Best Friends was one of the first episodes of Cold Case I ever saw. By the time it ended, I had a voracious appetite for the show and I think I've consumed every one to date. It was quite honestly one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. A heart-wrenching Love Story (my weakness) pitted against the 1932 mentality toward race and homosexuality.
Tessa Thompson plays "Billy", the brash black girl who dresses like a boy, and will soon appear in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls.
I have a certain affinity for the period, where up in Harlem the Renaissance was ending (being stifled by the depression) but Billie still would have fit right in. Not that life anywhere would have been all peaches and cream, but had they made it to NYC, it would have been at least a scintilla easier. Actually, the race difference may have offended Harlem residents (even the gay ones) a little more than the lesbian relationship.
Every time I watch this episode, I sit back and wonder what could have been for them.
Sidenote: Notice the music of the era - Ethel Waters whose great-niece Crystal would become a gay icon of sorts with her infectious hit "Gypsy Woman". Billie would have been so proud to dance and sing to it.