The Closer

Season 2 Episode 6

Out of Focus

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 17, 2006 on TNT
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Brenda and the team find themselves wading through a long list of suspects when a celebrity photographer takes a fatal fall from his hotel room balcony. Once the cause of death is determined, the motive points to a big time actor with something to hide.
In the meantime, Brenda starts to feel like Fritz is behaving strangely, making her realize that superstars may not be the only ones who have secrets to keep.


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  • Is the investigation parallel to Brenda's personal life?

    An actor is trying to hide his private life from public consumption. Brenda suspects Fritz may have is own secrets. Is this a projection of her emotions? Does Brenda have her own secrets? Time will tell.

    The opening scene delivers! Are we to believe that Brenda and Chief Pope are taking the elevator for a rendezvous? The door opens and then a camera flashes. We are in the middle of a murder investigation. As Brenda examines the room, it feels like a dance. Sometimes her moves are smooth, and sometimes she can step on one’s feet. This is why I love this show. It is less about the science of a murder investigation and more about the art of an investigation.

    The scene in which Brenda delivers the confession is poignant. The pained and angry look on Brenda’s face is priceless. The ex-wife in agony and throwing the camera are some examples of great acting. Raw emotion!!

  • As we've come accustomed now in Closer episodes, the strength of the episodes come from the supporting cast

    This week has Brenda investigating the death of a Paparazzo, who was snapping *revealing* photographs of a famous celebrity.

    As we've come accustomed now in Closer episodes, the strength of the episodes come from the supporting cast. I loved how Provenza named each of the crash dummies after his ex-wives (he's had quite a few), then as he threw each one off the building he told what he didn't like about them ("Liz always corrected my grammar" "Sharon always had to be right"). Although didn't that whole crash dummy fiasco feel kind of pointless. I mean they paparazzo could have, although unlikely, just walked straight off the building or hung from the outside of the railing and fell. Oh whatever, I won't be nitpicky, it was a fun scene.

    This show loves to use red herrings to fool us, and turn the case around in a whole new direction. The real murderer is always introduced to you as someone nice or someone you wouldn't suspect, and then they get you on tract with someone else who seems more suspicious. At the beginning of the episode I just guessed randomly that it was his wife, and guess what? I was right. I had no motive for her though, so the writers did a good job at concealing what really was responsible for the man's death.

    I like how Brenda's home life helps her figure out her cases. If Fritz's "friend" from the F.B.I. hadn't called (Brenda’s jealousy was humorous by the way), she may not have figured out the idea about the night manager leaving a message at the paparazzo’s old house, not realizing he didn't live there any more.

    The episode had its fun moments (I liked Elvis Presley), but it didn't feel like a slam dunk to me. Maybe it was just because it came off of such a great episode last week.

    Final Notes and Quotes

    - I wonder if Brenda's paranoia/jealousy about Michelle and Fritz is because of how she was hurt in the past by Pope.

    - Brenda: "Tell me the film is still in it"

    Lt. Tau: "No film. It’s digital."

    Brenda: "Tell me the digital .... thing is still in there."

    - The whole bizarre conversation between Brenda, Pope and Taylor was hilarious.

    Brenda: "Our dummies suggest homicide."

    Taylor: "Your dummies?"

    Brenda: "What I really need is to talk to Whit Coleman."

    Taylor: "The Whit Coleman?"

    Pope: "What does he have to do with this?"

    Brenda: "I have a witness who saw him last night at the hotel. Our dead paparazzo may have taken some compromising photos."

    Pope: "Why do we think this?"

    Brenda: "Because there was no camera."

    Taylor: (pause) "Who's your witness?"

    Brenda: "Elvis Presley. He's also a suspect."

    - Provenza said that his ex-wife Liz always corrected his grammar. Strange since he always corrects everybody else’s.

    - Michael Henson: (regarding Brenda) "Does she have to yell?

    Pope: "I'm sorry Michael. She sometimes forgets there are other people in this world."

    Final Rating: 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

    - Tim Bronx

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  • Men behaving badly!

    Fritz shows his dark side as he begins to behave

    Badly as Brenda is very surprised as also a celeb

    Photographer is dead and fallen to his death as the team

    Find out that there were skeletons on his closet it seems

    Very good show as well as one of the best in the year!

    Great acting once again!
  • A photographer falls to his death while trying to get the perfect shot of a celebrity.

    This episode brings an interesting case, and also gives us a peak at Brenda having a jealousy fit. The team investigates the death of a paparazzo who fell from a balcony while trying to get a good shot of a celebrity staying at a hotel. We don't see that much of the personal interactions of the team, which is something I enjoy. The storyline of a complicated mess of events (as is usually the case, hehe) was well-crafted and with a bit of tricking and her usual routine of charm and asking well constructed questions, Brenda manages to unravel the events surrounding the man's death in the way only she does.moreless
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    Ah – the paparazzi in Los Angeles – I am surprised that this did not pop up sooner. A mainstream actor who has both a stalker (who is the actors “friend” and knows exactly how far away 250 feet is), a lover who is another man (if the relationship were outed would disrupt the actor’s world) and the faithful paparazzi always looking for that million dollar shot. So who did it – turns out it was the faithful wife that loved her husband but he never loved her back. Favorite part was Provenza throwing the dummies of the balcony to recreate the suicide and they were all named after his exes.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

Dale Dickey

Dale Dickey

Anna Larsen

Guest Star

Eddie Jemison

Eddie Jemison

Elvis Presley

Guest Star

Ray Wise

Ray Wise

Tom Blanchard

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 (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Brenda: (to Costa) In the meantime, you are under arrest for grand theft. And if there's anything I can do to make your stay here more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to ask.

    • Brenda: Tell me the film is still in it.
      Lt. Tao: No film. It's digital.
      Brenda: Tell me the digital ... thing is still in there.

    • Brenda: Our dummies suggest homicide.
      Taylor: Your dummies?
      Brenda: What I really need is to talk to Whit Coleman.
      Taylor: The Whit Coleman?
      Pope: What does he have to do with this?
      Brenda: I have a witness who saw him last night at the hotel. Our dead ... paparazzo may have taken some compromising photos.
      Pope: Why do we think this?
      Brenda: Because there was no camera.
      Taylor: (long pause) Who's your witness?
      Brenda: Elvis Presley. He's also a suspect.
      Pope: (To Taylor) Let's just tell the press "No comment."

    • Fritz: What a night. Ten hours sitting on a wire just to hear a guy order Thai food. Who orders Thai food at 2 o'clock in the morning?
      Brenda: (Wrapped in a towel, just out of the shower) How long do I have to stand here half-naked before you notice?

    • Anna: These stars. They're such hypocrites. They hate when he takes their pictures, but they can't exist without getting in magazines.

    • Brenda: Would it be possible to get a list of all the guests?
      Costa: Oh, I'm sorry. We don't give out the guests' personal information---may compromise the integrity of the hotel.
      Brenda: How do you think my decoratin' this lobby with yellow police tape and friskin' all the guests would affect the integrity of this hotel?

    • Daniels: Tabloids pay good money, but I looked into Anthony's finances: Closet full of Prada, lots of credit card debt, no savings.
      Brenda: The American dream.

    • Gabriel: Apparently, our paparazzi was...
      Provenza: PaparazzO.
      Gabriel: What?
      Provenza: The singular form of paparazzi is paparazzO.
      Gabriel: O...k...

    • Gabriel: So, no suicide note at the house, either, but we did find some cameras. There's no film in any of them, but we found a bunch of rolls of 35mm in his fridge, along with a jar of capers and a 5-pack of Heineken.
      Flynn: Sounds like the fridge of a man who's either single or divorced.

    • Henson: Please, does she have to yell?
      Pope: I'm sorry, Michael. She sometimes forgets there are other people in

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was rated US TV-14-LV.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 15, 2007 on Prima

    • Provenza rather insistently corrects the use of "paparazzi" to identify the murdered photographer, insisting the term is "paparazzo". And he's right: the plural form of a masculine noun ends in the letter i, but the singular form, such as would be used in referring to the victim, ends in the letter o.

      This scene, along with one in Aftertaste suggest Provenza has at least a working, and perhaps somewhat sophisticated, knowledge of both French and Italian.

      While there are alternate explanations for this, the name "Provenza" is Italian and is the regional name for someone from Provence, a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean adjacent to Italy. As a border region, citizens from Provence often speak both Italian and French.


    • Lt. Tao: Most of the guests are registered under assumed names...probably celebs. We got Norman Bates, Archie Leach, Lorraine McFly...

      Archibald Leach was the assumed name used by Whit Coleman. A famous leading man during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, movie-goers knew Archie Leach better as Cary Grant. Whit Coleman probably chose the name because of the long-held belief Cary Grant was a closeted bisexual man and the long-time lover of Randolph Scott, also believed to be a closeted bisexual actor.

      The mention of Norman Bates has a murderous connection as well. Perhaps the most infamous of all characters created by the legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, Bates was the operator of the fictional Bates Motel in the movie Psycho. Bates brutally murders one of his guests (played by Janet Leigh) while assuming the personality of his own deceased mother. The character was inspired in part by a real-life serial killer, and was portrayed by Anthony Perkins, himself a bisexual actor.