The Closer

Season 3 Episode 9


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 13, 2007 on TNT
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Rated: TV-14-LV

After shooting a serial killer, Brenda is removed from active duty by the department psychiatrist. Instead, Brenda must take a journalist doing a story on the LAPD on a ride-along that turns deadly when the car she is in becomes the target in a shooting. As the key witness to the incident, Brenda must solve her own case while tolerating unwanted round-the-clock police protection.

Meanwhile, Brenda's parents come for a visit, and Fritz meets Brenda's father for the first time. But Brenda's not sure she wants to share one important piece of news with him just yet.


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  • Add two parents, one SWAT detail and a shootout, shake then stir for an awesome episode!!!

    This show was fantastic. It was the perfect blend of humor and drama. Brenda's talk with the therapist about how nothing is going on with her expect for the fact that everything is going on was hilarious. Then to go right into being shot at was jaw dropping. The writers know how to lull you into thinking it was going to be a light show, because Brenda could not work any cases and then they turn her into a case. Chief Pope's reaction to Brenda's well being was a bit concerning, I like her and Fritz together and it looks like they are reopening their past personal relationship. The swat guys were the funniest people in this episode; the one guy feelings' being hurt was awesome. My favorite scene was everyone in the bedroom watching the tapes of the victim. The interactions between everyone were so funny. Brenda's parents were great. There needs to be more episodes with the dad, he is probably the only person in the world who could throw Fritz completely off kilter. I was on the edge of my seat during the scene on the elevator, I mean you knew the confession was coming but when she kept asking him why he would want to kill her you could see the conversation wasn't about him; it was about her. Brenda hates to feel vulnerable she uses her southern charm to appear vulnerable to get the information she wants but she cannot deal with being out of control.moreless
  • Gabriels and Johnsons are shot at as they take a news reporter on a ride-along.

    I like this show but i really am tired of it having brenda solve every crime alone. I mean this episode basically says that PHD is completely useless without her because if the whole department minus her could not get a confession then basically all the other guys are just errant boys waitin on her to tell them were to go what to look for and she does all the think deducing and solving of the crime.

    I still dont like the way she doesnt listen to the proffesional opinion or indeed the professional duty of others. She acts like she is the only one who knows how the LAPD should be run. Finally i cant belive that she confranted the killer the way she did given the fact that she had just survived an attack by a seriel killer in the privious episode and an earlier shooting in the same episode, but wen she was almost raped earlier in the show she was shaking so bad and could not speak well.moreless
  • Elevator confession

    This episode was so exciting and fast paced as well. It seemed like one minute I was like yes the closer is coming on and then they were getting shot at and then it was Grr. commercials and then everything just zoomed by and Brenda was telling her parents that she and Fritz were engaged! It was so exciting to watch!

    I loved Brenda's parents! It was so great to see her father joking with Fritz because he was like seriously afraid and that just made it so much better! I loved seeing Brenda's mother trying to get all the information out of Roy and Chad about the shooting. It was cute to see that Brenda didn't want her parents to worry about her and then Fritz coming to find out what had happened while she was in the shower and freaking out when she told him she'd been shot at was just brilliant. I loved seeing Provenza being in charge of the squad. It was great to see Brenda all ready to do the interviews and then realizing that she was not allowed to participate in the investigation. Pope was annoying though. I hated him and Brenda together well I just didn't like when they were together. He had to make it way too clear to her that she couldn't work and it was annoying because last week's she didn't get to get her confession and now she wasn't allowed to work. I just found Brenda having to sneak around to work annoying. I did love Brenda trying to get Gabriel to take her to the crime scene in the beginning. The confession in the elevator was awesome too!

    I didn't really like Brenda with the Shrink at the beginning. Settings like that freak me out and it was so obvious that Brenda didn't want to be there.

    This was a very amazing episode I liked that the guy that got killed wasn't really all that he appeared to be. And I liked that Chief Johnson wasn't really the one that the shooter wanted!moreless
  • very, very long list of people who would want to kill Brenda...

    So I loved the psychiatrist – she was just too stereotypical for words and for some reason that was funny to me. After all the rambling that Brenda did all she wrote was "daddy" and did not let her go back to work. Hello, daddy is Southern. But of course Brenda is not going to let some shrink stop her from doing her job, especially when she might have been the target of a shooting. Turns out they wanted her passenger and that makes Brenda jump into work mode even more. In the meantime her parents are visiting, with her daddy meeting Fritz for the first time and what a better way to spend family time together than under the careful watch of lockdown with the SWAT team.moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

Corey Reynolds

Corey Reynolds

Sgt. David Gabriel

Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett

Commander Russell Taylor

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Detective Lt. Louis Provenza

Tony Denison

Tony Denison

Detective Lt. Andy Flynn

Blake Shields

Blake Shields

Bill Hawthorn

Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Vince Kemble

Guest Star

Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Dr. Leonard

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Some of the names on the PHD's list of "people who might want to kill Chief Johnson" are those we've learned about throughout the series. They include:

      Joseph Dellamonte: Mentioned in Overkill
      Gerald Curtis: A prisoner caught by Brenda in an elaborate scheme to escape from prison in No Good Deed
      "Little Devil": A gang member who shot up the wrong car out of revenge in Slippin'
      "Pookie": A gang member who shot up the wrong car out of revenge in Slippin'
      One-Eight-Sevens: A local gang the squad dealt with in Slippin' and Four to Eight
      Alonzo and Delia Lopez: Brenda arrested Alonzo for the murder of his son-in-law, who was abusing Alonzo's daughter, in Standards and Practices. His wife, Delia, was complicit in the murder, but was not charged.
      Rawley: The Rawley family played a prominent role in The Other Woman, as Sammy Rawley was charged with murdering a woman he thought was his sister. Sammy's sister, Gennifer, was a severe drug addict that Sammy believed was destroying the rest of his family, therefore, he wanted to stop her from causing more harm.
      Carlos and Miguel Torres: Brenda, along with the entire PHD, especially Sanchez, was able to arrest Carlos for the murder of two gang members, one of whom was Carlos' nephew. His son Miguel was arrested for, among other things, gang activity, which was what Carlos was desperately trying to prevent in Four to Eight.

    • The scene in Brenda's office where Taylor walks in on Tao playing the tape for the team was filmed the same day as the TV Guide online webchat, June 7, 2007.

      During the webchat, Michael Paul Chan was asked if he is as technical as Lt. Tao. He said that when he was handed the digital recorder for the scene, he thought it was a cell phone.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Clay: Well, agent Howard of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, did it not occur to you to pick up a telephone and call and ask for my blessing?
      Fritz: Well, I'm sorry, sir, but, Brenda and I are both adults and I (stuttering) I love you daughter.
      Clay: (Stands up, looking angry, then breaks into a smile.)
      Relax son, I'm just messin' with ya. Come on. You do hug, don't ya? I mean, you have a cat.
      Fritz: (Whispering in Clay's ear) That's not my cat.
      Clay Johnson: (Whispering back) It is now, son. And you better make that cat very happy.

    • Brenda: Momma, why are you reading yesterday's newspaper?
      Willie Rae: Your father has today's; I'll read that one tomorrow.

    • Flynn: Umm, who's going to interview who?
      Provenza: (Pulls out a coin and flips it.) Call it.
      Flynn: Tails.
      Provenza: (Grabs the coin without looking at the it.) Heads. Come on, Gabriel.

    • Dr. Leonard: So, other than early-onset menopause, getting engaged, having your parents come into town, buying a new house and being attacked with a cattle prod, then shooting and killing your assailant, there's nothing significant happening in your life?
      Brenda: Why do you have to say it like that?

    • Brenda: Where y'all goin'?
      Sanchez: Nowhere?
      Brenda: Has there been a homicide?
      Provenza: Yeah. And this one's pretty interesting, too, Chief. Dead body found inside a room that's locked from the outside. Now, inside, there are no windows and no locks.
      Brenda: Really.
      Provenza: No. Some Academy-award winning writer found dead in the Hollywood hills; probably OD'ed.
      Tao: (To Provenza) It was only a nomination; he didn't actually win.

    • Flynn: (Listing names under the heading "Who would want to kill Chief Johnson??") We're gonna need a bigger board.

    • Hawthorne:'re okay!
      Brenda: I'm alive. I am NOT okay.

    • Brenda: (about going back to work) Come on, Will. Nobody has to know...
      Pope: Good. "Nobody has to know." Good. That'd be like Gabriel and Daniels dating for a year?
      Brenda: Well, it's not like they're partners.

    • Pierson: So, essentially, rich white people are considered more important than poor minorities?
      Brenda: No sir. Just seems that way because of the media coverage.

    • Flynn: (To Brenda, regarding the priority location) You wanna come along?
      Brenda: What's the address?
      Gabriel: (over Brenda) NO. If you give her that address, I swear to God I will tell Pope. Chief Pope.

    • (Pope reads Dr. Leonard's memo to Brenda.)
      Brenda: Well, that is just NUTS!
      Pope: According to the departmental shrink, so are you!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Brenda mentions to Hawthorn that if he doesn't like the size of the elevator, he's going to like the gas chamber even less. Although in California the gas chamber is an acceptable form of execution, lethal injection is the primary method, and is the method that is used unless the gas chamber is specifically requested by the prisoner. In fact, out of the 12 people that have been executed since lethal injection was adopted by California in 1993, only one person has chosen the gas chamber.

    • International Airdate:
      Canada (French Language) first aired October 31, 2008.

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2008 on TV Prima
      Finland: November 19, 2009 on MTV3

    • This episode was directed by Kyra Sedgwick's husband, Kevin Bacon.

    • This is the first epsiode in which the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team appears. The SWAT team is believed to have originated with the LAPD under the administration of Chief Edward Davis in 1967. Assigned to the Metropolitan Division, the LAPD's tactical unit, SWAT is charged with high-risk assignments such as hostage rescues or engaging heavily armed criminals. SWAT team members have highly specialized weapons training, and many have military experience.

    • Gina Ravera does not appear in this episode.


    • Flynn: We're gonna need a bigger board.

      This line seems to be a popular take on the famous line from the 1975 movie Jaws in which a fishing boat owner is told "you're gonna need a bigger boat" after seeing the immense size of the great white shark the boat crew is trying to capture.