The Closer

Season 1 Episode 11

L.A. Woman

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 22, 2005 on TNT
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Episode Summary

Rated: TV-14-LV

Brenda finds herself at odds with the FBI in a struggle to gain control of the murder investigation of a well-known businessman.

Deciding to work in tandem, Brenda finds herself working directly with Fritz, who was assigned to the case. After discovering that the FBI has ulterior motives in the investigation, Brenda's relationship with Fritz is put under further strain.moreless

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  • woman power...

    Ahh terrorism – it is about time that the show should handle the subject of terrorism. Living in Los Angeles the terrorism alert is always higher – being a big city and all. I thought it was funny watching Brenda and Fritz working together on a case. All that frustration with them not sleeping together – now they get to take it out on each other in a professional capacity. I am glad that he was the bigger person and took himself off the case because of his feelings for her. I was very frustrated with the FBI in this episode and wished that Fritz would just leave them – but then the balance of the show would change.moreless
  • Brenda 2 Feds 0

    I love the fact that Brenda stood up to the arrogant feds.

    Of course, she can stand up to them as she isn't afraid of them.

    Unlike other law enforcement officials.

    Who view them as arrogant bullies who have better than thou attitudes.

    I thought Brenda was going to deck one of the agents out.

    Not Friz of course.(He seems pretty normal and decent guy IMO.)

    Glad that it came as a team effort and not a one-person show.moreless
  • What some women won't do to avoid the 17th Century.

    I didn't know if I felt worse for Marina Sirtis when Agent Brenda held out a tiny scrap of hope for self-direction, or when all of that came crumbling down and the CIA took her from Brenda's custody after she'd done all the legwork.

    Her chief weapon, I think (besides surprise and fear) are those wide pretty eyes of hers. It's like misdirection: You look at her chirpy smiling face and hear her warm molasses voice and you ignore the grip she has tightening on your balls.

    Course, it helps when you've got a helluva team to rely on. Lt. Provenza's quick thinking and his "broken arm" was just fun, and helped her maintain control of her crime scene.

    It was cool to see her working together with Fritz and interesting to watch her negotiate power relationships within her personal one. The show got to take lots of little jabs at the Feds. ("Is it true the FBI computers aren't hooked up to the Internet?" and "I propose we raise the terror alert level to English kelly green," and "He's on our terror alert list" "So's Cat Stevens.")

    This show has taken some broad palette approaches to social issues in the past, including gay rights, women's rights, greed and the place of celebrity. This is probably the only storyline they'd be able to use to touch on the place of women in Muslim society, and in 45 minutes -- incidentally, how does this show always manage to cram 45 minutes of programming into an hour? Most shows have to hold themseves to 42 minutes. Weird -- they can't be especially subtle. But they did manage to include the red herring of the racist American "parallel engagement" terrorist and Marina's guilt in the crime, which was another one of those plot twist things. This was reasonably cool and pretty good writing.

    Somewhat as an afterthought, I need to highlight Sirtis' character here -- not only for her reaction when she learned her son might be in Egypt, and not only for her own distress at maybe being shipped back to Iran. But also for a character that didn't even make it on screen. Her daughter Fatima, and her asthma. Her collusion with her doctor to sabotage the bodyguard's weapon and take out her husband and the witness, all to avoid having her daughter grow up in a repressive regime -- that is a mother's love. And it wasn't in any way overemphasized -- I didn't even think about it until yesterday -- but it was absolutely a motivating factor for Sirtis in her performance. Outstanding.

    Also enjoyable was Provenza and Tau recreating the shooting, with the agent pushing Provenza around in the desk chair, which was just fun. Brenda's putting Gabriel on sifting-through-documents duty was ultimately a great call (as if there's ever any doubt). She acknowledged his contribution in her interview and I think was honestly deeply appreciative.

    As an aside, I don't think Gabriel's going to the dark side in the way Capt. Taylor and Lt. Flynn were hoping he would. Brenda appreciates her team and has them contribute in important ways, even if they don't recognize it at the time.

    I enjoyed this episode. It was a little structure-heavy, but all is forgiven simply for the image of Brenda in those sunglasses with the tag still on them. Just ... enjoyable. :)moreless
  • Brenda and the PHD vs. Fritz and the arrogant imbiciles over at the FBI. A turf war that has to be seen to be believed.

    This show just keeps getting better and better.

    During the Pilot, we saw a jaded and tight-knit group coming at odds with Brenda, the newcomer in town.

    Fast-forward a couple of months, and we see that same tight-knit group cohere as a team and all going to bat to protect their leader and keep what's theirs.

    The scenes showing the power struggle betwen the PHD and the FBI were spectacular. Not to mention hilarious. Is that brace on straight, Lt. Provenza?

    Not to mention the return of Capt. Taylor and his loyal lackey, Det. Flynn. It seems they're still trying to get the best of Brenda, and still failing miserably. It was nice to see Sgt. Gabriel get his props after going through hell (and Robbery/Homicide) to find the evidence (or lack thereof) that Brenda was looking for.

    Even the scenes with Fritz and Brenda struggling to stay professional in spite of their "mutual feellings" were noteworthy. Each has come to realize that there is something there, after all, and work only gets in the way.

    But the real stars of this episode were the writers. The one-liners just kept coming upstream like salmon in heat. And every one was a classic.

    Next up: It seems Det. Flynn just can't seem to stay away from scandal and getting into trouble. Why doesn't that surprise me?

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

Ethan Rains

Ethan Rains

Faraz Mokhtari

Guest Star

Ivar Brogger

Ivar Brogger

Dr. William Graham

Guest Star

Jack Conley

Jack Conley

FBI Agent Jackson

Guest Star

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Lt. Michael Tao

Recurring Role

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Detective Irene Daniels

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Agent Jackson "knocks" Provenza over)
      Gabriel: Lieutenant, are you all right?
      Provenza: Oh, I don't know. I think I broke something!
      Brenda: I am shocked that you would assault an old man without provocation!...Sergeant Gabriel, check and see if a paramedic can come down here and take a look at Lieutenant Provenza. (To Provenza) Are you ok?
      Provenza: Old man?

    • Gabriel: This is L.A. The sun shines 329 days a year. That squint is not working for me. (Hands Brenda a bag, in which she finds two pairs of sunglasses)
      Brenda: (Puts on a pair) This was completely unnecessary.
      Gabriel: You're welcome.
      (Brenda smiles)

    • Agent Jackson: We're not going to get in anybody's way, trust me.
      Brenda: I stopped believing boys who said "trust me" when I was sixteen

    • Taylor: Chief Pope, I need a word.
      Pope: E-mail it to me.

    • Brenda: (To Provenza) Oh, and I told the FBI that you hurt your wrist, so have that bandaged up before they get here.

    • Brenda: (On the phone with Fritz) I'm going to have to deal with some pompous, arrogant oaf who doesn't know thing one about investigating a murder. You wouldn't happen to know who they're sending over, would you?
      Fritz: (walking into Brenda's office talking on his cell phone) Yeah. I do.

    • Fritz: (commenting on Brenda's team) They're not the friendliest group I've ever met with.
      Brenda: Well, they're a little slow to warm up.

    • Taylor: What is it you need? Another pair of hands?
      Gabriel: Yeah.
      Flynn: I'll go.
      Gabriel: Um, I mean, that'd be great, only...
      Taylor: Only what?
      Gabriel: Well, sir, um, Lt. Flynn is one of our best guys here at the department, but he and, um...
      Flynn: The b**** hates my guts.

    • Tao: I Googled it. (To Fritz) It's an internet thing.
      Fritz: Yeah, I know what Google is, Lieutenant. It's the FBI that has a hard time getting online, not me.

    • Fritz: Alright, we need to get some units over to this Crag Sherman's house right away. I'll call over to see if I can't get us FBI backup.
      Brenda: Oh. Didn't I tell you? We picked him up fifteen minutes ago.

    • Flynn: Hey, You know what's funny?
      Gabriel: What?
      Flynn: She can't stand me. I'm doing everything I can to make her life miserable; and here you are - you've tried to help her out wherever you could, and she treats us both exactly the same. Heh.

    • Brenda: You must be upset.
      Fritz: You know what would make me upset? Is if this whole working together thing screwed up our whole other thing.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Agt. Jackson: Razi Moktari is on our terrorist watchlist.
      Brenda: So is Cat Stevens.
      Cat Stevens was a singer-songwriter who was well-known in the 1970's. In 1978 he converted to Islam after a near-death experience and currently uses the name Yusef Islam. And incidentally, he is on the FBI's terrorist watchlist for allegedly donating funds to questionable groups that may or may not be legitimate charities.