The Closer


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 6/13/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Rated: TV-14-LVSeries Premiere. A seemingly routine murder investigation by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division is interrupted by the arrival of Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, the new head of the LAPD’s Priority Murder Squad. An outsider from Atlanta in her first week of service, Brenda has already begun to face the resistance of long-time high-ranking officers, particularly Capt. Taylor of Robbery Homicide, as well as the questionable confidence of her own squad, who have decided to request transfers en masse. Only her assistant, Sgt. Gabriel, seems willing to try to work with her.Determined to show them what she is capable bringing to the Squad, Brenda embarks on the investigation undeterred. Her victim is a woman killed in the home of technology genius with the secret to a multi-million dollar piece of software, found by his quiet, religious assistant. Drawing on the skills of her officers, particularly Lt. Tao’s forensic and technological talents, Brenda soon discovers her victim may be more than meets the eye. But when a former flame, Agent Fritz Howard of the FBI lends a hand, both her investigation and her private life take unexpected turns, leading her to a startling conclusion to the case. In the end she proves to the Squad she is, as billed, a closer.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clyde Kusatsu

    Dr. Tanaka

  • Gina Ravera

    Detective Irene Daniels

  • Patrick McKee

  • J.K. Simmons

    Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

  • Corey Reynolds

    Sgt. David Gabriel

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Awesome

    By tracycooper33, Mar 27, 2015

  • Brenda starts her first day on the job pissing people off. ha ha

    By Valentine_76, May 05, 2011

  • 1x01

    By phillthebest, Nov 24, 2010

  • How the heck did this get 7 million viewers? Was it because of the wacky speech style, uninteresting characters or the overall dullness of the show? In any case, I'd hate to see this show become a success.

    By las6, Jun 15, 2005

  • Good start so far!

    By JPPT1974, Apr 23, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Brenda: ...if I liked being called a bitch to my face, I'd still be married.

    • Brenda: (To Sgt. Gabriel) I should probably explain that I do not form my relationships with people based on how they're treating you. That would be your mother, maybe.

    • Brenda: As hard as a secret is to uncover, it's even harder to keep.

    • Brenda: Are you trying to encourage me or make me nervous? Pope: I'm just trying to figure out why you're so damn confident you can get this woman to help you. Brenda: Well, because Will, I know a little something about admiring the boss and finding out he's not the guy you thought he was.

    Notes (9)

    • The Spin-off with Provenza and Flynnwas shot TNT thought it was to dark.

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: January 2, 2007 on Prima

    • Throughout the episode, Brenda faces resistance from the squad in large part because she is an ousider. The LAPD's upper ranks are largely staffed by promotions from within, and the force remains strongly resistant to leadership drawn from outside, a tone set in large part by former Chief Daryl Gates.

    • Parker Center, where Brenda's Priority Murder Squad is based, is the real-life headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department, located on Los Angeles Street. Originally called the Police Administration Building, it was renamed for former Chief of Police William H. Parker, who died of a heart attack while still in office in 1966. Completed in 1955, the building is considered outdated for a major urban police force, and construction recently began on a newer, more modern facility.

    • Although Brenda's Priority Murder Squad is fictional, Taylor's Robbery-Homicide Division (RHD) is a real division of the LAPD. Broken into five sections, its brief includes investigation of homicides, bank robberies, extortions, sex crimes, kidnappings, officer-involved shootings, and injury or death of an officer, all on a citywide basis. Its detectives are chosen for their high levels of expertise and experience. Among its most famous cases are the Tate-LaBianca murders, the Night Stalker, and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Brenda refers to Alana having been a member of Act Up!, describing the group as an AIDS awareness group. Act Up! (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) is best known for its philosophy of "direct action" to bring awareness of the AIDS epidemic. Dedicated to civil disobedience as a tool, their famous slogan is SILENCE = DEATH.

    • In one scene, Fritz tells Brenda he likes the way it cools off at night in LA. This is a bit of an LA joke; 100º summer heat is often rationalized by reminding visitors there's no humidity and it cools off at night, often as much as 25 degrees.

    • In one scene, Brenda fights to resist the Krispy Kreme doughnuts on Tao's desk. Only recently available in California, Krispy Kreme doughnuts originated in the South.

    • Though entirely convincing in her portrayal of Brenda Leigh Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick does not have a southern accent in real life. In fact, she spends most of her time in New York, with her husband, actor Kevin Bacon, and their two children.

    • When Brenda is interrogating Ellen the second time, she stands up as if to leave. In the next few shots, Brenda is standing when the camera is on her, but is sitting when the camera is on Ellen, and is then suddenly sitting, although we do not see her sit or hear her chair move.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Fritz: But if you really want to feel bad about yourself, I'll take you up to Santa Barbara someday. It's like visiting Stepford, I kid you not. An allusion to the Ira Levin novel and subsequent films The Stepford Wives, in which all the women of the town of Stepford are suspiciously docile, subserviant and overly eager to please their husbands.

    • Tao: In the land of no evidence, the left-eyed iris is king. Though not a particularly brilliant line, it's an obvious allusion to the old quote "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" (In regione caecorum rex est luscus), a phrase coined by Dutch author and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus.

    • While describing the quirks of Collier's genius, Dr. Brown alludes to the dress habits of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer. When Jobs makes public appearances it's his habit to wear a black turtleneck, faded jeans (not khakis as Brown says), and white athletic shoes.

    • Pope: Listen, Taylor, we tried running the squad your way, and we ended up with a 20-year veteran of the department indicted for perjury and the murderer's off doing interviews with Larry King. This quote alludes to the large number of celebrity cases the LAPD handles. Perhaps the most recent notorious case was Robert Blake, who was aquitted of murder. In both this case and the O.J. Simpson case, evidence was problematic, as was a jury's reluctance to convict a celebrity.

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