History YMMV / ColdCase

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 whatís 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 whatís 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.
9th Mar '16 8:45:09 PM DrOO7
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** Again, this makes him sound like a carefree irresposible womanizer and sort of plays into the idea that he's got an affair with the wife but is possibly double-timing her. Upon rewatching one realizes just ''why'' his partner was so sure it was a 'brawl' and more importantly that the 'babe' is ''the partner himself''.

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** Again, this makes him sound like a carefree irresposible irresponsible womanizer and sort of plays into the idea that he's got an affair with the wife but is possibly double-timing her. Upon rewatching one realizes just ''why'' his partner was so sure it was a 'brawl' and more importantly that the 'babe' is ''the partner himself''.himself''.
** Also in "Blood On The Tracks". Johanna's own ''husband'' mistakes Sarah for her while they and their friends are reviewing slides from their college days, driving home how much they resemble each other. This is never mentioned again during the episode, but later, after the detectives have figured out that Johanna has been impersonating Sarah for decades, one recalls that we only saw Jack's death, not Johanna's, that Johanna was present in every one of "Sarah's" flashbacks, and that Sarah was always portrayed very negatively in them. It seems odd that someone would present themselves so unflatteringly, until you remember that Sarah was the only one who supported Jack's plan to confess, while Johanna strongly objected.
15th Feb '16 8:16:28 PM loracarol
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: There's a scene in "Justice" where Vera catches a gigantic JerkassBall and starts making ''rape apologist'' comments that seems to exist for no reason other than the writers needing someone to sound ignorant to make a point. The scene is never mentioned afterward and everyone goes back to being friends again. Even stranger is the fact that in other episodes dealing with rape, Vera is typically the ''most'' disgusted, even more than Rush and Miller, due to his [[ThatOneCase botching a high-profile rape case earlier in his career]].

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: There's a scene in "Justice" ''Justice'' where Vera catches a gigantic JerkassBall and starts making ''rape apologist'' comments that seems to exist for no reason other than the writers needing someone to sound ignorant to make a point. The scene is never mentioned afterward and everyone goes back to being friends again. Even stranger is the fact that in other episodes dealing with rape, Vera is typically the ''most'' disgusted, even more than Rush and Miller, due to his [[ThatOneCase botching a high-profile rape case earlier in his career]].



* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The episodes ''Wishing'', ''Kensington'', ''Family'', ''Baby Blues'', "Spiders" and "The Dealer" (to name a few) are examples where the it's only the ''victim'' and usually one other person are the only sympathetic characters among a cast of [[CompleteMonster monsters]] and [[JerkAss jerkasses]].
** A special mention goes to "Two Weddings", where both the detectives (who use the wedding they were invited to to solve the [[spoiler: "murder"]] and even when they're caught in the act, still don't care) '''and''' the victim himself (who is [[spoiler: [[YourCheatingHeart already happily married...to a comatose woman while he serenades and becomes engaged to another woman)]]]] are [[JerkAss jerkasses.]] Yeah.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The episodes ''Wishing'', ''Kensington'', ''Family'', ''Baby Blues'', "Spiders" ''Spiders'' and "The Dealer" ''The Dealer'' (to name a few) are examples where the it's only the ''victim'' and usually one other person are the only sympathetic characters among a cast of [[CompleteMonster monsters]] and [[JerkAss jerkasses]].
** A special mention goes to "Two Weddings", ''Two Weddings'', where both the detectives (who use the wedding they were invited to to solve the [[spoiler: "murder"]] and even when they're caught in the act, still don't care) '''and''' the victim himself (who is [[spoiler: [[YourCheatingHeart already happily married...to a comatose woman while he serenades and becomes engaged to another woman)]]]] are [[JerkAss jerkasses.]] Yeah.



* DesignatedHero: Audrey Metz in "World's End," who is portrayed as a liberated woman ahead of her time for... cheating on her husband.

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* DesignatedHero: Audrey Metz in "World's End," ''World's End'', who is portrayed as a liberated woman ahead of her time for... cheating on her husband.



** ''A Dollar, A Dream'', ''Stalker'', and "World's End" all revolve around a loved one [[BrokenPedestal going through financial problems]] either losing their job or livelihood somehow/ and their child/wife telling them that they arenít allowed to have problems. The first two involved that loved one getting killed, the last ended up killing his wife. While portrayed sympathetically all of the murders stem from the fact that they couldnít instantly bounce back from a problem despite trying their hardest.

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** ''A Dollar, A Dream'', ''Stalker'', and "World's End" ''World's End'' all revolve around a loved one [[BrokenPedestal going through financial problems]] either losing their job or livelihood somehow/ and their child/wife telling them that they arenít allowed to have problems. The first two involved that loved one getting killed, the last ended up killing his wife. While portrayed sympathetically all of the murders stem from the fact that they couldnít instantly bounce back from a problem despite trying their hardest.



** 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" ''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.



** Anyone who has watched one of D.L. Hughley's stand up special will find "Breaking News" hilarious.

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** Anyone who has watched one of D.L. Hughley's stand up special will find "Breaking News" ''Breaking News'' hilarious.



** Brown hair and drab clothes are apparently enough to make the killer in "The Crossing" the dowdy, matronly alternative to the glamorous, willowy, red-headed victim, even though they're about the same age.

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** Brown hair and drab clothes are apparently enough to make the killer in "The Crossing" ''The Crossing'' the dowdy, matronly alternative to the glamorous, willowy, red-headed victim, even though they're about the same age.



* MagnificentBitch: [[spoiler:Caroline Hargreave from "The Runaway Bunny," to the point of being the only non-sympathetic villain in the show to [[TheBadGuyWins win]]]].

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* MagnificentBitch: [[spoiler:Caroline Hargreave from "The ''The Runaway Bunny," Bunny'', to the point of being the only non-sympathetic villain in the show to [[TheBadGuyWins win]]]].



* 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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* MoralEventHorizon: Alessandro from "Sabotage" ''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]]]].



** In "Jurisprudence," Doherty having Kat transferred, simply as RevengeByProxy to spite Stillman.

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** In "Jurisprudence," ''Jurisprudence'', Doherty having Kat transferred, simply as RevengeByProxy to spite Stillman.



** It's hard to take the end montage of "Dead Heat" seriously when some of the people would flash back to them wearing those ridiculous jockey uniforms.

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** It's hard to take the end montage of "Dead Heat" ''Dead Heat'' seriously when some of the people would flash back to them wearing those ridiculous jockey uniforms.



** Any episode where [[HollyWoodOld moderately old people try and fail to act REALLY old]], for instance, "Family 8108."

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** Any episode where [[HollyWoodOld moderately old people try and fail to act REALLY old]], for instance, "Family 8108." ''Family 8108''.



** "Jackals" features a pre-[[Series/BreakingBad Mike]] [[Series/BetterCallSaul Ehrmantraut]] Jonathan Banks as John Clark, leader of a brutal biker gang. [[spoiler: Yeah, he did it, one of the few episodes where the prime suspect was in fact the culprit]].

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** "Jackals" ''Jackals'' features a pre-[[Series/BreakingBad Mike]] [[Series/BetterCallSaul Ehrmantraut]] Jonathan Banks as John Clark, leader of a brutal biker gang. [[spoiler: Yeah, he did it, one of the few episodes where the prime suspect was in fact the culprit]].



** David Hiney of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' appears in "Fireflies" [[spoiler:as the doer]].

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** David Hiney of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' appears in "Fireflies" ''Fireflies'' [[spoiler:as the doer]].



* StrawmanHasAPoint: When Moe Kitchener fills a complaint for harassment against Lilly for stalking him. When you think about it, she has no evidence but a DyingDream to prove he was the one person that tried to kill her in "Into the Blue".

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: When Moe Kitchener fills a complaint for harassment against Lilly for stalking him. When you think about it, she has no evidence but a DyingDream to prove he was the one person that tried to kill her in "Into ''Into the Blue".Blue''.



** The fathers from "Jackals" and ''Blank Generation''. One was imprisoned for a despicable crime (stealing benefit payments from disabled and dead veterans) instead of being on the outside and protecting his daughter and the other was an InsufferableGenius / JerkAss whose cold, unloving attitude drove his son to join a dangerous cult.
** Speaking of fathers, there is also the father from "Justice". His 18-year-old daughter was raped and when she came to him and told him what happened, his response was ''[[NoSympathy "Nice]]'' [[NoSympathy girls don't invite boys up to their room."]] As a result of his words, the poor girl [[spoiler: ends up [[AteHisGun eating her gun.]]]] It's only then that he's remorseful and says to the (sympathetic and willing to help, but her superiors didn't take the matter seriously) officer, [[NeverMyFault "Why didn't anyone help my little girl?"]]

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** The fathers from "Jackals" ''Jackals'' and ''Blank Generation''. One was imprisoned for a despicable crime (stealing benefit payments from disabled and dead veterans) instead of being on the outside and protecting his daughter and the other was an InsufferableGenius / JerkAss whose cold, unloving attitude drove his son to join a dangerous cult.
** Speaking of fathers, there is also the father from "Justice". ''Justice''. His 18-year-old daughter was raped and when she came to him and told him what happened, his response was ''[[NoSympathy "Nice]]'' "''[[NoSympathy Nice]]'' [[NoSympathy girls don't invite boys up to their room."]] ]]" As a result of his words, the poor girl [[spoiler: ends up [[AteHisGun eating her gun.]]]] It's only then that he's remorseful and says to the (sympathetic and willing to help, but her superiors didn't take the matter seriously) officer, [[NeverMyFault "Why didn't anyone help my little girl?"]]



** The killer in "Officer Down" do to being TooDumbToLive.

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** The killer in "Officer Down" ''Officer Down'' do to being TooDumbToLive.



** Nick on occasion. The events of "Flashover" in which a man he wrongfully accused of murdering his children some years ago has been killed in prison and then causes him to go into a downward spiral involving drunk driving, finding out his ex-wife has remarried and had children with someone else and temporarily getting suspended come off as LaserGuidedKarma more than anything else.

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** Nick on occasion. The events of "Flashover" ''Flashover'' in which a man he wrongfully accused of murdering his children some years ago has been killed in prison and then causes him to go into a downward spiral involving drunk driving, finding out his ex-wife has remarried and had children with someone else and temporarily getting suspended come off as LaserGuidedKarma more than anything else.



** The agent in "Witness Protection" sleeping with his clientís wife as well as not telling him he was living near one of the people he thought he was testifying against.

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** The agent in "Witness Protection" ''Witness Protection'' sleeping with his clientís wife as well as not telling him he was living near one of the people he thought he was testifying against.
12th Feb '16 6:58:43 PM loracarol
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** [[spoiler:Johanna'' from ''Blood on the Tracks'' killed her husband and best friend all so she could keep her wealthy life.

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** [[spoiler:Johanna'' [[spoiler:Johanna from ''Blood on the Tracks'' killed her husband and best friend all so she could keep her wealthy life.life]].
28th Jan '16 2:56:32 PM HamburgerTime
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: A number of the one-off victims have small fanbases of their own, particularly Sean "Coop" Cooper (''Forever Blue'') and Carrie Swett (''That Woman'').
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