The Closer (2005–2012)
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The discovery of a body at a building site dating back to the L.A. Riots puts Brenda on a collision course with a priest, a politician, and one of her team.


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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
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Tony Denison ... Andy Flynn
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Mark Rolston ... Father Jack
Dohn Norwood ... Kenyon Richards
David Zayas ... Brian
Keith Diamond ... Terry Miller
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson


When a gang member is found dead in a construction site with Lt. Provenza's business card on him, Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson and her team find themselves dealing with a delicate case. Central to the investigation is Father Jack, an activist priest who is very protective of his gang member flock. Priority Homicide also has to deal with a one-time gang member who has rehabilitated himself and defends Father Jack as the man who had a very positive influence in his life. Meanwhile, Brenda has to deal with her own father issues. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode carries a warning that the story is not based on any real person or event. However, central to the story are the riots that occurred in L.A. after the verdicts were read from the Rodney King trial and Reginald Denny was dragged from his vehicle and severely beaten. The character Father Jack appears to be loosely based on Father Gregory S. Boyle, S.J. Director of Homeboy Industries, an economic development program designed to give Latino gang members a second chance and an alternative to gang activity. Homeboy Industries operates in Boyle Heights (part of LAPD's Hollenbeck Division). Like Father Jack, Father Gregory is actively involved in the City of Los Angeles' anti-crime initiatives. Occasional questions have arisen about the sheltering of gang members who have committed major crimes. See more »


Brenda Leigh Johnson: My entire day was filled with fathers who wouldn't talk to me.
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