The Closer

Season 2 Episode 2

Mom Duty

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 19, 2006 on TNT
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Rated: TV-14-LV
When a juror in the trial of an infamous mobster is found dead, Brenda and the Priority Homicide Division find that their involvement in solving the case may be affecting the jury's final decision.
Complicating her personal life, Brenda faces another new challenge: a surprise visit from her mother.


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  • mama...fritz...

    Thank yew, thank yew very much. So it was very nice to see Mama Johnson. The funny little mannerisms that Brenda Leigh has – now we know where they came from. So Fritz was so the perfect man in this episode – moving all of his stuff in with out Brenda’s help (she so conveniently forgot to tell Pope that she needed the day off) – then moving it all back out again so Brenda’s mom would have no idea that he was living there. Too bad he forgot that baseball statue thingy. Another case of Priority Homicide Division against the Los Angeles Police Department.moreless
  • In France, we saw the first season and the whole second season, so I'm very pleased to know that a third season is about to begin. I'll meet again Andy Flynn, who is really my favorite character ins this TV show.moreless

    In this episode, it appears that Brenda is a natural woman, with the same problems as the other women. The relationship with her mother, her boyfriend, every woman faces that kind of things. It changes to see a character who is not a superwoman. The important thing is that we can feel the tense between Taylor and Flynn, who is happy to realise that Brenda shares his opinions. I like above all the wink he adresses to Taylor, and his smile is so full of implications, oh that smile.... I must emphasize the great performance of K. Callan too, who passes from sadness to anger.

    I precise that I'm french, so please, sorry for the errors and the syntax.moreless
  • Fritz meet my mom!

    If you think Brenda's cases are very tough, well they

    Don't compare at all in pale comparision for the toughest

    "Case" in her life. Her MOM!! As her mom, who is just as sharp as a tongue and funny like Brenda, meets her boyfriend. As Brenda really has to keep her relationship with her boyfriend under wraps. She must decide whether or not she will move in with him or not!
  • Mrs. Johnson comes to town, and she's just about an older mere image of her daughter. Did you notice that same sugary "thank you"? At least we now know where Brenda gets many of her quirks from.moreless

    The case this week was well written and complex; and once again I was mistaken about who the real murderer was (I never was good at whodunits). Watching the little old lady though, start crying about being placed in a nursing home really hit me. I suppose partly because I just had a grandma who went through the same thing (except of course for the killing part). I'm glad Lt. Provenza let Brenda's mother sit in on the interrogation so she could hear her daughter say: "I'd never put my mother in an assisted-living center. I'd take care of her myself, because she took care of me." The look on Mrs. Johnson's face with tear streaming down her eyes was touching. And after spending the day in Brenda's office, she seemed to smile at her daughter with a look of pride in her eyes.

    Brenda, in many ways, is pretty socially inept. I was aghast when Brenda began questioning the victim's husband, without even telling him his wife was dead. The man certainly did have a right to get mad at her. Pretty ironic that someone socially retarded, is the one so good at getting people to talk.

    As usual though, Brenda's personnel life proved to be more interesting then the case this week. Brenda's mother is a fun addition to the cast. I loved it when she came to visit Brenda's office, and Lt. Provenza began flirting with her. Just like Lt. Provenza. Well at least it's someone around his age, maybe they'll make a good couple. Oh wait, I forgot Brenda's mother was married.

    Overall it was a strong episode. We got a lot of character development between Fritz and Brenda. Pope was somewhat out of the background for the episode, but I suspect the writers aren’t going to let that love triangle drop away.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - I was glad Fritz began standing up to Brenda in this episode, and decided not to move the U-Haul Van. It was only a matter of time, nobody has that much patience.

    - Provenza: "I brought this back from the funeral for you. Since you're off sweets. It's a,cake-like object made with some sort of,prune crap substitute for sugar."

    Brenda: (Tastes it and then throws it away.) "There is no substitute for sugar"

    How funny this helped Brenda figure out the case.

    - I loved that Brenda was still trying to protect her mom from Lt. Provenza, even though she's a fully grown women.

    - Brenda: What are you doing?

    Provenza: Being nice.

    Brenda: You're not nice.

    - I was surprised Brenda didn't catch that baseball pyramid Fritz made in her house. I imagine Mrs. Johnson already suspects Brenda doesn’t live alone.

    -The title, ‘Mom Duty’, refers to Brenda's personnel life and not, as it normally does, to the current case. I assume this is a result of how the crime remained the backdrop to Brenda's personnel life, for about half the episode.

    - Tim Bronx

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  • Brenda deals with a jury member being killed just before a verdict for an important murder trial is heard. Also, her mother comes to visit and she's stressed to tell her about Fritz moving in.moreless

    This was a funny episode! Her mother is a character! I'm so glad that she wasn't mean. When, Lieutenant Provenza was wooing her mom...that was classic "Closer". I missed this show so much and now it's everything I expected it to be and more! This is an awesome episode! I loved it dearly. The plot line was fast moving and kept you guessing. In the end, I was shocked to find out it was *SPOILER*her step-mom*SPOILER*! How is it that every episode, the killer always has a stupid reason? is a commonly asked question. Well, this time, the killer seemed like the victum. Anyway, great episode!moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

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

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

K Callan

K Callan

Mrs. Rose

Guest Star

Mark Harelik

Mark Harelik

Defense Attorney Millbrook

Guest Star

Kim Myers

Kim Myers

Allison Grant

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

James Avery (I)

James Avery (I)

Dr. Crippen, Medical Examiner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In an effort to induce Vahan to confess, Brenda pretended to "read him his rights." However she stopped short of providing the full Miranda warning, advising Vahan that he was entitled to a lawyer, but not that the lawyer could be present while she questioned him, and would be paid for by the government if he could not afford one. Since Vahan was no doubt read his rights at the time he was arrested, it was not necessary for Brenda to do so again.

    • Bella Rose's mother-in-law was being moved to an assisted living center in Lake View Terrace. Lake View Terrace is a middle-class community north of Glendale, located in a foothill area, with a large equestrian community, but as Brenda suggests, no lake, view or terrace.

    • The crime for which the Amenian mobster Vahan Asourian's father was being tried was committed in th city of Glendale. Glendale is the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. A large middle and upper-middle class bedroom community north of downtown Los Angeles, Glendale is ethnically diverse, but known for its large multi-generational Armenian community.

    • We find out in this episode that the Medical Examiner's name is Dr. Crippen.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Brenda: What are you doing?
      Provenza: Being nice.
      Brenda: You're not nice. And you're on duty.
      Provenza: Well, give me the afternoon off.
      Brenda: My mother is married. To my father.
      Provenza: Relax, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh. I don't date women over 35. 40 if I'm drinking.
      Brenda: Alright, then. You can have her back by 7:00, because I have a dinner I cannot miss.

    • Provenza: I brought this back from the funeral for you. Since you're off sweets. It's a...cake-like object made with some sort of...prune crap substitute for sugar.
      Brenda: (Tastes it, then throws it away.) There is no substitute for sugar.

    • Taylor: Congratulations, Chief. You got your mistrial.
      Brenda: It's not my mistrial; it's my arrest. You'd think people would be happy to put a genuine killer behind bars.
      Taylor: Aram Asourian is the leader of a mob family.
      Brenda: Well, maybe next time you can pair him up with a crime he's actually committed. Personally, I always feel better about the justice system when it matches up murder charges with the right person.
      Taylor: Then it's too bad Vahan didn't confess to killing the juror, too.
      Brenda: Well, maybe he didn't. But Bela Rose didn't die a natural death. And thanks to Lt. Flynn's determination, which I know you in the L.A.P.D. are desperate to acknowledge, I now can talk to the jurors who actually saw her die.

    • Tao: (Staking out Vahan's apartment) He's been in there all day.
      Flynn: If you had his girlfriend, you'd be in there all day, too.

    • Brenda: Mr. Millbrook. Thank you so much for stopping by. How goes your motion for a mistrial?
      Millbrook: It doesn't.
      Brenda: I expected better of you. All right then. I have been reviewing the transcripts of this trial and in presenting your client's defense, you never once brought up his son, Vahan. And it looks like he's the one who set the fire.
      Millbrook: Asourian won't let me mention the boy. And Vahan's vanished. Nobody's seen him in years.
      Brenda: I keep wondering how wonderful it would be if Vahan were suddenly just to turn up. You'd get your mistrial and preserve your sterling reputation. More billable hours. All sorts of good things could happen.
      Millbrook: Yes, well, Asourien won't let me mention the boy, though. He's very serious about that.
      Brenda: Well, maybe we'll get lucky and someone'll just turn up with an untraceable tip that'll lead us to Vahan. And this can all end.
      Millbrook: How untraceable?
      Brenda: They'll find weapons of mass destruction in Baghdad first.

    • Brenda: Mama, I'm so sorry, but I'm not gonna be able to take you to this funeral after all.
      Willie Rae: What?
      Brenda: I wish I could but I have this murder I have to investigate.
      Willie Rae: Oh for heaven's sake, there are murders every day of the week. And your Aunt Floetta will only have one funeral.

    • Gabriel: (To Fritz, regarding Brenda) I get that look, too, sometimes. That is not a good look.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: April 17, 2007 on Prima

    • The trial for which Bella Rose served as a juror was held in the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building (formally known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center) at 210 W. Temple in downtown Los Angeles. It serves as one of the courthouses for the Los Angeles County Superior Court (Central District.)

      The jurors in this trial were identified solely by their Juror Number. When called to jury duty, each potential juror is assigned a group number and nine-digit juror number, by which they are identified during jury selection. Once selected for a jury, the juror is assigned a number from 1 to 12, based on the seat in the jury box they occupy.

    • The bailiff guarding the jury room where Bella Rose died was dressed in the uniform of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The LASD's Judicial Services Department provides a range of support and security services to the 48 courthouses located in Los Angeles County, including the staffing of bailiffs and maintaining detention facilities.

    • Frances Sternhagen was billed as Special Guest Star in this episode.


    • Willie Rae: Are we gonna see movie stars? Not that Angelina Jolie, but maybe George Clooney?"

      This quote may be a small wink to Frances Sternhagen's long running recurring role on ER, also a Warner Brothers production, as social maven Millicent Carter.