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The Closer

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 18, 2007 on TNT
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Rated: TV-14-V
The third season opens with a 3:00am roll-out that sends the PHD to the scene of the brutal triple murder of a couple and their preteen daughter. As the team processes the crime scene, they discovery the couple's teenaged son, Eric, still alive and on drugs in the attic. At first Eric seems to be their likely suspect but, as the investigation proceeds, the dead man's mysterious business partner, a psychologist named Dr. Reichter and his connection to Eric's father may hold the key.
Meanwhile, a financial crisis in the LAPD forces Brenda to face the loss of a detective. At home, Fritz tires of having no place for his belongings and decides he and Brenda should get a bigger house. When Brenda resists, he finds a creative way to make his point.


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  • He’s a bigamist

    This is one of the few episodes of the show that I have seen so far and I loved this one along with the other ones I've seen.

    The beginning of this one was creepy because it just started with the investigation and the dead bodies and blood everywhere. I loved how they all had to introduce themselves on the tape and Provenza just started going off and then they camera guy had to remind him to state his name and all. I liked Flynn freaking out over the little girl's body too. It was so sad to watch him like that.

    I loved Pope and Brenda discussing the budget cut and Pope telling Brenda to get Provenza to retire! The two of them are always amusing together. It was great to see everyone together in the office after Pope and Brenda had the discussion about getting rid of one of the detectives. I loved Flynn acting the way he was and then having him remind Provenza that he was eligible for Retirement! It was great to see Provenza after that!

    Gabriel and Brenda were great at the hospital with Eric! I loved how Brenda got him to confess to being out of his house when his family was killed. And I loved her reaction after he said he wished he was dead. It was great to see Pope walk into the office when the suicide watch was being confirmed.

    And then Brenda spending more money using the jet to fly to where they needed to be, that was just so Brenda! It was great how she just casually said to send the bill to Chief Will Pope!

    It was crazy at the end to see Kim confess. I wanted to hit him while he was in the interview room.

    This was another brilliant episode of the closer!moreless
  • Brenda and the team find Eric, the son of a man and woman murdered at his home,in the attic. Brenda tries to gain more time for the case, since everyone is asked to work less overtime due to a budget cut, by putting Eric on suicide watch.moreless

    Brenda has the case of a murdered family in her hands and also the teenage son, who is high on drugs, that was found in the attic of the home. Budget cuts force the LAPD to withdraw an officer from each unit, counting Brenda's. Everyone seems to be whispering in her ear to make Lt. Provenza retire, but she also gets an interesting offer from Commander Taylor. Due to the cuts, Brenda desires to gain more time for the case so she tries her best to put Eric on a suicide watch. Brenda tries to track down the owner of a cellphone found at the home, but she gets a nasty surprise when she discovers the identity of the owner and his hidden secrets.moreless
  • She is back with a "bang!"

    WOW, this was by far one of my favorite episodes! She has to be one of the best actor's I have ever seen. She makes all of us want to have her job; even when at some points it can be so horrible, life threatning, and nasty! Way to go Kyra!

    I absolutly love the part where she is in the hospital room with the boy asking him why he didn't hear his parents and little sister being murdered. She screams and bangs on the walls with two plastic cups! How much more awesome can she get? If you missed this episode go to tnt.com and watch it! You will love it!moreless
  • Kyra at her best!

    Well Krya will no longer be called Mrs Kevin Bacon

    Knowing that this show has put her to stardom as

    She is the Closer. The team deals with a triple homicide

    Of a family. And the son seems to be a suspect. But

    It leads to a doctor prescribing drugs. Meanwhile the police

    Face a financial crisis. And that they maybe forced to cute some officers. As Fritz is tired of living in a small house and tries to get Brenda to buy a bigger house.moreless
  • Masterful beginning for the 3rd season

    Turns out that "The Closer" pulled a "Big Love" and in an unexpected twist the victims of the murders are a victim of polygamy, unaware. What's so great about this show is that the people who commit the murders aren't bad people, just really troubled. Although the boy did go over the edge with killing the 11 year old girl, there's still sympathy for the poor boy, who discovered his father was living two lives and then his father calling his own son a felon (you need to watch this episode to know what I'm talking about). Kyra Sedgwick's performance is also the main factor why this episode works so well. Her character just gets more complex and interesting each season.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

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan

Kim Reichter

Guest Star

Molly Hagan

Molly Hagan

Kathy Reichter

Guest Star

Brando Eaton

Brando Eaton

Justin Darcy

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the beginning of the episode, the Rapid Response Office explains to the camera that they were called out because of a "possible 187." 187 is the police scanner code for a homicide.

      Scanner codes are drawn from corresponding sections of the California Penal Code; Section 187 defines murder, and establishes what a person is for the purposes of applying the definition.

    • Goof: Provenza notes the only income Dr. Wallace had was from the publication of articles in academic journals. In reality, academics are not paid for these publications, since they are generated as part of university or grant work.

    • In his June 18 blog, James Duff tells us Buzz' official title is Civilian Surveillance Coordinator.

    • The house used as the Wallace home once belonged to Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and was the home where they raised their sons David and Rick. The 5 bedroom house, now valued at $4.1 million, is located at 1822 Camino Palmero in the Hollywood Hills. It served as the model for the fictional Nelson home in the 1950/60's TV series "The New Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." The bedroom used as Eric's bedroom was originally Rick's, and the cast was able to see where he had carved his initials in the bedroom wall.

    • This is the first time that the Priority Homicide Division is referred to as "PHD" by one of its members; Lt. Flynn uses the term while shooting the video for the court. Usually the squad is referred to as "Priority Homicide" by members of the unit.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Sanchez: (just before Brenda enters the interview room) Little Justin says his father is a lawyer. Just so you know.
      Brenda: (entering the room) Good morning, Mr. Darcy, I'm Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, LAPD, and I have brought you here this morning to talk about rape.
      Justin: I haven't raped anyone. Ever.
      Brenda: I have a statement alleging sexual assault from the victim.
      Justin: (arrogantly) Do you know how stupid that is? All right, I think I should get my one phone call and talk to my dad. He's a criminal attorney, OK? So, I think I know a bit more about the justice system than the average person you drag in here.
      Brenda: (chuckling) Lt. Flynn, would you please hand Mr. Darcy your phone? As I am sure you're aware, Mr. Darcy, given your vast knowledge of the law, the age of consent for male/male sex in the state of California is 18.
      Justin: (dialing Flynn's phone, and still arrogant) I'm 19. In two months.
      Brenda: Many happy returns. Eric Wallace, the boy who you are currently 'tutoring', is 17. Make sure you tell your father that the charges against you will include, but not necessarily be limited to, statutory rape and sex with a minor. I look forward to meeting your family. I can only imagine how proud they'll be.

    • Chief Pope: (after hearing Gabriel's plan to transfer Brenda's team to the Counter Terrorism Bureau, then assign them back to PHD) You know, Sergeant, for a bureaucrat, this is the equivilent of turning water into wine. My only question is why you are here suggesting it instead of Chief Johnson?
      Gabriel: (uncomfortably) Uh, well, sir...I thought she might like this idea better if she thought it was...
      Chief Pope: My idea. I see you've worked out every detail, including who she is going to blame. That's real genius.

    • Pope: Consider, just for a moment, a world in which you work for me, and what I need is important, too....Every section has to lose at least one detective.
      Brenda: You don't mean MINE?
      Pope: Yes, I do mean you, Brenda, EVERY SECTION.... So, what do I have to do to make you agree with me?
      Brenda: Stop being wrong!

  • NOTES (8)

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Kazisvět (Wrecker)

    • International Airdate:
      Canada (French Language) first aired on September 5, 2008.

    • International Air Dates:
      Thailand: April 29, 2008 on True Series.
      Czech Republic: September 8, 2008 on TV Prima.
      Finland: September 24, 2009 on MTV3

    • The financial crisis the LAPD must confront is part of one the State of California has faced in recent years. Although now past its most critical phase, the budget crisis was an outgrowth of significant overspending by the state government in the early 2000's, a weak economy and the bursting of the "dot com" bubble of the late '90's. California's financial woes, along with the electricity mismanagement of 2000 and 2001 ultimately contributed to the recall of former Governor Grey Davis and the election of now-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in October, 2003.

    • Lompoc, California is located about 175 miles north of Los Angeles, and about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara, in Santa Barbara County. The area is largely agricultural, and is known for its flower industry. Tourism is a major industry in the area, and nearby are the Danish village of Solvang, Buellton, the home of Anderson's Split Pea Soup and a thriving wine industry featured in the film "Sideways." Vandenburg Air Force Base is also located in Lompoc. Originally scheduled to be the west-coast base for Space Shuttle launches, Vandenburg AFB has long been the location of the USAF missile test program, providing southern Californians with some spectacular evening light shows during the program's heyday in the 1960's and 70's.

    • The Federal Prisons at Lompoc and Terminal Island figure in this story. Both are administered by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

      The Lompoc Federal Corrections Complex is made up of two institutions: the US Penitentiary Lompoc, a high security prison with a minimum security satellite, and the Federal Corrections Institution Lompoc, a low security prison, all housing male inmates.

      FCI Terminal Island is also a low security prison for male inmates. Terminal Island is located at the mouth of the Los Angeles Harbor, off the coast between San Pedro and Long Beach.

    • This season marks an additional credit for Kyra Sedgwick: she now serves as a producer in addition to her acting role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

    • This episode marks a change in the opening cast credits: Michael Paul Chan (Lt. Tao), Raymond Cruz (Det. Sanchez) and Gina Ravera (Det. Daniels) all appear in the main credits. In Seasons 1 & 2, they were listed as either guest stars or were added after the "title card" credits.