The Closer

Season 1 Episode 6

Fantasy Date

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2005 on TNT
9.0
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Rated: TV-14-LV Brenda finds herself the unexpected victim of violence against women when she investigates the murder of a congresswoman's daughter. At first, it appears the victim was engaged in sexual activity online that included an invitation to violence. But as Brenda and the team investigate the world of online solicitation of sex, they discover just how vulnerable to abuse women are, and how easily the web can be used for revenge. In the end, Brenda finds a killer bent on revenge, and saves the victim's reputation, but not without paying a terrible price herself.moreless

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  • There are people that are into that??? They must be seriously sick.

    7.0
    This episode made me sick to my stomach. Until this episode I never knew people could really be that nasty and sick. A girl is raped and killed. While at the victim's house, Brenda get attacked and almost raped, but she fights back and kicks the guys butt. The guy is upset, because he claims that she 'wanted it' and then shows them the ad that was on the website. The ad requests for a man to use the key under the rock to come in and rape her. I really enjoyed it when Brenda pushed the big red button trashing all website information after she received the information that she needed. Its awesome how she works her magic.

    The exboyfriend wanted the victim raped so that she would realize that his little hit on the arm wasn't a big deal. I wanted to smack him upside his head.moreless
  • A good episode

    9.0
    This is my first foray into the world of the Closer. I really enjoy Kyra's title character and the entire episode sees very believable. It was a little predictable, though. I knew the guy that broke into the crime scene was into S&M and all that jazz, because there is a similar CSI (Miami, maybe) episode where people pay to be kidnapped for the adrenaline rush. This is a reminder as to how scary it can be to go online and talk to strange people - for sex or for any other reason. I'll definitely be watching more of The Closer. Great show!moreless
  • computers are the enemy...

    9.0
    The Jones list – nice little twist on Craig’s list – but with that funny little twist of Jonesing for something. This episode was hard to watch from the start – rape is always a touchy subject and then to see Brenda attacked. Wow – I was on the edge of the couch yelling at her on the tv to get to her gun – glad that she listened. So I did guess that the ad was placed by the ex-boyfriend so she would get scared and go running back to him. Men are sick that way…also glad that Fritz seems ok with Brenda’s kinda strange behavior.moreless
  • a girl is found dead and raped in her appartment and her ex-boyfriend is susspected for the murder. defective brenda johnson must stop the ad before she's the next victom.

    10
    this is the exact reason i watch the closer. the drama mixed in with the action is amazing. i still can't beleave that that girl's boyfriend would hurt her like that. or that that girl would dump a guy just because he lightly slaped her. he had no history of slaping anyone and then he loeses control for two seconds and he slapes hes so little it barly made a bruse. that girl was tough and if she was to live she needed to losen up on that section. but still that doesn't justify what he did. that was just worng.moreless
  • This has to be my absolute favorite episode of 'The Closer'- the writers will have to work really hard to ever top this masterpiece!

    10
    This episode does so much right, and I have nothing to criticize about any elements of it, unbelievably enough. Usually something irks me, but 'Fantasy Date' was brilliant!



    Firstly, the storyline- I love the twists and turns in it; the fact that the boyfriend ended up ultimately responsible, that he had actually set up Carla- I actually believed for a while that she had subscribed to the website of her own volition, though I eventually guessed [before it was revealed] that it had been a calculated attempt to victimize her. The kid that actually killed her got off pretty easy though- I mean, he killed her, for crying out loud, surely there's got to be some penalty! [Although some teens recently got out of jail after only two years, even though they abused this elderly man, set his house on fire and let him die in there- they were sentenced for five years, but were let out for 'good behavior']



    Secondly, the humor! It was hysterical- they check out suspects, and one of them turns out to be a little kid who shouldn't even be on those kinds of trashy sites- where was the adult supervision, I ask you? And how the guy in charge of the site asked snidely if they could back to work and Brenda, looking absolutely beautiful [coz sometimes she looks old, it's interesting how that varies between scenes], says sweetly, "Sure, let me help you", trips the kill switch thing that wipes out all their information and quips, "Sue me". Great!



    Thirdly, the attack! I'm used to either 'Cold Case', where Lilly never gets attacked, and 'Law and Order: SVU', same with Olivia. It's always the guys that get bashed up, nothing happens to the ladies, like the writers think they're fragile little butterflies or something. Or then there's 'X-Files' [and even 'Stargate' to some extent] with Scully getting beaten up every other episode and never being able to do anything about it. That frustrates me! It's like, didn't the FBI teach you self-defense at all? Here, though, Brenda was attacked and she got the upper hand of the idiot- none of that, 'ooh, he knocked my gun from my hand' rubbish. It was a really cool scene, how you think she's done, the guy's whacked her on the head, he's on top of her on the bed [though you know she won't be raped, she's the main character, come on...] and then she gets her gun out on him- great job to all the actors involved in the whole episode!



    Okay, so one little thing nags at me- Fritz. As if any guy in the history of mankind would be that patient with someone like Brenda...'sleepover' translating into him on the sofa? Any other guy would've bailed!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

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

Graham Shiels

Graham Shiels

Andrew Lyle Gage

Guest Star

Patrick Renna

Patrick Renna

Jeffrey

Guest Star

Rick D. Wasserman

Rick D. Wasserman

Larry Fine

Guest Star

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Lt. Michael Tao

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Detective Irene Daniels

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The scene at the beginning of the episode where the Congresswoman is making her speech was filmed at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. Located in downtown Los Angeles, the LA Biltmore has a long and storied history connected to the development of the motion picture industry. Famously, it was at a banquet held at the hotel in May, 1927 that the design for the Oscar was sketched on a napkin (still displayed at the hotel,) and the hotel was the site of the Academy Awards a number of times between 1931 and 1942. The hotel is frequently used in film and television productions, and its elaborate Spanish/Italian Rennaissance architecture lends itself to a wide range of situations.

    • Brenda receives a nasty cut from her attacker, and later that evening it changes sides on her forehead! Later, we can see the reason the cut is on the other side of her forehead is because she was looking in the mirror to put a band-aid over it.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Provenza: (throwing a pile of profiles onto Brenda's desk) You know chief, these guys hardly ever look like their picture.
      Brenda: As it so happens, I'm more interested in how they describe themselves.
      Provenza: (leaving the office) Right. And I read Playboy for the articles.

    • Brenda: (Sticks a gun in Gage's side) You feel that in your gut?
      Gage: Are you loaded?
      Brenda: Get off me or you're going to find out!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 13, 2007 on Prima

    • In his TVGuide.com blog, James Duff indicates each season has an overarching theme that serves as subtext for many of the episodes. For season one, that theme was the woman alone, trying to negotiate a man's world. As the theme emerges in the first episodes, we see Brenda as a woman struggling for credibility and respect in a law-enforcement system dominated by men, battling their beliefs and their prejudices toward women in general, and her in particular. In the episodes that follow, the applications of the theme begins to broaden to explore both how women are never fully able to separate from their sexual identities in the eyes of men, the assumptions that result, and how men exploit women sexually. Now, Brenda experiences what is perhaps a woman's greatest fear: sexual violence. It's the first time we see Brenda truly vulnerable, and even as she throws off the effects of experience and continues her investigation, her interaction with Fritz shows us the damage done to her.

    • Although we know Lt. Tao is formerly an SID investigator, SID has played a background role until this episode, when Pope discusses the role of SID (Scientific Investigative Division) with Brenda in the context of the victim's apartment. Although briefly mentioned in one or two previous episodes, this is the first time we have some sense of what the LAPD SID does.

      SID is broken into three branches: the Criminalistics Lab, the Technical Lab, and the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab (formally named the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.) Unlike the fictional CSI, SID is charged with a wide range of tasks from gathering and preserving evidence, to development of composite drawings, to audio/video surveillance, to analysis of controlled substances.

      The Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab is interesting in its own right, collaboratively housing the LAPD SID, the LA County Sheriff's Department Scientific Services Bureau, and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at California State University, Los Angeles, on whose campus it is located.

    • This episode was submitted by Kyra Segwick to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Emmy consideration in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Although Sedgwick was nominated, the award went home with Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU").

    • Robert Gossett (Captain Taylor) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Jones List seems to be a reference to Craig's List, a classified sales website on which people can post absolutely anything.

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