The Closer

Season 1 Episode 5

Flashpoint

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 11, 2005 on TNT
8.9
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Rated: TV-14-LV

Brenda enters the high-stakes world of pharmaceutical research, when a drug trial for new anti-addiction medication lead to the death of one of the principal investigators. Nothing is quite as it seems as she investigates the high-powered president of the drug company sponsoring the trial, the seemingly easy-going psychiatrist and the teenaged participants in the study. Too soon, one of the teenagers falls victim to manipulation of the medication, and Brenda untangles a web of exploitation of the young victims leading to an unlikely criminal. Meanwhile, Flynn ratchets up his efforts to undermine Brenda's authority, first by going over her head to Pope, and then, when that fails, by unearthing a groundless ethics investigation Brenda faced in Atlanta. On the personal front, Brenda's relationship with Fritz heats up, much to Provenza's delight!moreless

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  • Wonderfull episode.

    10
    I thought that this was a wonderful episode. We learned a little more about Brenda. The more I learn about Brenda, the more I like her. I really enjoy the way she works and talks to the suspects. Brenda and Fritz make out on her couch. I really like Brenda and Fritz together. They make an awesome couple. I felt sorry for the teen girl who went into a coma because her boyfriend, who just happens to be her psychiatrist, gave her the placebo, which caused her to have a seizure. Unfortanately, she will never wake up. Brenda does a wonderful job busting the guy.moreless
  • drugs are bad...

    9.0
    How many friggin’ cases does Brenda have to get right and get a confession out of before her team starts to trust her?? It seems like they just do not like her personally and they are holding it against her professionally. I wish that Pope would have done more to punish Flynn then just a warning – we all know that never works. And I also wished he would have fessed up and told Brenda that he knew who the leak was. Oh well – one more case solved – maybe the team will start to respect her a bit more each time.moreless
  • I hope Buzz gets the boot really soon!

    8.2
    Buzz is the mole inside of the Barn as they call it

    As he is playing both sides and I agree with one person

    That he needs to go or else he will be locked up along with those that he locked up himself

    Brenda's past comes back to haunt her in a big way

    Again GW Bailey brings out the comic relief in a sometimes grim show.
  • Pope... I'm hoping that Pope gets his butt canned soon. He's trying to be everyone's buddy and playing all sides, when he should be the supervisor.

    8.0
    Flynt is a conniving jerk. Yeah, Brenda just kept going on as if she hadn't heard his suggestion, but he should have gone to her after to explain his reasoning. If he had done that, she might have been more willing to rationally discuss his idea. As it was, she totally shot him down because he had gone over her head. But because Pope was being all buddy buddy, he told Flynt about an ethics inquiry into Brenda... which he immediately brings to the department and leaks to the press. I can't believe that they're still keeping the squad alienated from Brenda!!! But Gabriel needs to grab some balls and choose a side. I think that if he firmly sided with Brenda, a lot of the squad would follow. But he waffles. But there was a total make-out scene between Brenda and Fritz at the end! Hooray!!!moreless
  • What if there was a drug that helped teen dope addicts go straight? What if the researcher of this drug ends up dead? Who could possibly straighten it all out? Brenda Johnson.moreless

    8.7
    This show is all about Kyra Sedgwick's character, Brenda Johnson. If I ever get brutally murdered with a telephone headset,I hope some detective like her figures out it was my uncle's cousin's third girlfriend's father by analyzing a video tape and reading text messages. Having said that, it felt like it took her longer to get to the point in this one. Not too long, but just enough longer that she appears human. Thus far, Detective Johnson has shown herself to be an extremely effective interrogator. The crooks have no chance once they sit down with her. I am really starting to look forward to her chewing up and spitting out the bad guys each week.



    On the guest star front, the always on target John DeLancie spices up this episode.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

Tony Denison

Tony Denison

Detective Lt. Andy Flynn

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

Robin Bartlett

Robin Bartlett

Dr. Leah Rainey

Guest Star

Larry Joshua

Larry Joshua

Mr. Hammond

Guest Star

Jake Sandvig

Jake Sandvig

Howard Quigley

Guest Star

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Detective Irene Daniels

Recurring Role

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Detective Julio Sanchez

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Young Man: Um, I was just wondering... Is there a reward for reporting a murder?
      Brenda: Yes. (Takes the boy's hand and breaks into a smile.) Thank you so much for serving the community.

    • Brenda: (to Flynn) I should like to state as emphatically as I can how unhappy I am that you went over my head. This idea of yours is a no-go, because I don't like waiting around for two months while a judge determines exacly what a special master can do in this case and maybe lose the hearing. However, if we find ourselves reduced to pursuing alternatives of a dubious legal nature, or should the sun explode, I promise to reconsider your suggestion... Thank youuuu.

    • Brenda: So why don't you just ask me about it? I know what you're thinking.
      Fritz: OK, I did read the article about your ethics investigation.
      Brenda: And you were wondering what all the hoopla was about.
      Fritz: Well, it's none of my business, really, but, uh, yeah.
      Provenza: (Eavesdropping with Buzz over Brenda's wire) OK. Here we go. Spill your guts.
      Brenda: It was my crazy ex-husband...
      Buzz: Lieutenant, this is making me really uncomfortable.
      Provenza: Buzz, don't make me pull out my gun.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 30, 2007 on Prima

    • An important feature of the episode is the use of double-blind, multi-phase drug trials. The phases are designed to test various aspects of the drug: its safety (Phase I), its effectiveness (Phase II) and its benefits and sides effects (Phase III). Use of a double-blind is common in studies where the investigators must evaluate patients taking the drug on subjective criteria and/or gather subjective evidence from patients about the effects of the drug. In these studies, neither the patients nor the investigators know who is taking the actual medication and who is taking a placebo (an inert pill, usually made of sugar.) This allows for unbiased evaluation of the medication. Late in the study, the blind is broken, allowing investigators to compare the outcomes of patients who are and are not taking the medication.

    • Flynn requests a special master to review the deceased doctor's patient files, which the police cannot do because doctor-patient confidentiality rights belong to the patient. In California, a special master is an attorney who accompanies law enforcement officials when searching the documents of persons whose practice guarantees client/patient confidentiality (i.e. doctors, priests, attorneys.) The purpose of a special master is to protect the interests of the professional and his/her clients. Special masters are drawn from a list maintained by the California Bar Association, and cannot be attorneys practicing criminal law.

    • When the president of the drug company threatens to destroy the psychiatrist conducting the drug trial, he shakes it off by commenting he has tenure. Tenure is earned after roughly six years, when an academic's position becomes permanent.

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

    • Mark Feuerstein is credited as a Special Guest Star.

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