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Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative.
The fallout leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.
Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.
Still experiencing the strain of her case, Brenda finds herself under another time crunch when she must disprove a questionable alibi within 48 hours to prevent the investigation from falling flat.
As Brenda searches for the truth in her case, she discovers some inside information that may have an unfortunate effect on her relationship with Fritz.
Brenda and the PHD are under the microscope while getting to the bottom of a case involving a high-profile divorce attorney who was found dead in his swimming pool.
Brenda and Fritz are still learning to combine their lives and find trouble combining their finances when Brenda uncovers a secret that may make her think twice about moving forward.
Brenda and the FBI battle for jurisdiction over a case when a woman is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The woman, an accountant for the Department of Homeland Security, was in Los Angeles to run an audit on the LAPD. She is found without her encrypted cell phone and laptop, making the case the FBI's but Brenda and her team want to keep the case in the PHD.
When a Chinese woman who owns a tour company escorting a group of Chinese diplomats is found murdered in one of her own tour busses, Brenda and the team must examine the woman's business practices in their search for the killer.
Also, with Brenda back at work, it's Fritz' job to entertain her parents, and that includes a visit to Parker Center.
Brenda and the PHD investigate the murder of a personal trainer in a restaurant parking lot. Their prime suspect is the possessive, short-tempered husband of the woman with whom the victim was involved. Complicating the investigation: their only witness is the restaurant's frightened parking valet, who has OCD.
At the same time, Pope's budget constraints means the PHD must complete anti-terrorism training in order to receive additional funding from the federal government. This makes work a challenge when they must all don haz-mat suits and simulate an emergency drill.
The PHD finds themselves in the middle of a Hollywood-type case when they are forced to deal with a man who claims to have murdered seven people, but who refuses to identify himself.
Progress in Brenda's personal life comes in the form of house-hunting with Fritz.
Racing against the clock, Brenda and the PHD search for a missing 8-year-old girl who disappeared before making it home from school.
While concentrating on a sex predator, Gabriel takes drastic action to solve the case, putting his career and the investigation on the line.
The funeral of an former police colleague of Flynn and Provenza takes an unexpected turn when the casket is dropped, revealing not only their friend's body, but that of a nude, blonde woman, about whom Flynn and Provenza might know more than they realize. As Brenda investigates, she must also tangle with an irate bride who believes Brenda ruined her wedding.
Brenda and Fritz' efforts to find a house gain momentum.
When Provenza's card is found on the body of a missing teenaged gang member, it appears the boy may have tried to contact Provenza about a shooting, but disappeared before he could. As a result, Brenda soon put a priest, whose life's work centers on reforming teens involved with gangs, in the middle of her investigation, and finds he has an unexpected defender: Sgt. Gabriel.
Back at home, Brenda must now deal with her father, who knows that she and Fritz are living together.
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.