Cold Case (2003–2010)
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Churchgoing People 

Lily looks into a man's murder that led to the dissolution of a religiously-involved family, but she finds something fishy about every member of the former household.


Mark Pellington


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Meredith Stiehm




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Justin Chambers ... Chris Lassing
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Isabella Hofmann ... Charlotte Bayes
John Walcutt ... Mitchell Bayes
Jimmi Simpson ... Ryan Bayes (2003)
Kerrie Keane ... Judy Enright
Douglas Smith ... Ryan Bayes (1990)
Daisy McCrackin ... Tina Bayes (2003)
Aimee Teegarden ... Tina Bayes (1990)
Kevin McCorkle ... Gil Sherman
David Forseth David Forseth ... Officer Silvan
Kelli Dawn Hancock ... Ashley


The Alzheimer's inflicted widow of a slain church organist begins having flashbacks about her husband's murder, leading Lilly to reopen the case. She is disheveled and babbling wandering the streets. Once returned home it is discovered that years ago her husband, the victim, Mitchell Baye, was found stabbed, left in an alley in a seedy part of town, surrounded by pornography and crack vials. Mitchell's widow, Charlotte Baye, remembers that she was suspicious that he was cheating on her with a fellow church member. Charlotte's son, Ryan, who is also her keeper, asks Lilly to close the investigation, and Charlotte's estranged daughter, Tina, who hasn't seen Ryan who she was so close to in years, also wishes to keep the case closed. Written by

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Release Date:

19 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Churchgoing People See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Mitchell Bayes was murdered on February 3, 1990. See more »


Detective Gil Sherman: It was a typical job during the crack era. Guy comes around looking for some company, ends up robbed and killed by the girl.
Lilly Rush: Why'd you think it was a hooker?
Detective Gil Sherman: Ever been to Kensington Avenue darling? It's hookerland.
Lilly Rush: Yeah? I grew up in Kensington.
Detective Gil Sherman: So what was he doin' there? Seein' the sights?
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Live to Tell
Written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard
Performed by Madonna
Courtesy of Sire Records
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Good Episode, With a Bit of Intrigue
17 November 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This was a rock solid episode. It had some meat on its bones in a way that the previous 3 episodes did not; while those featured stories that were somewhat predictable, this one actually felt like a good old fashioned whodunnit. It had intrigue, and I didn't know where it was going.

Where it went -- inside a seemingly ordinary churchgoing family who are hiding dark secrets -- did end up in some ridiculously melodramatic territory. But Cold Case has a knack for pulling off plots like this and making you care through its slick cinematography, smooth camera movements, period flashbacks, and great licensed music. It's not the most realistic show around, but it usually has something to say about the human condition -- this episode was no exception.

The performances were good too, especially Isabella Hofmann as a mother suffering from Alzheimer's, and the always reliable Jimmi Simpson as one of her children. The ending montage was fitting: "Live to Tell" by Madonna. Also keep an ear out for a rare un-ironic usage of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up."

Overall, a very good episode of Cold Case.

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