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In 1980, four close high school seniors make a pact to meet up in 8 years in Atlantic City as they spend those years trying to achieve their dreams. However, by 1988, none of their dreams came true and one of them ends up murdered. Lilly re-investigates the case to learn why their dreams never came to fruition, how their close friendship and their lives fell apart, and who had the motive to commit murder.

Every song in this episode is performed by Bruce Springsteen


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  • The production team later revealed that this was a rare case of the script being written around the music, instead of the other way around. When they received clearance for an all-Springsteen episode, they came up with twists and turns in the four friend's story based on the lyrics and subjects of the various songs.[1]
  • Paige Pratt and Jeff Kern's case boxes are visible when Lilly and Jeffries review Clem's case.
  • The later flashback scenes are filmed in the same music video style as the ending montages.


Bruce Springsteen music used throughout the episode.

  • "No Surrender"
  • "Bobby Jean"
  • "Brilliant Disguise"
  • "Glory Days"
  • "I'm On Fire"
  • "Drive All Night"
  • "Stolen Car"
  • "Atlantic City"
  • Closing Song: "One Step Up"


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