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Code Case: Schadenfreude
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episode information
Directed by Tim Matheson
Starring Kathryn Morris
John Finn
Written by Dan Dworkin
Jay Beattie
Genre Police procedural
Broadcast date 20 March 2005
Running time 60 minutes
Producer Perry Husman
featuring music by Duran Duran

Cold Case: Schadenfreude is episode 17 from season 2 of the American TV series Cold Case, directed by Tim Matheson and first aired on 20 March 2005 in the USA. The episode includes "Save A Prayer" by Duran Duran.

About the episode[]

The episode is from the American police procedural TV series Cold Case, which premiered on 23 September 2003 on CBS. The series revolves around a fictionalised Philadelphia Police Department in Pennsylvania that specialises in investigating cold cases.

Each episode of Cold Case follows a formula that begins with a flashback scene that establishes the year, sometimes the actual date in which the crime took place, as well as a set of characters in a seemingly mundane situation. These flashbacks feature a different style of direction, whether it be the colors, lighting, shading, or camera angles.

The episode's plot involve the team investigating an early 1980s murder of a surgeon's wife. The husband had been convicted of the murder and was thought to have committed it for insurance money. The couple was under financial pain as a result of the doctor being sued for malpractice after he accidentally caused the death of one of the family's best friends on his operating table. However, new evidence found on a dead junkie with a past connection to the victim causes the case to be reopened.


  • Kathryn Morris - Lilly Rush
  • John Finn - John Stillman
  • Jeremy Ratchford - Nick Vera
  • Thom Barry - Will Jeffries
  • Nicki Aycox - Christina Rush
  • Jay Bontatibus - Mike 1982
  • Anthony John Denison - Mike 2005
  • Jenny Eakes - Dianne Morre 1982
  • Andi Eystad - Melanie 1982
  • Michael Bryan French - Steve Chase 2005
  • Michael Hagerty - Steve Chase 1982
  • Brian Kimmet - Timmy 1982
  • Mary Gordon Murry - Kitty 2005
  • Linda Purl - Diane Moore 2005
  • Tahmus Rounds - Timmy 2005
  • Andrea Savage - Lindsay 1982
  • Jenna von Oy - Kitty 1982