The Closer


Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 7/11/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Rated: TV-14-LVBrenda enters the high-stakes world of pharmaceutical research, when a drug trial for new anti-addiction medication lead to the death of one of the principal investigators. Nothing is quite as it seems as she investigates the high-powered president of the drug company sponsoring the trial, the seemingly easy-going psychiatrist and the teenaged participants in the study. Too soon, one of the teenagers falls victim to manipulation of the medication, and Brenda untangles a web of exploitation of the young victims leading to an unlikely criminal. Meanwhile, Flynn ratchets up his efforts to undermine Brenda's authority, first by going over her head to Pope, and then, when that fails, by unearthing a groundless ethics investigation Brenda faced in Atlanta. On the personal front, Brenda's relationship with Fritz heats up, much to Provenza's delight!moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • J.K. Simmons

    Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

  • Robin Bartlett

    Dr. Leah Rainey

  • Gina Ravera

    Detective Irene Daniels

  • Gil Garcetti

  • Rick Kellard

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Wonderfull episode.

    By Valentine_76, May 06, 2011

  • drugs are bad...

    By xblvr, Jun 23, 2007

  • I hope Buzz gets the boot really soon!

    By JPPT1974, Apr 23, 2006

  • Pope... I'm hoping that Pope gets his butt canned soon. He's trying to be everyone's buddy and playing all sides, when he should be the supervisor.

    By danae619, Apr 19, 2006

  • What if there was a drug that helped teen dope addicts go straight? What if the researcher of this drug ends up dead? Who could possibly straighten it all out? Brenda Johnson.

    By danasdude, Jul 25, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Young Man: Um, I was just wondering... Is there a reward for reporting a murder? Brenda: Yes. (Takes the boy's hand and breaks into a smile.) Thank you so much for serving the community.

    • Brenda: (to Flynn) I should like to state as emphatically as I can how unhappy I am that you went over my head. This idea of yours is a no-go, because I don't like waiting around for two months while a judge determines exacly what a special master can do in this case and maybe lose the hearing. However, if we find ourselves reduced to pursuing alternatives of a dubious legal nature, or should the sun explode, I promise to reconsider your suggestion... Thank youuuu.

    • Brenda: So why don't you just ask me about it? I know what you're thinking. Fritz: OK, I did read the article about your ethics investigation. Brenda: And you were wondering what all the hoopla was about. Fritz: Well, it's none of my business, really, but, uh, yeah. Provenza: (Eavesdropping with Buzz over Brenda's wire) OK. Here we go. Spill your guts. Brenda: It was my crazy ex-husband... Buzz: Lieutenant, this is making me really uncomfortable. Provenza: Buzz, don't make me pull out my gun.

    Notes (6)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: January 30, 2007 on Prima

    • An important feature of the episode is the use of double-blind, multi-phase drug trials. The phases are designed to test various aspects of the drug: its safety (Phase I), its effectiveness (Phase II) and its benefits and sides effects (Phase III). Use of a double-blind is common in studies where the investigators must evaluate patients taking the drug on subjective criteria and/or gather subjective evidence from patients about the effects of the drug. In these studies, neither the patients nor the investigators know who is taking the actual medication and who is taking a placebo (an inert pill, usually made of sugar.) This allows for unbiased evaluation of the medication. Late in the study, the blind is broken, allowing investigators to compare the outcomes of patients who are and are not taking the medication.

    • Flynn requests a special master to review the deceased doctor's patient files, which the police cannot do because doctor-patient confidentiality rights belong to the patient. In California, a special master is an attorney who accompanies law enforcement officials when searching the documents of persons whose practice guarantees client/patient confidentiality (i.e. doctors, priests, attorneys.) The purpose of a special master is to protect the interests of the professional and his/her clients. Special masters are drawn from a list maintained by the California Bar Association, and cannot be attorneys practicing criminal law.

    • When the president of the drug company threatens to destroy the psychiatrist conducting the drug trial, he shakes it off by commenting he has tenure. Tenure is earned after roughly six years, when an academic's position becomes permanent.

    • Robert Gossett (Captain Taylor) does not appear in this episode.

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