The Closer

Season 1 Episode 13

Standards and Practices

5
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 05, 2005 on TNT
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
251 votes

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Write A Review

Episode Summary

EDIT
Rated: TV-14-LV
Season Finale. An unnamed source files a grievance against Brenda in the midst of a high-profile investigation of a murdered L.A. filmmaker. With her career on the line, Brenda is skeptical of Chief Pope's intentions when he volunteers to help.
Brenda spurns the accusation, refusing to suppress her demeanor in deference to the complaint.
In response to the situation, the PHD team comes together to act in unison, sending shock waves through the entire department.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
Saturday
No results found.
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

Jamie Elman

Jamie Elman

Dennis Burke

Guest Star

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint

Deputy D.A. Powell

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

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Standards and Practices is a process that television scripts undergo before an episode is aired in which networks and studios screen each script for errors.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Gabriel: Well, I'd say the wife has a pretty airtight alibi.
      Brenda: You know who needs airtight alibis? Murderers.

    • Provenza: (Noticing something furry floating inside the hot tub) Is that a rat?
      Flynn: That's his hair replacement system.
      Provenza: His what?!
      Flynn: They used to call it a toupee?
      Provenza: They used to call it bald, too.

    • Provenza: The water's still hot, this bottle's half empty. This guy got drunk and cooked to death.

    • Mr. Mitchell: So, he's really dead?
      Brenda: Yes, I'm so sorry.
      Mr. Mitchell: Will this affect property values?

    • Brenda: (After catching Provenza mocking her accent and task delegation) Lt. Provenza, I need this hurried through (using extra-heavy accent) SID, in about two shakes of a lamb's tail (shaking wet toupee at him). Thank you so very much. Let's keep it taped off, ladies and gentlemen, because until we understand things better...(Turns and looks at Provenza)
      Provenza: Uh, (Adding heavy southern accent) this is a crime scene, y'all.

    • Fritz: I made waffles.
      Brenda: I have a waffle iron?
      Fritz: Mm hmm.

    • Brenda: Conduct unbecoming? What about my conduct is unbecoming?

    • Sandra: The Drill Team was his first film as a producer. And it never would've gotten made without me. I set it up; I attached Dick.
      Provenza: (Watching the interview) I bet she attached dick to a lot of things.

    • Gabriel: So, you guys all heard, right? About the, uh, IA investigation?
      Provenza: What IA Investigation?
      Gabriel: An anonymous complainst against Deputy Chief Johnson. Conduct unbecoming. Anybody here know anything about that?
      (Everyone turns and looks at Flynn)

    • Gabriel: Let's suppose I have no specific knowledge as to who filed the complaint. Suppose I were just to discuss the charge of conduct unbecoming an officer on it's merits because Internal Affairs is going to ask me about it. And I'm going to answer them.
      Taylor: And your response will be...?
      Gabriel: I'm going to tell them that I've observed Deputy Chief Johnson on every case that she's worked and that I think that the charges against her are small-minded, petty, and malicious, and that I'm ashamed of whoever may have filed them. That's what I'm going to tell them.
      Taylor: (Laughing) You feel better now? You feel righteous, all puffed up?
      Gabriel: No, sir. I feel sick to my stomach. If you'll excuse me, I'm investigating a murder, Sir.

    • Brenda: So, you both worked for the Pruitts?
      Gardener: Yes.
      Brenda: And were you working at the Pruitts' house two evenings ago?
      Gardener: (Looking at his partner, not really understanding English) Yes.
      Brenda: And did you climb Mt. Everest in your undershorts?
      Gardener: Yes
      Sanchez: Maybe this would go a little quicker if I handled it, Chief.
      Brenda: Ya think?
      Sanchez: (Imitating a heavy accent) Jes.

    • Brenda: I speak German, Russian, and am fully conversant in Czech, and I have to move to the one city where half of the people are from Latin America?

    • Brenda: Did he just say avocado?
      Buzz: No. Abogado.
      Brenda: What does that mean?
      Buzz: Attorney.

    • Mrs. Lopez: ...if you insist on coming back here without our permission, I intend to report you to your superiors for harassment.
      Brenda: You might have to take a number.

    • Gabriel: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Brenda: I don't know. What are you thinking?
      Gabriel: I'm thinking that no one could have gotten from here to Pruitt's house and back in under an hour. I mean there were shows at the Greek and Hollywood Bowl. It would have been bumper to bumper for miles. Is that what you were thinking?
      Brenda: No. I was thinking about the subway.
      Gabriel: Oh, yeah. We got a subway.

    • Gabriel: I've never ridden the subway. Something about going underground in a city that shakes. Kinda freaks me out a bit.

    • Gabriel: (To Brenda) Look, I know this is a mess now, but you'll find your way through it...eventually. I know you will. I know you will.

    • Brenda: Lt. Provenza...
      Provenza: Flynn and I are going to go back to Sandy.
      Brenda: Why, exactly?
      Flynn: Tie up loose ends.
      Provenza: Girl's loose ends need tying.

    • Brenda: (To PHD team) I just want to say that there's been a complaint lodged against me - an anonymous complaint with Internal Affairs and there's a meeting about it tomorrow, and I don't know what's going to happen.

      Interrogating people, getting to the truth and knowing the right thing to do politically are two very different things. In fact, to do either of them very well, you have to pretty much ignore one of them altogether, which is what I've done. So now...I'm in trouble again, and I don't know if I'll even be here tomorrow evening, and if I'm not, I just wanted to tell you all how much I've enjoyed working with you. Y'all are just, just really great people.

    • Provenza: (To the PHD team) Ok. We all know what's going on here. The smart move is to not get involved until the dust settles.
      Flynn: Yeah. That's the smart move, alright. What's your idea?

    • Brenda: I'd like to start with you, Ms. Powell. I'd like to say how sorry I am that I was unable to ignore your general level of incompetence in the wrongly obtained conviction in the case of Bill Croelick. And I'm sorry if you felt hurt and defensive about putting a man on death row for the wrong crime, and I certainly hope that that will never, ever happen again.

      Agent Jackson, I deeply regret that the FBI handed over two million dollars to a man on a terrorist watch list without the capacity to trace it, or managed to follow him for months without knowing his wife was having an affair with a doctor, and I hope you do much better in the future.

      Captain Taylor, I suppose I should apologize to you for not having been born in Los Angeles, but having seen you work up close now for several months, I can honestly say that try as I might, I can't think of any fair and reasonable system on earth where I wouldn't outrank you.

      There. I hope that clears everything up.

    • Dennis: Hey, whoa. Why don't you people just wait in the living room?
      Gabriel: Hey, first of all we're not "you people", we're Los Angeles police, and when we show up unexpectedly, it's not because we have a problem, it's because you do. Now I suggest you step aside and be quiet.

    • Brenda: Lieutenant Flynn, your resignation surprised me most of all. The whole time I've been here, you've never said one complimentary about or to me.
      Flynn: Chief, you have really great legs.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: April 3, 2007 on Prima

    • Music: "Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier
      Piano Sonata No. 14 - "Moonlight" by Ludwig van Beethoven

    • At the end of the episode, Brenda offers to buy the squad a drink at "O'Malley's." There is no O'Malley's in downtown Los Angeles. It's likely the fictional bar is named for the O'Malley family, long time owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The LAPD Academy, where new officers are trained, adjoins Dodger Stadium, and much of the LAPD is intensely loyal to the team.

    • In a repeat process of the pilot episode, Brenda grabs the trash can and gives each team member an assignment as she tosses each individual's resignation letter in the can.

    • The scene in Brenda's office at the end is identical to what she did in the first episode, where she closes the door, pulls out a chocolate and savors it slowly.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Brenda: I should just quit is what.
      Fritz: Well, if you want to resign...
      Brenda: I have a mortgage.
      Fritz: Quizno's is hiring.

      Quizno's is a sandwich chain that began the "toasted sub" craze.

More
Less