The Closer

Season 1 Episode 8

Batter Up

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 01, 2005 on TNT
9.0
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Rated: TV-14-LV

When a gay man is murdered, seemingly the latest victim of a string of hate crimes, Brenda must confront prejudices inside and out of the LAPD. But when the perpetrator of the crimes turns out to be something quite different than expected, and has an alibi for the latest murder, Brenda must dig deeper to discover if this crime is part of the string, or a crime of passion disguised as a hate crime. Meanwhile, Flynn and Taylor step up their efforts to undermine Brenda once again, but with unexpected effects, as the team begins to rally around Brenda. Provenza's quirks begin to emerge, and we meet Terrence Hynes, a County Coroner's Forensics Support worker with an odd sense of humor. On the home front, Brenda finds herself with some new charges when her (male) Kitty has kittens.moreless

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  • meow, meow...

    9.4
    Oh my god – it is Ricky Vasquez. He always plays the small gay roles in these shows. So hate crimes in Los Angeles – good theme to go with. I actually really liked the fact that this was given to Priority Murder. Hate crimes should be dealt with differently – the punishment is different. Oh my god – those were the cutest kittens ever. As soon as I say them I could care less what happened in the rest of the episode. I just wanted to cuddle with them all. Sweetness. The other thing that I got my attention was the gift that came in the little blue box. Wow.moreless
  • Brenda must battle politics and sexism

    8.5
    When Chief Pope brings a case to Captain Taylor, Brenda

    Gets very steamed and we all know that you should back off when she does get steamed

    Brenda must battle politics and most of all, sexism with in her own department in order to get the case solved once and for all

    Again she is very good when you tick her off!
  • Good times at catching Flynn out. It's about time!

    9.5
    Flynn got caught as the back stabbing rat he is and Brenda totally calls him on it. It had plenty of Fritz in it for my tastes. I\'m just a little pissy about Pope. You can totally tell now that he gave Brenda the job not only because she\'s the best, but also because he was hoping to reignite their affair. And with Fritz on the scene, there\'s no hope of that now, so he\'s getting vindictive, while still covering his butt. If there\'s any justice in the world, something bad needs to happen to that man and Brenda needs to wake up about him.moreless
  • Character conflict needs to refocus, and get away from some people just being mean to others.

    7.0
    Personally, I think the conflict between the characters is getting a little tiresome. Hopefully this will signal the end of the extreme arrogance and subversion of some of the main characters (ie. Taylor and Flynn). Some conflict makes for a good show, but I don't like watching complete assholes for an hour; the show is starting to suffer because of it.



    On the upside, however, Fritz comes across as a great guy. He puts himself out a lot for Brenda, but he's not a pushover. Good thing in a man. I want her to express some more feelings for him, but I also like the fact that she resists it, because burgeoning love affairs always make better television than established ones.



    Just a Note: In the previous reviews, I think we're supposed to substitute 'Taylor' or 'Flynn' for 'Gabriel'? I think you've got the wrong guy. How ironic ;)moreless
  • Taylor and Johnson go head to head and leave Brenda's division some respect for her.

    8.8
    In this episode, Brenda investigates the murder of a gay man and believes it to be a hate crime due to a supposed "gay basher" who has been stealing valuables from a gay community. As Brenda looks more into the case she discovers that it may not be a hate crime. However, Taylor thinks it is and attempts to ruin the case based on his beliefs.

    In this episode, Brenda finally puts Taylor in his place after she solves the crime that surprisingly wasn't a hate crime but a "crime of passion". Because of Taylor's interference in the case, Brenda gets more respect from her division as you can see at the end of the episode when Brenda's leaving. Tao helps Brenda with her brinders, Sandchez helps her with her box full of kittens, and Provenza holds the door for her and the guys and looks at Taylor with a smug look.

    All in all, a good episode.moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

Corey Reynolds

Corey Reynolds

Sgt. David Gabriel

Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett

Capt. Russell Taylor

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Detective Lt. Louis Provenza

Tony Denison

Tony Denison

Detective Lt. Andy Flynn

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

Joel Brooks

Joel Brooks

Assemblyman Bridges

Guest Star

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Julian Carver

Guest Star

Hank Stratton

Hank Stratton

Barry Anderson

Guest Star

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Lt. Michael Tao

Recurring Role

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Dr. Crippen, Medical Examiner

Recurring Role

Robert Clendenin

Robert Clendenin

Terrence Hynes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Although Kitty's kittens are presumably only a day or two old, it is obvious that the kittens used in filming were quite a bit older, perhaps 4 or 5 weeks. First of all, they are a bit larger than 2-day old kittens. Secondly, the kittens in this episode have their eyes open and are walking around, but kittens do not open their eyes until they are 7-10 days old, and do not begin to walk until they are about 2 weeks old. Lastly, the kittens in this episode are quite fluffy, but newborn kittens generally have much less hair, if any.

    • During the scene when Brenda meets Pope for a drink, the amount of wine in her glass changes from shot to shot.

    • The small blue box Pope gives Brenda is from Tiffany and Co. jewelers. Among the most exclusive, and expensive, jewelers in the country, it specializes in platinum and silver jewelry set with stones. Gifts from Tiffany are readily identifiable by their characteristics blue box tied with a white ribbon.

    • It seems highly unlikely that Gabriel would not know what Special K was, with him being from Robbery/Homicide and specially assigned to the PHD. Most people know that it's a drug allusion, and realize it's not simply a reference to the cereal of the same name.

    • The clock on the grocery store parking lot tape time reads 10:34:58 when Blake is going into the store, and reads 12:35:26 when he comes out, covering the time of the murder. But the murder was at 12:30, so does that mean he was in the grocery store for 2 hours?

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Brenda: (Holding out a meowing pillowcase) The cat's sick.
      Gabriel: You brought your cat to a crime scene?
      Brenda: It's not my cat, it just lives with me and eats at my house.

    • Provenza: (Handing out latex gloves) You might want to double up on your protective gear since this is a homocide.
      Brenda: You seem to be having trouble with your pronunciation this evening.

    • Pope: Where the h*** is she?! I'm waiting here and I've got a very pi**y state legislator in there.
      Gabriel: She's having a personal crisis, Sir.
      Pope: Yeah. It's called her life. [Scoffs] (Muttering) Personal crisis...

    • Brenda: ...They can even register as domestic partners, have the same rights as married people.
      Provenza: Serves 'em right, too. Why shouldn't they suffer just like everybody else?

    • Provenza: Taylor, what you doin' with our suspect?
      Taylor: You know how it is, Provenza; the Pope giveth and the Pope taketh away.

    • Brenda: How did I become one of these women with too many cats? How did this happen?!

    • Provenza: After Taylor got him to confess, I went out...
      Buzz: I ?!
      Provenza: Alright, WE, went out to find security tapes.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 27, 2007 on Prima

    • The gay couple at the center of this story were characterized as domestic partners under California Law. Better know as AB205, The California Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003, this law allows same sex-couples to register as domestic partners. By doing so, they are guaranteed a range of rights typically reserved to married couples, including community property rights, tax benefits, parental rights, and health-care rights.

    • This is the first appearance by Robert Clendenin as Terence Hynes. Though never specifically identified, Hynes most likely works in the LA County Coroner's Forensic Support department. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has its own forensics unit, handling a wide range of tasks including histology, gunshot residue analysis, DNA testing and postmortem toxicology. Forensic support includes preparation of bodies for autopsy, assistance during autopsy, and dental/fingerprint analysis for identification.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Medical Examiner: (talking about the victim's wounds) ...cracked ribs, left arm broken in two places and a shattered femur - none of which was necessary, because your killer had him at hello.

      ...had him at hello is a variation on an expression popularized the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, as Dorothy's simple, heartfelt response to Jerry's profession of love. It later spawned a hit song by country singer Kenny Chesney.

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