The Closer (2005–2012)
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Drug Fiend 

The murder of a doctor who treats cancer patients hits close to home for Brenda and gets her in hot water with Pope.


Paul McCrane


James Duff (created by), Duppy Demetrius

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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
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall
Shanti Lowry ... Ann Mason
Lennie Loftin ... Dr. Stephen Parr


Major Crimes investigates the murder of Dr. Christopher Brady, a gastroenterology oncologist found at his office by a janitor on a Sunday, apparently struck on the head with a blunt object and strangled with IV tubing, with refrigerators meant to hold various anticancer drugs and painkillers standing empty. Brady had fired one of his nurses the previous week, but the police learn she left after becoming aware that the doctor was ordering drugs for fictitious patients which allowed him to treat those who were uninsured. When coroner Dr. Morales reviews the medical records of Brady's patients, he concludes that they weren't being treated for cancer at all, which provides the squad with a long list of potential suspects. Meanwhile, Sgt. Gabriel's girlfriend Ann Mason accompanies him to the crime. She manages to get on Brenda's bad side but proves useful later; however, Chief Pope and Brenda's working relationship is severely tested and she begins to question her own future. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

23 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Sgt. David Gabriel: [about Anne] Four days ago we decided to combine our resources, but, uh, we've been dating about a year now. It felt like it was time. You know, I haven't told my family yet. I'd actually appreciate it if you didn't tell anyone else around here, knowing what people think about lawyers.
Captain Sharon Raydor: Married one, myself.
Sgt. David Gabriel: Really?
Captain Sharon Raydor: Well, technically he's a lawyer. First he passed the bar, then he spent the next ten years drinking at one till he gave that up for gambling.
Sgt. David Gabriel: So, what, you're divorced?
Captain Sharon Raydor: Separated... ...
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