The Closer


Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 6/18/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Rated: TV-14-V . The third season opens with a 3:00am roll-out that sends the PHD to the scene of the brutal triple murder of a couple and their preteen daughter. As the team processes the crime scene, they discovery the couple's teenaged son, Eric, still alive and on drugs in the attic. At first Eric seems to be their likely suspect but, as the investigation proceeds, the dead man's mysterious business partner, a psychologist named Dr. Reichter and his connection to Eric's father may hold the key.Meanwhile, a financial crisis in the LAPD forces Brenda to face the loss of a detective. At home, Fritz tires of having no place for his belongings and decides he and Brenda should get a bigger house. When Brenda resists, he finds a creative way to make his point.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • J.K. Simmons

    Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

  • Kevin Sheridan

    Kim Reichter

  • Kyra Sedgwick

  • Corey Reynolds

    Sgt. David Gabriel

  • Ronald D. Chong

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • He’s a bigamist

    By Slayergirlkal, Jul 15, 2007

  • Brenda and the team find Eric, the son of a man and woman murdered at his home,in the attic. Brenda tries to gain more time for the case, since everyone is asked to work less overtime due to a budget cut, by putting Eric on suicide watch.

    By bry3, Jan 31, 2009

  • She is back with a "bang!"

    By Cryskate, Jul 03, 2007

  • Kyra at her best!

    By JPPT1974, Jun 27, 2007

  • Masterful beginning for the 3rd season

    By MistaC87, Jun 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Sanchez: (just before Brenda enters the interview room) Little Justin says his father is a lawyer. Just so you know.
      Brenda: (entering the room) Good morning, Mr. Darcy, I'm Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, LAPD, and I have brought you here this morning to talk about rape.
      Justin: I haven't raped anyone. Ever.
      Brenda: I have a statement alleging sexual assault from the victim.
      Justin: (arrogantly) Do you know how stupid that is? All right, I think I should get my one phone call and talk to my dad. He's a criminal attorney, OK? So, I think I know a bit more about the justice system than the average person you drag in here.
      Brenda: (chuckling) Lt. Flynn, would you please hand Mr. Darcy your phone? As I am sure you're aware, Mr. Darcy, given your vast knowledge of the law, the age of consent for male/male sex in the state of California is 18.
      Justin: (dialing Flynn's phone, and still arrogant) I'm 19. In two months.
      Brenda: Many happy returns. Eric Wallace, the boy who you are currently 'tutoring', is 17. Make sure you tell your father that the charges against you will include, but not necessarily be limited to, statutory rape and sex with a minor. I look forward to meeting your family. I can only imagine how proud they'll be.

    • Chief Pope: (after hearing Gabriel's plan to transfer Brenda's team to the Counter Terrorism Bureau, then assign them back to PHD) You know, Sergeant, for a bureaucrat, this is the equivilent of turning water into wine. My only question is why you are here suggesting it instead of Chief Johnson? Gabriel: (uncomfortably) Uh, well, sir...I thought she might like this idea better if she thought it was... Chief Pope: My idea. I see you've worked out every detail, including who she is going to blame. That's real genius.

    • Pope: Consider, just for a moment, a world in which you work for me, and what I need is important, too....Every section has to lose at least one detective. Brenda: You don't mean MINE? Pope: Yes, I do mean you, Brenda, EVERY SECTION.... So, what do I have to do to make you agree with me? Brenda: Stop being wrong!

    Notes (8)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Kazisvět (Wrecker)

    • International Airdate: Canada (French Language) first aired on September 5, 2008.

    • International Air Dates: Thailand: April 29, 2008 on True Series. Czech Republic: September 8, 2008 on TV Prima. Finland: September 24, 2009 on MTV3

    • The financial crisis the LAPD must confront is part of one the State of California has faced in recent years. Although now past its most critical phase, the budget crisis was an outgrowth of significant overspending by the state government in the early 2000's, a weak economy and the bursting of the "dot com" bubble of the late '90's. California's financial woes, along with the electricity mismanagement of 2000 and 2001 ultimately contributed to the recall of former Governor Grey Davis and the election of now-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October, 2003.

    • Lompoc, California is located about 175 miles north of Los Angeles, and about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara, in Santa Barbara County. The area is largely agricultural, and is known for its flower industry. Tourism is a major industry in the area, and nearby are the Danish village of Solvang, Buellton, the home of Anderson's Split Pea Soup and a thriving wine industry featured in the film "Sideways." Vandenburg Air Force Base is also located in Lompoc. Originally scheduled to be the west-coast base for Space Shuttle launches, Vandenburg AFB has long been the location of the USAF missile test program, providing southern Californians with some spectacular evening light shows during the program's heyday in the 1960's and 70's.

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    Trivia (5)

    • At the beginning of the episode, the Rapid Response Office explains to the camera that they were called out because of a "possible 187." 187 is the police scanner code for a homicide. Scanner codes are drawn from corresponding sections of the California Penal Code; Section 187 defines murder, and establishes what a person is for the purposes of applying the definition.

    • Goof: Provenza notes the only income Dr. Wallace had was from the publication of articles in academic journals. In reality, academics are not paid for these publications, since they are generated as part of university or grant work.

    • In his June 18 blog, James Duff tells us Buzz' official title is Civilian Surveillance Coordinator.

    • The house used as the Wallace home once belonged to Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and was the home where they raised their sons David and Rick. The 5 bedroom house, now valued at $4.1 million, is located at 1822 Camino Palmero in the Hollywood Hills. It served as the model for the fictional Nelson home in the 1950/60's TV series "The New Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." The bedroom used as Eric's bedroom was originally Rick's, and the cast was able to see where he had carved his initials in the bedroom wall.

    • This is the first time that the Priority Homicide Division is referred to as "PHD" by one of its members; Lt. Flynn uses the term while shooting the video for the court. Usually the squad is referred to as "Priority Homicide" by members of the unit.

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