Quillsville Cold Case: Freedom Writers
|"Quillsville Cold Case: Freedom Writers"|
|Queen of the Willis episode|
|Episode no.||Season 14|
|Featured music||see article|
|Original air date||February 2025|
"Quillsville Cold Case: Freedom Writers" is an episode of the fourteenth season of the American animated television series Queen of the Willis. The episode originally aired in broadcast syndication in the United States in 2025.
Ava Willis reopens Lisa McKinney’s 1981 murder case when a former student of hers at what is now Marla Keller High School, Brent Darkington (now a teacher) brings in a set of car keys she found in an old desk at the school where she taught.
Lisa was an idealistic teacher who joined The Teach For America program right after college. She thought she could make a difference, but she ended up finding resistance at every turn. The students were difficult, but so were her fellow teachers. The initial theory was that she was the victim of a carjacking gone wrong, but since she left her car keys in the desk, it seems unlikely that’s where she was going.
She had difficulties with fellow teacher Trudy Ludlow, whom Ava Willis and Lilly Rush discover illegally bought the gun that killed Lisa. Trudy says the gun was stolen before Lisa’s murder and she never reported it because it was illegal.
She points the finger at a troubled student, Ricky Renaldo who gave Lisa a difficult time. Ricky didn’t kill Lisa, but provides the key to solving the crime.
Lisa caught him with drugs and discovered he was buying them and delivering them to one of the teachers at the school, Richard Kenneth. When she confronts him, he ends up shooting her to death to protect himself.
Production and development
- Ava Zinn as Ava Willis, Albert Willis, Mandy Willis, Shushu Willis, Tabby Willis, Heather Willis, Kendra Kendall, Anna Pamhouser, QMPD Captain Brad Hunter,
- Karly Jameson as herself, Angie Willis, Brynn Willis, Judge Samantha Turner, QMPD Officer Kymberly Millspaugh
- Rachael Passalt as Deanna Willis,
- Alexandra Moffitt as Stephanie Rose, Angela Stroup, QMPD Officer Elaine Reed
- Cathryn Everman as Sarah Donaldson, QMPD Officer Kayla Burnside
- Jacqui Fountaine as QMPD Detective Jill Tucker
- Kendra Ray as Melissa Rose, QMPD Officer Ramona Battishill,
- Luka Runecraft as Miles Kendall,
- Alisan Porter as herself
- Avril Lavigne as herself
- Kassie DePaiva as Brandi Souza
- Eboni Hill as Sharane Hamilton, QMPD Lieutenant Courtney Allen
- Donna Doogan as Maribel Sabo, ADA Kristy Ellis, QMPD Officer Amber Connoway
- Sophia Blanca as QMPD Commissioner Jane Chelsea Wolf
- Melvin Runecraft as QMPD Lieutenant Nick Jeffries
- Hannah Wilson as DA Pia Yoque
- Frank Davidson as QMPD Officer Jarett Dailey,
- Kylie Dwyar as ME Anita Mowery
- Louis Durant as QMPD Officer Jon Chapman
- Bryant Cortos as QMPD Detective Hunter Arnold
- Lanise McClannahan as QMPD Detective Amy Richards
- Breeanna Sorensen as QMPD Detective Larisa Mack
- Kathryn Morris as QMPD Sergant Lilly Rush
- Nicole Pence as Mayor Pence
Addiional Cast TBD