There were so many good things about this outing. I learned that Cold Case is clever -- really clever. I had completely forgotten about the mystery woman last week who showed up at PPD looking for Will. She specifically asked Lilly where she could find him and Lil even gave a "that's odd" look. I figured we wouldn't get the full story by the end of that hour, but I never imagined that it would tie in to this week's excellent outing. I love the thinking ahead and laying the groundwork for Jeffries's shooting. But this wasn't the only clever element to the episode -- I liked the "March 15, 2009... 5 minutes ago." What a great way to bring in the usual CC fare without being boxed in by the formula.
I never thought this was the end for Jeffries. I always thought that he would pull through. But, the show did find other ways to surprise me: the connection between Pops's and Jeffries, Lilly's father and her emotional response to his gift, Scotty and Frankie continuing to test the waters, and Lilly shooting the younger brother. I think the best part of this episode, though, was the emotion. There was emotion from the characters for their fallen comrade, emotion from Lilly for that gift, emotion for the loss of Pops, and emotion from every single character in the episode (even the ADA). I have been lamenting the lack of emotion in this show for the last few seasons (with the exception of a couple of episodes), so it was nice to have it back this week. CC can rip your heart out and then break it in a million pieces when it wants to and that is what makes it So. Damn. Good!
This pretty much goes without saying, but this episode lands squarely in the "win" column pushing CC to 16-0-1. Screencaps courtesy of RichE.