The Closer

Season 5 Episode 7

Strike Three

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2009 on TNT
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Brenda crosses paths again with Captain Raydor when a gunfight kills two police officers and a teenage boy. The subsequent rift comes crashing full force into the team's case involving a Klan-related gang.

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  • Two police patrolmen and a young civilian are gunned down in the street. Chief Johnson and Major Case are brought in to solve the crime. Their investigation is hampered by Captain Raydor as her job is to make sure the police did not use excessive force.moreless

    9.5
    Interesting episode that sort of gets on your nerves after a while. You understand Raydor is doing her job and that there are two sides to every story most of the time. Unfortunately this case seemed pretty cut and dried.



    The officers were cut down before they even had a chance to stop their car. It wasn't even in park when the two officers were found. In a way you felt Raydor was doing everything she could to second guess Johnson and her crew. I suppose based on the amount of money that has been paid out in wrongful death suits that suspicion is not uncommon. One of the problems with our legal system is the civil suit versus the criminal suit. Even though double jeopardy is not allowed in our court system the civil suit really allows people to get someone even if they are proven not guilty in a criminal trial. To me that is double jeopardy. That is the basis of a lot of these suits that are won in the civil courts. The burden of truth is not the same and generally you don't have to prove the person is guilty, you just have to prove culpability.



    In the end justice is served in this episode but even then at what price? I believe this episode was good in that it makes you think and maybe appreciate what the people who are in law enforcement deal with on a day to day basis. There are mostly good people in the world but the ones who are bad can really be bad and dangerous.



    OK enough moralizing! I enjoyed the episode and I think the way they got the criminals to confess was very interesting. I'm wondering if that confession would hold up in court, but it still was clever. In this case though they have the weapons and that should be enough. Thanks for reading...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

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Lt. Michael Tao

Richard Tyson

Richard Tyson

Ted

Guest Star

Ray Porter

Ray Porter

Adrian Beck

Guest Star

Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips

Stomper

Guest Star

Steve Roussell

Steve Roussell

Tactical Flight Officer

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the first time we see all members of the Major Crimes Unit in their formal dress uniforms. Before this the only regularly appearing characters who have been seen wearing their formal uniforms have been Chief Pope and Commander Taylor.

    • Mary McDonnell reprises her role as Captain Sharon Raydor. McDonnell first appeared as Raydor in the season 5 episode "Red Tape".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Pope: Today, is for honoring our fallen. And the fact that we can now do that with their killers in custody is the best thing that you could do for their families and loved ones. You've not only done your jobs, you've helped to ease their pain. And for that I thank you.

    • Brenda: And because the way Force Investigation Division operates, I'll be investigating murders of more good cops. Just like them.
      Raydor: Excuse me?
      Brenda: When officers are shot and killed in the line of duty, they're investigated by me. When they shoot back, they're investigated by you. That means that they'll think twice before defending themselves. That hesitation will mean that more good cops will die. I have to ask, have you ever considered what your principles cost?
      Raydor: Seventy million dollars. That was the settlement in the Rampart case. One hundred. That's how many convictions were overturned due to renegade police and lack of oversight in one division alone, not to mention the loss of trust the LAPD needs to remain effective.
      Brenda: There has to be a better way.
      Raydor: Well, until then, you've got me.

    • Raydor: She basically just threatened to have this man killed right in front of me.
      Taylor: He works with Nazis. Should I get you a tissue to dry your tears?

    • Brenda: (Holding up the Nazi tattoo design) This isn't enough proof of what Kevin was up to?
      Raydor: No. (walks away)
      Brenda: Bitch.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was rated US TV-14.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 23, 2010 on Net 5
      United Kingdom: August 12, 2010 on More4
      Czech Republic: November 2, 2010 on Prima
      Canada: January 07, 2011 on W channel
      Turkey: January 20, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Finland: February 24, 2011 on MTV3
      Canada: June 03,2011 on W Network

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