The Closer

Season 3 Episode 2

Grave Doubt

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 25, 2007 on TNT
9.0
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Rated: TV-14-L

When Provenza's card is found on the body of a missing teenaged gang member, it appears the boy may have tried to contact Provenza about a shooting, but disappeared before he could. As a result, Brenda soon put a priest, whose life's work centers on reforming teens involved with gangs, in the middle of her investigation, and finds he has an unexpected defender: Sgt. Gabriel.

Back at home, Brenda must now deal with her father, who knows that she and Fritz are living together.

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  • A 15 year old murder dating back to the LA Riots needs Solving

    6.0
    This Episode was to me the prime example of the things I dont like about Chief Johnson, dont get me wrong i like her, but in this episode i believe she showed that she is more concerned by solving a crime than care how she does it. I mean crime is crime but will it kill her to atleast show simpathy or carefully conduct herself.



    I know the father was less co-operative and he looked shedy but i belive that because of the way she arrested him, he will most likely get bad publicity and setting him back on the work done. in one scene she came into the room asking her colegues questions before even asking good morning like she doesn't really care about them beyond work, its not asking much but they need to warm her up a bit it doesnt hurt to once in a while to attack every suspect so that she can get answers.



    The father thing that woman is too old to be worrying and getting scared of her father like she is a teenagermoreless
  • A 15 year old murder victim with a link to Provenza

    8.9
    Fritz and Brenda were so cute in the beginning! I loved seeing Fritz wake Brenda up and give her the mug and then seeing her jump right into the whipped cream! It was cute seeing them like that and then it all changed! I loved how he was just trying to butter her up before telling her that he had accidentally answered her phone when her father called.



    I loved that Brenda was actually all worried about the budget cuts when she arrived at the crime scene. I loved how she was all worried about her new shoes too. It was great to see her calling Pope and then cutting the line when she was told that the victim had Provenza's business card on him. It was funny when Brenda was staring at Provenza and he was like "You know what would really help me remember, if you stared at me some more." It was brilliant and amusing!



    I didn't really like everything going on with Father Jack. It was annoying to see Flynn go off about how he protected gang bangers and murderers. Father Jack was just annoying it was great that he was helping to turn lives around like that but it was awful to see how uncooperative he was being throughout the entire ordeal!



    I hated that Gabriel and Brenda had that disagreement when Brenda was trying to get Richards to confess to murdering his brother. I did like the ending though when Brenda admitted that all her problems with Fritz were her fault! And the letter from her father was great too!moreless
  • Brenda has to solve the death of a gang member found 15 years after he disappeared.

    8.5
    As usual, this episode had a lot going on. The first thing was that Fritz answered Brenda's phone (I didn't know they had 2 different lines, but anyway..) and it was her dad. Apparently her dad still didn't know they lived together. So, she's freaking out the entire episode about what his reaction would be, especially since he won't talk to her on the phone. He sent a letter instead. She finally reads the letter and finds out he forgives her.



    Next we find out that Chief Pope still hasn't talked to Brenda about Gabriel's idea on how to save the department money. Wonder when he's going to do that.



    And finally we have the main storyline, the discovery of a boy's body at a construction site. He died 15 years ago and all they know for sure is that Provenza gave him his business card. The investigation leads them to a priest who helps gang members get off the street and turn their lives around. At some point, the victim's brother comes into the picture and wants Brenda to stop harassaing the priest because he's helping people and the community and he doesn't want his name ruined since he just lost an election. Gabriel continues to defend the priest, the brother and everything they do because he feels they send a good message that even though you were a gang member, you can still turn your life around and do plenty of good. Which leads to an argument by him and Brenda when she wants to arrest the brother because she believes he's the one who killed the body they found. Gabriel wants her to forget it because then it will send a message to gang members trying to turn their lives around that their previous life will never be forgotten or forgiven, Brenda disagrees because she feels it's her job to uphold the law. She continues, they find out the brother did do it, he gets arrested and Gabriel and Brenda aren't on the best of terms anymore. This is kinda sad because he was one of her first supporters and always championed her cause. We'll have to see what the future holds.moreless
  • wow - never thought i would see brenda and gabriel fighting...

    9.2
    Wow – Brenda might have finally done it. She actually really upset Gabriel – to the point that she had to give him a direct order to back down, went against his wishes and he left her at the office. I wonder if this is the end of the dynamic duo?? Poor Provenza – he had the issues with the gun in the drawer, then the chief wants him to retire, now his business card is found on a dead guy. When is he going to get a break?? In Brenda’s life her dad calls and Fritz accidentally answers the phone. Brenda gets very mad at him, but then realizes that it is not his fault. Good thing her dad isn’t mad at her.moreless
  • Priest not so priestly!

    10
    The show is just keeping on getting better. As it does in this show when a boy is found dead. And that one of the cops' card is on him. As the boy looked like he was trying to contact him. The squad is led to a priest who may have had something to do with his murder. As the priest is hiding something. Meanwhile Brenda must deal with her dad who doesn't like her living with Fritz.moreless
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

Dohn Norwood

Dohn Norwood

Kenyon Richards

Guest Star

David Zayas

David Zayas

Brian (Ballistics)

Guest Star

Keith Diamond

Keith Diamond

Terry Miller

Guest Star

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Dr. Crippen, Medical Examiner

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Subtle product placement: the ringtone on Brenda's phone is clearly identifiable as T-Mobile's signature tone, heard in all its advertisements.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Brenda: Who's Father Jack?
      Flynn: He's an a**hole

    • Brenda: (On her cell phone) Will Pope, please.
      Gabriel: Wait. Chief. Chief? Chief! They found Provenza's business card in the dead guy's pocket!
      Brenda: (Hangs up and stomps over to Provenza) Well, Lieutenant, does the face ring a bell?
      Provenza: (poker-faced) He's lost a little weight.

    • Kenyon: What happened to Durell took me to Father Jack and I changed. I devoted myself to caring for others. Every day I struggled with making a difference in my community. The work I've done. The work I want to do. I am Durell's legacy. I've already saved more lives than you ever will. And I can save more, I can save more.
      Brenda: You save lives, great. Give me back the life of your brother and we can call it even. We don't live in a world where you get to kill people and decide how to make up for it.

    • (After Brenda tells Father Jack about finding Durell's body)
      Father Jack: That's sad, but it has nothing to do with me.
      Brenda: Considering you turned in the murder weapon I'd say it has a lot to do with you. I'll be in your office.
      (Brenda goes to Father Jack's office)
      Provenza:(to Father Jack) And you thought nuns were tough.

    • Provenza: This kid went missing in 1992. That was like three wives ago.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: September 15, 2008 on TV Prima
      Finland: October 1, 2009 on MTV3
      Canada (French Language) first aired September 12, 2008

    • The context for the events leading to Durrell's death include the 1992 LA Riots. In the late afternoon of April 29, 1992, the verdict in the trial of four LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King were read in the conservative community of Sylmar, California: three of the four officers were cleared of all charges. The verdicts were broadcast live, and rioting broke out in several parts of the city, however, the flashpoint is considered the corner of Florence and Normandy in South Los Angeles, where trucker Reginald Denny was dragged from his vehicle and severely beaten. Over the next three days, Los Angeles watched 24 hour news coverage as businesses were looted and burned. The city finally returned to the beginnings of normality on May 4, but the damage was the staggering: over 50 people dead and $1 billion in property damage. As this episode shows, the repercussions of the riots are still being felt over ten years later.

    • This episode carries a warning that the story is fictional, and not based on any real person or event.

      This is probably because the character of Father Jack appears to be loosely based on Father Gregory S. Boyle, S.J. Director of Homeboy Industries, an economic development program designed to give Latino gang members a second chance and an alternative to gang activity. Homeboy Industries operates in Boyle Heights (part of LAPD's Hollenbeck Division), 15 square miles with 34 gangs, the highest concentration of gangs in the city. Projects include a bakery/cafe, a landscape and maintenance company, and a silkscreen shop that sells a range of merchandise. Associated with Homeboy Industries is Jobs for a Future, an employment development service. Like Father Jack, Father Gregory is actively involved in the City of Los Angeles' anti-crime initiatives. Although widely widely respected in the city, occasional questions have arisen about the sheltering of gang members who have committed major crimes, as seen in the CNN Presents feature Homicide in Hollenbeck.

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Až za hrob (Beyond the Grave)

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