The Closer

Season 2 Episode 5

To Protect & To Serve

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 10, 2006 on TNT
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Rated: TV-14-LV
Brenda finds herself involved in a cover-up of her own when she helps the PHD investigate a non-priority case. Why? Because the deceased woman was found in Provenza's garage.
Once again, the team finds themselves racing against the clock before the LAPD brass discovers what they're up to. Will Brenda be able to protect her team and their hard-earned trust?


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  • Nice twists and turns!

    In this episode, Brenda bends a LOT of rules in order to protect the two responsible members of her squad -- that very much surprised me. Though I thought I\'d seen every episode so far, this one was completely new to me when it aired on 1/2/2007.

    But what was completely new wasn\'t the episode itself; it was several unexpected aspects. Example: the unexpected opening — almost every episode has featured Brenda arriving at a crime scene. In this case, Brenda didn\'t even show up to view the body. Another surprise was Brenda\'s (what I considered) duplicity and half-truths with so many colleagues. Yes, she has occasionally withheld info from her police chief, but often it\'s the suspects whom she tricks and tries to keep guessing. She\'d rather hide things from her mom rather than the rest of her squad, from what I\'ve seen.

    In this episode, I couldn\'t help but compare Brenda to Dr. Gregory House (my other \"never miss\" TV show!) in how she pushes, prods, goads, stretches the truth, and gets her way by getting around usual procedures (in this case, the squad room, not the hospital!)

    That the writers/producers were willing to change it up a little to give us a fresh look at the characters we\'ve already gotten to know and love -- was a great gamble on their parts. Also, usually I\'ve gotten a good idea of who the guilty party is before midway in the show... that didn\'t happen this time. Impressive.moreless
  • Forgive me, Reverend Mother, for I have sinned!

    This is perhaps my favorite "The Closer" episode. In fact, when I lived abroad I made sure to purchase this episode and kept it on my iPod for those times when I got homesick and wanted quality TV in English. It's a dramatic and funny episode that showcases the growing relationships between those in Priority Homicide. Favorite scenes: One, when Flynn and Provenza first show up in the office and Brenda simply points to her office. Two, when Daniels and Sanchez disable the Robbery Homicide video equipment and quote from "The Sound of Music." Three, when Provenza goes into the Ladies' Room to talk to Brenda. Four, when Brenda presents Flynn and Provenza with a list of "thank you gifts" for their fellow detectives. A great episode for a great series.moreless
  • I admit this episode is completely crazy, but really very funny...

    This episode is really very special because of the relationship between Provenza and Flynn, who look like brothers, and because of the way Brenda becomes the "mother" of her two "childs", who will be punished at the end. The way they look at her when they are in her office, it's so funny !! I like very much this episode too because I enjoy the way Tony Denison-Andy Flynn goes from anger, to cynism and humility. He's a really talented actor, and you can feel all his emotions by looking his eyes. This episode is funny too because of the succession of lies which grows along step by step.moreless
  • brenda and the priority homicide squad must keep a step ahead of cpt taylor and robbery/homicede in a murder investigation. the victim was originally found in lt provenza's garage!

    one of the best episodes of the entire series ! exactly why i tune in every week. it allbegins when flynn and provenza are on their way to see a dodgers game. they open up provenza's garage only to see a dead woman on the floor. they have a dilemma, they're officers sworn to uphold the law and they have sky box tix to the game! they chosee of course, to go to the game! and break down on the way, missing it. when they get back, the body is misssing! and then the race is on. robbery/homicide has caught the case and have tainted evidence b/c the body was moved. lynn and provenza confess to brenda and she must start her own off book investigation to fix this humongous mess, w/the help of boygriend, fbi agent howard. i love the interaction between brenda, flyn and provenza. it's like a brother sister relationship, one sibling cleaning up the messes of the others. and to think, at the beginning of the series, flynn and provenza couldn't stand brenda and wanted to get her fired! i love seeing how their work relationship evolves, she trusts them completely and that's why she's so hurt and angry by the whole situation. another winner!moreless
  • going to hell...

    Really funny episode. Provenza and Flynn have skybox tickets to a game and as they are getting ready to leave they discover a dead body in Provenza’s garage. But the call of the game is too much and they figure she will still be dead in a few hours. But when they get back they find that she has been kidnapped, er, bodynapped. The rest of the case is solved through questionable tactics. Stealing cables from robbery and homicide’s interview room so they had to use PHD’s so Brenda could accidentally hit the intercom and tell the suspect to lawyer up right as he is about to tell where he found the body, asking Fritz to turn the case into a federal case to remove a witness, calling in a phony bomb threat. Bu the team stuck together in their illegal activity. But the boys will pay for it, literally.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

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

Craig Spengler

Guest Star

Sarah Zimmerman

Sarah Zimmerman

Mrs. Spengler

Guest Star

Jeff Kober

Jeff Kober

Scott Campbell

Guest Star

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

Recurring Role

Conan McCarty

Conan McCarty

Detective Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The baseball game that Provenza and Flynn were headed to was the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the San Francisco Giants. This is one of the oldest, and most intense, rivalries in professional baseball, dating back to the time when both teams played in New York, also now reflecting the rivalry between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Flynn: Chief, I just want you to know this kind of thing, it will never happen again.
      Brenda: Oh I know that, Lieutenant! Just like I know that under most circumstances, you two are conscientious and disciplined. And generous. (hands them two lists)
      Provenza: Malloy's?
      Brenda: That's where you're taking the squad for dinner.
      Flynn: A case of McCray Ridge 1997?
      Brenda: Mmmm! My favorite Merlot. Though in a pinch I'll take Beringer Howell. Sgt. Gabriel likes his suits from Fred Segal. Daniels loves Opium -- the perfume, of course. Three bottles should be plenty. Det. Sanchez wants a 47-inch flat screen TV. And Lt. Tao's son has just been begging him for something called a MacBook Pro. You can ask Tao about how many giga-whatevers to buy.
      Flynn: What isn't on this list?
      Brenda: Oh, I'm so glad you asked. So thoughtful! The Mets are playing the Dodgers next month. And Agent Howard -- who truly went above and beyond the call of duty -- would just love a pair of SkyBox tickets.

    • Brenda: The FBI is on my speed dial, Mr. Roth. In fact, we're so close I'm practically in bed with them.

    • Brenda: Lt. Provenza, thank you for that apology; it was short, sweet and entirely insufficient!

    • Brenda: Fritz, it's my investigation ... I never thought I'd say this, but I need you to make a federal case out of it.

    • Sanchez: Chief, if you wanna stop Campbell from saying where he found the body...(gestures towards the interrogation room) you'd better hurry.
      Brenda: Why aren't they using Robbery/Homicide's interview room?
      Sanchez: Technical difficulties.
      Daniels: (holding up a length of computer wire) Bless me, Reverend Mother, for I have sinned.
      Brenda: (shaking her head) Oh, we are going straight to Hell.

    • Brenda: We are calling everyone who had keys to that garage, starting with your landlord.
      Provenza: Well, we have to do that? My lease is up at the end of the month and if we harass this guy, I know he's gonna raise my rent.

    • Brenda: Just...go home.
      Provenza: Is that how they say "You're fired" in the South?"

    • Brenda: Did I ever once imply that I would allow y'all to make up the rules as you went along!?!?

    • Provenza: She couldn't have gone far.
      Flynn: You look left, I'll look right.
      Provenza: If I was a dead body, where would I go?

    • Flynn: Hey, relax! How about we pretend like we're police officers?!

    • Provenza: (To Flynn, about the body) I promise you, when we get back from the game, Blondie here will still be dead.

    • Provenza: Dodgers-Mets. Ray vs. Schell. Skybox tickets. And we're going to be late because you own the only car they ever stole in Mexico and brought here to sell!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 8, 2007 on Prima

    • After it was removed from Provenza's garage, the body was moved to a site along Sepulveda Blvd. Taylor later complains Brenda cannot pronounce the name!

      Sepulveda Blvd. is a major north-south street running nearly 30 miles from just south of LAX, where it runs under one of the airport's runways, through Westwood (and alongside the Federal Bldg. where Fritz works) and the Sepulveda pass, where the body was probably found, before ending at the San Fernando Valley. For much of its distance, it runs alongside the heavily traveled I-405 freeway, and serves as an alternative route between West LA and the Valley.

    • Flynn: A case of McCray Ridge 1997?
      Brenda: Mmmm! My favorite Merlot. Though in a pinch I'll take Beringer Howell.

      McCray Ridge Winery is located in the Healdsburg region of Sonoma, California. It is a "boutique" winery, known for its Two Moon Vineyard Merlot. Flynn would have a hard time finding 1997; its current release is 1999.

      Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously working winery in the Napa Valley, located in the center of the St. Helena. It makes a large number of modestly priced wines, and a few premium wines, among them a Merlot made from grapes grown in the Howell Mountain region, considered one of the best grape-growing regions of the Napa Valley.

    • The Closer finished third (top cable shows) for the week ending 7/16/2006, drawing 6.4 million viewers.

    • At the beginning of the episode, Flynn and Provenza are headed for the game at Dodger Stadium and "sky box" seats. Dodger Stadium does not have sky boxes; the only private box in the stadium is the owner's and tickets for it cannot be purchased. The premium tickets at Dodger Stadium are called "Club Level" tickets because they are on the same level as the Stadium Club, owner's box, and press boxes.

      On the other hand, Flynn and Provenza both wear authentic, and expensive, Dodger jackets and hats.

    • In this episode, the cast credits rise as Provenza and Flynn open and close the garage door, as if they were written on the door itself.


    • Daniels: Bless me, Reverend Mother, for I have sinned.

      Alludes to scene from the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music." Two nuns from the convent where Maria once live remove the distributor wires from the cars belonging to the Nazis so they are unable to follow the Von Trapp family. When the Reverend Mother confronts them, one delivers the line while showing her the wires.