Cold Case

Season 2 Episode 12

Yo, Adrian

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2005 on CBS
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Yo, Adrian
When a dying boxing referee makes a confession about a 1976 fight, the team re-opens the case in which an underdog fighter, arranged to fight against a much more qualified boxer, took a heavy beating in the match and died only moments afterwards.

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  • This is the first episode of the series that made me cry...

    This episode was sweet & tender & heartbreaking all at once. You didn't know who was responsible for Jerry's death until the very end. I know how it feels to be second guessed & not have anyone believe in you. At the end when Jerry was fighting & telling the referee (who was his girlfriend's dad) that he took the ring back & that he was good, I cried my eyes out. It was too little too late when the dad confessed & it was all in vain. Jerry died & Gina lost her true love.

    Never let your loved ones slip away from you without telling them how you really feel 'cuz you might not get the chance ever again.moreless
  • Slightly under the bar in my views, but still a reasonable episode.

    All right, I understand if I'm being a bit closed here, but I didn't particularly like this episode. The acting was all fine, the music was okay, but the plot just fell short to really captivate me like so many other episodes have done.

    "Yo, Adrian" opened well with a good scene of a boxing match where one of the contestants apparently won, but fell unconscious and died shortly afterwards. I was expecting that perhaps somebody had drugged him or done something violent to give him a higher risk of damage in the brain from which he died, but I was disappointed to see none of that. In fact, I didn't even understand the final part of the episode where Lilly shakes hands with Maurice "Mad Mo" Banks and there are a few guys having some drinks in a pub. I mean, nobody actually got caught of murdering Jerry Stone and nobody got arrested? I think that defies the standard issue Cold Case scenario, where at the end there is a rather touching scene which also involves the deceased appearing and the guilty being taken away. Now, don't get me wrong, I think the idea of having an episode where there is nobody actually arrested is good as a way to create a break and add variety to the stories, but it was terribly used in this context.

    In fact, even the music wasn't great, and apart from the slightly emotional final round scene near the end of the episode and the short bits in between that worked on Scotty Valen's story, the episode just had nothing to give. To put into contrast, the episode before "Blank generation" worked on the ideas of rebellious cults, brainwashing as well as family issues and such, but "Yo, Adriana" Didn't have anything better than a bit of determination.

    But before I end, I would just like to say that I'm sorry if I seem shallow to anyone for not liking this episode, but I am an Australian/Japanese 14 year old who has never watched Rocky and knows nothing about Boxing. Perhaps somebody else might be able to take something in emotionally from "Yo, Adriana", but I can not.moreless
  • (first aired 1/16/05) A boxer dies because a fight wasn't stopped when it should have been. Why wasn't it? The guilty one is the most innocent of all.

    The man who controls the fix of a World Series is the pitcher. Help is always nice, but without--at least 2--pitchers in on ain't gonna happen. With only two men boxing in a ring, no matter how many fixes are in, they can be twuisted and turned-- until a man dies, trying to overcome so many people's dishonesty, and others' lack of faith in him, with a fix of his own. The tragic pun on "taking the ring back" is very nice; the black-and white (DEAD black and white, too!) from 1976 really caught me off guard, and though it looked great, I kept thinking hiow colorful everything was in the '70s, including TV and the movies. The many suspects for many misdeeds were necessary, because putting a boxing match together is a complicated business. Jerry's pure-as-the driven-snow attitude was a bit hard on his girl, who was only trying to make the best out of a rotten deal--but then we had to have the pun about the ring, right?

    Though Jeffries and Vera were in great form (you know, they ALWAYS are!), I found the important diaslogue between Stillman and Valens stilted and unconvincing (well-written, but not well-acted). I assume the ringleted barmaid who vamps Valens is Rush's sister? (Just a wild guess)...

    If that was a $2000 ring, I'll eat it.moreless
  • The first (one of 2) to make me cry.

    'Yo, Adrian', loosely based around Rocky, is one of the saddest things in this show. A brilliant plot, beautifully acted, and excellent characters, all in an hour-long show. A realistic love story, with plenty of action, twists and turns made this the best episode yet, and the first to make me cry, and the first in which I really felt for all the characters. The main charcter ("I'm not a bum!") is the first to get my attention so completely. I hope that more episodes are like "Yo, Adrian", because it was a terrific (if not slightly depressing) episode that captured my attention from beginning to end.moreless
Mark Lawson

Mark Lawson

Jerry Stone

Guest Star

Patrick Roman Miller

Patrick Roman Miller

Father Peter Gomez

Guest Star

KeiKabou Holland

KeiKabou Holland

Maurice "Mad Mo" Banks (1976)

Guest Star

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Nicki Lynn Aycox

Christina Rush

Recurring Role

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