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When DNA evidence reveals that a man was wrongly convicted for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in 1986, the team re-opens her case in an attempt to find the real killer.


In the present, Sam Tarrance has been released from prison after DNA exonerates him from a wrongful rape-murder conviction. He tells the team that the boyfriend ID'd him because he was at the location the same time they were, picking cans from the trash for recycling money. The team reopens the 1986 murder of Eve Kendell, a 15-year-old girl who was raped and killed during a date with her boyfriend, 16-year-old Mark Adams, who was also assaulted but survived, at a popular lover's lane.

Everyone, including the surviving boyfriend, in the present thinks Rush looks "just like" the dead victim Eve. The first person interviewed by Rush and Valens is Mark, the surviving boyfriend. He's never truly gotten over his first love. He tells them that Eve was popular and got a lot of attention from men, but that it didn't bother him because he considered himself lucky to be her guy.

Vera and Jefferies visit a friend of Eve's, Wayne Larkin, who still lives in an apartment with his father, Jim. Wayne worked at the movie theater in the mall. When questioned, Wayne states that he last saw Eve at the bus stop; that Mark dropped her off at work sometimes, but Eve usually took the bus home. He tells the detectives that Mark was more serious about Eve than she was about him because she was still "looking" on the side.

Flashback shows Eve, Wayne, and Carrie at a store in the mall. Eve is trying on lipstick, Carrie is looking at clothes, and Wayne was hanging around, telling the girls he can get them in for free at the movies. An older man who noticed Eve is at the same store as them, and Eve approaches him. The guy's name is Max Tanner.

Through flashbacks, interviews, and interrogations the team discovers that Max Tanner has a thing for young teenage girls, whom he tries to cajole with pickup schemes like being in a music video. However, Max states that Eve never went with him to the Atlantic City studio though. The team also learns that Carrie was raped by Jim. Wayne would procure young teenage girls to his home, where his father would then rape them in his bedroom.

In 1986, Wayne notices Eve waiting at a bus stop and stops to talk to her. She wonders if she should tell Mark about the offer to make a video or hide her stupid actions. She then asks for a ride. Wayne tries to dissuade her by saying it's his dad's medication time soon, then offers to drive away with her to California.

In the present, Wayne remarks that after Carrie, his dad wanted a good one. Wayne could usually only get girls from the theater that he let in for free, who were 'homely'. Jim was excited when he saw Eve, but Eve called him names, ran out and threatened to call the police. Jim was furious according to Wayne, but he refuses to say more, stating his father would kill him.

Rush and the cops theorise that Wayne and Jim went out and attacked Eve and her boyfriend at Lover's Lane. Mark shows up to talk to Lilly, feeling like he's made a mess of his marriage and her relationship when he showed up at her place the other night.

Lilly goes to meet with Kite to talk things over. They break up because Kite doesn't want to live a life with a partner that is saving people at 3am, even though he finds it admirable.

Meanwhile Scotty, Vera and Jefferies go to talk with Jim. He protests that he has nothing to do with the murder and calls Wayne a liar. He insists anything to do with the girls was voluntary and calls them cows. When the cops reveal they got his DNA sample, Jim throws a bottle and claims they both should have died (Mark and Eve).

In 1986, Jim and Wayne are sitting waiting in their Green Datsun, where the witness spots them as he goes through garbage cans. Jim orders his son to kill Mark and with much reluctance, Wayne hits Mark with a bottle. Jim deals with Eve, who is screaming about Mark.

Both father and son are arrested in the present day. Mark goes back to make peace with the falsely accused and then returns to Lover's Lane. He "sees" Eve near the water's edge, giving him a wave, which he returns. The case box is filed away by Scotty and Lilly. Scotty then listens to Elisa while checking on her. He has decided leave her and gives her a dispassionate goodbye kiss on the forehead. Elisa gets sad when he leaves. Lilly lies in bed at night with Olivia curled up by her side, otherwise alone.


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  • This episode was loosely based on the 2000 murder of Krystal Dawn Steadman by Thomas Soria, Sr. and Jr. There are also elements drawn from the earliest attacks of the Zodiac Killer.
  • The episode was remade as the tenth episode of No Statute of Limitations.


  • The Hooters "And We Danced"
  • Belinda Carlisle "Mad About You"
  • Rick Springfield "Love Somebody"
  • Michael Sembello "Maniac"
  • Men Without Hats "Safety Dance"
  • The Psychedelic Furs "Pretty in Pink"
  • The Psychedelic Furs "Ghost in You"
  • Closing Song: Stevie Nicks & Don Henley "Leather and Lace"

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