During the last few episodes, I've found myself asking the same question over and over again: "What is this fabulous new show and what did the writers do with the old CC?" To which I usually answer the second part, "Hopefully, they've buried it in the deepest, darkest TV vault available." And that's not a knock on the old school CC. I LOVED old school CC (seasons 1 & 2 and random glimmers of old school greatness sprinkled in between the end of season 2 and the second half of this season), but the show had changed drastically and not in a good way. The second half of this season was like watching a completely different show, but with all the old lovable characters. It. Was. AWESOME!! This is why I worried that bringing back Christina was going to throw a huge damper on the momentum of the last several episodes.
I didn't want to see her again, and I knew Lilly didn't either, but the brilliance of this story line was how it forced some closure for Lil and led to the best Lilly/Scotty interaction the show has ever seen. The two of them working together off the grid had some serious ups and downs, but that's what made it so freakin' brilliant. I've always thought that Lil harbored serious resentment over Scotty sleeping with her sister (everyone is free to infer their own reason for this), so I was glad she got it out during their little screaming match on the sidewalk. His comment about having to worry about his own family was true, but harsh. Lil had put everything on the line when she lied for him regarding his personal vendetta against the man who assaulted his mom (when he was guilty!!). He didn't cut her in on his little jailhouse stunt and he didn't share it with her after (probably to spare her any responsibility), so how was she to know what he was going through after getting that guy killed? Then again, he did have his own serious stuff to worry about when Christina approached him behind Lil's back. Interesting how they fight so personally only over Chris. Old wounds, I suppose (again, infer your own meaning).
When Lil and Scotty finally found Chris, I was seriously afraid that she wasn't going to make it. I had kinda suspected that she had a little girl from the tail end of her phone conversation in the bar before Scotty arrived, but Lil certainly didn't have a clue! I did think it odd that after they got Chris out of the house, they didn't take her to a hospital. Interesting moment at the end when Scotty stopped Lil from shooting the man responsible for beating the crap out of her sister. It was his "don't make the mistake I made" moment and penance all wrapped into one. It was a powerful scene and one wrought with emotion. Lilly was a mess, but Scotty pulled her back. I think it's safe to say that he didn't just save Christina.
Both of the cases in these episodes were good. They both took a serious backseat to everything else going on, but they were strong enough and engaging enough to hold their own. The murders were so tragic and so senseless and equally sad. My one problem with both was that the respective killers seemed to come out of nowhere right at the end to surprise us, but I blame that on the cases being sacrificed for the personal stuff with Scotty and then Lilly. Therefore, I'm OK with the rushed conclusions and weaker killers/motives. Overall, two very strong outings (with the second getting the honor of the stronger of the two) and an excellent way to end the season (hopefully, only the season). Cold Case ends the year 22-0. Screen cap courtesy RichE at Kathryn Morris UK. And to see more caps from this episode, visit his all-inclusive Kathryn Morris site HERE.
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