The Closer


Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 7/3/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Rated: TV-14-DLVBrenda and the PHD investigate a high-profile case when a woman is brutally murdered at L.A.'s trendiest restaurant.On the home front, Brenda tries to keep a low profile as she closes in on her 40th birthday.

  • Cast & Crew
  • J.K. Simmons

    Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

  • Ronald D. Chong

  • Paolo Seganti

    Paul Bivas

  • Corey Reynolds

    Sgt. David Gabriel

  • Michael Weiss

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Stimulating, Funny, Surprising

    By SweetPeaSurry, Jul 10, 2006

  • Great show once again!

    By JPPT1974, Aug 01, 2006

  • dinner and wine...

    By xblvr, Jul 01, 2007

  • Brenda and her team get back to investigating the deaths of the rich and the glamorous. We got funny lines, a case with a twist, and another one of Brenda‚Äôs personnel crisis.

    By Tim_Bronx, Jul 09, 2006

  • You send the big basket of flowers, you just _know_ someone's gonna read the card. Happy 40th, Brenda. Your crime scene is ready. :D

    By tjaman, Jul 07, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Brenda: Last night, after her husband left, Karen stayed late to do the books. She made a lovely dinner for two, and then something went terribly wrong. And this is the woman with whom you were having an affair. LaSalle: The "affair" as you are referring to it, was four years ago and lasted maybe six weeks. And if Paul knew about it, it certainly didn't prevent him from coming to work for me. Brenda: Are you saying you hired him while you were carrying on with his wife? LaSalle: No. She stopped "carrying on" with me the day after I gave Paul the job. I'm certain it was the only reason she slept with me to begin with, stupid cow. Well, so what. Who cares. Life goes on. But this notion that Karen was cooking up a romantic late-night dinner for two is absurd because the woman could barely (knocks table) crack an egg.

    • Pope: Karma's a b----, and her name is Estelle.

    • Brenda: Det. Sanchez, you interviewed the Spanish-speaking employees? Sanchez: Si, mi jefe. Kitchen staff, mostly. Brenda: Did they say anything about Chef Paul? Sanchez: Drinks too much, needs a keeper, last week threw a half-cooked duck at his wife, but he missed, so they think that he loved her.

    • Flynn: Bernard, the sauci-er said she was polite but firm. Provenza: (whispering, pronouncing correctly) Saucier Flynn: Gamon, the sommy-liar ... Provenza: (whispering, pronouncing correctly) Sommelier Flynn: ... said that she was a bossy, micromanaging b----, but he respected her even though she was stingy on the compliments. You know the type, Chief.

    • Daniels: He's the chef. The "Paul" in Chez Paul, and he wants in.

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    Notes (3)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: May 1, 2007 on Prima

    • In a rather humorous scene, Provenza suffers as Flynn grossly mispronounces the French names of three kitchen/restaurant positions. In a modern kitchen, a team of chefs work in stations with a specific heirarchy, each with a different responsibility. The entry level position is the garde manger, who is responsible for all salads, food served cold, and some hot foods such as soups, which demands the greatest range of cooking skills. The saucier is responsible for sauteed items and sauces, a much more advanced position. The sommelier is the restaurant's wine steward, who serves the wine to patrons.

    • This episode seems to be the first in the series to employ any significant on-screen input from Det. Daniels, including a brief exchange with Chief Johnson in the ladies room.

    Trivia (2)

    • The restaurant L'Amboise is "played" by Hollywood's famous French restaurant L'Orangerie. In operation for nearly 30 years, L'Orangerie is considered to be LA's finest French restaurant, as well as one of its most expensive. Known for its formal French style, it has adapted to American practices to some degree after it was criticized for its practice of giving women menus without prices, even when business women hosted business meals.

    • Brenda celebrates her 40th birthday in this episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • Dutton: If you want to talk about old unsolved murders, I'll put you in touch with my new attorney... This is a throwback to the Season 1 episode "The Butler Did It," in which we first meet Dennis Dutton. In that episode, his longtime attorney was found to have committed double homicide, which concerned the affairs of Dutton and his siblings.

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