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About THE CLOSER & Episode Guides

About THE CLOSER & Episode Guides

They'll bring you in. She'll make you talk.

The Closer Aired From June 13, 2005 – August 13, 2012 On TNT.

About the show:
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read
people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.

Each episode of "The Closer" deals with an aspect of the Los Angeles culture as it interfaces with law enforcement in the mega-city. The show deals with complex and subtle issues of public policy ethics, personal integrity, and profound questions of good and evil. The rather large character ensemble is sophisticated in its own exploration of the human condition, touching on individual faiths, traditional religious influences in the lives and communities of contemporary society, and the breakdown and dysfunction of family systems, work teaming, and government responsibility.

Kyra SedgwickDeputy Chief Brenda Johnson
J.K. SimmonsAsst. Police Chief Will Pope
Corey ReynoldsSgt. David Gabriel
Robert GossettCommander Taylor
G.W. BaileyDet. Lt. Provenza
Jon TenneyAgent Fritz Howard
Anthony John DenisonDet. Andy Flynn
Michael Paul ChanDetective Mike Tao
Phillip P. KeeneBuzz
Raymond CruzDetective Sanchez
Gina RaveraDetective Daniels

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Season 1

1. Pilot   
A seemingly routine murder investigation by the LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division is interrupted by the arrival of Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, the new head of the LAPD's Priority Murder Squad. An outsider from Atlanta in her first week of service, Brenda has already begun to face the resistance of long-time high-ranking officers, particularly Capt. Taylor of Robbery Homicide, as well as the questionable confidence of her own squad, who have decided to request transfers en masse. Only her assistant, Sgt. Gabriel, seems willing to try to work with her.

2. About Face   
Brenda and the team must investigate the murder of high-profile model Heather Kingsley, who dies as a result of nicotine poisoning, applied to her scalp via her hair conditioner. Suspicion quickly falls on her movie-star husband, Dean, whose philandering ways and false claims of a pre-nuptual agreement make him the likely killer. As Brenda investigates, she is drawn into the world of celebrity beauty, where illusion is everything, and the standard high. When she undergoes a make-over to meet the Dean's discarded lovers one-by-one, each of whom appears to have a motive to murder, Brenda realizes there may be more to this case than a man trying to get out of a marriage. At the same time, she is slowly seduced by the superficial glamour, which seems to impress her colleagues, and Fritz. As the real killer emerges, Brenda comes to the realization that she can only be who she is, and that the rest is just an illusion.

3. The Big Picture   
Brenda must fight for justice for two Russian prostitutes murdered by the illegitimate son of a Russian mafia figure whiles she overcomes the prejudices of a department who sees one dead prostitute as pretty much the same as another. As she does, she confronts her own prejudices, and discovers the justice for these women is scarce in a world dominated by men. When the FBI steps in to take over the investigation, she shows the stern stuff she's made of, using highly unorthodox methods to finally bring the murderer to an unusual form of justice. Meanwhile, Brenda's relationship with Fritz takes a new direction, as the FBI's involvement in this case hints at the challenges that will come when they must balance their work and professional lives. At the end of the episode, Brenda purchases one of the dead girl's house, and finds herself the owner of a cat she doesn't want, but who has ideas of its own.

4. Show Yourself   
Brenda and the Priority Homicide Team investigate a sniper who is killing gang members in and around MacArthur Park. Offering assistance is an ex-Army colonel who believes the sniper to be his son. As an all-out gang war looms, Brenda tentatively accepts his assistance, but as her investigation progresses, Brenda's doubts about the Colonel's motives grow. With Fritz' assistance, she realizes the Colonel is not there to help, but to help his son escape. The two face off in the dark on a Los Angeles rooftop, leading to an unexpected outcome. Elsewhere in the story, Sanchez' prior service with the Rampart Division CRASH gang squad allows him to play a pivotal role in the investigation as he briefs the squad on gang activity in the area, goes undercover as a gang member and assists with interrogations. Brenda's tense relationship with Taylor seems to relax, then abruptly grows tenser when a stake-out goes wrong. Gabriel becomes increasingly loyal to her, but Flynn and Provenza continue to resist her methods, dubbing her "Miss Scarlett."

5. Flashpoint   
Brenda enters the high-stakes world of pharmaceutical research, when a drug trial for new anti-addiction medication lead to the death of one of the principal investigators. Nothing is quite as it seems as she investigates the high-powered president of the drug company sponsoring the trial, the seemingly easy-going psychiatrist and the teenaged participants in the study. Too soon, one of the teenagers falls victim to manipulation of the medication, and Brenda untangles a web of exploitation of the young victims leading to an unlikely criminal. Meanwhile, Flynn ratchets up his efforts to undermine Brenda's authority, first by going over her head to Pope, and then, when that fails, by unearthing a groundless ethics investigation Brenda faced in Atlanta. On the personal front, Brenda's relationship with Fritz heats up, much to Provenza's delight!

6. Fantasy Date   
Brenda finds herself the unexpected victim of violence against women when she investigates the murder of a congresswoman's daughter. At first, it appears the victim was engaged in sexual activity online that included an invitation to violence. But as Brenda and the team investigate the world of online solicitation of sex, they discover just how vulnerable to abuse women are, and how easily the web can be used for revenge. In the end, Brenda finds a killer bent on revenge, and saves the victim's reputation, but not without paying a terrible price herself.

7. You Are Here   
When a judge is murdered in Griffith Park, Brenda's investigation takes an unexpected twist. Her best witness, or perhaps her prime suspect, is his teenaged son with autism. Challenged by the boy's behaviors, but convinced he has the clue to unraveling the case, Brenda must try to understand his disability, and thereby learn what he knows. Meanwhile, she must keep his mother, and the child protective system from taking custody of the boy, limiting her access to him, and the killer.

8. Batter Up   
When a gay man is murdered, seemingly the latest victim of a string of hate crimes, Brenda must confront prejudices inside and out of the LAPD. But when the perpetrator of the crimes turns out to be something quite different than expected, and has an alibi for the latest murder, Brenda must dig deeper to discover if this crime is part of the string, or a crime of passion disguised as a hate crime. Meanwhile, Flynn and Taylor step up their efforts to undermine Brenda once again, but with unexpected effects, as the team begins to rally around Brenda. Provenza's quirks begin to emerge, and we meet Terrence Hynes, a County Coroner's Forensics Support worker with an odd sense of humor. On the home front, Brenda finds herself with some new charges when her (male) Kitty has kittens.

9. Good Housekeeping   
The murder of an adolescent girl from Mexico, found dead in the Los Angeles River, proves difficult and painful for Brenda and her team. At first, a known sex-offender seems the likely candidate, but questions arise about why the girl and her mother were brought to the US, leading the investigation in another direction. Soon, the girl's backpack suggests the girl's uncle or the family for whom the mother worked may have been involved, A search of the house suggests one of the family is the murderer, but which one?

10. The Butler Did It   
Three wealthy, spoiled and unruly children become the target of Brenda's investigation when their stepmother is murdered and the family butler seemingly commits suicide shortly thereafter. Riding heard on the trio is their family attorney, who cleans up their messes and provides them with alibis. Convinced the butler was actually murdered, Brenda sets out to discover which of the children committed the murders, and finds the real killer was someone altogether different!

11. L.A. Woman   
Brenda finds herself at odds with the FBI in a struggle to gain control of the murder investigation of a well-known businessman.

12. Fatal Retraction   
Brenda and her team must find not only a killer, but also identify the killer's victim when a deranged, homicidal madman is set free due to mistaken identity.

13. Standards and Practices  
Season Finale. An unnamed source files a grievance against Brenda in the midst of a high-profile investigation of a murdered L.A. filmmaker. With her career on the line, Brenda is skeptical of Chief Pope's intentions when he volunteers to help.

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Season 2

1. Blue Blood   
Things don't add up when an LA cop turns up dead. Brenda and her team race against the clock to get to the truth, while tension increases between the Priority Homicide Division and the Robbery-Homicide Division.

2. Mom Duty   
When a juror in the trial of an infamous mobster is found dead, Brenda and the Priority Homicide Division find that their involvement in solving the case may be affecting the jury's final decision.

3. Slippin'   
Things are not as they seem when Brenda and the team investigate the accidental murders of three college students caught in the middle of a gang shootout.

4. Aftertaste   
Brenda and the PHD investigate a high-profile case when a woman is brutally murdered at L.A.'s trendiest restaurant.

5. To Protect & To Serve   
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?

6. Out of Focus   
Brenda and the team find themselves wading through a long list of suspects when a celebrity photographer takes a fatal fall from his hotel room balcony. Once the cause of death is determined, the motive points to a big time actor with something to hide.In the meantime, Brenda starts to feel like Fritz is behaving strangely, making her realize that superstars may not be the only ones who have secrets to keep.

7. Head Over Heels   
When a few body parts of an "adult film" star are found in a dumpster, Brenda and the team must scramble for more pieces to solve this puzzle. Once they begin putting things together, the suspect list seems to get longer.Adding more questions to her life, Brenda also finds herself making a potentially life-altering discovery.

8. Critical Missing   
When the drowned bodies of a mother and daughter are found by fishermen, Brenda and the team must determine if the apparent suicides are more than that. Following a strange coil of discoveries, the most surprising revelation that surfaces is one about the killer.

9. Heroic Measures   
When a young boy blames himself for the death of his friend, Brenda must tread lightly to get to the bottom of the case. Complicating matters is the deceased child's mother, who offers up accusations of her own.

10. The Other Woman   
The PHD must deal with a case of mistaken identity in order to get to the bottom of an investigation.

While they're busy with the case, Brenda is involved in a different case: Pope's divorce. After being called to testify, Brenda finds that both her career and reputation are on the line.

11. Borderline   
Leaving the scene of an accident to get to a multiple homicide scene, Brenda finds herself unable to drive the streets of L.A. which she worked so hard to learn.

Once she gets to the crime scene, she and the PHD are faced with another challenge: the murdered bodies are nowhere to be found. In order to solve this case, they must first search for the victims before they can hunt for the killer.

12. No Good Deed   
Once again, the PHD finds themselves wading through suspects in the murder of the star witness in a capital punishment case.When Estelle, Pope's angry ex-wife, spills the beans about Brenda to her team, Fritz begins to wonder how she really feels.

13. Overkill   
Brenda and Fritz have a hard time agreeing who is in charge when an informant's wife and an FBI agent are both murdered. Brenda discovers that she and the PHD must work quickly when the leading witness in the case is scheduled to testify against a powerful mobster.

When the killer's identity is uncovered, the PHD finds themselves under attack; an attack that takes someone down.

14. Serving the King (Part I)(SPECIAL-EPISODE)
Resulting from the showdown in the murder room, Brenda finds herself taking some involuntary time off. When she is asked to help a friend solve a murder that is linked to a terrorist group, Brenda works to find the killer and still keep it under wraps.Meanwhile, Commander Taylor jumps at the chance to break apart the PHD while Brenda is away.

15. Serving the King (Part II)   
Glad to be back with her team, Brenda focuses on finding a terrorist-linked suspect. Working with the CIA, who also wants their hands on this suspect, Brenda realizes that she was given false information, and wonders if she's been set up.

To prevent herself and the PHD from falling prey to a sinister plan, Brenda must untangle a web of lies to determine who she can trust - before it's too late.

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Season 3

1. Homewrecker  
The third season opens with a 3:00am roll-out that sends the PHD to the scene of the brutal triple murder of a couple and their pre-teen daughter. As the team processes the crime scene, they make an unexpected discovery in the attic: the couple’s teenaged son, Eric, still alive and on drugs. At first, Eric seems to be their likely suspect. Complicating the investigation is the work history of Eric’s father, who seems to exist in name only, and the team’s inability to find his partner, a psychologist named Dr, Reichter whose cell phone is found at the murder scene. As connection between Eric’s father and the mysterious Dr. Reichter is revealed, so, too, is the identity of the murderer.

2. Grave Doubt   
When Provenza's card is found on the body of a missing teenaged gang member, it appears the boy may have tried to contact Provenza about a shooting, but disappeared before he could. As a result, Brenda soon put a priest, whose life's work centers on reforming teens involved with gangs, in the middle of her investigation, and finds he has an unexpected defender: Sgt. Gabriel. Back at home, Brenda must now deal with her father, who knows that she and Fritz are living together.

3. Saving Face   
The funeral of an former police colleague of Flynn and Provenza takes an unexpected turn when the casket is dropped, revealing not only their friend’s body, but that of a nude, blonde woman, about whom Flynn and Provenza might know more than they realize. As Brenda investigates, she must also tangle with an irate bride who believes Brenda ruined her wedding. Brenda and Fritz’ efforts to find a house gain momentum.

4. Ruby   
Racing against the clock, Brenda and the PHD search for a missing 8-year-old girl who disappeared before making it home from school. While concentrating on a sex predator, Gabriel takes drastic action to solve the case, putting his career and the investigation on the line.

5. The Round File   
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.

6. Dumb Luck   
Brenda and the PHD investigate the murder of a personal trainer in a restaurant parking lot. Their prime suspect is the possessive, short-tempered husband of the woman with whom the victim was involved. Complicating the investigation: their only witness is the restaurant's frightened parking valet, who has OCD. At the same time, Pope's budget constraints means the PHD must complete anti-terrorism training in order to receive additional funding from the federal government. This makes work a challenge when they must all don haz-mat suits and simulate an emergency drill.

7. Four to Eight   
Gang tensions run high when two Latino gang members are murdered. Making the PHD's case more difficult is one victim's cousin who takes on the role of vigilante when he suspects the murderer is from an African-American gang. Can the PHD solve the crime before an all-out gang war results? Adding to Brenda's stress is her continued health problem. Once she receives a diagnosis, will she be able to recover?

8. Manhunt   
When the bodies of two women are discovered, the homicides contain the hallmarks of a well-known serial killer, who murders three times, branding his victims in the order they are killed. Now the PHD is up against the clock as the comb the beachfront in order to save another woman's life. Meanwhile, Brenda learns her preliminary diagnosis, which results in a surprising response from Fritz.

9. Blindsided   
After shooting a serial killer, Brenda is removed from active duty by the department psychiatrist. Instead, Brenda must take a journalist doing a story on the LAPD on a ride-along that turns deadly when the car she is in becomes the target in a shooting. As the key witness to the incident, Brenda must solve her own case while tolerating unwanted round-the-clock police protection. Meanwhile, Brenda's parents come for a visit, and Fritz meets Brenda's father for the first time. But Brenda's not sure she wants to share one important piece of news with him just yet.

10. Culture Shock   
When a Chinese woman who owns a tour company escorting a group of Chinese diplomats is found murdered in one of her own tour busses, Brenda and the team must examine the woman's business practices in their search for the killer. Also, with Brenda back at work, it's Fritz' job to entertain her parents, and that includes a visit to Parker Center.

11. Lover's Leap   
Brenda and the FBI battle for jurisdiction over a case when a woman is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The woman, an accountant for the Department of Homeland Security in LA who was to run an audit on the LAPD is found with her cell phone and laptop, making the case the FBI's, but Brenda and her team want to keep the case in the PHD.

12. 'Til Death Do Us Part (Part I)   
Brenda and the PHD are under the microscope while getting to the bottom of a case involving a high-profile divorce attorney who was found dead in his swimming pool. Brenda and Fritz are still learning to combine their lives and find trouble combining their finances when Brenda uncovers a secret that may make her think twice about moving forward.

13. 'Til Death Do Us Part (Part II)   
Still experiencing the strain of her case, Brenda finds herself under another time crunch when she must disprove a questionable alibi within 48 hours to prevent the investigation from falling flat. As Brenda searches for the truth in her case, she discovers some inside information that may have an unfortunate effect on her relationship with Fritz.

14. Next of Kin (Part I)   
Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.

15. Next of Kin (Part II)   
Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative.The fallout leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.

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Season 4

1. Controlled Burn
Originally called in to assist with crowd control in a burned out Griffith Park, Brenda and the PHD switch gears and take control of a murder investigation when a woman's body is discovered amid the chaos.

2. Speed Bump
Brenda and the team must determine if a murder was revenge or mere coincidence when a recently released murderer turns up dead, the victim of a hit-and-run.

3. Cherry Bomb
When a girl is found dead of a suspicious suicide, the well-connected classmate previously accused of raping her immediately catches Brenda's attention. As the team digs for the truth, they uncover some disturbing skeletons in the school's closet.

4. Live Wire
Brenda tangles again with an LA news reporter when he manages to scoop the murder of a man wearing a hidden wire. Adding another twist to the case, the victim was investigating a drug ring which blurs the line of jurisdiction between Brenda's PHD and Fritz's FBI.

5. Dial M for Provenza
Provenza plays the role of a hitman, going undercover to get to the bottom of a murder for hire. Things quickly spiral out of control when the contract victim turns up dead and the evidence is stolen with Provenza's car. The team must act quickly to figure out what happened to save Provenza and his job.

6. Problem Child
Brenda must decide how to handle a missing teen case when the evidence brings to light his tumultuous past. The deeper the PHD gets into the case, the more sinister is becomes, making everyone wonder if the potentially murdered boy may himself be a murderer.

7. Sudden Death
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 a reporter accuses the PHD of working only on high-profile cases.

8. Split Ends
LV In another brush with fame, Brenda and the team must investigate the movie set murder of a hairdresser.
In the meantime, Brenda tries to get her parents out of her hair when they come to town and work her into a lather over her yet-to-be-planned wedding.

9. Tijuana Brass
Brenda faces a potential mess when the bodies of two south-of-the-border detectives are found dead in the back of a truck.

10.Time Bomb
Mid-Season Finale. Brenda's team gets a new name as they try to stop terrorism which seems to have started with the death of a teen. The MCD, or Major Crimes Division, finds that this case is way too close to home.

11. Good Faith
Brenda and the team get involved in a seemingly simple case when the Medical Examiner believes that a suicide is actually homicide. Brenda's homelife is complicated once again when her parents visit, this time pushing for a wedding date.

12. Junk in the Trunk
The team must work in reverse when they find the unusually decomposed body of a large man in a car trunk. Now, Brenda and the gang must solve the bulk of the mystery in order to determine the victim's cause of death.

13. Power of Attorney
Brenda goes toe to toe with the tricky attorney of a man suspected of a brutal rape and murder. Going a few rounds to get to the truth, Brenda dukes it out with the lawyer who is just as clever in the ring as she is. Can she hang in there and get to the truth before the final bell?

14. Fate Line
Brenda's wedding planning is interrupted when she must investigate a possible murder, which is suggested by some disturbing text messages on a discovered cell phone. Realizing this may not be an isolated incident, Brenda and the team must hasten the search to prevent more homicides.

15. Double Blind
Both Brenda and Fritz's jobs threaten to interfere with their wedding when Brenda investigates a date-for-hire murder and Fritz attempts to bring down a drug kingpin. Desperately trying to keep the wedding from coming apart at the seams, Claire and Brenda's parents team up to hold it all together.

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Season 5

1. Products of Discovery
While investigating the homicide of an entire family, the team once again finds themselves entangled in an FBI case. They also find themselves distracted by an unusually surly Provenza.

2. Blood Money
Brenda and the team are called in to investigate the questionable disappearance of a shady financial investor. The team is a mess with Daniels now in another division, Gabriel doing double duty, and Provenza with behavior more curious than usual. In the meantime, Brenda and Fritz deal with a sick Kitty.

3. Red Tape
Sgt. Gabriel comes under investigation for shooting a homicide suspect when the facts don't add up. The internal investigation gets in the way of the original murder investigation, leaving the entire team tied up in knots.

4. Walking Back the Cat
Once again working with Fritz and the FBI, the team helps get to the bottom of a murder which occurred amidst a drug ring investigation. Also again, Brenda finds FBI feathers ruffled by her unorthodox methods.

5. Half Load
When a reformed gang member is murdered, the case takes the team back to a familiar neighborhood where they find themselves unwelcomed. Brenda must figure out a way to solve what appears to have been a missed-mark murder and bring peace to an unstable community.

6. Tapped Out
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.

7. Strike Three
Brenda crosses paths again with Captain Raydor when a gunfight kills two police officers and a teenage boy. The subsequent rift comes crashing full force into the team's case involving a Klan-related gang.

8. Elysian Fields
When a man believed to have murdered two young women is found dead in Elysian Fields, evidence points to his victims' families. Brenda and the team must then wade through the suspects to find the true killer.

9. Identity Theft
Brenda must reopen the case of a murdered psychiatrist when the man claiming to have committed the crime givess a statement that doesn't quite match the actual events. Based on evidence of the man's acquaintance with the doctor, Brenda believes there is a cover-up and sets out to unearth the truth. Willie Rae throws a roadblock in her path when she pops in for a visit, which actually appears to be an attempt to dump Brenda's handful of a niece onto the newlyweds during for the duration of summer break.

10. Smells Like Murder
The team digs through several suspects that surface after a man's body is found inside an oversized box. Brenda finds the case the perfect platform to play the role of teacher to Gabriel as he prepares for his detective exam. When Brenda's niece, Charlie, gets out of hand, she and Fritz must consider ending her summer vacation with them.

11. Maternal Instincts
Caught in the crossfire of a shootout, two people end up dead and one remains in critical condition. Now Brenda and the team must figure out the the intended crime and the intended victim in order to determine the perpetrator. Brenda and Fritz disagree as they continue to struggle with Charlie, and Provenza drastically alters his lifestyle.

12. Waivers of Extradition
When a serial killer's spree crosses from Texas to California, Brenda must work with Detective Curt Landry, her Texan equivalent. The two match wits and find themselves going toe to toe as each tries to gain control of the case and the way in which they solve it.

13. The Life
When an adolescent boy is found murdered where members of the Tres Colores gang frequently spend time, the subsequent murders of two more gang members point Brenda and the team to gang warfare. Unfortunately, the evidence trail leads them in a different direction.

14. Make Over
The conviction of a woman found guilty of poisoning a banker is overturned when a laboratory essential to proving the case comes under scrutiny. The subsequent re-trial forces Brenda to ask Provenza's former partner for help tying up loose ends. Unfortunately for the team, more scrutiny occurs when they all discover Provenza's former partner is no longer the man he used to be. The importance of the case may ruin Brenda and Fritz's planned vacation.

15. Dead Man's Hand
Captain Sharon Raydor returns and seeks Brenda's help to prove that her colleague is being the victim of domestic abuse. On the home front, Fritz has had enough of being neglected by Brenda.



Season 6

1. The Big Bang
In the first episode of season six the investigation into the murder of a man who loved to take pictures of star constellations from the privacy of his own balcony, Brenda & the squad think their maybe a connection close to the woman who was having an affair with him. There is one problem Brenda might not have anticipated a missing murder weapon and moving into a new office.

2. Help Wanted
Brenda and her squad must find out why a nanny disappeared and if the mayor's friends were somehow connected to the disappearance. Capt. Raydor joins Brenda in the investigation, but when Brenda finds out the real reason why, it could mean a new job for Brenda.

3. In Custody
As the squad is busy looking into a suicide they also get into the middle of the dispute between a dying husband and his wife who is addicted to crystal meth. Meanwhile Pope is one of many applicants for the chief of police job but may not realize that Brenda may have a say in whether or not he can have the job.

4. Layover
Provenza is busy escorting a prisoner his trouble is only beginning after finding a dead body in the condo of his flight attendant girlfriend. Brenda makes a decision about her career and tells Pope about it.

5. Heart Attack
Detective Mendoza requests the help of the squad because it is believed a drug cartel may have returned to the city.

6. Off The Hook
Sgt. Gabriel becomes a witness to the murder of a parole board member after taking a telephone call, Pope hopes to give the police department a much needed boost but the plan may run into some trouble if Brenda isn't able to solve the crime.

7. Jump the Gun
A familiar gang of thieves only leaves more questions unanswered after a security guard is found dead and the most puzzling question is why this didn't fit their usual pattern. Pope finds out if his chances are good at becoming the next police chief.

8. War Zone
Brenda's investigation into the shooting of three soldiers at a club in Los Angeles just days after returning from duty in Afghanistan may have some serious issues causing Brenda to defend herself to a liaison officer.

9. Last Woman Standing
Brenda's next case has her investigating the brutal murder of an actress who was dating through an online service, unfortunately the case takes a backseat because Brenda has an interview with the mayor for the next chief of police. Brenda still has second thoughts about whether she'd like the job.

10. Executive Order
Brenda could have trouble keeping up with two different investigations that may lead to a possible terrorist attack. Brenda has to work with the counter terrorism unit chief who is also in the running for chief of police.

11. Old Money
A detective on the squad is hurt on the street but the investigation turns into much more than the detective expected.

12. High Crimes
After some medical marijuana dispensaries are robbed the team is led to believe that the case is easy to solve until one of the robberies changes the course of the investigation and gives Brenda a possible chance at moving up in the department.

13. Living Proof (1)
Brenda's holiday plans change suddenly when a man is attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who is accidentally run over and killed by the police officer responding to the 911 calls. Brenda & Fritz receive a huge surprise for Christmas from Brenda's parents.

14. Living Proof (2)
Brenda finds she has another victim and later learns that her parents have been robbed and the Christmas gifts stolen from the RV. The investigation has to continue through Christmas day.

15. An Ugly Game
When a crack addict is arrested, it leads Brenda to question the facilities practices and to search for a missing woman. Gabriel questions Brenda's judgment. Brenda's husband tells her some secrets from his past.



Season 7

Episode 1: Unknown Trouble
Johnson and the rest of the team look into a Hip-Hop label company when they find their rap artist and a few of his friends murdered in their home. Gabriel insists that the victims were not gang members. Chief Delk has released his organizational chart and brings up the "Shootin Nuton" case involving a man named Tyrell who Johnson left after giving immunity. He says that there is a lawsuit.

Episode 2: Repeat Offender
In the midst of a sudden change in Command, Johnson is assigned to a murder case of a girl who as house-sitting for an upscale neighborhood. Captain Raydor is told to continue her audit and interview all of Major Crimes. Johnson tries to object, but it is not Raydor's choice.

Episode 3: To Serve with Love
When Provenza gets a job offer on the side, he enlists Flynn and Buzz to make money by serving court papers to a guy. However, they find that it is a lot harder then they thought when the man they catch falls to his death, they wonder if it is the right guy in the first place.

Episode 4: Under Control
With the audit still on-going, Johnson has her hands full when the case of a missing child turns to murder and the only suspects are a boyfriend and a jealous ex-husband. Lt. Tao gets particularly close to the case thinking of his own son as he looks at all the clues.

Episode 5: Forgive Us Our Trespasses
The death of a preacher is brought into question when they find that it was no accident that he died. Meanwhile, everyone suspects Gabriel for being a rat when everyone is served with court papers except for him.

Episode 6: Home Improvement
When a body is found at a home-improvement build, the team investigate to who could benefit from a the death of a sex offender. Realizing that this could be a bunch of people, Johnson races to find the killer and deal with her own legal issues as well.

Episode 7: A Family Affair
A detective from Phoenix comes in with a complaint on the Coroner's report about a recent suicide victim. Raydor wants to get done with her audit and Sanchez is refusing to talk. Raydor bargains with Johnson to get the truth to find out who said what.

Episode 8: Death Warrant
When an inmate named Diamond comes forward with information on a hit, Johnson must reach out to Capt. Raydor for help. Meanwhile, Baker interviews all the people in the division to draw out the leak that is inside.

Episode 9: Star Turn
When the father of famous Pop Singer, Missy Michaels, turns up dead, Johnson has a lot of questions for her manager and mother. Meanwhile, Johnson struggles to find the end to her troubles with the Baylor family when a settlement is offered. Baker seems to think that there is something that Goldman is not telling them.

Episode 10: Fresh Pursuit
The squad investigates the death of a deputy sheriff; the judge considers dropping the charges against Brenda.

Episode 11: Necessary Evil
Brenda and her squad investigate the shooting of a high-school principal whose school is entangled in scandal. Yet a territorial conflict erupts between Brenda and Fritz when Brenda's investigation overlaps with an existing FBI case.

Episode 12: You Have the Right to Be Jolly
It's a blue Christmas when Santa's zip-line arrival into a Christmas village goes terribly awry and Brenda's team must take on the holiday case. Fred Willard, Christine Woods and Lauren Bowles guest star.

Episode 13: Relative Matters
The murder of a man under FBI surveillance puts the federal agents in hot water with the L.A.P.D. Special guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin return as Brenda’s parents, who have come to town for the holidays with surprising news that keeps Brenda’s mind from her case.

Episode 14: Road Block
The Major Crimes Division investigates a hit-and-run murder of a young girl on a bicycle. Mark Moses and Elizabeth Perkins guest-star as the LAPD’s Police Commissioner and his wife Gail, who may be in trouble when Brenda becomes determined to uncover a scandal one of them tried to cover up. Maggie Wheeler guest-stars as Gail’s friend who clashes with Brenda.

Episode 15: Silent Partner
In the winter finale of THE CLOSER, the federal lawsuit against Brenda comes to a head when another murder occurs related to Turell Baylor’s death. Brenda seeks help from a businessman (guest star Jason George) with old ties to the neighborhood for help solving the case. Meanwhile, Brenda’s lawyer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) and the Baylor family lawyer (guest star Curtis Armstrong) face off in court.

Episode 16: Hostile Witness
The seventh and final season resumes with Brenda tangling with her nemesis, lawyer and suspected rapist-murderer Philip Stroh. Brenda pulls a shock-and-awe courtroom maneuver that may jeopardize an entire case, putting her at odds with the new D.A.

Episode 17: Fool's Gold
Provenza tries to help his ex-wife locate her wedding ring, but he stumbles into red-faced fumbles that include a robbery, an evidence-destroying canine and a frenetic appraiser.

Episode 18: Drug Fiend
In a case that hits too close to home for Brenda, a well-liked cancer doctor is brutally killed and his drug supply wiped clean. But the case could have a much wider reach than anyone suspects. To make matters worse, Captain Raydor has a new assignment that leaves Brenda questioning her loyalty to Pope. And Gabriel makes a significant life change.

Episode 19: Last Rites
The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda's parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments.

Episode 20: Armed Response
A young couple hanging out in someone else's house find themselves in hot water when a security guard and decorated veteran winds up dead in the street outside. But Brenda finds her investigation stifled by the watchful eye of the District Attorney's office. Meanwhile, Raydor and Pope finally pinpoint the leak in the department.

Episode 21: The Last Word
A young street hustler sees what appears to be a man burying a woman in Griffith Park, prompting an investigation Brenda is convinced will lead to Philip Stroh. But Brenda's obsession with Stroh threatens not only her career, but also her life.

contributed by codebreaker