Lilly re-opens the 1929 case of a woman found dead in a ravine on Christmas Day when the victim's great-granddaughter comes in asking for help. Meanwhile, Lilly's estranged mother shows up, hoping to re-connect with her daughter, and telling her she's getting married... for the fourth time.
It was 1929 and vivacious, plucky Violet Polley was a promising singer and songwriter attempting to support herself. She draws the attention of affluent Nick Bartleby. Initially scoffing his attentions, his charm wins her over. The difficulty of the depression and its affect on his family's wealth had him overwhelmed. When Violet Polley shows up with the baby carriage of little Rose Polley, their love child, at the family mansion requesting assistance or marriage, she and baby were cruelly rebuffed by him. Violet is bludgeoned to death within minutes outside the Bartleby's mansion and hidden in the bushes. No one was prosecuted. At that time was a pretty theatrical lover of Nick's, Carmela LeFleur, who had come around to being more cordial to Violet. Hearing the baby Rose's cries she rushed outside, seeing no one, took her to an orphanage.
- Kathryn Morris as Lilly Rush
- Danny Pino as Scotty Valens
- John Finn as John Stillman
- Jeremy Ratchford as Nick Vera
- Thom Barry as Will Jeffries
- Tracie Thoms as Kat Miller
Special Guest StarEdit
- Tommy Dewey as Nick Bartleby (1929)
- Emily Kosloski as Carmela LeFleur (1929)
- Nick Spano as Felix Spyczyk (1929)
- Cordelia Reynolds as Ginger Swensen (1928/1929)
- Allison Miller as Violet Polley (1928/1929)
- Shelley Robertson as Lena
- H. Richard Greene as Daniel Spyczyk
- Sammi Hanratty as Muriel Bartleby (1929)
- Betty Murphy as Docent
- Jeff Newburg as Jeb Shiner (1929)
- Greg Travis as Jackie
- Josh Hopkins as ADA Jason Kite (voice only)
- Unknown infant as Rose Polley
- This is the second oldest case in the serie.
- The song 300 Flowers was composed by Michael A. Levine specifically for Cold Case, with lyrics by Liz W. Garcia.
- First appearance of Meredith Baxter as Lilly's estranged mother Ellen Rush.
- This episode is loosely based on The Great Gatsby.
- Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra "Charleston"
- Michael A. Levine "300 Flowers" [Piano Solo Version]
- Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five "Heebie Jeebies"
- "One Dress Left" performed by Allison Miller (Violet)
- "The Jazz Age" from Associated Production Music
- "After You've Gone" from Associated Production Music
- Fanny Brice "Secondhand Rose"
- Ida Cox "You Stole My Man"
- Ethel Waters "True Blue Lou"
- Closing Song: Michael A. Levine "300 Flowers" performed by Allison Miller (Violet)