Cold Case

Season 5 Episode 1

Thrill Kill

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode when Dylan is exiting the gates of the Pennsylvania state prison, a palm tree can be seen in the background.

    • Nitpick: It is weird that no disciplinary action was taken against Det. Joe Connolly, the investigating officer in 1994. On the other hand, not all of the aftermath of the case being solved might not have been shown in the episode.

    • George Russo, Sean Costley, and Jack Raymes died on September 2, 1994.

  • Quotes

    • Connelly: Don't Judge Me. Those Boys were guilty!
      Lilly: If that's true, then why did you bury the tape? (Connolly tries to answer, but can't)

    • Vera: Where did you get the dog, big man? We found it in your cart.
      Homeless Man: From the devil.
      Jeffries: You mean from the little boy... in the pool?
      Homeless Man: How'd you know about that!
      Vera: Because he's God, jackass.

    • Lilly: We'll look into it, Mrs. Nimmo.
      Mrs. Nimmo: No, you won't. We're just fish town trash, right? People like us, we don't matter.

    • Lilly: Could be worth another look.
      Scotty: Could be a wild goose chase. And it's closed.
      Lilly: Well, if the killer's still out there... it's not.

    • Lilly Rush: It's so much easier to believe monsters do these things. Not men.

    • Dylan Noakes: I'm the fire-breathing dragon from happily-ever-after-land.

    • John Stillman: Joe Connolly was a good cop. The job's closed.
      Lilly Rush: You got any open jobs for me, boss?
      John Stillman: Counseling's not optional here, Rush. Get that done first.

  • Notes


      Originally "All Apologies" and "Come as You Are" were supposed to be the first and last songs for Season 3 episode Detention (a.k.a. All Apologies), and the music was all supposed to be Nirvana tracks, but the producers didn't get permission to use the Nirvana tracks in that episode. This could be because of the references to Courtney Love being involved with husband Kurt Cobain's (Lead Singer of Nirvana) death. Courtney has the rights to Nirvana's music.

    • International Airdates:
      - Denmark: December 12, 2007 on TV3
      - The Netherlands: March 1, 2008 on Net 5
      - Czech Republic: May 7, 2008 on TV Nova
      - Finland: May 13, 2008 on MTV3
      - Germany: May 21, 2008 on Pro7
      - Norway: June 4, 2008 on TVNorge
      - Slovakia: June 30, 2009 on Markiza
      - Turkey: September 8, 2009 on CNBC-e

    • All the songs in this episode are performed by Nirvana:
      - All Apologies
      - Stay Away
      - If You Must
      - Lithium
      - Drain You
      - Heart Shaped Box
      - Something in the Way
      - Come as You Are

    • Several names were changed from the initial versions of the script to the one that aired. Originally, Dylan Noakes' last name was Knowles, the Raymes were Hennessies, and Heidi Jenner's last name was Joffe.

  • Allusions

    • Evil Triumphs When Good Men Do Nothing
      Dylan Noakes quotes Edmund Burke (1729-1797), an Irish politician and philosopher, by saying, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing." This is an often paraphrased version of the quote. The original goes: "All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." Although the quote has often been attributed to Burke (or in some cases Thomas Jefferson), it does not appear in his works or recorded speeches.

    • West Memphis 3 The plot in this episode is very similar to a real-life case that happened in 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Three 8-year-old boys - Steve Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore - went missing and were later found beaten and mutilated in a creek leading to a drainage canal. Three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, 17, Jason Baldwin, 16, and Damien Echols, 18), dubbed "West Memphis 3", were convicted of the killings. Like Dylan Noakes in the episode, Echols was from a poor family that had frequent visits from social workers, but he was later discovered to be gifted in reading and verbal skills. There has been much speculation over the years as to the innocence of the West Memphis Three. Byers' adoptive father has been suggested as a possible suspect in several documentaries made on the case. Mere weeks after the airing of this episode, the real-life case of West Memphis Three was once again brought to media attention. Advanced DNA testing done in 2007 on the crime scene evidence revealed that none of it matched the three supposed perpetrators; however it did match another of the stepfathers, Terry Hobbs. On October 29, 2007, papers were filed for Echols' re-trial or immediate release from prison. In August 2011, the state made a plea bargain to release the three in exchange for signing an Alford Plea (where they would plee guilty but get released.)