Cold Case

Season 2 Episode 13

Time to Crime

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 30, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Time to Crime
After a murder weapon connected to the 1987 drive-by shooting of a little girl turns up, Det. Rush and her team re-open the case. The team slowly tracks back the gun's previous owners until the shocking original owner is finally revealed.

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  • The Case Of A Drive By Shooting Involving A Little Girl Is Opened Again When The Murder Weapon Is Handed In.

    The 1987 Shooting Of A Little Girl Is Investigated Again When The Original Murder Weapon Is Handed In.

    Originally, I Thought This Episode Was Not Gonna Be Very Good But I Was Pleasantly Surprised By The End Of It!

    Meanwhile, Scotty Tries To Sort Out His Problems With Christina.

    I Liked This Episode Because It Was Packed Full Of Action, Some Of It Was Brilliantly Produced.

    Yet Again, 'Cold Case' Produces Another Very Good Episode Which I Liked Watching & WOuldn't Mind Watching Again Because It Was Brilliant.

    I Wouldn't Watch This Before Bed Though, Because It Might Give You Nightmares! LOL!

    Great Stuff From The Producers!moreless
  • Saturated color (1987). Black kids playing basketball on an outdoor court; black lady pushing her little girl on a swing.Late. "Driveby," says Frank, live-in crook THEN, a yellow Plymouth Volare drives by, slow, Automatic shots come from the windowmoreless

    (1/30/05) (a Mac 10--sort of a cross between a rifle and a pistol). Everyone hits the deck. The only one who doesn't get up is the little girl. The big car drives slowly...

    "How the hell did YOU know?" I ask Frank, who shrugs.

    The show consists of putting the chain-of-possession of the gun together with likely motives. The answer is horrifying.

    Such a big car, so many people who might have wanted to kill someone on that court, so many hands the gun went through. For good, for bad.

    "Uncle Sam" only charges him $100 for the $250 gun. The shop the gun should have been delivered to was called "The Second Amendment" (right to bear arms). Instead of looking at a picture of the victim, or the killer, at the end, Lily thoughtfully places the weird-looking weapon in the weapons barrel.

    Valens can't seem to leave Christina alone, in spite of good intentions....moreless
John Kenton Shull

John Kenton Shull

Jeff Barkin

Guest Star

Patrick Reina

Patrick Reina

Jason James Jr.

Guest Star



Gang Banger

Guest Star

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Christina Rush

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Kayla Odoms was murdered on August 9, 1987.

    • Nitpick: Several times throughout the episode, the detectives and family say it has been 18 years since the crime. It's true that it has been 18 years since the year 1987, but technically only 17 years since Kayla died.

  • QUOTES (15)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Title: Time to Crime
      Time-to-crime is a term used to refer to the period of time between a firearm's retail sale and law enforcement's recovery of the firearm in connection with a crime.

    • When Uncle Sam is at the gun show, he stands under a banner that says "From My Cold Dead Hands". This refers to the famous NRA slogan and bumper sticker.

    • The gun store in this episode is called Second Amendment. This refers to the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Opponents of gun control frequently cite this amendment to support their position.

    • Teenager: Hasta la vista, baby!

      This is a popular quote, said by Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The saying "hasta la vista" is Spanish for "see you later" (literally: "until the (next) seeing/meeting").

    • Witherspoon: Ever hear of Chicken Little?

      Chicken Little is a classical children's tale about Chicken Little who, while walking, had an acorn fall on her head. Because of this, she thought the sky was falling and proceeded to alert all of her friends about the looming disaster.

    • Det. Rush: Girls Gone Wild?

      Girls Gone Wild is a highly popular series of risqué videotapes of various girls taking their shirts off for the camera. Det. Rush jokingly asks Det. Vera and Det. Jeffries if they are watching this while they are looking at a home movie.