The Closer

Season 4 Episode 7

Sudden Death

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 25, 2008 on TNT
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When a PHD member's loved one is shot and killed, the entire team takes it up a notch to solve the crime before the team member does.

Meanwhile, Brenda must tame her temper when her nemesis, reporter Ricardo Ramos, accuses the PHD of working only on high-profile cases.

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  • Brenda investigates the murder of a team member's brother.

    10
    Man. What a tense, emotional episode. Detective Sanchez's brother is gunned down on the street. Brenda must find the killer while trying to keep an increasingly unstable Sanchez under control. The acting is amazing, especially on the part of Raymond Cruz. His Sanchez is frantic but methodical as he tries to save his fatally wounded teen-aged brother. For most of the episode, he doesn't shed a tear, but you can see the immense grief boiling beneath his tight fury as he keeps throwing himself into the investigation against Brenda's orders. And you can see the pain Brenda feels for him. Saddest of all is the fact that the brother's death is just one more senseless murder in what seems to be an endless stream. The final scene is wrenching. This is great television.moreless
  • Detective Sanchez's brother is shot and killed in a drive by shooting. The team races to try to find the killer and decided why Sanchez's brother's girlfriend, Elaina is lying about who shot him, while trying to keep Julio Sanchez out of trouble.moreless

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    So Julio's brother is shot and killed while he was walking down the street with his girlfriend Elaina. When she is brought in as a witness she lies about the car that the shooter was driving, and she lied about his race. Brenda orders Sanchez to go home and stay away from the case numerous times as his temper and closeness to this case can jeopardize his career. This is the first time we find out what kind of temper Sanchez has. When the team follows a lead to a man named Puppet, he doesn't help them. However, Fritz brings in one of his undercover men who finds the gun that killed Sanchez's brother, Oscar. The team brings in a gang member that just got out of prison where he served eight years. He didn't shoot Oscar but we find out he was driving the car while he and his fourteen year old brother were hunting for rival gang members to hurt. This boy is the one responsible for shooting Oscar, because Oscar wouldn't show him the hat he was wearing. This boy suspected Oscar might be a rival gang member hiding his gang tag underneath the bill of his hat.moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

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

Emily Rios

Emily Rios

Elena Contreras

Guest Star

Kurt Caceres

Kurt Caceres

"Puppet"

Guest Star

Mario Ardila Jr.

Mario Ardila Jr.

Tony Guzman

Guest Star

Stephen Martines

Stephen Martines

Ricardo Ramos

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The letter Brenda reads to Sanchez concerning police misconduct while investigating high-profile cases is the one that was sent to her when she was offered the job. The contents of this letter have been touched upon in a few episodes, most notably in To Protect & To Serve, when Flynn and Provenza also choose to take matters into their own hands.

    • This episode marks the second time Brenda has been questioned by the media about what constitutes a priority homicide. The first was by the reporter in Blindsided who asked that very question just before he was murdered.

      In both cases, Brenda's answer was exactly the same: the media itself, not the LAPD, is what determines a priority homicide, largely because the media only chooses to profile certain cases. Interestingly, both of these episodes were directed by Kyra Sedgwick's husband, Kevin Bacon.

    • We learn that Det. Sanchez has six siblings in this episode; his brother was "the youngest of seven siblings". We also learn that Sanchez has a penchant for restoring classic vehicles; a vintage car could be seen in his yard as well as the motorcycle he is working on.

    • Gina Rivera (Irene Daniels) is absent in this episode, and it is not explained why, unlike prior absences.

    • This is the first time we've met family members of the team outside of Brenda's own family, namely Lt. Tao's wife Cathy and Detective Sanchez's brother Oscar.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ricardo: So, to me it seems like the only way a murder case gets treated as a priority by the L.A.P.D. is if you're rich, white, or related to a cop.
      Brenda: Can I read the articles about these murders?
      Ricardo: Excuse me?
      Brenda: Front-page articles that your paper wrote about these boys?
      Ricardo: Well, that's still a work in progress...
      Brenda: So, the only way a murder gets treated like a priority at your paper is if it happens to someone rich, or white, or related to a cop.
      Ricardo: That's your response?
      Brenda: No, it's a question. You can dodge it if you like. You certainly have the right to remain silent.

    • Brenda: It's hard to imagine how things could get much worse.
      (Ricardo Ramos enters)
      Provenza: I don't think you should have said that out loud, Chief.

    • Sanchez: You know that Elena lied to you, right?
      Brenda: Yes, I do.
      Sanchez: Okay. (pauses) Good luck, everyone. (Sanchez leaves)
      Gabriel: So, Elena lied to us about what?
      Brenda: I have no idea.

    • Pope: There's no budget restriction on this, no limit on manpower. If this is an attack on an L.A.P.D. officer's family, we have no greater priority.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: October 22, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Finland: February 18, 2010 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: October 11, 2010 on Prima

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