The Closer

Season 2 Episode 13

Overkill

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 04, 2006 on TNT
9.2
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Rated: TV-14-LV
Season Finale. Brenda and Fritz have a hard time agreeing who is in charge when an informant's wife and an FBI agent are both murdered. Brenda discovers that she and the PHD must work quickly when the leading witness in the case is scheduled to testify against a powerful mobster.
When the killer's identity is uncovered, the PHD finds themselves under attack; an attack that takes someone down.

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  • crown and GSR??

    9.4
    Wow – the ending of this episode was so overly dramatic. Provenza getting to close to a man that has mob ties. Leaving his gun in his desk witch is one-hundred percent against department policy. A shooting by Sanchez – yes it was a justified shooting but it still was a shooting that took a life and required an investigation. Once a killer, always a killer. The old mob guy rambling on about tradition and the rules for killing reminded me of the Godfather. Random fact – I happen to keep my gun in an old crown royal bag – something my dad taught me.moreless
  • Brenda and Fritz are at minimal odds when the LAPD and the FBI get involved on a case involving a protected witness who was involved in a shooting that killed his wife and a fellow FBI agent. (Contains Spoilers)moreless

    9.7
    In this episode, we see more of how the LAPD despise the FBI and gives us something more other than a case.

    Brenda and Fritz seemed to have patched things up since last week but friction is caused when Kitty goes missing after Fritz leaves the door open and then builds when both are at, if not, minimal odds over a case involving a protected witness who was involved in a shooting that killed his wife and a fellow FBI agent. Fritz and Brenda's squad work together to solve the case, Kitty is eventually found, and towards the end, a shoot out in the squad room erupts and kills two people.

    This episode gave us something more to look at than just a case. Martin Deluca, the protected witness, develops a bond with Lt. Provenza, who sympathsizes with Deluca's loss over his wife and child from two weeks before. This makes me wonder if Provenza had been in a similar situation before because I've never seen him sympathsize with a victim before.

    It also gives us a more intimate look at Fritz and Brenda's relationship and how they are able to work together despite the fact that the LAPD and the FBI don't get along and better than the first time they worked together in season 1. It also shows how much more Brenda loves and misses Kitty, even crying over her, when at first she despised the cat because the animal came with the house in season 1. Now if only she can get that Kitty is a she not a he.

    With all the hype for this episode, I thought that Brenda or one of the other main characters were the ones that would get shot. But this epsiode didn't fail to have all the drama and some comical relief like always including an intense ending. But how will this shoot out change everything? Will Sanchez, who shot Deluca in self-defense, be kicked off the squad? Will Fritz, who lost his friend Heck to the shooting by Deluca, ruin his relationship with Brenda and a respect for her squad? All will be answered in season 3. One other thing that I liked about season 2 was that they had more of cast members Robert Gossett, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Tenney in this season than in season 1.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

Dayton Callie

Dayton Callie

Martin DeLuca

Guest Star

Sal Landi

Sal Landi

Moran

Guest Star

Ken Garito

Ken Garito

Joseph Dellamonte

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Throughout the episode, Flynn is seen to be very mistrustful of Marty DeLuca. There's a small, perhaps deliberate, bit of irony in this relationship: Anthony Denison, who plays Flynn, first made his name playing an up-and-coming Chicago mobster who moved to Las Vegas in the 1980's TV series Crime Story. His character was named Ray Luca.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fritz: Look, if you want to go home and look around and see if kitty has come back, why don't you just say so?
      Brenda: I want to go home and see if kitty has come back.
      Fritz: See, that wasn't so hard.

    • Brenda: Hey--if someone shaved down the hammer and customized the grips, isn't it possible they modified the gun in other ways as well?
      Tao: Sure...
      Brenda: When SID looked at the weapon for fingerprints, did they look inside the gun?
      Tao: Nooo...
      Brenda: Could you do it? Right now?
      Tao: I'm gonna need some more personnel, and they're really backed up right now...
      Brenda: (takes case of Kahlua out of Tao's desk) Why don't you just give them their usual incentive and I'll reimburse you?

    • Deluca: This is all a big mistake. Tim is the only person I trust, and he has always had my back.
      Provenza: Well, it's been my experience that the one who has your back is usually the one sticking a knife in it.
      Flynn: (indignantly) Yeah...and I love you too.

    • Brenda: (upon learning she has 48 hours to find the hitman) What am I supposed to accomplish in that amount of time?!
      Pope: Solve the case. Please?

    • Brenda: You have a safehouse next to a racetrack?

    • Brenda: (shaking her finger at Kitty) Bad Kitty! Bad! Bad! Bad! Bad! Look at you. You are a mess! What have you been doing?
      Fritz: I know you're good at your job honey, but I don't think Kitty's going to answer you.
      Brenda: (To Kitty) Fritzy says you have the right to remain silent.

    • Pope: Ok. Let's just talk about exactly how we might run this joint investigation.
      Fritz: There is no joint investigation. I'm afraid you'll have to return Deluca to agent Hecht.
      Pope: I'm sorry, Deluca stays here.
      Hecht: What? Where do you get the authority to hold him?
      Pope: He's in my building surrounded by hundreds of police officers; I think that's all the authority I need.
      Hecht: That's extortion!
      Pope: Yeah. Take a minute and get over it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The investigation of the finale's shooting will fall to a unit of the Professional Standards Bureau (a bureau being the unit above a division.)

      Sanchez will be investigated by the LAPD's Force Investigation Division, which handles all use-of-force situations, including officer-involved shootings. The investigation will likely involve Taylor et.al , as Robbery Homicide Detectives do the initial investigation of officer-involved shootings in the same manner of any other shooting. In addition, the Scientific Investigation Division (SID) will do the forensic aspect of the investigation.

      If there is a determination that Brenda's or Pope's conduct warrants further investigation, that will go to the Administrative Investigation Division, which handles this type of situation. Both divisions fall under the umbrella of what's called the Internal Affairs Group.

      The LAPD's internal investigation process was radically overhauled as a result of the Christopher Commission findings that followed the Rampart Division scandal about 10 years ago. In addition to their internal process, the LAPD has an external Inspector General that oversees internal investigations but has no disciplinary powers.

    • This episode gave us an opportunity to see the use of weapons by the PHD detectives. Each LAPD officer carries a .40 calibre Glock 22, adopted by the LAPD in 2003. The Glock is a semi-automatic pistol, known for its safety, light weight, large (15 round) magazine, and ease of use.

      LAPD officers are trained to fire in bursts, until a suspect is either down or visibly gives up, and the .40 calibre round is considered particularly effective in limiting the number of shots needed to subdue a suspect. This also explains why Sanchez initially fired the three rounds needed to bring Marty down, stopped until he reached for Provenza's gun, and then fired again until he was incapacitated.

    • In addition to the FBI, two federal entities figured in this episode:

      The US Attorney's Office, located on in the Federal Building on Spring Street in downtown LA, one block from Parker Center, is the second largest office in the country (only Washington, DC is larger.) It prosecutes federal law and defends federal interests in criminal cases. Hecht would have gone here for his meetings regarding the Delamonte case.

      The federal government's Metropolitan Detention Center, at Alameda and Aliso Streets, also one block from Parker Center, houses, among a variety of prisoners, pretrial offenders in federal cases. This is where Joseph Delamonte would have been housed.

    • In this episode, Tao is able to identify the gun dealer Moran by running the fingerprint through AFIS, the Automated Fingerprint Identification Service. This system allows law enforcement to identify a fingerprint and check the history of the individual against a fingerprint database. Fingerprints are scanned directly into the database via a Livescan system.

      In the US, the FBI holds the Integrated AFIS database, which has a variety of fingerprint identification and analysis capabilities. IAFIS is used not only by law enforcement, but other civil agencies, such as by universities preparing teacher credential candidates, where background checks are important.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Pope: So this is the guy who finally brought a successful version of the Mafia to LA.

      Pope is somewhat mocking in his comment about Joseph Dellamonte, who Brenda is questioning. LA has never had a meaningful Mafia presence since Mickey Cohen ran an arm of the Vegas mob in 1950's, as portrayed in the film LA Confidential.

      Although the basic story of Joseph Dellamonte and Marty DeLuca may be based on similar events involving the Gambino family in New York, Joseph Dellamonte himself is likely based at least in part on Joseph "Joey Ip" Ippolito, a minor second-generation mob figure who ran cocaine in LA before being imprisoned.

    • Provenza: Miss Scarlett to the rescue.

      This is yet another reference to Brenda's Georgia origins, the same as those of Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind.

    • Provenza: Astros beat the Cards. How my Dodgers boys doin', huh?

      As we famously learned in "To Protect and To Serve," Provenza is a baseball fan, and is a die-hard follower of the L.A. Dodgers. The other teams he references are the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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