History YMMV / ColdCase

5th Oct '17 10:04:02 AM Erin582
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** Watching season three episode ''Death Penalty: Final Appeal'' and season five episode ''Spiders'' ends up this due to the actors in the episode (one playing a character who was ''innocent'' of the crime he was executed for and the other one playing the younger version of the killer) being accused of murder in real life.

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** Watching season three episode ''Death Penalty: Final Appeal'' and season five episode ''Spiders'' ends up this due to the actors in the episode (one playing a character who was ''innocent'' of the crime he was executed for and the other one playing the younger version of the killer) being accused of murder committing murders in real life.life.
** One season four episode has Valens catching a pedophile watching children at a park and later he is seen beating said pedophile up and suffering no consequences for it. A later episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' has Amaro (who is also a CowboyCop portrayed by Danny Pino) in a similar situation, only this time [[RealityEnsues he is arrested, charged and finds himself in danger of losing his badge.]]
1st Oct '17 7:35:41 AM juniperlove15
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** Tina in ''Rampage'' is referred to as a [[UnusualEuphemism butter face]] (as in everything is hot "but her face") by her [[SmugSnake meathead]] [[JerkJock ex boyfriend]]. [[IAmNotPretty She even calls]] ''herself'' a "hit and run queen". Oh yeah, for those of you who haven't seen the episode [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0115297/mediaviewer/rm2242182400 this]] is the aforementioned "butter face".
30th Sep '17 9:10:50 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. Overall, she just comes across as pathetic.

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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. man, even ''proudly'' declaring "To this day, I would jump for him if he wanted me." 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.


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** The victim's boyfriend in "Our Boy Is Back". We're supposed to sympathize with him for having lost his girlfriend and having been suspected and harassed by Vera for the past five years. Except (a) Vera actually listed some perfectly valid reasons for thinking he was the killer, and (b) When they finally do test his [=DNA=] and realize that it isn't a match, Lily realizes that the real reason for his refusal is that he didn't want it known that ''wasn't'' sleeping with the victim. This supposedly innocent victim of an overzealous detective was actually a self-centered jerk who cared more about protecting his studly reputation than finding the man who raped and murdered his girlfriend.
26th Sep '17 12:14:41 PM juniperlove15
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** ''Lonely Hearts'' gives us the [[ValuesDissonance heart warming message]] that if you're considered [[HollywoodHomely plain]] or [[HollywoodPudgy overweight]] you will either A) [[HeelFaceTurn turn into a heartless killer]] to [[MadLove please your man]] or B) get used and murdered by your man because [[UnfortunateImplications your clearly desperate and think your going to be alone forever]]. The victim herself makes a lot of insensitive assumptions on other "ordinary" woman based on her own experiences and ''turns out to be right on all accounts''.

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** ''Lonely Hearts'' gives us the [[ValuesDissonance heart warming message]] that if you're considered [[HollywoodHomely plain]] or [[HollywoodPudgy overweight]] you will either A) [[HeelFaceTurn [[FaceHeelTurn turn into a heartless killer]] to [[MadLove please your man]] or B) get used and murdered by your man because [[UnfortunateImplications your clearly desperate and think your going to be alone forever]]. The victim herself makes a lot of insensitive assumptions on other "ordinary" woman based on her own experiences and ''turns out to be right on all accounts''.


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** [[AxeCrazy Cameron's]] parents in "Rampage". The way the detectives [[NoSympathy treat them]] would have you believe that they are AbusiveParents whose negligence drove their son to his murderous ways. The few scenes we see of them however show them as normal people who, as the dad pointed out ''lost their son too''. The bit where they find out that not only is their only son dead but that he was also the shooter is truly [[{{TearJerker}} heart breaking]]. Adding to that they are immediately labeled as [[TheScapegoat Monsters]] by the media. At the very worst they could be considered TooDumbToLive or GenreBlind in their choice of weapons but ''not'' evil. The ending montage shows them [[EatingLunchAlone eating together but not saying a word]]. You can't help but want to give [[TheWoobie them]] a massive hug. [[AdultFear Talk about every parents worst nightmare!]]
19th Sep '17 9:14:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Even if the killers on the show, particularly the SerialKiller{{s}}, mostly manage to avert being [[EvilIsCool portrayed in a positive light]], George Marks is considered the most memorable. His ruthlessness (but not ''quite'' to the point of being a CompleteMonster), ability to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy actually outwit the detectives]] and being [[PlayingAgainstType played by]] the quirky [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise John Billingsley]] made him a standout character and a villain that the show later continuously tried (and failed) to recreate.

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** Even if the killers on the show, particularly the SerialKiller{{s}}, mostly manage to avert being [[EvilIsCool portrayed in a positive light]], George Marks is considered the most memorable. His ruthlessness (but not ''quite'' to the point of being a CompleteMonster), ruthlessness, ability to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy actually outwit the detectives]] detectives and being [[PlayingAgainstType played by]] the quirky [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise John Billingsley]] made him a standout character and a villain that the show later continuously tried (and failed) to recreate.
19th Sep '17 7:00:14 PM Erin582
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** Even if the killers on the show, particularly the SerialKiller{{s}}, mostly manage to avert being [[EvilIsCool portrayed in a positive light]], George Marks is considered the most memorable. His ruthlessness (but not ''quite'' to the point of being a CompleteMonster), ability to [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy actually outwit the detectives]] and being [[PlayingAgainstType played by]] the quirky [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise John Billingsley]] made him a standout character and a villain that the show later continuously tried (and failed) to recreate.



** The eldest daughter in ''A Dollar, A Dream'' comes across as a spoiled SmugSnake that looked down on her mother for being unable to instantly adjust from being a housewife after her husband died. However given that her family ended up homeless and she spent the rest of her life thinking her mother abandoned her and her sister you do feel sorry for her.
*** Unfortunately as the episode went own this aspect began to lessen until she just became UnintentionallyUnsympathetic.

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** The eldest daughter in ''A Dollar, A Dream'' subverts this and comes across as a spoiled SmugSnake that looked down on her mother for being unable to instantly adjust from being a housewife after her husband died. However given Given that her family ended up homeless and she spent the rest of her life thinking her mother abandoned her and her sister you initially do feel sorry for her.
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her. Unfortunately as the episode went own this aspect began to lessen until she just became UnintentionallyUnsympathetic.



* Cy Tisdale in ''The River''. Sure he's a [[SmugSnake louse]] who has no problem ripping off people or even ''robbing'' them to feed his gambling addiction, but good lord this man has had a crappy life. The victim (and Cy's only friend) acknowledges this as a reason why he can't keep going on [[DespairEventHorizon the way he has]] [[spoiler: leading Cy to have to MercyKill ''the only person who gives a damn about him'']]. By the end of the episode if you ''don't'' feel at least a little sorry for him then by god you're not human!

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* ** Cy Tisdale in ''The River''. Sure he's a [[SmugSnake louse]] who has no problem ripping off people or even ''robbing'' them to feed his gambling addiction, but good lord this man has had a crappy life. The victim (and Cy's only friend) acknowledges this as a reason why he can't keep going on [[DespairEventHorizon the way he has]] [[spoiler: leading Cy to have to MercyKill ''the only person who gives a damn about him'']]. By the end of the episode if you ''don't'' feel at least a little sorry for him then by god you're not human!



* MoralEventHorizon: Alessandro from ''Sabotage'' is initially very sympathetic, for a SerialKiller... until it's revealed who he sent his final bomb to: [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild his preteen niece]], as he wanted his brother, whom he viewed as responsible for the TraumaCongaLine he had endured, to [[RevengeByProxy know the pain of losing a child as he had]]]].
** Considering that the people he targeted were people who were trying to help him the best way they could given the restrictions they were under his first murder was this as well.
*** Especially since his first victim was just a teen doing his job.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Alessandro from ''Sabotage'' is initially very sympathetic, for a SerialKiller... until it's revealed who he sent his final bomb to: [[spoiler:[[WouldHurtAChild his preteen niece]], as he wanted his brother, whom he viewed as responsible for the TraumaCongaLine he had endured, to [[RevengeByProxy know the pain of losing a child as he had]]]].
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had]]]]. Considering that the people he targeted were people who were trying to help him the best way they could given the restrictions they were under his first murder was this as well.
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well, especially since his first victim was just a teen doing his job.



** Both of the parents in "Baby Blues" who were too wrapped up in their own lives (her job and his affair) to care adequately for their daughter, tried to blame their son for the murder (who was only ''seven'' at the time of her death) and him leaving the family after said daughter's death.

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** Both of the parents in "Baby Blues" who were too wrapped up in their own lives (her job and his affair) to care adequately for their daughter, tried to blame their son for the murder (who was only ''seven'' at the time of her death) and him the father leaving the family after said daughter's death.
5th Sep '17 6:39:07 PM juniperlove15
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** ''Lonely Hearts'' gives us the [[ValuesDissonance heart warming message]] that if you're considered [[HollywoodHomely plain]] or [[HollywoodPudgy overweight]] you will either A) [[HeelFaceTurn turn into a heartless killer]] to [[MadLove please your man]] or B) get used and murdered by your man because [[UnfortunateImplications your clearly desperate and think your going to be alone forever]]. The victim herself makes a lot of insensitive assumptions on other "ordinary" woman based on her own experiences and ''turns out to be right on all accounts''.
5th Aug '17 5:40:22 AM juniperlove15
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* Cy Tisdale in ''The River''. Sure he's a [[SmugSnake louse]] who has no problem ripping off people or even ''robbing'' them to feed his gambling addiction, but good lord this man has had a crappy life. The victim (and Cy's only friend) acknowledges this as a reason why he can't keep going on the way he has [[spoiler: leading Cy to have to Mercykill ''the only person who gives a damn about him'']]. By the end of the episode if you ''don't'' feel at least a little sorry for him then by god you're not human!

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* Cy Tisdale in ''The River''. Sure he's a [[SmugSnake louse]] who has no problem ripping off people or even ''robbing'' them to feed his gambling addiction, but good lord this man has had a crappy life. The victim (and Cy's only friend) acknowledges this as a reason why he can't keep going on [[DespairEventHorizon the way he has has]] [[spoiler: leading Cy to have to Mercykill MercyKill ''the only person who gives a damn about him'']]. By the end of the episode if you ''don't'' feel at least a little sorry for him then by god you're not human!
5th Aug '17 5:37:28 AM juniperlove15
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* Cy Tisdale in ''The River''. Sure he's a [[SmugSnake louse]] who has no problem ripping off people or even ''robbing'' them to feed his gambling addiction, but good lord this man has had a crappy life. The victim (and Cy's only friend) acknowledges this as a reason why he can't keep going on the way he has [[spoiler: leading Cy to have to Mercykill ''the only person who gives a damn about him'']]. By the end of the episode if you ''don't'' feel at least a little sorry for him then by god you're not human!
19th Jun '17 11:09:48 AM Peridonyx
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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.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch Hathaway finally gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and of course, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual, PaedoHunt hate (instead, he just calmly makes [[spoiler:Cliff]] confess and tries to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:Cliff]] ends up NotWorthKilling and just arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making said postman's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.

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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.
** The killer in "It Takes a Village," rather than targeting innocent children for MisplacedRetribution, could've easily been a sort of VigilanteMan targeting abusers for RevengeByProxy regarding the guy actually responsible for the killer's own abuse -- which would've certainly helped with the UnintentionallyUnsympathetic-ism.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: Arguably the real killer-pedophile, [[spoiler:Cliff Burrell]], in "Offender." Yes, [[spoiler:he]] crossed the MoralEventHorizon via what [[spoiler:he]] did to the Hathaways. Sounds like a recipe for prime CatharsisFactor once Mitch Hathaway finally gets his hands on [[spoiler:Cliff]], right? ...Well, it turns out [[spoiler:he]]'s become such a broken, cowardly, pathetic, and regretful wreck over [[spoiler:his]] actions (and of course, Mitch's RoaringRampageOfRevenge) that even Scotty can't seem to muster enough of his usual, PaedoHunt hate usual PaedoHunt-ism (instead, he just calmly makes [[spoiler:Cliff]] confess and tries to talk Mitch down) -- so [[spoiler:Cliff]] ends up NotWorthKilling and just arrested instead. If anything, the RedHerring postman from earlier was more HateSink-worthy, outright bragging about his pedophile exploits and proudly proclaiming himself EvilerThanThou over [[spoiler:Cliff]] -- thus making said postman's eventual DisneyVillainDeath a textbook MomentOfAwesome for Mitch.
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