The Closer (2005–2012)
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Brenda's investigation into the rape and murder of a young girl begins to affect her emotions, and in order to close the case she makes an unlikely deal.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), Wendy West


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyra Sedgwick ... Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. Simmons ... Will Pope
Corey Reynolds ... David Gabriel
Robert Gossett ... Russell Taylor (credit only)
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Veronica Cartwright ... Vera Mathers
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Jo Anderson ... Leslie Phillips
Ryan Carnes ... Austin Phillips
Yvonne Delarosa ... Carmen Alvarez (as Yvonne DeLaRosa)
James Avery ... Dr. Crippen
John Prosky ... Mr. Banks
Federico Dordei ... Alejandro Gutierrez


Deputy Chief Johnson and her team investigate the rape and murder of 13-year-old Marta Alvarez, a Mexican illegal who disappeared after school two days before her body was found. Her mother Carmen and Carmen's cousin Alejandro Gutierrez work as a domestic and a gardener, respectively, for the Phillips family in whose house, it turns out, the murder took place. Suspicion falls upon Wayne Mathers, a registered sex offender reportedly seen in the area at the time. With evidence mounting up, the killer flees to Mexico where they will not extradite him unless the US waives the death penalty. Brenda and Fritz travel to Mexico to try and talk the culprit into returning voluntarily, but after receiving a flat refusal to do so, Brenda puts her backup plan into action - grant the killer exactly what he asks for. Written by garykmcd / revised and corrected by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Lt. Tao shows Mrs. Phillips and her son Austin pictures from the California Sex Offender Locator. Although the interface shown on camera is not the actual one, the locator is part of sex offender registry operated by the California Attorney General's office under the terms of Megan's Law. California's Megan's Law was named for Megan Kanka, a young girl from New Jersey murdered by a child sex offender living across the street without her family's knowledge. Although controversial, state Megan's Laws have set up registries such as California's to make information about the location of sex offenders previously available only to law enforcement accessible to the public. See more »


During the close up of the victim during the autopsy one can see her pulse beating in her neck. See more »


Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: Look, I don't like this kind of investigation any more than the rest of you, but I want to go to sleep at night knowing that we've buried the killer and not his crimes. Thank you.
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Excellent ep
12 October 2018 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

I found this to be one of the best ep's of the series despite the absence of three of the actors (Flynn,Taylor,Daniels). I think it's partly due to twist and turns and the scheming and how Brenda finally closes the case.

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