Quillsville Cold Case: Lori, Lori, Lori
|"Quillsville Cold Case: Lori, Lori, Lori"|
|Queen of the Willis episode|
|Episode no.||Season 14|
|Directed by||Karly Jameson|
|Written by||Ava Zinn|
|Featured music||see article|
|Original air date||February 2025|
"Quillsville Cold Case: Lori, Lori, Lori" 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.
The 1996 murder of a Indianapolis/Quillsville news anchor is investigated after it is determined she was killed before she won the battle of the sexist work area of the television broadcast news industry (which has since had a two-woman anchor mandate by Mayor Pence) is reopened after her remains are found by Angie in the rubble of a demolished Quillsville department store. Meanwhile, Ava cheats on Angie with WIBC anchor/investigative reporter Karen Hensel (voiced by herself).
The news crew at WIBC (channel 8) in Quillsville, was the CBS affiliate at the time (the affiliation moved to WTTV/WTTK [channels 40/29] as of "The Girls Are Back in Quillsville") prepares to go on air. They wait for the female anchor, Lori Dubinski, who is late. She arrives and tells the producer to get her a real story. He tells her he’ll see what he can do, then they go live. Lori reads her teleprompter and sees that it has been manipulated. The producers scramble to fix it, but Lori is able to pull it off without going to commercial. Lori is later found dead.
Lilly Rush asks the crew if anyone remembers "a newscaster named Lori Dubinski". Brad Hunter and Nick Jeffries remember her and that she was strangled in the park in the 90s. Ava Willis says a research assistant from WIBC channel 8 (the same channel Lori worked for) is on the way over saying that she discovered something. Karen Hensel, Sr., the now-retired WIBC researcher arrives and meets with Willis. She shows the team an old beta tape she found with footage of Lori Dubinski taping a special report. In the video, Lori gets a phone call and asks if the caller is threatening her. Lori tells the caller that she is doing the right thing by talking to her. Jane says that the video was recorded 6 hours before Lori was found dead.
The team goes over Lori’s files. They see that she grew up in a tough neighborhood. Jeffries says that since she was strangled, it was probably a crime of passion. Ava Willis says that there is no mention of a boyfriend. The see that there was no witness or DNA evidence, but she had abrasions and torn clothes which suggests that she put up a fight. Although the park was a few blocks from her apartment and she jogged there everyday, the detectives think that Jane may have gone to the park to meet with her caller since she died in the same clothes she was wearing in the video.
Jana Miller and Jill Tucker meet with Lori’s mom and learn that Lori didn’t have a social life or a boyfriend. The 96 year old Mrs. Margie Dubinski says that Lori wanted to be a broadcaster ever since she was a little girl. She says that Lori was upset that the news became all fluff. Tucker asks if they got into a fight over the type of news she covered. Mrs. Dubinski flashes back to watching Lori do a news piece in a Halloween costume and the two argued over how she always got stuck covering nonsense. Lori says that the news is about getting ratings. The two argued briefly over what was important to cover, then Lori left. Miller asks about Lori’s boss Karen Hensel, Sr. Mrs. Dubinski says she was her mentor and they met when Lori was in college. Ava Willis and Lilly Rush meet with Karen Sr. She tells them about how they were focused on getting ratings. Rush asks if she had any idea who threatened her. She says she has no idea since she didn’t do any controversial stories. She says everyone loved her, but remembers one person that might have had an issue with her.
Karen Sr. flashes back to a broadcast where the lead anchor, Mike Ahern (voiced by himself), started to slip while finishing a story. Lori picked up for him and finished his lines. He got angry and said she was stepping on his story. Karen, Sr. says that Jane caused the station to go from worst to first, which upset the lead anchor. Karen, Sr. says that Mike did get a Peabody when he covered Lori’s murder. Ava Willis has drinks with Karen Hensel, Jr. and she asks her about the case. She tells her she’ll let her know if they find anything. The rest of the team shows up at the bar and they tell Willis that Mike is now a new suspect since he had a problem working with Lori. Willis then looks up and sees Karen Jr. at the bar. The two see each other, then Karen Jr. storms off. Willis follows her and tells her that it’s a cop bar. The two argue briefly, then kiss. Willis starts to pull back, but changes her mind and then sleeps with her, thus having a ninth extramarital affair.
Rush meets with Mike and asks for his autograph. Rush tells him to sign it to her aunt and say she’ll see her in 50 to life. Mike realizes Rush is a cop and he tells her that he had nothing to do with Lori’s death. Rush asks about the complaint he filed against her. Mike says Lori didn’t know her place and flashes back to Lori reviewing video. He remembers she was on to some scandal at channel 8. Rush asks if Jane was investigating something. He says he wasn’t sure, but he was determined that if there was a story, she wasn’t going to get it. He flashes back to when he followed Lori to see what she was up to. She saw him, then reported it the next day. Rush asks where the house was that he followed Lori and he tells her. Rush then asks where he was the night Lori was murdered. Mort says he was with the new employee, Anne Marie Tiernon (who is now at NBC 13 and Quillsville 24 [voiced by herself]).
Brad Hunter tells Jeffries that he was unable to trace the call Lori received on the tape because it was local. He also says that Mike’s alibi checked out. Hunter says that the apartment Mike followed Lori to has been rented out, but they found out who the person was that lived there at the time. He says his name was Evan Valens and they were able to find out where he was working at the time of Lori’s murder. Ava Willis then sees Karen Hensel Jr. and tells her that she has something of hers.
Ava Willis and Brad Hunter meet with Evan’s former employer at the Mississinewa Cola and Brewery. He turns the detectives over to Lou O'Brien (voiced by Fred Dreyer), the public relations director. Lou tells them that Evan was only with the company a few months and was fired for failing a drug test. Ava asks to see Evan’s file. The boss says that the business is a family corporation and they couldn’t employ a drug user. The detectives ask if Lori ever asked them about Evan and he says no. Ava and Brad leave.
Lilly Rush asks Ava Willis to go with her to WIBC. Willis goes to the station and runs into Karen. She teases her for ditching her, then shows her the tapes of Lori she found. Meanwhile, Jeffries and Miller interview Clayton Brown, Lori’s former cameraman. They ask if she ever talked about the Mississinewa Cola and Brewery. He says they covered a charity function they threw. Willis shows him a picture of Evan and the cameraman remembers Lori saw Evan get into an argument with his boss at the function. He says Lori wanted to follow Evan to his home. He flashes back to when he and Lori walked into Evan’s house and found a sick woman in bed. Lori looked at all the prescription bottles. He then told her that the drug test was a lie. Lori told Evan she could help him, but he kicked them out.
Rush and Willis track Evan down. Ava Willis sees Angie and Heather sparking up a joint with Angie having performed a sex act on Evan. He tells them he has nothing to say, then pulls a rifle on them. Willis calls for backup. However, before police could arrive, Rush and Willis attempt to talk Evan into the station. They are unsuccessful as Evan shoots himself dead and sets his house on fire.
Rush looks over the tape transcript and thinks that Lori and Karen were going to meet with the insider. Ava Willis obtains all the tapes Angie has of Lori. Angie finds a tape from the day before Lori died. They watch it and see the interview of the insider talking about how the company knew the unsanitary conditions at the Mississinewa Cola and Brewery formerly spiked their colas and beer in the 1980s, but they covered it up.
Ava Willis and Lilly Rush think Lou may have wanted to kill Lori to protect the company’s image. Jana Miller and Jill Tucker meet with Lou O'Brien again. He insists that he only talked to Lori about fundraisers. Willis then pulls out his phone records and says he called Lori the night before she died. Rush says that the company flushed out all the people who opened their mouths about the dirty 1980s cover up. Lou says that they don’t know what they are talking about. Miller then plays the tape of the secret informer. Tucker asks again why he called Lori the night before she died. The detectives wonder why he wanted her to silence the story. O'Brien says he didn’t kill her. He says he thought he could talk her out of doing the story.
He flashes back to meeting with Lori and asking what the corporation was going to do to them when they found out that they were the ones who exposed them. Lori told him to think about all the people he was saving. Lou tells the detectives that he told his boss about the interview he gave with Lori. Lou says that he thought he was going to be fired, but he was promoted instead. Lou says he told his boss, David Andrews, so that he would fix the problem of people getting sick. Jeffries and Hunter meet with David Andrews and tell him that they think he was a conspirator to Lori’s murder. He tells the detectives that he was in London when Lori was murdered. The detectives say they know, but they also know he called someone at WIBC the night she was killed. Jeffries says that if he tells them who he called, they will drop the conspiracy charges.
Brad Hunter brings Mike Ahern back into the station and asks if he is friends with David Andrews. Karen says no. Brad asks why David called him a few hours before Lori was killed. Mike says that she probably just had a story she wanted covered. Brad asks Mike about the stock he owned in Mississinewa Cola and Brewery that he sold just before it changed ownership in 2011. Mike says that he had a good broker. Brad says that Andrews called him to make Lori’s story go away. Mike says that the story should have gone away. Brad Hunter asks Mike how he knew about the interview Lori had with Lou O'Brien. He asks if Andrews told him or if he learned about it from Lori. Brad Hunter then gets Mike to admit that he wanted to get the tape of the interview back from Lori.
Mike flashes back to meeting Lori at the park. She told him about the story she had about Mississinewa Cola and Brewery. He told her that he was proud she cracked the story, then asked for the tape. She told him it was in a safe place (it was with Angie) and he asked for it for legal reasons. Lori refused to hand it over and threatened to go to another station. Lori then asked for $5 million for the tape and Mike agreed. Lori then tried to run, but he fought her. He then strangled her to death and ran off. Mike Ahern is then arrested. Meanwhile, in a deleted scene, Mrs. Dubinski watches the local news story exposing the unsanitary cover up from 30 years before.
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