Heartwarming / Cold Case

  • The ending scene of The House where the supposed victim's ex-girlfriend and current wife is peacefully fishing with the supposed victim, still alive, in a non-extradition country where neither one of them can be arrested for their role in his jailbreak.
  • The end of The Road, where the serial killer's most recent victim is found alive and reunited with her fiance, both of them having clearly never given up hope that they would see each other again.
  • The ending montage for Discretions.
  • The ending to A Perfect Day. That is all.
  • The ending to Fireflies, in which the victim turns out to be still alive and she is reunited with her family and best friend.
  • Every scene with Vera and the abandoned baby in Frank's Best, and the end where Vera is filling out the adoption application.
  • In the ending of Saving Patrick Bubley, the titular character is seen going back to school, when he turns around and sees the ghosts of his brothers behind him, encouraging him on with their waves.
    • The opening scene is really good, with the boys sharing a laugh and Maeve expressing gratitude and good wishes for each of her children (and Patrick returning the favor) before they all share Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Will and Scotty showing up at Vera's hotel room at the end of Superstar, pizza and beer in hand, after Nick's wife has kicked him out of the house.
  • The entire relationship between Booker and Kara in 'Who's Your Daddy?'. Especially how Lily was convinced he was guilty of her parents' deaths or the very least somehow shifty throughout the episode and during the ending, she realizes that, yes, he ultimately was a good guy who really loved and protected Kara.
  • The victim, Jeff, in "It's Raining Men" comes to see his boyfriend Artie (who he had previously had an open relationship with) in the hospital when he gets sick with HIV. Despite Artie's telling him to stay back so he doesn't get it, Jeff takes off his mask, curls up next to him and says "I can't believe I only want to be with you." Meanwhile "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper is playing in the background. Of course, the fact that we know Jeff will soon be killed puts this into Tearjerker territory as well.
    • Parts of the ending montage fall into this as well: not only will Artie and Russ' wedding bring happy tears to your eyes, but also Carlo watching a gay couple and their baby look at the puppies in his store... something that would have been impossible in 1983. It also has Artie seeing Jeff's ghost at his wedding. In this case, it seems like Jeff is not only appearing because his murder has been solved. He's also letting Artie know that he's okay with him getting married.
  • Time to Crime has a boy who had the family maid fired because she caught him with a gun. At the end, we see him visiting her and asking for her forgiveness.
  • At the end of The Plan, instead of seeing the usual apparition of the victim (who was a pedophile who preyed on his swim class students), we instead see a blurry reflection of him in the pool water, which is then erased by the splashing of a new class of boys who will never have to suffer from his predation. It's like a final sign that the academy is finally free of him.
  • Another one from the apparitions: at the end of "Greed" we see the Smug Snake victim Charles Danville, wearing perhaps the first genuinely-friendly expression we'd seen from him all episode, offering Lilly a toast for solving his murder. Like a posthumous Pet the Dog, if such a thing is possible.
  • The end of "Libertyville" with the victim's spirit happily looking on as his wife and his black sister finally meet.
  • Stillman saluting the victim (a fellow Vietnam War veteran) at the end of Honor.
  • Vera's nod of acknowledgement to the ghost of one of Serial Killer couple's many victims at the end of "Lonely Hearts".
    • The homeless possible hooker who helped out the team is seen getting married.
  • In the episode, "Rampage", the girl was desperately telling the security guard that got shot to survive. She tries to motivate him with a picture of his family that she assumed he had, but then he told her he was all alone. Then she told him that he still needs to stay alive so that he can get another chance to have a family. At the end of the episode, we see the security guard, while unable to walk due to his wounds, has a wife and baby, and he seems very happy.
  • In "Saving Sammy", Brent has to work through both his existing difficulty in communicating and his upset from knowing that his sister's boyfriend murdered their parents, in order to share information which helps to solve the case. When Brent succeeds at this, Scotty tells Brent, in a way that he can understand, that he is proud of him.
  • The end of "It Takes a Village" when the killer's last attempted victim is freed and his older sister runs to hug him.
  • "One Night" implies that Justin, the killer's attempted victim, is alone and that his recent acquaintance Valentino is his closest friend. At the end, Justin is rescued and Valentino comes to see him and hugs him.
  • The ending montages often have moments like this for the side characters, implying that the solving of the case made their lives better, too. Examples include the drug-addicted mothers of the victims in both "Saving Patrick Bubley" and "8:03 AM" checking into rehab, the victim's Jerkass boss in "Ravaged" adopting her dog, and one of the suspects in "Wilkommen" a former Gang Banger who went straight after discovering acting, playing with his baby.
  • The relationship between the victim and his daughter in November 22.
  • The mother in Bad Reputation giving her son his father's letters (which she had been hiding from him) after they found out exactly how he died.
  • In Justice, the little kid loves his sister so much, he's willing to kill the man who raped her. Hell, even the detectives take compassion on the guy since the guy was such a manipulative bastard.
  • The ending of "Street Money", where the victim's childhood friend and former drug dealer turns his life around and begins helping out in the community, starting with putting up a new basketball hoop for the kids (something the victim wanted to accomplish) and sees the victim's father, who had always believed that he would never amount to anything, nod his head in approval. Finally, the victim himself appears to show he's proud of how his old friend has turned out.
  • Both the victim's mother and potential love interest in "Bad Night". While the love interest who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident was obviously unhappy about her state, unlike everyone else around her, she never blamed him for what happened and was able to live a happy, productive life as a elementary school teacher who genuinely loved her work and her students. Even after finding out that her husband, the firefighter who "rescued" her but in actually was the one who caused her injury due to his inexperience, was his killer, she cried out, "No, not that sweet kid!" Also, she was reunited with her estranged father and brother at the end of the episode. The mother was able to convince the skeptical detectives to reopen her son's case, never believing a serial killer did him in, regardless of the little evidence available. Her ending has her being able to move out of the house they shared and hugging Lily for solving her son's murder. Lily even hugs her back.
    • The end montage counts too because it has the victim avoiding being in the accident that kicked off the events of the episode, which also hints that his possible love interest may have started seeing him in a new light if he had managed to do so. There is also an Imagine Spot of Jeffries saving his wife from her own accident.
  • The ending of "Ghost Of My Child", where the mother is reunited with her child, who was kidnapped from her as an infant, six years later after it was revealed that he didn't die in an apartment fire that destroyed their home. The mother is shown offering her son a flower and smiling as her son looks at her for the first time in six years and smiles at her in recognition. It also shows a glimpse of the mother, six years before, holding her infant son and embracing him while "Far Away" by Nickelback plays throughout the entire scene.

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