History YMMV / ColdCase

28th Nov '16 9:19:52 PM Cyberpunk1989
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Late Returns'' was based on the real-life murder of Chandra Levy, an intern to a Congressman whom she was also sleeping with. The public opinion of the time, as well as the episode, pointed the blame at the Congressman, and the scandal ruined his career. Several years ''after'' the episode aired, the Congressman was found to be completely innocent.

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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Late Returns'' was based on the real-life murder of Chandra Levy, an intern to a California Congressman Gary Condit, whom she was also sleeping with. The public opinion of the time, as well as the episode, time pointed the blame at the Congressman, Condit, and the scandal ruined his career. Several years ''after'' the episode aired, the Congressman Condit was found to be completely innocent.
19th Oct '16 12:39:09 AM DrOO7
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** The (innocent) frenemy of the victim in ''Factory Girls''. We're supposed to empathize with her unrequited love for the victim's husband. Except that she blatantly tried to interfere in their marriage and made an advance to him when his wife was barely cold in her grave. Despite him adamantly rebuffing her, at the time of the episode, she has spent ''60-something'' years pining away for the man. Surely she must have received offers from numerous other eligible men during all this time, all of which she turned down in the faint hopes that he might someday change his mind. Overall, she just comes across as pathetic.



** The (innocent) frenemy of the victim in ''Factory Girls''. We're supposed to empathize with her unrequited love for the victim's husband. Except that she blatantly tried to interfere in their marriage and made an advance to him when his wife was barely cold in her grave. Despite him adamantly rebuffing her, at the time of the episode, she has spent ''60-something'' years pining away for the man. Surely she must have received offers from numerous other eligible men during all this time, all of which she turned down in the faint hopes that he might someday change his mind.
17th Oct '16 9:32:01 PM DrOO7
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** The (innocent) frenemy of the victim in ''Factory Girls''. We're supposed to empathize with her unrequited love for the victim's husband. Except that she blatantly tried to interfere in their marriage and made an advance to him when his wife was barely cold in her grave. Despite him adamantly rebuffing her, at the time of the episode, she has spent ''60-something'' years pining away for the man. Surely she must have received offers from numerous other eligible men during all this time, all of which she turned down in the faint hopes that he might someday change his mind.
16th Aug '16 4:16:42 PM HamburgerTime
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** The detectives have nothing but bad things to say about private investigators in "The Runaway Bunny," even referring to a cop who became a PI as having "[[Franchise/StarWars turned to the Dark Side]]."
22nd Jul '16 6:40:39 PM HamburgerTime
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The killer in ''The Hen House'' can be seen as either an attempted {{Atoner}} tragically pushed back into doing evil again, or simply a murdering, [[spoiler:identity-stealing, Nazi]] scuzzball through-and-through.

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The killer in ''The Hen House'' can be seen as either an attempted {{Atoner}} tragically pushed back into doing evil again, or simply a murdering, [[spoiler:identity-stealing, Nazi]] scuzzball through-and-through.through-and-through.
** The victim in "Boy Crazy" - UsefulNotes/{{transgender}}, or just a {{tomboy}}?
19th Jun '16 4:02:30 PM Erin582
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** This also applies to the victim's daughter in ''Gleen''. Her mother was viciously murdered when she was only five years old, it still deeply affects her in the present day, twenty years later, and even with a caring and well-rounded supporter at her side (in the form of her father's fiancée), she outright admits to Lilly that she may as well [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]]] if it's found out that her father was the one who killed her mother. [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse He did]] and Lilly does end up arresting him, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming but out of respect to her, she can't bring herself to put the cuffs on him in front of her.]]]]

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** This also applies to the victim's daughter in ''Gleen''. Her mother was viciously murdered when she was only five years old, it still deeply affects her in the present day, twenty years later, and even with a caring and well-rounded supporter at her side (in the form of her father's fiancée), she outright admits to Lilly that she may as well [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself]]]] if it's found out that her father was the one who killed her mother. [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse He did]] and Lilly does end up arresting him, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[ThrowTheDogABone but out of respect to her, she can't bring herself to put the cuffs on him in front of her.]]]]]]]]
** The bastard father from ''The Brush Man'' is finally arrested for murdering the salesman who tried to intervene with the abusive situation of the man's family. However, this still does little to undo the 40-plus years of torment he inflicted onto his wife, who's nowadays an alcoholic and his son, who hasn't accomplished much with his life due to all of [[DarkAndTroubledPast his underlying issues.]]
11th Jun '16 5:33:49 AM Naram-Sin
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Not that it is very important, but [[Film/BackToTheFuture Thomas F. Wilson]] plays a person of interest in an episode about the 1973 murder of a college student... who was already 'old' in 1973, and died before the investigation was reopened in the mid-2000s.



*** Perhaps he knew that shooting the guy right then and there would immediately focus suspicion on him, whereas shooting at him via a drive-by might leave the case unsolved? (the guy was well known as a local criminal and there would have been no shortage of suspects). Maybe he had second thoughts about killing the guy and only the realization that he was going to continue to be a problem for him spurred the killing?

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*** ** Perhaps he knew that shooting the guy right then and there would immediately focus suspicion on him, whereas shooting at him via a drive-by might leave the case unsolved? (the guy was well known as a local criminal and there would have been no shortage of suspects). Maybe he had second thoughts about killing the guy and only the realization that he was going to continue to be a problem for him spurred the killing?
10th May '16 9:28:59 AM JoieDeCombat
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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: The father and the victim in Knuckle Up while it is understandable for the father to want what’s best for his son anyone who has lived with a parent like that especially the one who call you every hour knows just how frustrating it is. However as the victim himself [[RedemptionEqualsDeath eventually realized]] going all BloodKnight was an incredibly stupid thing to do.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: The father and the victim in Knuckle Up while "Knuckle Up." While it is understandable for the father to want what’s best for his son son, anyone who has lived with a parent like that - especially the one kind who call calls you every hour - knows just how frustrating it is. However However, as the victim himself [[RedemptionEqualsDeath eventually realized]] realized]], going all BloodKnight was an incredibly stupid thing to do.
10th May '16 7:40:10 AM JoieDeCombat
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* AcceptableProfessionalTargets: Gym teachers appear on this show as creepy perverts and rapists with a strange regularity.
** Reception of regular teachers is also split down the middle. Some are decent and helpful while others are total [[JerkAss jerkasses.]]
** Social workers are portrayed as unprofessionals who aren't afraid to break the law for their own gain or power.

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* AcceptableProfessionalTargets: AcceptableLifestyleTargets: Jocks tend to be depicted as little more than sociopaths.
* AcceptableProfessionalTargets:
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Gym teachers appear on this show as creepy perverts and rapists with a strange regularity.
** Reception of regular teachers is also split down the middle. Some are decent and helpful while others are total [[JerkAss jerkasses.]]
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Social workers are portrayed as unprofessionals who aren't afraid unprofessional and unafraid to break the law for their own gain or power.



* AcceptableTargets: If an episode even ''features'' a Black person, it will involve racism, drugs or [[PositiveDiscrimination basketball]], if not a combination of two or more of these elements. Played [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] with Det Jeffries regarding racism, especially from suspects. Poor Will can't even get a break from minority suspects, who frequently accuse him of "selling out" by becoming a cop; if anything, this actually cheeses him off ''more'' than outright racism.
*** Played with in ''Colors''. The episode is a JackieRobinsonStory with the victim as an expy of ''the'' Jackie Robinson, there are at least two suspects with believable race-related reasons to want the guy dead, and even the episode's ''title'' suggests race as a major theme. Obvious motive, right? [[spoiler: Nope. It was the victim's white-but-not-racist-at-all best friend, who simply didn't want him to quit the team]].
** Women as well, usually as the older the episode the crime is set in. Lilly is often an acceptable target, for obvious reasons. One episode which featured a missing [[spoiler: and ultimately found dead]] female veteran suffering from PTSD had ''another'' (male) vet angrily tell her that she should have stayed in the kitchen. [[JerkAss Said vet was later not surprised to find that something bad had occurred to her.]] [[HollywoodHomely "Ugly"]] women in particular are considered acceptable targets, even if they aren't the VictimOfTheWeek.
** Christians as well, surprisingly, as some episodes portray them rather poorly ''(Churchgoing People, That Woman, etc.)''
*** Arguably, ''That Woman'' follows the Christian parables in which the so-called sinner turns out to be the better Christian than those who made an empty show of the faith they didn't really follow.
** A number of murders happened simply because teenagers continuously apply HonorBeforeReason.
** Jocks are usually depicted as little more than sociopaths.

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* AcceptableTargets: If an episode even ''features'' a Black person, it will involve racism, drugs or [[PositiveDiscrimination basketball]], if not a combination of two or more of these elements. Played [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] with Det Jeffries regarding racism, especially from suspects. Poor Will can't even get a break from minority suspects, who frequently accuse him of "selling out" by becoming a cop; if anything, this actually cheeses him off ''more'' than outright racism.
*** Played with in ''Colors''. The episode is a JackieRobinsonStory with the victim
AcceptableReligiousTargets: Some episodes such as an expy of ''the'' Jackie Robinson, there are at least two suspects with believable race-related reasons to want the guy dead, "Churchgoing People" and even the episode's ''title'' suggests race as a major theme. Obvious motive, right? [[spoiler: Nope. It was the victim's white-but-not-racist-at-all best friend, who simply didn't want him to quit the team]].
** Women as well, usually as the older the episode the crime is set in. Lilly is often an acceptable target, for obvious reasons. One episode which featured a missing [[spoiler: and ultimately found dead]] female veteran suffering from PTSD had ''another'' (male) vet angrily tell her that she should have stayed in the kitchen. [[JerkAss Said vet was later not surprised to find that something bad had occurred to her.]] [[HollywoodHomely "Ugly"]] women in particular are considered acceptable targets, even if they aren't the VictimOfTheWeek.
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"That Woman" depict Christians as well, surprisingly, as some episodes portray them rather poorly ''(Churchgoing People, That Woman, etc.)''
*** Arguably, ''That Woman'' follows the Christian parables in which the so-called sinner turns out to be the better Christian than those who made an empty show of the faith they didn't really follow.
** A number of murders happened simply because teenagers continuously apply HonorBeforeReason.
** Jocks are usually depicted as little more than sociopaths.
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10th May '16 7:16:13 AM RighteousFury
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** "The Brush Man": The killer is the only suspect who has nothing positive to say about the victim.
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