The Closer

Season 7 Episode 3

To Serve with Love

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 25, 2011 on TNT
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Provenza recruits Flynn and Buzz to earn some "easy money" by serving papers for a lawyer who called him. Immediately after serving the man, who insists he's not the person they are looking for, he plummets to his death and lands on Buzz's car. When Fritz arrives on the scene, he informs everyone that the dead man was convicted of massive fraud and was awaiting sentencing. Suspicion soon falls on the dead man's wife, who had discovered that in addition to his criminal behavior, he was having an affair.

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  • Once again, Provenza and Flynn get into a wild mess, leading to a good time for all.

    8.0
    The annual "Provenza and Flynn get themselves into a ridiculous jam" episode is always a highlight of the season and this was no exception. The script was great from the start of Flynn knowing this was going to end badly ("Anything that starts with you whispering ends with other people shouting") and dragging Buzz along. Better is how we know it's just going to get worse for them, adding to the comedy. Kyra was great with her hysterical delivery and faces for this mess ("you made a VIDEO?!") and how the two cops are more interested in their money than the murder. Loved the banter between the daughter and her stepmom ("don't get bossy with me, you sat behind me in English class!") and Arkin was a good choice for the man at the center of it all. Yet again, we get a killer who doesn't seem to get the seriousness of his crime ("Everything I've done was perfectly legal. You know, except for the murder") and loved the punch line of him being broke the whole time. The end scene was a nice finale with Buzz ending up a winner as Provenza and Flynn licked their wounds. Great to see one more comedy ep for the show before it leaves and makes you miss what we have even more.moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

Corey Reynolds

Corey Reynolds

Detective 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

Amy Gumenick

Amy Gumenick

Shannon Hirschbaum

Guest Star

Katie Lowes

Katie Lowes

Andrea Hirschbaum

Guest Star

Jenae Altschwager

Jenae Altschwager

Lisa Fleming

Guest Star

Jonathan Del Arco

Jonathan Del Arco

Dr. Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Brenda: When Captain Raydor conducted a transparency audit on this entire Division, you thought it was a brilliant idea to use one of our civilian techs to track a private citizen without a warrant?
      Provenza: Well, I wouldn't say brilliant.
      Brenda: (Fritz hands her a picture of Provenza with Hirschbaum) You posed with him?
      Provenza: Well, we had to have proof of service.
      Fritz: Oh, the video is a whole lot better.
      Brenda: You made a video?
      Flynn: Well, Buzz was already there.

    • Tao: (at the murder scene) Who's going to call the Chief?
      Provenza: Nobody's going to call the Chief. She does not need to know about this.
      Fritz: I'm not so sure about that.
      Flynn: (covering his face) Oh.
      Fritz: Can someone please explain how Steven Hirschbaum, a guy convicted in a massive federal fraud trial, ends up dead on Buzz's car five days before his sentencing?

    • Fritz: The agency has a policy against knowingly making false statements.
      Brenda: The agency can just say no comment.
      Fritz: Yeah, and who is going to look like an idiot when the truth comes out?
      Taylor: Chief. Agent Howard. I'm off to brief the press on the Hirschbaum murder. Anything I should know?
      Brenda: Just be yourself, Commander.
      Taylor: Right. (walks away)
      Fritz: I can live with that.

    • Provenza: How'd you like to make a quick 2,000 bucks, cash?
      Flynn: No, thanks. Anything that begins with you whispering always ends with other people shouting.

    • Flynn: How is a job that's supposed to net us four grand end up costing us four grand? What do you call that, uh, Provenza-nomics?

    • Pope: To many people, Steven Hirschbaum may have just been a convicted felon, but also a father and a husband to a ridiculously hot widow. Wow.

    • Doyle: Everything I have done up until now has been completely legal! You know, except for the murder.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Gabriel: Now see, that makes sense to me. Hirschbaum's a guy with a ton of cash looking at life in prison, so he kills his double and then he just goes off to live in some tropical paradise, just like Ken Lay.


      Kenneth Lee Lay (1942–2006) was the CEO and chairman of Enron and was implicated in the downfall of the Corporation. He was found guilty on May 25, 2006, along with COO Jeffrey Skilling, on six counts of securities and wire fraud and faced up to 45 years in prison. He died of a heart attack in July, prior to sentencing. Because of the private funeral and cremation four days later, along with his ashes being buried in a secret location in the Colorado mountains and his connection to very powerful people, conspiracy theories abound that the death was a cover for his leaving America to live in luxury in some place with a warn climate.

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