The remains of a marine, seventeen year old Jimmy Tully who was thought to have gone AWOL while on shore leave back in 1951 are discovered in an an oil drum at a toxic waste dump. The detectives talk to his former comrades and learn he may have been killed trying to help a friend.
The skeleton of a body is found in an oil drum during the cleanup of an industrial waste area. It turns out the be the body of Private First Class Tully, a well-respected Marine who went AWOL the on his last night of shore leave before his ship left for the Korean War in 1951.
He had been dishonorably discharged and his family has felt that shame ever since. Tully was a minor hero to his fellow soldiers: on the afternoon of their shore leave, he won a key boxing match against the Navy who were transporting them. Rush and her team piece together Tully’s last night, revealing a young passionate man filled with integrity; that night he went barhopping with friends, defended a young Marine his superiors wanted to get rid of and fell in love with a beautiful woman.
Though there are plenty of suspects, including the rival Navy fighter, an angry local longshoreman and some of his fellow Marines, ultimately his own Sargent killed him because Tully refused to go along with a lie that would falsely discredit his fellow Marine.
- 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
- Wilson Bethel as Jimmy Tully
- Nicholas Braun as Lenny Snow (1951)
- Maria Cellario as Nora Lee (2008)
- Matthew Florida as Max Heidhorn (1951)
- Max Gail as Ray Lisi (2008)
- Richard Herd as Gene Karnow (2008)
- Rich McDonald as Hal Chaney (1951)
- Rebecca Mozo as Nora Lee (1951)
- Charles Napier as Hal Chaney (2008)
- Conny Van Dyke as Sue (2008)
- Kenneth White as Lenny Snow (2008)
- Reid Collums as Gene Karnow (1951)
- Preston James Hillier as Shore Patrol #1
- William Jones as Steve Tully
- Adam Leiphart as Ray Lisi (1951)
- Unknown actress as Sue (1951)
- Stephen Blackehart as Lt. Putnam (uncredited, deleted scene)
- Terrance Carter, Marlene Bradford and Damont Henderson's case boxes are visible when Kat Miller puts away Jimmy Tully's case box in the case room.
- This episode was loosely based on the disappearance and suspected murder of Navy ensign Andrew Lee Muns.
- Vaughn Monroe "Sound Off"
- Peggy Lee "If You Turn Me Down"
- Keely Smith and Louis Prima "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
- Melvin "Sy" Oliver "Go, Man, Go"
- Nat King Cole "Mona Lisa"
- Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats "Rocket 88"
- Closing Song: The O'Neill Brothers "Taps"