The Closer

Season 5 Episode 6

Tapped Out

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2009 on TNT
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Episode Summary

When an internet matchmaker is murdered, the team finds themselves investigating the matchmaker's early-stage television show. Adding to the craziness is a fake officer, who turns everything upside down.

In an effort to school himself on the inner workings of Brenda's group, Pope decides to work as one of the team.moreless

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  • Chief Pope is out in the field eating with Lt. Provenza and Detective Flynn when a shooting crime scene occurs across the street. When they arrive a Detective Richard Tracy is in charge. The only problem is there is no Detective Dick Tracy?moreless

    My first experience with this show. What a wonderful episode and the acting is superb. Kyra Sedgwick is wonderful as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

    The main story revolves around the murder of a man that is known as Intrigue. He is a player that tapes himself picking up women and putting the encounters on the internet. His site is making millions. So a TV production company was making a TV show about him called Tapped Out. One of his "fans" puts a bullet in his skull. Things are complicated by the fact that all of the investigation and reports are being done by a psychotic person impersonating police detectives. He has all of the evidence and is staying one step in front of the police and Johnson's squad. It seems the gentleman (Tracy) has passed the detectives entrance exam a number of times but can't pass the psyche test. He has been working security jobs and is always fired from his positions. It is somewhat humorous as the squad has to work around him once they catch up with him.

    Of course Chief Pope is concerned that he allowed a non-detective to leave the scene of a crime with all of the evidence. If that ever gets out he would be a laughing stock and probably out of a job. Luckily he has Chief Johnson watching his back.

    Brenda Lee works both sides of the case by dealing with Dick Tracy/Jonathan Baird and figuring out who was the murderer of the victim. Between the two sides she manages to find the killer and put the nail in Baird's coffin all without the case going to trial. Therefore saving Chief Pope and putting everything right.

    I am really sorry I have not had an opportunity to see this show before now. What a wonderful cast and the production values are great. I will be checking this out from now on. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Watch the show.

    Tapped Out, as shown last night, was a great show. Funny, funny, funny. Andrew Daly was absolutely fabulous as Dick Tracy in this episode. Andrew Daly and Jason O'Mara have been the very best guest stars on the program (in my personal opinion.)

    I love the show in general, watch it every week or tape it if I am not available. The cast is so very good together, great personalities. Having a cast that meshes well together seems to be the key for a lasting program.

    Thank you, it is a pleasure to watch such an entertaining program.moreless
  • A department full of characters...

    And they had to add a complete nut job of a fake detective over the top. Andrew Daly's crazy turn as a man who longs so much to be a real detective that he deludes himself and dupes other people into thinking that he is with the LAPD is actually excellent, if only he wasn't so incredibly irritating.

    Brenda is truly a class act in every way, as she sails through the insanity, keeping a level head and breaking the case, faking out the most infuriating character that has ever graced a television screen.

    This was a very cleverly written episode. Baird the fake detective seemed to magnify the quirks of every one Brenda's team, it was brilliantly atmospheric and actually very funny.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

Erica Piccininni

Erica Piccininni

Marie Morgan

Guest Star

Kathryn Meisle

Kathryn Meisle

Jill Pappas

Guest Star

Brian Avers

Brian Avers

Mark Bernstein

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Pope: But what will your division think of me if I submit this untruthful report to the Chief?
      Brenda: That you are exactly who you said you wanted to be: Just one of the guys.
      Pope: What does that mean?
      Brenda: We lie to you all the time. Everybody does. Robbery Homicide, Vice, Narcotics, even Traffic. It's one thing that unites every division of the LAPD. We, we all lie to our boss.
      Pope: What am I supposed to say to that? What? Thank you?
      Brenda: You're welcome. And far as the respect that my division has for you, I can assure you, Will, that nothing has changed from yesterday to today.
      Pope: Honestly?
      Brenda: Honestly. So, nitey nite, Crimestopper. (winks)

    • Provenza: What?
      Flynn: What? You're eating fruit!
      Provenza: I'm trying to cut back on fatty foods. Lauren says my diet makes me feel older.
      Flynn: You know what's making you feel older? Your age!

    • Brenda: Did you even ask to see his badge?
      Pope: No, I didn't.
      Brenda: How did you know he was an actual LAPD officer?
      Pope: He knew my mission statement.
      Lt. Flynn: That should've been proof that he didn't work for us.

    • Brenda: Excuse me, Chief, uh, am I to understand that you, and uh, Lieutenant Flynn and Lieutenant Provenza handed over all the evidence from the crime scene, including the gun, to a detective Dick Tracy?
      Pope: OK, now... this... is... definitely... a major crime.

    • Marie Morgan: Oh my God, I just realized I never had sex with a dead person before.
      Brenda: Well, presumably he wasn't dead when you had sex with him, was he?

    • Pope: Lieutenants Flynn and Provenza from Major Crimes.
      Richard Tracy: Oh, Major Crimes. Wow I just called your office three minutes ago. You guys move fast.
      Pope: Yeah, first time anyone's accused them of that.

    • Pope: When I find this Tracy guy I am going to kill him.
      Provenza and Flynn (in unison): Get in line!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was rated US TV-14-DV.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 16, 2010 on Net 5
      United Kingdom: August 5, 2010 on More4
      Czech Republic: November 1, 2010 on Prima
      Canada: November 26,2010 on W Network
      Turkey: January 13, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Finland: February 17, 2011 on MTV3


    • Brenda: Mr. Baird, this is not a game where one of us say it was done in the library with a candlestick by Colonel Mustard!

      This is a reference to the Parker Brothers' board game Clue, in which players try to deduce who committed a murder, in which room, and with what object.

    • Dick Tracy
      Dick Tracy is a character in the long-running comic strip about a police detective. Tracy is known for using various gadgets and forensic science to solve cases.