The Closer

Season 3 Episode 10

Culture Shock

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 20, 2007 on TNT



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions