Cold Case (2003–2010)
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The Key 

The team reopens a case from the 1970's in which a timid housewife and schoolteacher was murdered. They soon learn that she was going through a rebellion at the time and attending sexy key parties, much to her daughter's horror.


David Barrett


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Jennifer Johnson




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Tracie Thoms ... Kat Miller
Nestor Carbonell ... Mike Valens
Tay Blessey ... Helen Bradley (1979)
Ben Bode ... Jed Huxley (2006)
Allison Dunbar ... Alison Huxley (1979)
Matthew Glave ... Carl Bradley (1979)
Jay Huguley ... Joe Livingston (1979)
Ele Keats ... Helen Bradley (2006)
George Newbern ... Bill Huxley (1979)
Robert Pine ... Carl Bradley (2006)


The team reopens a 1979 murder of a schoolteacher when new evidence, including a key-chain belonging to a man with whom the victim had been having an affair, turns up in the wooded area where the body was found. The investigation soon discovers that the relationship was not kept a secret from anyone, including both of the spouses and their children. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Libby Bradley was murdered on February 26, 1979. See more »


Makin' It
Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Performed by David Naughton
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Name of song at end of show/where the show is filmed
28 May 2007 | by MMacG1167See all my reviews

The song that is played at the end of the show - where they show the montages of the characters switching back and forth between how they look today and in '79 - is "Broken-Hearted Me" by Anne Murray. It came out in 1979. Someone also asked if the show is shot in Philadelphia. Certainly at least some of the outside shots are, perhaps all of them. But I don't believe all of it is shot in Philadelphia - as was the case with the recent series "Hack" with David Morse. I think maybe the indoor scenes are shot in Los Angeles or wherever, but not here. I think I would have been hearing more about the show locally (I live in Philadelphia).

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