeffries is relieved of his desk duty when Lt. Stillman strikes a deal with the new ADA to solve Grant Bowen's case.

    • Goof: The show begins in a hospital in 1984 with Grant Bowen attending a heart attack victim, identifying him as a "55-year-old that needs a stent". However, the first coronary stent was not implanted in a human until two years later in 1986 in France. The first coronary stent in the US was not implanted until 1987 and was not approved for general medical use until 1993.

    • Grant Bowen died in August 1984.

    • Goof: Near the end of the show, when Scotty and Jeffries are interviewing Tisdale, there is a short flipped scene when Tisdale mentions the birds. You can see that the moles that are usually above his left eyebrow and on his left cheek have moved to the right side of his face (left side of the screen).

    • Look closely: In the background when the team goes over the victim's case file and evidence, the box containing the evidence from the Kayla Odoms case (from episode 2-13: Time to Crime) can be seen.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dr. Seth Garvey: Your dad's got the touch.
      Jason Bowen: Yeah?
      Dr. Seth Garvey: Doesn't miss a trick. Raises them from the dead.
      Dr. Grant Bowen: Don't believe it, Jase. I'm just a glorified electrician around here.

    • Lt. Stillman: Anything else you can remember, Edie?
      Edwina Davis: No. (looking and smiling to Det. Vera) But I could use a soda.
      (Det. Vera and Lt. Stillman exchange funny looks)
      Det. Vera: Sure. Come on.

    • Dr. Seth Garvey: "She is beautiful, therefore to be wooed; she is a woman, therefore to be won.", Henry the Sixth.
      Anne Bowen: Are you hitting on me, Seth?
      Dr. Seth Garvey: Yes.
      Anne Bowen: Well, don't.

    • Det. Vera: (watching Jeffries making origami at his desk) Is that a squirrel?
      Det. Jeffries: Japanese crane.
      Det. Vera: Looks like a squirrel.

    • Lilly: (about Jeffries) Oh, he's off desk duty.
      Det. Vera: Boss brokered a deal.
      Lt. Stillman: Had to. The man was playing with a flying squirrel.

    • Det. Vera: You know that witness, Edie?
      Det. Jeffries: The ex-junkie?
      Det. Vera: She called me.
      Det. Jeffries: And?
      Det. Vera: That's it. Just saying.
      Det. Jeffries: Saying what?
      Det. Vera: That in the end I'm not 100% totally washed up in the dating world.
      Det. Jeffries: Because a crack ho called you?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Mrs. Bowen : If you think I'm some kind of black widow...

      The term 'black widow' is a reference to the black widow spider. The female of the species kills the male mate after he is of no use to her. Calling a widow a 'black widow' is basically blaming them for the death of their spouse in order to gain their wealth.

    • Siegfried and Roy
      Another poker slang term in this episode, Siegfried and Roy a.k.a. "Two Queens", refers to the famous flamboyant Vegas animal act duo and their supposed homosexuality.

    • When Grant's case file is being archived in the beginning of the episode, a detective is reading a newspaper story headlined "Olympic Agony". The 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles. The games were boycotted by a host of communist countries, including the Soviet Union, other Eastern Bloc countries and Cuba, as a retaliation of the U.S.-led boycott of the previous Olympics in Moscow in 1980.

    • Title: The River
      In Texas Hold'em poker, which the characters are playing in this episode, the river is the last card dealt on the board face up. The entire episode is filled with poker jargon and "the river" used as a metaphor for a last chance of your luck -- and life -- turning.

    • Cy Tisdale: Anna Kournikova.
      Det. Vera: What's that?
      Cy Tisdale: Ace king. Looks good, but never wins.

      This is an unflattering reference to Russian-born tennis player Anna Kournikova. Her "blonde bombshell" looks have earned her plenty of endorsements, but she's never won a major tournament.

    • Will Jeffries folds a yellow origami crane at his desk. Origami (Japanese for "folding paper") is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Cranes like the one Jeffries made are associated with luck and good health.