Cold Case

10 Worst Episodes of Cold Case

The Philadelphia homicide squad's lone female detective finds her calling when she is assigned cases that have never been solved. Detective Lilly Rush combines her natural instincts with the updated technology available today to bring about justice for all the victims she can.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 30, 2023.

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Cold Case - S6E6

#10 - The Dealer (Season 6 - Episode 6)

When a body is discovered in the trunk of a car, the team re-opens the 1981 case of a missing single mother who used to work at a car dealership.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 104 votes.

Cold Case - S7E3

#9 - Jurisprudence (Season 7 - Episode 3)


The 2004 murder of a teen at a juvenile detention center is investigated. The boy was wrongly sent to the facility and was killed before Valens could get him released. Meanwhile, Lilly reconnects with former flame Eddie Saccardo, a narcotics officer.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 123 votes.

Cold Case - S7E20

#8 - Free Love (Season 7 - Episode 20)

Rush and FBI agent Ryan Cavanaugh discover their attraction for one another while investigating the 1969 murder of a GI at Woodstock, and Vera helps his married ex-girlfriend, Megan, after sentimental jewelry is stolen from her home.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 109 votes.

Cold Case - S7E6

#7 - Dead Heat (Season 7 - Episode 6)


The 1986 murder of a jockey is investigated after his body is discovered in a mass grave for horses. The victim disappeared shortly after losing a race that he had planned to be his finale before retiring.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 107 votes.

Cold Case - S6E16

#6 - Jackals (Season 6 - Episode 16)

The 1976 murder of a teen-aged girl is reopened when her father produces a photo of her and a vicious biker gang.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 111 votes.

Cold Case - S7E21

#5 - Almost Paradise (1) (Season 7 - Episode 21)


The 1989 death of a prom queen who was the victim of a potentially deliberate hit-and-run accident is investigated. Meanwhile, Lilly's troubled sister shows up, but Lilly refuses her dad's request to give her a second chance.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 116 votes.

Cold Case - S3E18

#4 - Willkommen (Season 3 - Episode 18)

The team re-opens the 2002 case of a murdered amateur actor when the owner of a local community theater finds a gun hidden inside prop furniture.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 122 votes.

Cold Case - S7E19

#3 - Bullet (2) (Season 7 - Episode 19)


A serial killer is identified, and Lilly and the FBI attempt to protect his likely future targets while tracking him down.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 109 votes.

Cold Case - S7E16

#2 - One Fall (Season 7 - Episode 16)

The 1986 murder of a dock worker who moonlighted as a wrestler is investigated. Meanwhile, Valens follows a lead that could result in the capture of his mother's rapist.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 102 votes.

Cold Case - S7E13

#1 - Bombers (Season 7 - Episode 13)


The 1983 murder of a graffiti artist who died after spray paint was forced down his throat is investigated. Meanwhile, new details emerge about the person who mugged Valen's mother; and Lilly faces additional legal hurdles thrown her way by Moe.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 97 votes.

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