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History Series / ColdCase

17th May '16 12:44:02 PM Berrenta
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* TheUnfavorite: The victim in ''Read Between The Lines'' was murdered because she was this. She and her sister were foster kids [[spoiler: and she discovered her foster father was a pedophile. When she applied for emancipation and for custody of her sister, her foster mother, who blatantly favored the younger sister and who was in denial about her husband's true nature, murdered her]].
** The younger daughter, particularly in the present-day, from ''Superstar''. Even though the [[WhatTheHellDad pushy, stage father]] was a JerkAss to his tennis-playing elder daughter during her lifetime, years later, he mourns her death and acts as if she were his only child. It wasn't even until Lilly calls him out on this that he finally gets his act together.

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* TheUnfavorite: TheUnfavorite:
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The victim in ''Read Between The Lines'' was murdered because she was this. She and her sister were foster kids [[spoiler: and she discovered her foster father was a pedophile. When she applied for emancipation and for custody of her sister, her foster mother, who blatantly favored the younger sister and who was in denial about her husband's true nature, murdered her]].
** The younger daughter, particularly in the present-day, from ''Superstar''. Even though the [[WhatTheHellDad pushy, stage father]] pushy StageDad was a JerkAss to his tennis-playing elder daughter during her lifetime, years later, he mourns her death and acts as if she were his only child. It wasn't even until Lilly calls him out on this that he finally gets his act together.
12th May '16 7:25:20 PM HamburgerTime
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* TheAtoner: Many of the more sympathetic killers try to turn to this, living exemplary lives to make up for what they did, or living crappy lives as a means of punishing themselves.

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* TheAtoner: TheAtoner:
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Many of the more sympathetic killers try to turn to this, living exemplary lives to make up for what they did, or living crappy lives as a means of punishing themselves.themselves.
** The victim in ''The Brush Man'', who had accidentally killed a DomesticAbuser in a bar fight years before, and after serving his manslaughter sentence began giving money to the dead man's widow (who was nevertheless relieved to be rid of him).
11th May '16 7:40:31 PM HamburgerTime
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** The guy that organized, and participated in, the brutal rape of the victim in ''The Letter'' died peacefully of old age, surrounded by family. The fact that he was a rapist was completely unknown for almost seventy years, by which point he was already dead. Compare the actual killer, who was much more sympathetic and is still alive, but who they still arrest.
10th May '16 12:37:29 PM JoieDeCombat
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** If the wife in ''Revenge'' didnít tell her brother in law about her husband's bearer bonds like she was told to, her son would be alive today.

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** If the wife in ''Revenge'' didnít tell hadn't told her brother in law about her husband's bearer bonds like she was told to, her son would be alive today.
10th May '16 12:36:34 PM JoieDeCombat
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A particularly heartbreaking one in ''Wishing'' gave us a girl who had a crush on the VictimOfTheWeek, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him when her [[BastardBoyfriend meathead boyfriend]] walked in and she lied and said ''he'' tried to sexually assault ''her'' so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation", which essentially caused him to be beaten up by the said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as his only friend, who was embarrassed by him), her parents deciding to file charges against him, he ending up in an institute instead where, due to his alleged sexual deviance, is in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients is horrifyingly neglectful, quite frankly. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) is dying of cancer as all of this is occurring, the boy's [[JerkAss father won't take care of him because of his mental status]] and the boy's [[spoiler:caregiver, who was also dating the mother, takes him from the institute and [[TearJerker rather than have him live a life of loneliness and neglect, has him ran over by a train.]]]] In present day, the the now adult girl tears up in remorse upon realizing that she inadvertently caused the death of an innocent and harmless boy because of a little white lie.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A particularly heartbreaking one in ''Wishing'' gave us a girl who had a crush on the VictimOfTheWeek, who was a mentally-challenged teenager. One day alone in class, she tried to kiss him him, and when her [[BastardBoyfriend meathead boyfriend]] walked in and she lied and said ''he'' tried to sexually assault ''her'' so that she wouldn't get a "bad reputation", which essentially reputation". This caused him the boy to be beaten up by the said boyfriend and his gang of thugs (as well as his only friend, who was embarrassed by him), him); her parents deciding to file filed charges against him, he ending up in an institute instead where, due to and because of his alleged sexual deviance, is deviance he ended up institutionalized in the worst tier of the facility where the care for the patients is was horrifyingly neglectful, quite frankly. neglectful. In addition to this, the boy's loving mother (and one of only two people at this point who gave a damn about him) is was dying of cancer as all of this is was occurring, the boy's [[JerkAss father won't wouldn't take care of him because of his mental status]] and the boy's [[spoiler:caregiver, who was also dating the mother, takes took him from the institute and [[TearJerker had him ran over by a train rather than have let him live a life of loneliness and neglect, has him ran over by a train.]]]] neglect]].]] In present day, the the now adult now-adult girl tears up in remorse upon realizing that she inadvertently caused the death of an innocent and harmless boy because of a little white lie.
10th May '16 12:19:26 PM JoieDeCombat
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the early seasons Lilly was not just the only female member of the Cold Case squad, but it was stated several times that she was the only female detective in Philadelphia. Or at least, the only female ''homicide'' detective in Philadelphia. In later seasons Kat joined the squad.
** Actually, female detectives from other parts of Philadelphia were introduced after the second season.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: In the early seasons Lilly was not just the only female member of the Cold Case squad, but it was stated several times that she was the only female detective in Philadelphia. Or at least, the only female ''homicide'' detective in Philadelphia. In later seasons Kat joined the squad.
** Actually, female
Female detectives from other parts of Philadelphia were are introduced after the second season.season, and in later seasons Kat joined the squad.
10th May '16 12:09:35 PM JoieDeCombat
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* PlotHole: The ''entire plot'' of ''Torn'' essentially hinges on one of these, which might hamper the enjoyability of the episode.

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* %%* PlotHole: The ''entire plot'' of ''Torn'' essentially hinges on one of these, which might hamper the enjoyability of the episode.%%
10th May '16 10:17:40 AM HamburgerTime
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** By telling Johnny in ''Yo, Adrian'' that his fight was fixed his girlfriend started the process that led to his death.

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** By telling Johnny Jerry in ''Yo, Adrian'' that his fight was fixed his girlfriend started the process that led to his death.


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** ''Spiders''
---> "[[EvilAllAlong Do you know what those spic mud-people do to good white women like us?]]"
9th May '16 5:06:45 AM NykeYoung
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''Pin Up Girl'' has a group singing "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" in a bar. If you don't know that the They Might Be Giants version is a cover, this would give you pause.
2nd May '16 10:09:26 PM SweetFirefly
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: How Lilly defeats George Marks in ''The Wood''. After forcing her to relive one of her worst memories (her mother sent her out to get alcohol which resulted in Lilly getting attacked and beaten by a mugger) she finally realizes why George is so interested (as well as the double meaning of his taunts about how she was "betrayed by those you thought you loved most").
--> "Who sold you out George?"

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: How Lilly defeats George Marks in ''The Wood''.Woods''. After forcing her to relive one of her worst memories (her mother sent her out to get alcohol which resulted in Lilly getting attacked and beaten by a mugger) she finally realizes why George is so interested (as well as the double meaning of his taunts about how she was "betrayed by those you thought you loved most").
--> "Who sold you out out, George?"



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The headmistress of the school for the deaf is used as an interpreter in ''Andy in C Minor''. Leaving aside the fact that the Philadelphia Police Department probably either has on staff already or could easily find a sign language interpreter, is it ''really'' advisable to use a possible suspect as an interpreter?

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The headmistress of the school for the deaf is used as an interpreter in ''Andy in C Minor''. Leaving aside the fact that the Philadelphia Police Department probably either has one on staff already or could easily find a sign language interpreter, is it ''really'' advisable to use a possible suspect as an interpreter?



* AwesomeMcCoolname: Two episodes feature as victims singers named ''Truck Suga''" and ''Bingo Zohar''. Judging by the fact that these names appear on their boxes, they apparently aren't stage names.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Two episodes feature as victims singers named ''Truck Suga''" Sugar'' and ''Bingo Zohar''. Judging by the fact that these names appear on their boxes, they apparently aren't stage names.



** The mastermind in ''That Woman''. [[spoiler:While the killing itself was planned with the others, it still had that crime of passion element with each of them showing genuine guilt for their actions. The leader of the group, however, not only did plan the whole thing, the [[TranquilFury expression]] never left her face. Added to this that she seems to be a CloudCuckoolander who canít tell reality from fiction.]]

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** The mastermind in ''That Woman''. [[spoiler:While the killing itself was planned with the others, it still had that crime of passion element with each of them showing genuine guilt for their actions. The leader of the group, however, not only did plan the whole thing, the [[TranquilFury expression]] never left her face. Added Add to this that she seems to be a CloudCuckoolander who canít tell reality from fiction.]]



* BankRobbery: ''Dog Day Afternoon''

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* BankRobbery: ''Dog Day Afternoon''Afternoon''.



* BillyElliotPlot: ''Shuffle, Ball Change'' [[spoiler: Subverted - the father accepted his younger son's dance aspirations once he saw him actually perform. The BigBrotherBully was the killer.]]

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* BillyElliotPlot: ''Shuffle, Ball Change'' Change''. [[spoiler: Subverted - the father accepted his younger son's dance aspirations once he saw him actually perform. The BigBrotherBully was the killer.]]



* BlackSheep: Christina Rush. Though in a way [[DysfunctionalFamily every Rush]] save Lilly is a Black Sheep which would then make her a WhiteSheep.

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* BlackSheep: Christina Rush. Though in a way [[DysfunctionalFamily every Rush]] save Lilly is a Black Sheep Sheep, which would then make her a WhiteSheep.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In ''Shore Leave''. One suspect, a former [[SemperFi Marine]], lied about his age to fight in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, but became the ButtMonkey of his platoon and DrillSergeantNasty because of his ineptitude. He ended up saving the lives of his comrades by responding quickly to a [[ChineseWithChopperSupport P.L.A. ambush]] on the front lines and was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor. Years later, even with proof of his heroism, his old Sergeant ''still'' thinks he was only one step up from a total washout.
** The ADA introduced in ''Street Money''

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: In ''Shore Leave''. One suspect, a former [[SemperFi Marine]], lied about his age to fight in UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, but became the ButtMonkey of his platoon and attracted the DrillSergeantNasty because of his ineptitude. He ended up saving the lives of his comrades by responding quickly to a [[ChineseWithChopperSupport P.L.A. ambush]] on the front lines and was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor. Years later, even with proof of his heroism, his old Sergeant ''still'' thinks he was only one step up from a total washout.
** The Curtis Bell, the ADA introduced in ''Street Money''Money''.



* DeadPanSnarker: Most of the main cast has it's Moments but special mention goes to Detective Nick Vera
** (From ''The Promise'') "He's Cute. [[MakesSenseInContext French]] [[FrenchMaid maids]] do it for me too"

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* DeadPanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker: Most of the main cast has it's Moments their moments, but special mention goes to Detective Nick Vera
Vera.
** (From ''The Promise'') "He's Cute. cute. [[MakesSenseInContext French]] [[FrenchMaid maids]] do it for me too"too."



** The victim in ''Justice'' just couldn't stop talking bragging about [[spoiler:raping the killer's sister]].



** Lt. Brown from ''The Red and The Blue'' is even more of an example. His detectives all call him "Big Daddy" and Rush and Valens are encouraged to as well. They are initially hesitant to do so, but later he address Rush as "Little Sister" and she calls him "Big Daddy" without missing a beat.
* FinallyFoundTheBody: The break needed when it was a missing persons case that went cold, rather than a murder. Even though the audience has seen the victim's body at the beginning of the episode and knows that he/she is dead.

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** Lt. Brown from ''The Red and The Blue'' is even more of an example. His detectives all call him "Big Daddy" and Rush and Valens are encouraged to as well. They are initially hesitant to do so, but later he address addresses Rush as "Little Sister" and she calls him "Big Daddy" without missing a beat.
* FinallyFoundTheBody: The break needed when it was a missing persons person case that went cold, rather than a murder. Even though the audience has seen the victim's body at the beginning of the episode and knows that he/she is dead.
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