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When a note connected to a supposed suicide is found, the team re-opens the 1994 case of a high-school kid who fell from the roof of the school building after having served detention. In 1994 the death was deemed a suicide, but the newly-found note indicates that the victim might have been fearing for his life.


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  • Oddly enough, despite numerous references to Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, no Nirvana songs are heard throughout the episode. The fifth season episode "Thrill Kill", also set in 1994, would later feature an all-Nirvana soundtrack.
    • Reportedly, the working title of the episode was "All Apologies", the name of a Nirvana song. The reason was because the episode was originally going to open with 'Smells like Teen Spirit', and end with 'All Apologies', in reference to how much the characters liked Nirvana and Cobain. However, the production team couldn't get permission to use the songs, so they had to change the episode title. Eventually, the label/rights holders changed their minds, leading to "Thrill Kill".
  • The closing song is "Landslide", originally by Fleetwood Mac, but covered here by the Smashing Pumpkins. The original Fleetwood Mac version would later be featured as the closing song for the fourth season episode "Fireflies".
  • During the closing song montage, Lilly returns Trevor's box to the files; the word 'homicide' written on the box has been crossed out, and replaced by 'accident'.
  • This episode is loosely inspired by The Breakfast Club.


  • The Offspring "Come Out and Play"
  • 8 mm "Opener"
  • Stone Temple Pilots "Vasoline"
  • AM Vibe "Tantrum"
  • Alice in Chains "No Excuses"
  • Counting Crows "Anna Begins"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins "Today"
  • Closing Song: The Smashing Pumpkins "Landslide"

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