The Closer

Season 4 Episode 3

Cherry Bomb

2
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 28, 2008 on TNT
9.0
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Rated: TV-14-DL
When a girl is found dead of a suspicious suicide, the well-connected ate previously accused of raping her immediately catches Brenda's attention. As the team digs for the truth, they uncover some disturbing skeletons in the school's closet.

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  • Brenda and the team are called in to investigate what appeared to be a suicide but turned out could possibly be a murder. The victim was raped a week before and the suspect in the case is the son of the commander of the department.moreless

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    So Brenda finds out that this girl that supposedly killed herself had gone in and reported being raped by the commander's son a week earlier. She was badly bruised everywhere and Brenda was shook to the core when she examined the body and discovered just how badly the girl had been assaulted. After figuring out everything they could to put a hole in the alibi that the kid's father was supplying, Brenda finds out that the boy had been riding around with his friends that night and was on camera. Brenda winds up arresting the commander. By the way i loved the facial expression on the captain's face when the commander called Brenda "honey." It was priceless. I also liked the comment that Brenda made to the son about becoming part of the cherry picking club in prison, which is where he was headed after Brenda charged him with sexual assault because she couldn't prove murder. That girl had apparently killed herself as was thought, as far as the investigation could prove. I felt so badly for this girl. Great episode, i can't wait to see the next one!moreless
  • Brenda investigates a teen-aged girl's death.

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    A girl lies dead on her bed, the victim of a hanging. Her death is ruled a suicide, and it quickly becomes obvious that she took her life as the result of the brutal rape inflicted on her by the son of a well-connected local law enforcement official. Brenda's investigative team advises her that there is no way to get a rape conviction short of a confession. Having seen this scenario many times before, they know the defense attorneys will argue that the sex was consensual, and there is no definitive physical evidence to contradict the argument. Undaunted, Brenda goes to work, intent on finding enough evidence to prove that the death was not suicide but murder. The writers--and Brenda--do a very good job keeping viewers guessing, with lots of clever misdirection. Brenda takes chances in her investigation, and things don't always go the way she expects them to. That adds to the suspense, because it is clear to us that there is no guarantee her gambles will pay off. This season is off to a great start.moreless
  • Everything you love about this show.

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    When called to the scene of an apparent suicide by the usually antagonistic Commander Taylor, Brenda discovers the deceased was the recent victim of rape. After asking why nothing was done about it, Brenda learns that the perpetrator is the son of a high-ranking member of the LA County Sheriff's Department. Rather than continuing to investigate the rape, Brenda decides to investigate the "murder" over the objections of, well, everyone. The portayal of the rapist is sufficient, given that he doesn't have much screen time. But what treally drives this episode is the story, Sedgwick, and the supporting cast. Not to mention the character of the father, played despicably by Daniel Baldwin. Great episode. Watch it whenever it's on.moreless
  • suicide looks like murder to Brenda..

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  • Go Brenda! w00t! :)

    9.3
    I was in love with this episode from Brenda's first appearance.



    The compassion in her face while examining the girl was so touching. And in a case where she's got data coming at her from every direction, she can connect up that March 18 dispatch call with a cherry pick for the same date.



    And her conversation with the girl was sad and sweet. She had to push, but she knew when to stop, too, and that's probably what got her to come in and help her.



    Also, her misrepresentation of herself as a public defense was freeqin' fun. He's a witness, not a suspect, he has no right to an attorney. Well ... let's give him one.



    Hilarious.



    Also, I knew she was going to use the leverage she was gaining against the dad, and she did not disappoint. And neither did he -- he was gratifyingly irritating, and wonderfully outraged when she did her endrun on him.



    And it was a fantastic confession, and so well documented. Every object she needed to get exactly that set of reactions and confession, she had, and in exactly the right order.



    And her closing was just brilliant. "Bet some of your new roomies in prison'll have you on their cherry-pickin' list, too."



    Nice.moreless
Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

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

Andrea Bowen

Andrea Bowen

Michelle Clark

Guest Star

Daniel Baldwin

Daniel Baldwin

Mark Yates

Guest Star

Michael William Freeman

Michael William Freeman

Darren Yates

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Jonathan Del Arco

Jonathan Del Arco

Dr. Morales

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