The Closer

Season 3 Episode 5

The Round File

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 2007 on TNT
9.4
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Rated: TV-14-V
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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.

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  • This episode made me so sad, I think it is shameful that people can rationalize abandoning their family members at a facility like that one and not even feel that need to visit or ask questions after their loved one has passed on.moreless

    10
    The fact that they threw out his complaint should never have happened, especially given all the cases of rest homes and palative care facilities found to be neglecting and even abusing their patients. I could never just dump a grandparent or my own parents in a facility and just forget that they were there as if they are that unimportant... I feel guilty that I only see my grandmother every other weekend, but she likes living on her own and does not want us to fuss, and even when she tells us not to visit all the time we call and check up on her a few times a week to see if she needs anything or if she wants to come over for dinner (any excuse we can think of to make sure that she is alright). I don't understand how the Baxter's son could just dismiss his father like that and what about the relationship that he should have been allowed to develop with his 3 grandchildren...

    At the end I think it would have been nice if Brenda had introduced Baxter and Doris. They both need someone to spend some time with, it would be good for them, not to mention Provenza and Baxter seemed to hit it off well and it would be good for the old guy to have a friend.moreless
  • Great episode.

    9.0
    This is the first episode I watched all the way through - I had caught bits and pieces of the first two seasons - and now I'm wondering what took me so long.



    This episode was fabulous. I felt sorry for the old man as he had to confess to crimes he didn't even commit in order to get the police to take him seriously. Provenza's line to Gabriel was classic - "No need to beat him up. He's bee confessing all morning."



    The end of the episode was bittersweet when the old woman admitted she only put the house up for sale so people would come visit her. The whole hour was a real eye-opener to how the elderly are treated.moreless
  • The Round File- The gang goes head to head with the Nursing Home Industry where 6 patients died of what appeared to be of natural causes.

    9.7
    What an amazing eposide! So many of our elderly citizens are in Nursing Homes today so I think this story really hits home for most of us. I also think that's it's very interesting that the Office of Inspector General has released a statement today outlining the course of action it is taking to ensure that Nursing Home Residents and patients will be protected from Abuse and neglect, and that they will be taking a closer look at how these services are administered. I guess someone other than Donald Baxter does care!!! Way to go Closer!moreless
  • Another classic episode!

    10
    This is another classic episode that you have to see it from the very beginning I think. As the team tries to determine who has been killing seven people. But the real serial killer that has been doing this won't reveal himself at all. Even though an old man confesses to the crimes. Because the team think that he is nuts and don't think that he is the real culprit. On the personal site. Brenda reluctantly goes along with Fritz house hunting which was kind of funny as they looked for a bigger house.moreless
  • you must be here for the tour...

    9.3
    So I was happy to see Gabriel back. And you can tell that Brenda was ok with him coming back. The first thing she asked him to do was baby-sit a suspect. No comments made or anything. On a more personal note, Fritz and Brenda are looking for a house to buy. Too bad they were not really serious about the one that they put a bid on, well maybe it is a good thing as the owner did not really want to sell it, she just wanted to meet people. I like the comment that she went to AA to meet people, but quit when she found out that you had to give up all drinking. And Kitty had a moment in the spotlight so it was a god episode.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

French Stewart

French Stewart

Gary Evans

Guest Star

Jim Ortlieb

Jim Ortlieb

Judd Whaley

Guest Star

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Nurse Janet Townsend

Guest Star

Jonathan Del Arco

Jonathan Del Arco

Dr. Morales

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Dr. Crippen, the medical examiner, has the same surname as a famous American murderer, Dr. Hawley H. Crippen, who was found guilty of the grisly murder of his wife, Cora, in London in the early 20th century.

    • The episode's title, The Round File, is drawn from the expression "to file something in the round file," meaning to throw something in the trash. In this case, the round file serves as a metaphor for the way older Americans may be viewed as having been thrown away by families who are unwilling to care for them, but instead send them to live in retirement communities such as the one where the murders took place. The expression also applies to the way the LAPD swept aside Donald Baxter's concerns by "filing them in the round file."

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