Cold Case

Season 2 Episode 6

The Sleepover

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2004 on CBS
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The Sleepover
Lilly reopens a 1990 murder case, in which a prep-school girl was found dead in a local swimming hole, after a present-day victim with similar markings is discovered at the same place. The investigation reveals that the victim of the earlier crime was routinely tormented by a trio of classmates who invited her to a sleepover the night she was killed.moreless

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  • One of the best (and saddest) episodes ever...

    I think this is one of the best (and saddest) episodes of Cold Case ever, though it is an old one (2004). I just happened to see it today for the first time. Abigail Mavity, the actress that played the young abused girl Rita, was phenomenal. I'm beginning to really despise people (including other kids) that abuse kids -- went to see "The Lovely Bones" recently and it was about all I could stand. That movie and this show also reminded me of a friend that was constantly picked on in junior high that I should have done something about, but was afraid to say anything. I will always regret that.moreless
  • one of the best and saddest episodes ever

    The team reopens a 1990 murder case when a new victim turns up at the same place with the same markings, suggesting the doer may have struck again.

    Finally, "Cold Case" aired an episode dealing with teenagers, cliques and what it means to "fit" in. Rita (the victim) was tormented by three classmates who decided one day to invite her to a sleepover at the main bully's (Brandi) house. Rita wasn't the prettiest girl but she certainly was smart and compassionate, which are what really matters in the real world, smarts and kindness. Anyway, it turns out Brandi and her brother (forget his name) were frequently abused by their parents' and she become a cold-hearted person as such. Rita wanted to help Brandi but Brandi refused. Also, the third bully, Ariel, who was the most level-headed and seemingly innocent wanted to fit in so badly that she killed Rita, the one person who didn't "fit" in with the others but would make the best friend in the end. Overall a great episode that shouldn't be missed and makes you think. The ending was extremely sad, with the siblings being reunited and Scotty there to prevent their parents from coming in. They should have been arrested for what they did, but I guess the siblings let bygones be bygones. Then, you "see" Rita riding by her house with Lilly watching. Amazing ending sequence, amazing ending song.moreless
  • Ah, cruel youth, especially amongst young girls. This, too, shall pass.

    Like one other reviewer, this is an episode I will never be able to watch again, because it was so spot-on and excellent and utterly sad. Perhaps the female viewers amongst us can empathize more than the guys. Young Rita Baxter was found dead in a swimming hole years ago. She had been at a sleepover at the house of a "friend" - who was no friend. Others have written down the plot synopsis, so I won't bother. Suffice it to say, the writers really hit the nail on the head this time. It was a trip down Memory Lane. I recalled my days in junior high school/high school and the tedium of the clique system.

    Growing up in New York City, we had a bunch of crowds. I wasn't in the popular (cheerleader, good-looking, whatever) clique, I was in the Museum-and-Theatre crowd (drama majors, musicians and artists, intellectuals). I did not suffer as Rita Baxter did, but knew others - desperate for approval and popularity - who suffered mightily. This episode brought it all back.

    I've seen a lot of cop-type shows, and I can usually predict the ending, but not this time. I was surprised, but not terribly so. Turns out the girl's death was more of an impulsive accident than pre-meditated, but very unfortunate.

    Seeing how these formerly popular girls turned out as adults was satisfying as well. Sad, though, that the only diamond in the bunch, Rita, was dead. What a woman she would have turned out to be. How society really lost out when she died!

    The last scene in the show just did me in. Tears just rolled down my face as I watched the phantom Rita cycle past Lilly Rush, smiling, barely a care in the world, only to vanish as the final credits came up. Very well done, very touching.

    Maybe I can watch this episode again, but right now, it's too powerful and sad. All in all, an excellent episode, and time well spent watching.moreless
  • Intellect is a drug as well. Used to escape the ills of school and society.

    I think the show pretty much showed that being either smart or popular is just away to escape from problems. The popular girl was escaping their parents problems of abuse while the smart girl escaping the bullying of the popular girl. The other girl wants to leave the society and does it throug booze because of the absurdity of it all. However, the prepatrator discovers that being smart is not enough and wants to be popular as well because Rita can't offer comfort and protection of being smart only annoyance. She is pulled by two worlds and has to choose. If she tries to leave, she is an outcast like that booze girl.

    To her, the smart girl, the popular girl, and the booze girl are the same; both want to escape their circumstances and don't have the ability to love anyone because they have established a defense mechanism. Yet, love is what the eventual doctor wants and thinks by being popular right now while the smart girl says to wait until college where she can the popular one, weed out the bullies, and call the shots. So, its bully now or bully later. Look at the parents, they probably a victim of abuse of some kind. They can't change the world but only escape it.moreless
  • Lily opens up a 1990 case about a young girl killed at a sleepover

    This episode was one of my favorites in this whole show. It shows that sometimes even your best friends can turn against you. It starts out first when they find the girls body. They ask when this occured and why it did. Lily goes to every girl and parent that was at the sleepover. First she goes to Brandi the mean girl of the group. She really didnt like Rita so they tormented her at the sleepover. After Brandi and Tiffany kicked Ariel out of the group she and Rita walk home. Rita makes Ariel so mad about the girls being mean to her she pushes Rita off the cliff and hits her head on a rock. The case is solved and Ariel was arrested. Another great Cold Case episode.moreless
John Benjamin Martin

John Benjamin Martin

Det. McElroy

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Mary Chris Wall

Mary Chris Wall

Holly Beaudry

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Nicholas Guest

Nicholas Guest

Jason Beaudry

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Kevin McCorkle

Kevin McCorkle

Det. Gil Sherman

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