Brenda: (After vomiting) There's some dirty diapers in the trash over there.
Sgt. Gabriel: Yeah. That's the only thing around here that could make someone throw up.
Lawyer: Naked people are being filmed in every attic, every car and on every swingset in the Valley. No one can keep that from happening.
Gabriel: How did you determine the head had HIV?
Terrence: We do this procedure where we swab the inside of his cheek? It's the kind of test that gives us the results rapidly.
Gabriel: What's it called?
Terrence: Rapid HIV Test.
Flynn: Chances are whoever he is, he had some priors.
Provenza: Yeah. Model citizens don't usually end up with their heads in dumpsters.
Brenda: (at the scene) Lt. Tao, could you head on back ... (officers giggle) Could you go back to the office, please, and search the Missing Persons database for a white male early 30s, brown hair, brown eyes, height ...
Lt. Tao: He's at least 2 feet.
Brenda: (over more giggling) Thank you.
Brenda: Oh for heaven's sake. It is a head. Oh my Lord, I found some feet!
Homeless Guy: Do these feet go with this head?
Gabriel: I sure hope so.
Homeless Guy: Hey! You guys cops?
Gabriel: Yeah. Why?
Homeless Guy: Somebody's head is in my Dumpster!
Original International Air Dates:
Czech Republic: May 22, 2007 on Prima
The fictional FITS, where the blood tests were faked, is based on the non-profit Adult Industry Medical Service (AIM.) Based in the San Fernando Valley, AIM emphasizes medical and emotional care services for sex workers and patients with high-risk sexual practices. It also contracts to with the adult film industry to provide pre-shoot and scheduled HIV and STD tests, using the highly sensitive PCR/DNA HIV test. Founded by a former adult film star, AIM participated in the CDC/LADOH study of the industry's 2004 HIV outbreak, doing all their HIV testing.
The subject of this episode is timely in that an HIV outbreak rocked the Los Angeles adult film industry in early 2004.
In early 2004 adult star Darren James was found to be HIV-positive after working with three HIV positive Brazilian adult-film actresses, one of whom infected him. James, in turn, infected an American actress, Lara Roxx. Between them, they contacted another 25 adult film actors. The CDC and LA County Department of Health, with the cooperation of AIM, studied the outbreak, and shut down the industry until virus was contained. LADOH later required all adult-film actors to wear condoms.
Both actors were barred from further adult film work. Each of the actors who worked with them were "under quarantine" until their HIV tests came back negative. Of these, five were found to be HIV-positive. Because of this outbreak, both the adult film industry and the LADOH worked together to develop mutually acceptable guidelines for the health and safety of adult film actors.
The episode's Bloom family, the owners of Opulence Films, may have been loosely based on the Glasser family, featured in Showtime's "Family Business," who run an adult film production company in Los Angeles.
Because the head and feet that begin the episode's murder case were found in West Hollywood, the medical examiner running an HIV test was a matter of routine. This was done because the city of West Hollywood's population is predominantly gay, which strongly influences the city's social and political agendas.
Much of the action in this episode takes place in LA's San Fernando Valley. "The Valley" is often referred to as the adult movie capital of the US because of the number of adult films made there, often in private homes, each year.
This episode marks the first time an episode of The Closer carried a warning due to content.
Brenda: I will be pressing murder charges today, Mr. Catalina, and I need your help in deciding whether I charge Oscar by himself, or Oscar and his mother.
Mr. Catalina: Excuse me?
Brenda: Oh, come now. This is hardly "Sophie's Choice."
This in reference to the 1982 film "Sophie's Choice," in which the lead character revealed that during the Holocaust, she had been forced to choose between sparing the life of her son or her daughter. "Sophie's Choice" has become an expression for a tragic, or extremely difficult, decision.