The Closer

Blue Blood

Season 2, Ep 1, Aired 6/12/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Rated: TV-14-LVSeason Premiere. Things don't add up when an LA cop turns up dead. Brenda and her team race against the clock to get to the truth, while tension increases between the Priority Homicide Division and the Robbery-Homicide Division.In the meantime, Brenda's relationship with Fritz elevates to a whole new level.

  • Cast & Crew
  • J.K. Simmons

    Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

  • Mike Berchem

  • James Black

    Det. Lawrence Xavier

  • Ronald D. Chong

  • Corey Reynolds

    Sgt. David Gabriel

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • will Kitty like Fritz as a roommate??

    By xblvr, Jun 25, 2007

  • A great episode to start the season off with.One of my favorites for sure.It is great,great,great!

    By jayshoney2004, Sep 04, 2006

  • What a great episode to start another season

    By sheilamb5, Jul 15, 2006

  • ‘The Closer' is back and better then ever. This episode did a good job of mixing Brenda's humorous personnel struggles with the heaviness of her case. And Brenda once again came out on top.

    By Tim_Bronx, Jun 25, 2006

  • They don\'t beat around the bush now do they? From the get go of the episode they were back in the thick of getting as many people upset as they could ...

    By LauraF, Jun 15, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Provenza: Gimme $100. Flynn: I already gave you $100. Provenza: You're way up. Flynn: So what? You know where the ATM is. Besides, I say we cash in. Provenza: Fine, fine, fine, we'll cash in. (grabs Ari) C'mon, Ari. You're cashing in, too. Ari: Hey, don't touch me. (looking at Provenza's shirt) Who the hell are you, anyway? Flynn: LAPD. We're here to give you a lift home. Ari: Put that away, you stupid... look, I'm not leaving. And you can't do anything to me here anyway. Provenza: Oh really? Hey! Hey everybody! Listen up! I wanna tell you about my friend Ari here. Ari: Hey! Shut up, you idiot, you're gonna get me killed! Flynn: Hey moron, now imagine us doing that, only on television, and all your cousin's friends find out that you're a snitch. Provenza: (shoving all of Ari's chips to the center) And don't forget to tip the dealer. Flynn: Let's go.

    • Hubbard: (agitated) I'm his father! Charlie's my son! I taught him how to walk! And I taught him how to read! And I taught him... I've been with him through seven surgeries and 38 procedures! And where was the great Tim Martin when it mattered, huh? Huh? Where was he? When Charlie's life was on the line? Where was he? Where was Tim Martin? Brenda: I don't know, Det. Hubbard. But I know where he is now. I saw his brains splattered all over the floor of an abandoned warehouse while his body was being eaten by flies, and I can't help but think you may have overreacted. Hubbard: You can't. You can't tell Charlie about him, this, you won't do that. Brenda: I can and I will. Taylor: Hey, hey, hey. Write it all down and we'll get you a deal from the D.A. Brenda: You can wear a bracelet and stay with Charlie until his illness...resolves itself.

    • Brenda: Good morning, Det. Xavier, and the elusive Mr. Cohen. Here you are! So kind of you to join us. Ari: I was dragged here against my will, and all I'm going to do is plead the Fifth. Brenda: You can't plead the Fifth. Ari: I can't? Brenda: It would be a violation of the agreement you made with the D.A. to be a cooperating witness. So if you plead the Fifth, I'll arrest you as an accomplice in a double-homicide. So please, Mr. Cohen, do take a seat.

    • Capt. Leahy: Ma'am, I want to note you've used your investigation to smear Tim Martin's reputation and in this department that's just not the way we play ball. Brenda: Well, Captain, if you don't like the way I'm doing things, you're free to take your balls and go straight home.

    • Brenda: Did you make the match? Tao: Any minute. Brenda: You don't have it? Tao: It's coming. Brenda: Lt. Tao, I need to start this interview, and if you don't finish I could be up a nasty-smelling creek without a paddle! Tao: Just go slow. As soon as the match comes through I'll bring it directly to Gabriel. (Hands her two small chocolate-covered eclairs) Here. For all our sakes. Please. Brenda: (accepts them) Thank you.

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    Notes (4)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: April 10, 2007 on Prima

    • The episode allowed us to examine several piece of LAPD insignia. Badges of rank parallel traditional military insignia. Assistant Chief Pope wears three stars, one fewer than LAPD Chief William Bratton. As a Deputy Chief, Brenda would wear two, and Taylor as Commander, one star. Captains and Lieutenants wear two and one bar respectively, as do their military equivalents.
      The LAPD badge is oval in shape, considered innovative at the time it was adopted in 1940. It features a representation of LA City Hall and the city seal, as well as the officer's rank and badge number. The black bands worn across the uniformed officers' badges are a traditional sign of mourning on the part of many police departments.
      In the opening scene, a number of personnel were seen wearing navy blue jackets with an arm patch identifying them as Los Angeles Police, carrying a cross in the center. A green cross frequently appears on LAPD insignia, and represents safety.

    • The evening Fritz and Brenda discuss moving in together, Fritz brings them salads for dinner, but tells Brenda he'd have picked up a pie at DuPar's if she hadn't sworn off sugar.
      DuPar's is a group of family restaurants in the LA area, known for their hearty, basic American cooking, their Sunday brunch and especially their pies. The original DuPar's is at 3rd and Fairfax, in the Los Angeles Farmer's Market.

    • Apparently, Sgt. Gabriel and Det. Daniels were romantic in the past. The murdered police officer's romantic m.o. was to make his move on women who are already in a relationship, which contributed to Gabriel and Daniels' breakup.

    Trivia (2)

    • James Duff and Mike Berchem were nominated for the 2007 Edgar Award for "Best Television Episode Teleplay" for writing this episode.

    • This episode is the first co-authored by Mike Berchem, who also serves as technical advisor for The Closer. Known as "Detective Mike," Mike Berchem is an LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective with nearly 30 years experience. As technical advisor, his role is to help maintain the show's authenticity. In addition, Berchem is always present at "crime scene" locations to assure their technical accuracy.

    Allusions (1)

    • Flynn: Guys! We're all wearing the same color!
      Flynn is seen in a blue shirt, navy vest and navy trousers as he attempts to restrain the uniform and off-duty officers from Central Division at the scene of Martin's shooting. This is visual representation of the notion of the thin blue line that represents the connection among police officers, as well as line between order and anarchy that they defend.
      In his blog on, James Duff notes the theme for the second season of The Closer is partnership, first explored in this episode's show of unity and honor for a fallen comrade by the LAPD personnel present at the crime scene.

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