The Closer

Season 3 Episode 10

Culture Shock

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 20, 2007 on TNT
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Rated: TV-14-L
When a Chinese woman who owns a tour company escorting a group of Chinese diplomats is found murdered in one of her own tour busses, Brenda and the team must examine the woman's business practices in their search for the killer.

Also, with Brenda back at work, it's Fritz' job to entertain her parents, and that includes a visit to Parker Center.


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    Brenda's parents are still around to help her recover after the surgery, but when Brenda is cleared to go back to work poor Fritz has to watch them and is about ready to kill either them or Brenda. They show up at the office to give gifts to the PHD workers and let the cat out of the bag about the upcoming nuptials of their daughter. The entire department is very happy for them except for Pope who feels betrayed that she did not tell him herself. The Asian prostitute thing was something different for the show so that was nice.moreless
  • I felt so bad for Fritz

    I loved Brenda just leaving Fritz with her parents the entire time! It was so amusing to watch him get all frustrated with her. Her parents were incredibly amusing to watch though, but they were annoying and you wanted them to leave at the same time. I loved when her mother thought that she and Fritz might have been getting married because she was pregnant and Brenda freaking out about her early onset menopause was so incredibly emotional.

    Brenda's mother was so great giving the squad pictures and fudge. And I absolutely loved Willie Rae insulting Provenza for not being a captain, but not really insulting him. It was just so amusing to watch. I loved how her parents announced her engagement to Fritz to the entire squad and Pope. It was brilliant to watch all of their reactions and congratulations. I also loved Chief Pope yelling at Brenda in front of her parents it was so funny to see him all flustered about that.

    The team making the constant cracks about Gabriel's relationship with Daniels was so annoying. I just wanted them to let it go already. The case they were working on wasn't all that interesting. I really didn't expect the father in law though. I was with Provenza and Flynn I really thought it was her husband. The fact that she was sleeping with the one guy because she owed him for bringing her to America was something that just seemed to be in there to create extra controversy and make you believe the husband had more of a reason to kill her. The tour bus thing wasn't that great with it having the extra prostitution income.

    The end at the doctors was great. The look on Brenda's face when the doctor wanted her to cut down on her sugar intake was priceless. I wanted to hit her mother though as she kept butting in.

    This was a decent episode but not by far the best of this season.moreless
  • Brenda and the team invistigate the murder of a Chinese tour bus guide/business owner. Brenda's parents continue their stay. The captain and the team find out about Brenda and Fritz's engagement.moreless

    so first of all i have to say, i'm getting annoyed with Brenda's parents. i mean seriously, shut up already! i feel bad for Fritz having to stay alone with them quite a bit lol. i could not believe Brenda's father and his speech about old cars and all that, in reference to his daughter. i was pleased to hear Brenda doesn't have cancer, but disappointed when her mother said "i'll stay and help you recover." lol. the team is making cracks about Daniels and Gabriel. when the captain told off Brenda in front of her parents that was funny. he just ran right into the next sentence "and please tell me i didn't just say all this in front of your parents." the look on her daddy's face was priceless. we'll see what next week has to bringmoreless
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

Raymond Ma

Raymond Ma

Guay-Lai Chen

Guest Star

John Wesley Shipp

John Wesley Shipp

Chris Conroy

Guest Star

Elaine Kao

Elaine Kao

An-Li Wong

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: If Brenda intends to charge Ren-Di's father with the murder of Ping-Lei, why didn't she insist a translator be on hand when the father was brought to the son in the interview room and the conversation recorded? The attorney for Ren-Li (who spoke the language) left the room, and no one was on hand to read the Chinese man his rights in his own language. Though Ren-Di seems certain his father will confess to the murder, she has no way to be sure he will indeed confess. It's not like Brenda to leave something this important to chance.

    • At one point in the story, Willie Rae marvels at how close Chinatown is to Parker Center. And she's right; Chinatown is located a few blocks from LAPD headquarters, along Hill Street.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Fritz: (upon hearing Brenda's diagnosis) And the treatment options?
      Dr. Dioli: Well, PCOS seems to be related to insulin-resistance, so the first thing I would recommend is that you cut out all sweets, candy, cake...
      Brenda: (shaking her head furiously) No, no!
      Fritz: You don't have cancer!
      Dr. Dioli: The most agressive approach to reversing the early-onset menopause would be an ovulation-induction agent and a laparoscopic procedure known as 'ovarian drilling'.
      Willie Rae: This has nothing to do with my wanting more grandchildren; You do this, and I'll stay and help you recover!

    • Willie Rae: Clay and I were so sad to hear you'd gotten divorced.(Pope smiles and nods) Again.
      Pope: (Look of misery on his face) Thank you, I'm doing much better now. Well, enjoy your visit.
      Clay: Will do. I expect we'll be seein' you at Brenda's wedding.

    • Pope: Mr. Chou says he called you repeatedly and told you he borrowed the camera from his boss and he's afraid to return to China without it.
      Brenda: Is he asking for asylum?
      Pope: This may surprise you, but in some cultures, supervisors are still shown a modicum of respect. And, employees still try to please the boss. So, lose the attitude, and see that this guy gets his camera back. I don't need any more grief from the Chinese consul, and I definately don't need it from you! Please tell me I did not just say all of that in front of your parents.

    • Willie Rae: (talking about the Chinese tour) It wasn't difficult at all to figure out what that tour guide was saying. She'd point to a mansion, and say Chinese-Chinese-Chinese, Robert Wagner. Or Frank Sinatra, Chinese-Chinese-Chinese.

    • Fritz: (as Brenda shoves her parents onto a Chinese tour bus so she can continue investigating her Chinatown murder) I thought I knew what little shame you had, now I see there's a level below, a whole sub-basement of shamelessness.
      Brenda: I'm horrible, I know.
      Fritz: No, actually, I'm kind of impressed.

    • Clay: (to Brenda) Honey, you parked in a red zone!
      Willie Rae: She keeps weapons in her trunk, Clay. She parks wherever she wants.

    • Brenda: Lieutenant, what's wrong?
      Tao: Even among assimilated Chinese the rule is, honor your parents. No child takes that tone with their father, even under these circumstances.
      Brenda: Well, for what it's worth, we have a similar tradition where I come from, and I can tell ya, it's easier to preach than to practice.

    • Provenza: (holding back Chinese tourists) Oh, Tao, thank God. Would you please tell these people to calm down and step back?
      Tao: (yelling at crowd) Calm down and step back!
      Provenza: You don't speak Chinese?
      Tao: No, I don't. I'm fourth generation American.
      Provenza: Well, you always sound fluent when we order take-out.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdate:
      Canada (French Language) first aired November 7, 2008.

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: November 10, 2008 on TV Prima
      Finland: November 26, 2009 on MTV3

    • This is the first episode set in Los Angeles' Chinese community. The third largest in North America (behind San Francisco and Vancouver,) Los Angeles' Chinese community is multi-generational, with the earliest settlements following closely on the gold rush of 1849. As the largest port of entry on the west coast of the Pacific Rim, Los Angeles has seen a recent influx of Chinese immigrants, spreading the community outside its original boundaries to a group of cities in the eastern suburbs. The largest Chinese population in the Los Angeles area now resides in the city of Monterey Park, which adjoins the eastern city limits of Los Angeles, a few miles from downtown.