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Crossing Jordan
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The cast
Format Crime, Drama
Created by Tim Kring
Starring Jill Hennessy
Miguel Ferrer
Ravi Kapoor
Kathryn Hahn
Steve Valentine
Jerry O'Connell
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 117
Running time 42–44 minutes
Original channel NBC
Original run September 24, 2001 (2001-09-24) – May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
External links
Official website

Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that aired on NBC from September 24, 2001 to May 16, 2007. It stars Jill Hennessy as the crime-solving medical examiner, Jordan Cavanaugh. The show uses an ensemble cast approach featuring a group of Jordan's co-workers, members of the Boston Medical Examiner's Office and police detectives assigned to the various cases. It was created by Tim Kring. The title refers to both the name of the main character and the biblical metaphor of the ancient Hebrews crossing the Jordan River, commonly used in spiritual songs to represent death and passage to the afterlife.

During the first two seasons, the series used a gimmick whereby Jordan and her retired police detective father (Ken Howard) role-play the events leading up to that week's murder, which were depicted by showing Jordan playing the part of the victim or suspect in a recreation of the scene, the idea being that such role-playing would help Jordan to figure out the circumstances of the crime, like a criminal profiler. This element of the series was mostly dropped when Howard left the series as a regular; however, there were instances of Jordan role-playing with other characters, such as Woody and Macy.

After 6 seasons and 117 episodes, on May 14, 2007, the series was canceled by NBC.[1]


Cast and characters

Season Medical Examiner Chief Medical Examiner Medical Examiner Grief Counselor Forensic Technician Senior Detective Junior Detective Family
1 Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh
(Jill Hennessy)
Dr. Garret Macy
(Miguel Ferrer)
Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijay
(Ravi Kapoor)
Dr. Trey Sanders
(Mahershalalhashbaz Ali)
Lily Lebowski
(Kathryn Hahn)
Nigel Townsend
(Steve Valentine)
Det. Woody Hoyt
(Jerry O'Connell)*
Vacant Max Cavanaugh
(Ken Howard)
2 Dr. Elaine Duchamps
(Lorraine Toussaint)
3 Dr. Peter Winslow
(Ivan Sergei)
4 Vacant Det. Woody Hoyt
(Jerry O'Connell)
5 Det. Tallulah "Lu" Simmons
(Leslie Bibb)
6 Dr. Kate Switzer
(Brooke Smith)*

* Denotes character who hasn't appeared in opening credits, yet commonly appeared on the show

Main characters

  • Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh (Jill Hennessy) – a medical examiner from Boston who solves crimes during the course of investigations. Jordan is emotionally scarred by her mother's murder when she [Jordan] was a child, indicated by significant trust issues that, until recently, severely limited her relationships with men. At the end of the sixth and final season, Jordan told Detective Hoyt that she loved him. She attended University of Massachusetts Amherst and Tufts University School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Garret Macy (Miguel Ferrer) – the Chief Medical Examiner, Jordan's boss. Macy must deal with Jordan's erratic behavior as well as his confused family (he has a teenage daughter, Abby, but is divorced from his wife) and his own personal demons (Macy is an alcoholic). Garret has an affinity for jazz. He's been known to have had romantic entanglements with grief counselor Lily Lebowski, ADA Renee Walcott, Charlie Davis, and, obviously, his one-time wife, Maggie Warner. Garret has admitted to a drinking problem, after finding out his daughter, Abby, had become addicted to heroin upon dropping out of college and becoming involved with another heroin addict.
  • Dr. Mahesh "Bug" Vijayaraghavensatyanaryanamurthy (Mahesh Vijay) (Ravi Kapoor) – a brilliant but shy forensic entomologist from Liverpool. He has feelings for Lily which, until the final episode of Season 5, were not reciprocated. In the beginning of Season 6, with the cancellation of Lily's wedding, his relationship with Lily is beginning to move forward. However, things may be complicated by Lily's unexpected pregnancy with her once to be husband, Jeffery. Bug has since taken it upon himself to make Lily move in with him and support her and the baby. In an episode called "Post Hoc", near the end of the final season, Bug disappears without a trace, to the great consternation of his colleagues. Dr. Macy makes inquiries and learns that Bug is being held incommunicado by the Department of Homeland Security, on suspicion of being a terrorist. He is finally released after an interrogation (not seen) that apparently included waterboarding, and is left deeply shaken by the experience.
  • Lily Lebowski (Kathryn Hahn) (Season 1 EP 2–8 recurring, Season 1 EP 9–Season 6 regular); the good-hearted grief counselor working in the medical examiner's office. Lily and Garret used to be romantically involved, but their developing relationship ended when Garret went back to his ex-wife for a brief period. Lily and Garret remained friends ever since. As season 2 rolled around Lily appeared to finally be over Garret only to have to deal with Bug. To complicate matters (for Bug—who’s still got feelings for Lily), the insensitive Detective Matt Seely appears to be trying to win Lily over (at times it seems he’s succeeding too). Lily’s mother died in April 2005 after being run down by a car. Bug thought Lily was adopted because her blood type differed from her newly deceased mother. Garret recently revealed the woman Lily thought to be her mother was really her aunt. In "Mysterious Ways", she tendered her resignation and accepted her boyfriend's marriage proposal. She eventually canceled the wedding (because she finally realized her feelings for Bug). Soon after, Lily received the surprising news that she was pregnant with Jeffery's baby, Madeleine. At the end of season 6, she moved in with Bug, after he wanted her and the baby to live with him.
  • Dr. Nigel Townsend (Steve Valentine) (Season 1 EP 1–9 recurring, Season 1 EP 10–Season 6 regular); a wise-cracking British criminologist with leftist politics and an ambiguous personal life. He claimed to like girls ("Digger"), and had a girlfriend ("Forget Me Not"), yet there was some speculation that he might be bisexual. Often known for his dry humor and knowledge of everything from coffee to textiles. Nigel ran away from the Royal Navy, where he was a counter-intelligence officer. Nigel is sometimes thought to have feelings for Jordan, because of willingness to do whatever she asks despite the possibility of his losing his job as consequence. He was also not on speaking terms with his father, who still lives in England, until some time before the episode "Murder in the Rue Morgue", in which he mentioned to Jordan he was glad he and his father are back in touch and he regrets having had no contact with him for so long. Relations with his father continue to be very rocky, however. In one episode early into the series it was mentioned that he had a tattoo of Betty Boop on his left buttock, but this was never later confirmed or denied. He is known for his technical savvy, and his use of the computer often leads to important clues.
  • Detective Woody Hoyt (Jerry O'Connell) (Seasons 1–3 recurring, 4–6 regular) – a police detective from Wisconsin who often works with Jordan on her cases. Woody is also known to harbor romantic feelings for Jordan, who resists, preferring friendship because she believes it to be safer. On Jordan's birthday ("Embraceable You", Season 4), Woody gave her a diamond ring, a gesture that, according to Nigel, shows that Woody wants more from their relationship, but Jordan declined the ring. Premiered in the episode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time", he became a regular in Season 4. On the final episode of Season 4 ("Jump Push Fall"), Woody was shot by a cop killer and nearly died in the hospital, an event that prompted Jordan to confess her love. Many fans considered this a big step in the right direction for their relationship, but a recovering Woody turned her down, believing her declaration of romantic feelings to be motivated by pity. When a case took him to Las Vegas, he started a flirtatious relationship with Sam Marquez (from sibling TV series Las Vegas). Based on events which happened in Season 4 episode of Las Vegas "History of Violins", the relationship seems to be off although he was apparently invited by Sam to Delinda Deline's wedding. He has a younger brother, Calvin (played by O'Connell's real-life brother Charlie O'Connell), a recovering alcohol and drug addict always getting into trouble.

Former characters

  • Max Cavanaugh (Ken Howard) (Season 1–3, Recurring Season 4); Jordan's father, an ex-cop-turned-bar-owner, who disappeared in the finale of Season 3 and reappeared in the episode "It Happened One Night." Ken Howard's appearance in the show was changed from regular cast to guest star.
  • Dr. Trey Sanders (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali) (Season 1) – a rather conservative medical examiner working on a grant, who left after the first season. Although his departure was not explained, it was assumed his grant either expired or was completed, and he had simply left for other work.
  • Dr. Elaine Duchamps (Lorraine Toussaint) (Season 2) – a medical examiner who joined the team in Season 2, often butting heads with Jordan and Garret as it appeared she was there to take over management of the Coroner's office from Macy. After finally developing a good working relationship with the staff, she died of E. coli in the episode "Perfect Storm", after saving Peter's life.
  • Dr. Peter Winslow (Ivan Sergei) (Season 1 one episode – Season 2 recurring, Season 3 Regular) – a recovering drug addict medical examiner who appeared in Seasons 2 and 3 and simply disappeared without explanation. Nigel makes a reference to Peter covering his shift in Thin Ice. So we can assume he's still on the payroll...suggesting Peter Winslow never left his job at the morgue and has simply been unseen for the last few seasons.
  • Detective Tallulah "Lu" Simmons (Leslie Bibb) (Season 5 regular; Season 6 recurring) – first appeared in Season 5, when she was assigned to work with Detective Hoyt on some of the psychological issues he endured while serving on the force. Since then, Lu became a frequent collaborator with the ME's office on cases and struck up a relationship with Hoyt; it's unknown how she dealt with Woody's long distance relationship with Sam Marquez. In the episode "33 Bullets" (6x03), she was killed after being shot during a Boston riot.

Recurring characters

  • DA Renee Walcott (Susan Gibney) – the district attorney who constantly clashed with Jordan. She also had a romantic relationship with Garret Macy, but it ended when she had an affair with her ex-husband and became pregnant (coinciding with Gibney's real-life pregnancy). She returned later in Season 4.
  • Det. Matt Seely (David Monahan) – a somewhat misogynistic detective who is the son of a newspaper mogul. He has the tendency to be insensitive and not to think before he speaks, subsequently annoying the characters in the show. He had shown particular interest in Lily Lebowski, and the relationship was being tentatively explored, but Seely was seen less and less in season 5, as Lily's relationship with Brandau grew (coinciding with another project Monahan was working on).
  • Doctor Howard Stiles (Wallace Shawn) – the resident psychiatrist who checks up on everyone's sanity from time to time (usually once every season), especially Jordan's. He flirts with Jordan, but seems to understand her commitment and abandonment issues very well, and is extremely gentle when counseling her.
  • Det. Roz Framus (Sandra Bernhard) – a recent acquisition to the recurring character list. She calls Bug "Buggles", which Bug hates, and often teases him for being a "Trekkie" and about him previously owning "Spock ears".
  • Emmy (Emy Coligado) – works as an assistant in the Medical Examiner's office. Emy has appeared in over 20 episodes of the show, starting with "Born to Run," the fourth episode of the first season.
  • ADA Jeffrey Brandau (Ethan Sandler) – a new member (as of Season 5) of the DA's office who began a romantic relationship with Lily, creating a love triangle of sorts between the two of them and Bug. Lily leaves him at the altar when she finally realizes she has feelings for Bug. He asks her to marry him again after he finds out that she's pregnant with his daughter, Madeleine, but she refuses.
  • Kate Switzer (Brooke Smith) – a new medical examiner, and the latest in a long line of antagonists to join the rest of the team in the morgue. Though she has learned to work better with her colleagues, her relationships with the staff, especially Jordan and Garret, remain strained at best. Although they tend to annoy each other, she sometimes appears to have feelings for Nigel. She has a Dandy Dinmont Terrier named Binky, and often threatens to feed people's kidneys to him.
  • James Horton (Michael T. Weiss) – James is Jordan’s half-brother. He is six years older than Jordan. Their mother had an affair with another police officer—Detective Malden. Max gave up James, and James was a criminal—his fingerprint was found at the scene of Jordan's mother's death. He is presumed dead after he jumped into the Charleston River, though his body was never recovered.
  • Dr. Devan Maguire (Jennifer Finnigan) (recurring role) – a pathology resident who appeared in 10 episodes, including one in which Jordan did not appear. Though she and Jordan butted heads and often gave the impression they didn’t like each other, Devan considered Jordan her friend. Devan was just beginning to develop a close relationship with Woody when she apparently died in a plane crash between Washington D.C. and Boston in the episode "Fire From the Sky."
  • Detective Annie Capra (Arija Bareikis) (recurring role) – a female detective partnered with Woody throughout Season 3.
  • Abby Macy (Alex McKenna (Recurring role)—Dr. Garret Macy's daughter, who became addicted to heroin upon dropping out of college and becoming involved with a heroin dealer.
  • Dr. Sidney Trumaine (Eugene Byrd) (recurring role) – a new medical examiner who clashed with Bug over power issues. Sidney also disappeared after Season 5's opener "There’s No Place Like Home II." Like Peter above, his name has been mentioned, leading to the assumption he is still working, albeit unseen, at the morgue.
  • J.D. Pollack (Charles Mesure) (recurring role) – a sometimes oily reporter who dated Jordan early in Season 5. Their relationship, which had at first mostly just been sexual, got serious enough that J.D. considered proposing, but things were off after Jordan slept with Woody in the episode "Loves Me Not." J.D. was found murdered at the end of Season 5.
  • William Ivers (Jeffrey Donovan) (recurring role) – a creepily charming attorney hired in Season 6 by the governor's office to investigate any questionable behavior within the morgue, aiming directly at Macy, although Jordan was a brief potential suspect. He disappointingly finds nothing wrong and later targets the morgue's current spending as an open door to major disaster, enforcing a new, strict budget depriving the morgue of much-needed equipment. This loss causes many problems in two important cases (Night of The Living Dead (6x06) and, especially, Isolation (6x08)), with the latter resulting in the new budget being revoked and Ivers' exit. He briefly returns in Dead Again (6x15), teaming up with Jordan when a woman presumed murdered from a case Ivers was prosecuting attorney 6 years prior somehow ends up dead in the morgue.
  • Det. Lois Carver (Amy Aquino) – a no-nonsense detective seen throughout season 1. She doesn't appear as frequently in season 2, is not seen at all in season 3, and only appears in two season 4 episodes ("Deja Past" and "Necessary risks").
  • Det. Eddie Winslow (DW Moffet) (Season 1) – This detective first appeared in early season 1, and it was clear that there was tension between him and Jordan. Gradually we find out why – Winslow was Max Cavanaugh's last partner on the force, who "ratted him out" leading to Max being kicked off the force. Eventually both Max and Jordan make their peace with Eddie, and he was set to be a strong character. Then he kind of tapered off near the end of Season 1.

Minor characters

  • D.A. Jay Myers (Brian Stokes Mitchell) – a district attorney whom Jordan briefly becomes involved with in Season 1. He first appears in "For Harry, With Love and Squalor" (1x19) in Max's bar as Jordan questions her love life & begins a (mainly) sexual relationship with him, not knowing his name or who he really is (and vice versa) until Jordan (as a witness) is questioned by Myers during trial. He reappears in "Someone to Count On" (1x21), as he comes asking for Jordan's help in prosecuting a 14 year old girl suspected of killing her mother.
  • Herman Redding (Jack Laufer) – an institutionalized triple-murderer who claimed to have knowledge of who killed Emily Cavanaugh, despite the fact that Emily had long since left the Hospital by the time he was transferred to. Redding left clue after clue about Emily for Jordan in "Secrets & Lies, Pt 1" (1x22), while investigating a series of murders staged to look like suicide, including an envelope with the same phantom fingerprint found in the original investigation. He later breaks his silence (after 10 years) to make a deal with Jordan. Get him out of there and prove his innocence in exchange for what Jordan wants from him.
  • Det. Luisa Santana (Camille Guaty) – a rising detective in the Boston Police Department who appears in the episode "Blue Moon" and again briefly in "Family Affair." Presumably, she is still with the force.
  • Oliver Titleman (Brian Kimmet) – a self-imagined forensics prodigy who fascinates himself with creating the perfect murder and stages elaborate killings to deceive the investigators. He has an unusual obsession with personally beating Dr. Macy at his own game. Oliver appears in episodes "Devil May Care" and "There's No Place Like Home II."
  • Calvin "Cal" Hoyt (Charlie O'Connell) – Woody's younger brother. He is first seen in the "Sunset Division" spinoff episode (2x20). Cal is reintroduced mid-way into season 4, with a backstory that paints him as a very charming, but equally troubled young man with a history of drug abuse, among other things, frequently saddling Woody with the responsibility. Cal not-so-coincidentally shows up in "Skin and Bone" (4x16), just as a mass grave full of mobsters is uncovered.
  • Arlene Lebowski (Lesley Ann Warren) – Lily's adoptive mother. She first appears in "Don't Look Back" (2x08), as it is apparent that she and Lily do not have the best of relationships. Arlene reappears in "Locard's Exchange" (4x17), visiting Lily yet again, but the visit is short-lived as Lily orders her out of her life and moments later, she is mortally wounded in a hit-and-run. As a result, Lily turns over a new leaf, even petitioning the justice system to make sure that the person who hit Arlene, a woman who believed she was her husband's mistress, gets due justice.
  • Det. Elliot Chandler (Boris Kodjoe) – A new detective who pops up for 2 episodes in Season 6.

Guest stars

Show information

Crossing Jordan premiered in 2001 on NBC; originally scheduled to debut on September 11, its launch was pushed back due to the terrorist attacks on that date. It has aired on Monday, Friday and then Sunday, its air date throughout the 2005–2006 season. For the 2006–2007 season, NBC had planned to move it back to Fridays at 8 pm beginning in October but replaced it with 1 vs. 100. NBC claimed that Crossing Jordan was such a strong show that it could be used anywhere in the schedule, yet only ordered 17 new shows for the new season, instead of the standard 22 or 23 shows that would constitute a "full" season order. NBC returned the show to its original time slot of 10 pm on Sundays starting on January 14, 2007, but changed to Wednesdays at 9 pm as of March 7, 2007.

The scientific aspects of the show are comparable to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, but come with a rock and roll sensibility owing to Jordan's psychological Sturm und Drang. The show is also less graphic than the CSI shows, and more character-driven.

In the first season, Hennessy was the only cast member to be shown in the opening credits, which featured a rewritten version of Bad Haggis' "REELS Part Two: My Love is In America" (from the CD "Trip") performed by bagpiper Eric Rigler. Starting with the second season, the show adopted more clinical credits where all of the major players were pictured, along with a more rock-like, less Irish-sounding opening theme.

The show was put on hiatus for the 2003–2004 season to accommodate Hennessy's real-life pregnancy, not returning to the airwaves until March 9, 2004. The previous cliffhanger plotline was dropped in a new episode, which featured a humorous subplot that paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Rear Window.

Crossing Jordan was created by Tim Kring and was produced by Tailwind Productions in association with NBC Universal. Singer-songwriter duo Wendy and Lisa scored the music for the show. Eric Rigler's pipes and whistles can be heard in most episodes.

The inability of NBC to secure music rights has prevented the show, which relies heavily on pop music in its soundtrack, from being released on DVD. However on the blog, it was announced that this problem may soon be resolved.[2]

The show was cancelled on May 14, 2007, after finishing the sixth season. Reruns air on A&E Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Las Vegas crossover

Crossing Jordan is set in the same fictional universe as fellow NBC series Las Vegas. In the Season 4 episode "What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston", a case takes Jordan and Woody to Las Vegas, where Woody got very well-acquainted with Montecito's host Sam Marquez (Vanessa Marcil), and the long-distance relationship lasted for a while. O'Connell appeared in five episodes of Las Vegas. Vanessa Marcil also appeared as Sam in two Crossing Jordan episodes.

Episode list

Season 1: 2001–2002

  • 1. [1–01] Pilot (September 24, 2001)
  • 2. [1-02] The Dawn of a New Day (October 1, 2001)
  • 3. [1-03] The Ties That Bind (October 8, 2001)
  • 4. [1-04] Born to Run (October 15, 2001)
  • 5. [1-05] You Can't Go Home Again (October 22, 2001)
  • 6. [1-06] Believers (October 29, 2001)
  • 7. [1-07] Sight Unseen (November 12, 2001)
  • 8. [1-08] Digger (1) (November 19, 2001)
  • 9. [1-09] Digger (2) (November 26, 2001)
  • 10. [1–10] Blue Christmas (December 10, 2001)
  • 11. [1–11] Wrong Place, Wrong Time (January 7, 2002)
  • 12. [1–12] Blood Relatives (January 14, 2002)
  • 13. [1–13] Miracles & Wonders (January 21, 2002)
  • 14. [1–14] Four Fathers (January 28, 2002)
  • 15. [1–15] Acts of Mercy (February 4, 2002)
  • 16. [1–16] Lost and Found (February 25, 2002)
  • 17. [1–17] Crime & Punishment (March 4, 2002)
  • 18. [1–18] With Honor (March 18, 2002)
  • 19. [1–19] For Harry, with Love and Squalor (April 8, 2002)
  • 20. [1–20] The Gift of Life (April 15, 2002)
  • 21. [1–21] Someone to Count On (April 29, 2002)
  • 22. [1–22] Secrets & Lies (1) (May 6, 2002)
  • 23. [1–23] Secrets & Lies (2) (May 13, 2002)

Season 2: 2002–2003

  • 24. [2–01] There's No Place Like Home (September 23, 2002)
  • 25. [2-02] Bombs Away (September 30, 2002)
  • 26. [2-03] The Truth Is Out There (October 7, 2002)
  • 27. [2-04] Pay Back (October 14, 2002)
  • 28. [2-05] As If by Fate (October 21, 2002)
  • 29. [2-06] One Twelve (November 11, 2002)
  • 30. [2-07] Scared Straight (November 18, 2002)
  • 31. [2-08] Don't Look Back (December 2, 2002)
  • 32. [2-09] Prisoner Exchange (December 9, 2002)
  • 33. [2–10] Ockham's Razor (January 6, 2003)
  • 34. [2–11] Family Ties (January 13, 2003)
  • 35. [2–12] Perfect Storm (January 27, 2003)
  • 36. [2–13] Strangled (February 3, 2003)
  • 37. [2–14] Wild Card (February 10, 2003)
  • 38. [2–15] John Doe (February 24, 2003)
  • 39. [2–16] Conspiracy (March 17, 2003)
  • 40. [2–17] Cruel and Unusual (March 31, 2003)
  • 41. [2–18] Fire and Ice (April 7, 2003)
  • 42. [2–19] Dead Wives Club (April 14, 2003)
  • 43. [2–20] Sunset Division (April 21, 2003)
  • 44. [2–21] Pandora's Trunk (1) (April 28, 2003)
  • 45. [2–22] Pandora's Trunk (2) (May 5, 2003)

Season 3: 2004

  • 46. [3–01] Devil May Care (March 7, 2004)
  • 47. [3-02] Slam Dunk (March 12, 2004)
  • 48. [3-03] 'Til Death Do Us Part (March 14, 2004)
  • 49. [3-04] Is That Plutonium in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me? (March 19, 2004)
  • 50. [3-05] Dead or Alive (March 21, 2004)
  • 51. [3-06] Second Chances (March 28, 2004)
  • 52. [3-07] Missing Pieces (April 4, 2004)
  • 53. [3-08] Most Likely (April 18, 2004)
  • 54. [3-09] All the News Fit to Print (April 25, 2004)
  • 55. [3–10] Revealed (May 9, 2004)
  • 56. [3–11] He Said, She Said (May 16, 2004)
  • 57. [3–12] Dead in the Water (May 23, 2004)
  • 58. [3–13] Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? (June 6, 2004)

Season 4: 2004–2005

  • 59. [4–01] After Dark (September 26, 2004)
  • 60. [4-02] Out of Sight (October 3, 2004)
  • 61. [4-03] Intruded (October 10, 2004)
  • 62. [4-04] Deja Past (October 17, 2004)
  • 63. [4-05] Justice Delayed (October 24, 2004)
  • 64. [4-06] Blue Moon (October 31, 2004)
  • 65. [4-07] What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston (November 7, 2004)
  • 66. [4-08] Fire from the Sky (November 14, 2004)
  • 67. [4-09] Necessary Risks (November 21, 2004)
  • 68. [4–10] A Stranger Among Us (January 2, 2005)
  • 69. [4–11] Murder in the Rue Morgue (January 9, 2005)
  • 70. [4–12] Family Affair (January 30, 2005)
  • 71. [4–13] You Really Got Me (February 13, 2005)
  • 72. [4–14] Gray Murders (March 13, 2005)
  • 73. [4–15] It Happened One Night (March 20, 2005)
  • 74. [4–16] Skin and Bone (March 27, 2005)
  • 75. [4–17] Locard's Exchange (April 10, 2005)
  • 76. [4–18] Sanctuary (April 24, 2005)
  • 77. [4–19] Embraceable You (May 1, 2005)
  • 78. [4–20] Forget Me Not (May 8, 2005)
  • 79. [4–21] Jump Push Fall (May 15, 2005)

Season 5: 2005–2006

  • 80. [5–01] There's No Place Like Home II (September 25, 2005)
  • 81. [5-02] Luck Be a Lady (October 2, 2005)
  • 82. [5-03] Under the Weather (October 9, 2005)
  • 83. [5-04] Judgement Day (October 16, 2005)
  • 84. [5-05] Enlightenment (October 23, 2005)
  • 85. [5-06] Total Recall (October 30, 2005)
  • 86. [5-07] Road Kill (November 27, 2005)
  • 87. [5-08] A Man in Blue (December 4, 2005)
  • 88. [5-09] Death Goes on (December 11, 2005)
  • 89. [5–10] Loves Me Not (January 8, 2006)
  • 90. [5–11] The Elephant in the Room (January 15, 2006)
  • 91. [5–12] Code of Ethics (January 22, 2006)
  • 92. [5–13] Dreamland (January 29, 2006)
  • 93. [5–14] Death Toll (March 12, 2006)
  • 94. [5–15] Blame Game (March 19, 2006)
  • 95. [5–16] Someone to Watch Over Me (March 26, 2006)
  • 96. [5–17] Save Me (April 9, 2006)
  • 97. [5–18] Thin Ice (April 16, 2006)
  • 98. [5–19] Mysterious Ways (April 23, 2006)
  • 99. [5–20] Mace vs. Scalpel (April 30, 2006)
  • 100. [5–21] Don't Leave Me This Way (May 7, 2006)

Season 6: 2007

  • 101. [6–01] Retribution (January 14, 2007)
  • 102. [6-02] Shattered (January 21, 2007)
  • 103. [6-03] 33 Bullets (January 28, 2007)
  • 104. [6-04] Crazy Little Thing Called Love (February 11, 2007)
  • 105. [6-05] Mr. Little and Mr. Big (February 18, 2007)
  • 106. [6-06] Night of the Living Dead (February 25, 2007)
  • 107. [6-07] Hubris (March 7, 2007)
  • 108. [6-08] Isolation (March 14, 2007)
  • 109. [6-09] Seven Feet Under (March 21, 2007)
  • 110. [6–10] Fall From Grace (March 28, 2007)
  • 111. [6–11] Faith (April 4, 2007)
  • 112. [6–12] Sleeping Beauty (April 11, 2007)
  • 113. [6–13] Post Hoc (April 18, 2007)
  • 114. [6–14] In Sickness & In Health (April 25, 2007)
  • 115. [6–15] Dead Again (May 2, 2007)
  • 116. [6–16] D.O.A. (May 9, 2007)
  • 117. [6–17] Crash (May 16, 2007)

2006–2007 season

Ratings per episode

  • [6-01] "Retribution": 6.8 million viewers
  • [6-02] "Shattered": 7.6 million viewers
  • [6-03] "33 Bullets": 7.9 million viewers (41st place)
  • [6-04] "Crazy Little Thing Called Love": 8.1 million viewers
  • [6-05] "Mr. Little and Mr. Big": 7.0 million viewers (65th place)
  • [6-06] "Night of the Living Dead": 6.7 million viewers
  • [6-07] "Hubris": 8.0 million viewers
  • [6-08] "Isolation": 7.4 million viewers
  • [6-09] "Seven Feet Under": 6.1 million viewers
  • [6–10] "Fall From Grace": 7.0 million viewers
  • [6–11] "Faith": 7.6 million viewers
  • [6–12] "Sleeping Beauty": 6.2 million viewers
  • [6–13] "Post Hoc": 6.9 million viewers
  • [6–14] "In Sickness & In Health": 6.4 million viewers
  • [6–15] "Dead Again": 5.9 million viewers
  • [6–16] "D.O.A.": 5.3 million viewers
  • [6–17] "Crash": 6.4 million viewers

Originally, the show was going to appear on Sunday nights after the football season ended in January, but it was then scheduled to premiere on October 20, 2006 and to be on Friday nights with Medium being put into the after-football Sunday night slot. It was scheduled to air at 8 pm Eastern/Pacific and 7 pm Central/Mountain, but NBC decided to avoid showing scripted programming at that hour. The season premiere was preempted in favor of 1 vs. 100, a game show hosted by Bob Saget.[3] The season premiere ran on January 14, 2007 at 10 pm Eastern/Pacific and 9pm Central. A crossover episode of Las Vegas in which the Crossing Jordan cast appears was aired on November 17, 2006. Beginning March 7, 2007, the show moved to a new time slot, Wednesday 9/8C.

Series finale

Originally, the finale for the sixth season was promoted as a cliff-hanger. A plane crash which left all of the main characters (with the exception of Lily) stranded atop a mountain with little hope of being discovered was reported to end with no resolution, as the story would pick up at the onset of a subsequent season. But, once NBC decided against renewing Crossing Jordan for a seventh year, fans were treated to a different ending. Medical examiner Jordan ultimately confronted her held-in feelings for police detective Woody and finally professed her love. Furthermore, all of the characters were rescued in the final moments of the series. The ending provided fuel to rumors that producers recorded two endings to the finale: one in case the series would be renewed, and another in case the series would not be.

DVD release

On May 6, 2008, Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the first season of Crossing Jordan on DVD in Region 1.

DVD name Release date Ep # Additional information
The Complete First Season May 6, 2008 23
  • Featurette: A Conversation With Tim Kring and Allan Arkush
  • Featurette: Jill Hennessy and Allan Arkush talk about Jordan
  • Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes


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From Wikiquote

Crossing Jordan (2001–) is a U.S. television crime-drama series that airs on NBC. It stars Jill Hennessy as a crime-solving medical examiner. The show uses an ensemble-cast approach featuring a group of Jordan's co-workers, members of the Boston Medical Examiner's Office, and police detectives assigned to the various cases. It was created by Tim Kring.


Season 1

Pilot [1.1]

Jordan:: Truth is, I don't care if I die, that's my whole problem, that's what the shrinks told me when I was fifteen.

Garret: [giving a speech to college students] You want my career advice? Because here it is: Don't follow your father's footsteps, don't follow in anybody's footsteps. Don't become a doctor just because your mother wants you to be a doctor or because your father never once said he loved you in your whole lousy life. I don't care. Take that and go do something noble. Go be an artist…be a poet. Do you understand the courage it takes to become a poet? Find something beautiful in life even if it's just for a moment. Something that tells you you're alive. And it's gonna be okay. Anyone have any questions about that?...Don't forget what I said.

Max:: Jordan, you can't go through life poking everyone but God in the eye!

Garret:: Five jobs in four years, that's impressive.
Jordan:: You know me, short attention span.

Jordan:: I had this guy's brain in my hand, so I couldn't very well punch him, right?

The Dawn of a New Day [1.2]

Max:: Thirty-eight years on the force I learned one thing, it's easy to kill someone, it's hard to live with it.

Jordan:: I wanna find out what my corpse's license plate was doing on your corpse's ass.

Garret:: That means you're a pain in the ass. And I say that with love. The good news is it's not too late to change. You don't have to be an obnoxious driven zealot your whole life.
Jordan: Again said with love right?

The Ties That Bind [1.3]

Earl:: They were sinning father, in GOD's house, but I didn't kill her I saved her. I held her heart in my hand, and she was redeemed. She's with GOD now.

Trey:: Wanna go grab some coffee, its not like shes going any where?
Jordan:: Is that suppose to be funny?
Trey:: Nah, I'm just saying.
Jordan:: Look this might be some kind of joke to you, but someone butchered her, she could be somebody's daughter, somebody's mother.

Jordan:: Still pissed about the DNA kits.
Garret:: No, no you got lucky. You're buried deep in the rubble of the earthquake of my day.

Jordan:: It's a little early for sphincter level 10 Garrett, even for you.

Born to Run [1.4]

Abby:: My history teacher caught me and this guy messing around in the supply closet... They're making a really big deal out of it...
Garrett:: What do you mean 'messing around'?

You Can't Go Home Again [1.5]

Garret:: Let me ask you a question. What did you want for your birthday when you were 17?
Lily:: Boobs.

Jordan:: I want the truth. That's all.
Detective Winslow:: Fine be prepared to live with it.

Believers [1.6]

Jordan:: She had all these drugs in her system?
Nigel:: Xanax and Prozac and Valium…oh my.

Sight Unseen [1.7]

Jordan:: Are you beepable, I just have to go somewhere first.
Howard:: I'll keep it on vibrate.

Max:: Jordan you remember what we said, if there's any danger, we call the police.
Jordan:: It's a van full of laundry, how dangerous can it be?!?

Howard:: [to Garret] Don't be so hard on yourself, you're a little.

Howard:: Lack of social skills, an inability to express emotion, Dr. Cavanaugh professionally I'm concerned.
Jordan:: Really?
Howard:: Concerned and turned on. [Jordan throws a ball of paper at him!]

Howard:: Did you know there were 18,000 cases of clinical depression in Boston last year, how depressing is that!
Jordan:: Too bad I wasn't here, could have made it 18,001.

Jordan:: Garret have you gotten any recently?
Garret:: Pardon me?
Jordan:: You heard me. How long has it been?
Garret:: We are not having this conversation.

Garret:: Whether on not I have been getting any lately is none of your business and there are more important things to do around her than discuss my sex life.
Jordan:: Yeah, but they're not as much fun!

Trey:: Did you hear that?
Garret:: The guy's got the touch.
Bug:: It's gotta be the accent.
Trey:: That guy can shovel it with the best of them.

Digger, Part I [1.8]

Jordan: [to Nigel] I'd say the chances of that can be expressed mathematically as.... diddly over squat.

Jordan:: Geek free version please.

Adam:: You're gonna get us killed.
Jordan:: But we're having fun, and that's the important thing, right?

Digger, Part II [1.9]

Nigel:: Oh blushing bride of mine.

Bug:: Someone finally dropped a house on her.

Agent Hailey:: I will tell you one thing about you.
Jordan:: Oh, bring it on, G-Man.
Agent Hailey:: You're cranky when you haven't slept.

Blue Christmas [1.10]

Max:: Something you'll learn eventually, what's right isn't necessarily the truth.

Jordan:: You rock my world Nige.

Dr. Macy:: I wanna know exactly how this guy died.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time [1.11]

Lily:: I always fall for durmers.

Dr. Macy:: Why would you want to have sex 6 times in one day? I mean, come on, we're people not bunnies.
Lily:: Dr. Macy said, "bunnies".

Blood Relatives [1.12]

Max:: Rough one huh?
Jordan:: Yeah.
Max:: I know you Jordan. When you become monosyllabic you've got a serious problem.

Nigel:: We requisitioned a $5,000 stab-me Sammy doll just for these occasions. But for financial reasons we'll be using this lovely ripened honey dew!

Lily:: …I really need to know what you want.
Garret:: You want to know what I want. [he kisses her]
Lily:: Ok, that works for me.

Max:: All I wanted to do is hold your hand and be there for you.
Jordan:: That sounds pretty good right now.
Max:: That I can do.

Miracles & Wonders [1.13]

Max:: What do you think of this place?
Jordan:: It's big... old... empty...
Max:: Well, I bought it!
Jordan:: What! How did you pay for it?
Max:: I scrapped some money together...
Jordan:: How?
Max:: Well... I got a nice severance package when I left the force... and I had some money put away for you...
Jordan:: I have an inheritance?
Max:: You don't now!

Jordan:: Look, I happen to believe in science. Science is my friend. Science doesn't let me down.

Four Fathers [1.14]

Jordan:: When someone goes messing with my Dad, suddenly my ethics go right out the window.
Blackie:: You're bluffing.
Jordan:: Try me.

Lily:: I want to work here because I'm good at my job. Not because you like my…baked goods.

Acts of Mercy [1.15]

Network Guy:: You don't think Noah Wyle wore a regular coat, do you?
Nigel:: Noah who?

Lost and Found [1.16]

Det. Winslow:: You looked good holding that baby, maybe you should think about popping one out.
Jordan:: Yeah or maybe I should pop my foot up your ass.

Garret:: We're communicating.
Jordan:: Vertically or horizontally?

Crime and Punishment [1.17]

Jordan: Woody.
Woody: Doc. Stuck together again. Must be karma, huh?
Jordan: Either that or you keep telling dispatch to request me.

Nigel: [singsong] Jordan's got a boyfriend.
Jordan: Oh, you wanna yank on my pigtails too, Nige? 'Cause I got cheerleading practice.
Nigel: Come on, that sweet country innocence. Those sparkling blue eyes.
Jordan: I would chew him up, and spit him out.
Nigel: Now that sounds like fun!

[Jordan wakes Woody at his office desk.]
Jordan: Woody. Time for school.
Woody: Five more minutes, mama.
Jordan: Mama? I haven't heard that one in a while.

Woody: S-triple X-tc dot com. Gee, I was expecting something--
Jordan: Dirtier? Welcome to the new millennium Wood. White collar meets spiked collar.

Woody: Traditionally when you invite someone over for dinner, you're supposed to do the cooking.
Jordan: Fine. Then you come over here and write the bait to these two sickos.
Woody: Putting yourself out there to lure these guys from behind their computers. I don't know how you talked me into this.
Jordan: Because you failed to come up with a better plan.

Jordan: I think I'm starting to rub off on you farmboy.

Jordan: Thanks for dinner. Uh, and for letting me talk you into another hare-brained scheme.

Woody: I'm not going to put you in a situation where you are in danger.
Jordan: I can take care of myself, cowboy.

Woody: Was she always this way?
Max: Always.

Woody: Hot damn! Woah! I-I-I-I, mean, you have a very lovely daughter, Mr. Cavanaugh. Very smart.

Jordan: There is no why. People are sick, end of story. Sweep it under the rug. Move on.
Woody: Wouldn't it be great if you actually believed that?

With Honor [1.18]

Garret:: I'm probably making the biggest mistake of my life!
Lily:: Well, there's no argument there.

Bug:: What a waste, huh?
Lily:: Um, yeah, he was so young.
Bug:: I'm talking about the suit, three G's easy…

Jordan:: Name's Cavanaugh.
Pt. Neal:: Yeah, you my new therapist?
Jordan:: Nope, you better hope not…

Garret:: …The little guy in the green threads, what was his name?
Carver:: Chill.
Garret:: Perverted little leprechaun, rubbed me the wrong way.

Garret:: Spread 'm Nigel!
Nigel:: I'd rather not.
Garret:: Is that bruising there where the sun don't shine?
Nigel:: Uh-uh!
Garret:: I don't know how I missed it. That's from the barrel of a 45. Talk about hiding the evidence.
Nigel:: Ouch!

Jordan:: …Would you ever do it? Just walk away from everything, start fresh?
Diaz:: No ma'am, taking off isn't my style. How ‘bout yourself?
Jordan:: Oh, I'm famous for it, jobs, friends, the occasional man. It's probably why I was interested in this case.
Diaz:: And all this time I thought it was cause of me.

Jordan:: Truce?
Garret:: It's against my better judgment!
Jordan:: Don't worry it takes time for the venom to recharge!

Garret:: …When did everything get so complicated?
Jordan:: Gosh, I don't know, maybe when you started seeing two women?

For Harry, with Love and Squalor [1.19]

Jordan:: How come we never had the sex talk?
Max:: [puts down the box of bottles] The what?
Jordan:: The sex talk. The birds and the bees.
Max:: Jeez Jordan. It's a little late for that, don't you think?

The Gift of Life [1.20]

Lily:: They took his lungs, his liver, and a kidney.
Bug:: And all he got was a lousy t-shirt.

Bug:: Bring on the marmalade. He's already toast.

Macy:: [holding up a stethoscope] You still talk to God through this thing?
Jordan:: Nar, we e-mail now.

Bug:: You might want to tread lightly, Lily.
Lily:: I tried that. Now I'm strapping on the stillettos.

Someone to Count On [1.21]

Lily:: Detective Wood, right?
Woodie:: Yeah, Woody.
Lily:: Woody, huh?

Jordan:: Bug, you rock.
Bug:: Yeah, I know.

Woody:: The District Attorney is having my ass for dinner and as tasty as that may seem it doesn't leave me much to sit on.

Secrets & Lies, Part I [1.22]

Woody:: I don't get it! What's a nice young sweet girl like Lily doing hanging around with a bunch of dead bodies all day long?
Jordan:: As opposed to a bitter old messed up broad like me?

Maggie:: I'm late.
Garrett:: Late.
Maggie:: Yeah.
Garrett:: How late?
Maggie:: Two weeks..and counting.
Garrett:: Is there any chance that it's just not coming back?
Maggie:: Nooo. But thanks for that.

Secrets & Lies, Part II [1.23]

Woody:: I know that look.
Jordan:: What's that?
Woody:: The let me see if I can slam my head against this wall without feeling it look. Haven't you been in enough trouble lately?
Jordan:: Actually I'm just getting started.

Garret:: I asked you not to go back to Summit View.
Jordan:: Actually it sounded more like an order.

[Nigel has his coat on turning everything off, ready to leave, Jordan enters]

Jordan:: Take off your coat. You're staying.
Nigel:: Anyone ever tell you you're a kill joy?

Season 2

Strangled [2.1]

Jordan:: You need me to remind you that anything is possible. You need a constant thorn in your ass. And like it or not I'm that thorn.

Bug:: [referring to the mealworms] Often used in museums to clean bones to a highly polished finished.
Woody:: Well that's all fine and... disgusting, but how does it help us?

Jordan:: I've got problems Garret.
Garret:: There's an understatement.

Bug:: I don't trust her.
Garret:: Why's that?
Bug:: She insists on calling me Mahesh. Only my parents call me Mahesh. It's creepy.

Woody:: Alright stay here. I'll handle this.
Jordan:: What?!
Woody:: You think this guys gonna want to talk to you after you chased him down and stuck a gun in his face?
Jordan:: Good point.

Garret:: If I give you your job back, don't you ever run away again
Jordan:: I will try not to.

Bombs Away [2.2]

Woody:: Look Jordan, I have been acting like kind of a jerk lately
Jordan:: You know what forget it, after all I put you through I probably had it coming.
Woody:: No I, I still feel like I owe you an apology.
Jordan:: Oh, I don't want an apology.
Woody:: What do you want?
Jordan:: Breakfast!

Garret:: I could ring your neck for taking a chance like that, thanks for saving my ass.
Jordan:: Couldn't let a sweet piece like this go to waste, could I!

Woody:: I should have never left Wisconsin.

Jordan:: Do me a favor Woody. Let me know when you stop being mad at me cause it's really starting to wear thin.
Woody:: I'm not mad at you. I'm not mad. It just seems you lost the ability to see anyone else's point of view.
Jordan:: I hate to break it to you, but I never had that ability.

Jordan:: (to dead body) Well looks like you're the only one around here I can talk to.

Garret:: You're in the deep end now, and you're gonna have to learn how to swim. (edit)

Strangled [2.13]

Nigel: Why am I always the killer pervert?
Woody: Is he?
Jordan: Well, he did play the Milwaukee Bondage Killer.
Macy: And before that he was the Ice Cream Rapist of '77.
Jordan, Macy: Killer perv.

Season 3

Revealed [3.10]

Nigel: Woody, Woody, Woody… I promise that I will keep an open mind, okay? And anyway, "sensitivity" is my middle name.
[He opens the door.]

Season 4

What Happens in Vegas Dies in Boston [4.07]

Danny: I made a statement. I told you I hit him, I didn't mean to hurt him, I was just trying to stop him. I was defending her.
Woody: See, normally I go with you don't know your own strength but I checked you out. Ex-special ops. Trained killer. Spooky.
Danny: I threw one punch.
Woody: Case in point.

Garret: What's going on, Rene? You've been dodging me for months and all of a sudden you have to see me right now?
[She turns around, showing her very pregnant belly.]
Rene: I guess I should explain.
Garret: I'm pretty sure I understand the mechanics of it.
Rene: Yeah, I know you do.
Garret: So when were you gonna tell me?
Rene: It's not yours. My ex...
Garret: No, it's none of my business apparently.

Season 5

Mysterious Ways [5.19]

Nigel: Mumbo jumbo. I believe X, you believe Y, neither one of us has a shred of evidence to back it up, but we're willing to kill each other over it.

Don't Leave Me This Way [5.21]

[Jordan spots a suspicious bartender in a surveillance video from Lily's post-wedding rehearsal party.]
Jordan: Look, there's tons of people in that place. Why is he watching us?!
Bug: There were a lot of people watching you last night.
Nigel: Yeah. When you look like you look, people look.

Season 6

Retribution [6.01]

Garret: We all know Jordan didn't kill anybody, but we need to prove it quick before she gets herself in more trouble.
Nigel: Yeah, cause two murders and violating the terms of her bail isn't bad enough.

Nigel: Dr.… didn't catch the name.
Dr. Switzer: I didn't throw it.

Garret: Leave Dr. Switzer alone, she has a job to do.
Dr. Switzer: Thank you. I appreciate the support, Dr. Macy.
Garret: You don't have my support, You're here over my objections.
Dr. Switzer: Then I appreciate the candor.

[Jordan and Garret are Outside Judge Gordon's office.]
Jordan: Ok, there's his office… and I'm sorry.
Garret: For what?
[Jordan punches him in the stomach.]
Jordan: Heart attack, go with it.

Shattered [6.02]

[Bug and Nigel are sorting through the body parts of the woman hit on the highway.]
Nigel: All the kings' horses.
Bug: All the kings' men.
Woody: Nice guys, real nice. The woman's in a million pieces and you guys are quoting fairy tales.
Nigel: Actually, it's a nursery rhyme.

Jordan: Swytzer?
Dr. Switzer: Switzer.
Jordan: Switzer, sorry. See, when you come to a new place it's good to make an effort to learn the culture.
Dr. Switzer: Excuse me?
Jordan: Pushy is not your best option here.
Dr. Switzer: Why because you've cornered the market?

[Nigel confronts Kate, the brusque new medical examiner.]
Nigel: I don't know who you are, or how you did things in New York, but there's something you need to know. Around here we treat each other with respect. We work together. We look out for each other. We're family. So I don't know why you're here. Or what conspiracy you and Ivers got going on, but I'll tell you this. You keep harassing Miss Lebowski and I will make your life here a living hell.

Kate: Since you didn't stick around after your drive-by hissy fit, here's something you should know. I'm here to do a job. Not to make friends. I have friends. I have family. Back at home where they belong. So aside from the fact that your mere existence makes my life a living hell, as you so charmingly put it, I'm really not concerned about you. You on the other hand… might want to be concerned about me.

33 Bullets [6.03]

Jordan: Beating people to stop violence makes about as much sense as bombing for peace.
Lu: What would you suggest they do? Hold hands and sing "kum-ba-yah"?

[Nigel examines a cupcake.]
Nigel: It's impressive, really. How malic acid, magnesium hydroxide and modified starches can together create a lifelike facsimile of actual food…

[Kate shoves a looter back with the baseball bat.]
Kate: You are gonna be blood and guts on this floor, and then I'm gonna rip out your kidneys and I am gonna take them home and feed them to my dog, Binky. 'Cause there's nothing Binky loves more than the taste of human kidneys.

Crash [6.17]

Jordan: Woody, I don't know what's gonna happen up here. But, uh, there's something I have to say. Just so ya know, uh…(Jordan takes a deep breath)…I love you.
Woody: Jordan
Jordan: I'm not asking for anything here. I just, you know. Uh, I just don't want it left unsaid. Feels like my whole life I've been so focused on death. You know, my Mom, my job and uh…I think I've…I've just been afraid of really living, you know.
(Woody leans in and kisses Jordan)

Unidentified episode

Macy: We should all sort out our personal demons before having children.
  • "Save Me", season 5

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