Sgt. David Gabriel
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Sgt. David Gabriel (Character)
from "The Closer" (2005)

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"The Closer: Drug Fiend (#7.18)" (2012)
Detective Lt. Provenza: [referring to the unrepentant killer] See, Gabriel, that's the kind of people that lawyers hang out with. You better take a long, hard look at your life choices, my friend.
Sgt. David Gabriel: Come on.
Captain Sharon Raydor: Attorneys protect us from people like this, Lieutenant.
Detective Lt. Provenza: Protect us? How?
Captain Sharon Raydor: Imagine what we would do with a man like this if we didn't know he had an attorney coming.

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... for twenty years. It's all very Catholic.

[as Dr. Parr explains his circumstance, Brenda's keenly aware how his wording can apply to herself as well]
Dr. Stephen Parr: The system should work as designed but sometimes we have mistakes, awful mistakes, so last night, after observing Miss Lee's asymptomatic responses to the chemo, I went back to my office and looked at my own files from last year.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: What did you find?
Dr. Stephen Parr: What I thought I'd find, a period during which many patients seemed not to properly absorb the chemo. When, instead of improving, people died. I felt errors may have been made, but I was afraid that if I brought attention to the problem, that...
Sgt. David Gabriel: You'd be sued.
Dr. Stephen Parr: Yes, I'd be sued. I... I deal with life and death on a daily basis. I can be taken to court where, even if I win, I lose. My liability insurance goes up. I have to explain myself over and over to medical boards, my peers... If I ever find myself in circumstances where I can't properly clear my name, nothing is the same after that.


"The Closer: Lovers Leap (#3.11)" (2007)
David Gabriel: Chief, are you SURE you've recovered enough from your surgery to be doing this?
Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: I have a note from the doctor, Sergeant. You can read it if you'd like.

Mike Tao: It seems like she accelerated right off the cliff.
David Gabriel: If she's from D.C., she might have been lost, didn't see the turn.
Andy Flynn: Or she did it on purpose.
Louie Provenza: A woman so concerned about the planet that she rents a hybrid to kill herself in?
Andy Flynn: I don't know. Maybe she saw a tree down there she wanted to hug.


"The Closer: Blindsided (#3.9)" (2007)
Greg Pierson: Just act natural.
David Gabriel: She is.

Brenda Leigh Johnson: So, how you doin'?
David Gabriel: I'm, uh... I'm kinda pissed at being shot at.


"The Closer: Star Turn (#7.9)" (2011)
David Gabriel: So, Mr. Perez, we're investigating Mr. Michael's death and...
Bruno Perez: I know. And you have to start admitting it was an accident instead of acting like he offed himself.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Is that what we're doin'?
Bruno Perez: Well, you're being very tight with the details, and in this new media environment - which is very difficult to explain to someone your age - Missy's about to become a star; so, going around saying her dad jumped off a cliff because he gambled everything on her and thought he lost - that's not good. I mean, I totally get it looks better for you guys to call it a suicide, but why should Missy be punished because it took you five days to find him? It's not her fault.

Andy Flynn: [delivering the coroner's findings] Mr. Michaels, missing for five days, had just eaten some kind of blue candy and a pizza.
David Gabriel: So - what? - he got lost on Mount Pepperoni?


"The Closer: Walking Back the Cat (#5.4)" (2009)
Fritz Howard: Are there any questions?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, yeah. How did Austin Blair end up dead?
Special Agent Jerry Moore: We don't know.
David Gabriel: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. We track this guy down, we find the body, and you guys tell us nothing? I mean, this-this-this is our big briefing?
Will Pope: Yeah. Welcome to the FBI, everyone.

David Gabriel: The doctor will see you now.


"The Closer: Live Wire (#4.4)" (2008)
David Gabriel: Uh... uh... Daniels and I broke up a couple weeks ago and, uh, things have been... awkward... since then. Anyway, I'm afraid that it, uh... the stuff between us might be affecting the cohesiveness of our division, and I'm not sure that we both can stay, and I've been thinking that it might be best if... Daniels transferred out. I mean, I'm not... I'm not angry...
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Oh, I can see that.
David Gabriel: I'm just thinking about what's best for her and what's best for the entire...
Irene Daniels: [knocking and entering] Uh, excuse me, uh... Chief, is this a good time?

[Having given her report, Daniels exits, and Brenda resumes Gabriel's discussion about having Daniels transferred out]
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Tell me, Sergeant, can you do that, what she just did, the forensic accountin'?
David Gabriel: What do you mean, the stuff with the banks?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: 'Cause I need someone with expertise with "that stuff with the banks" on our team, and since you think the cohesiveness of our division is being hurt and one of you absolutely must go, fill out that transfer request and start thinkin' about where you might want me to send you.


"The Closer: Home Improvement (#7.6)" (2011)
David Gabriel: Nice dress, by the way.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Really? Does it make me look like the Queen of England? 'Cause that's how much money you need to be a police officer these days.


"The Closer: Dumb Luck (#3.6)" (2007)
David Gabriel: Excuse me, but where's the chief?
Andy Flynn: She's right over there. I'd recognize those legs anywhere.


"The Closer: The Life (#5.13)" (2009)
David Gabriel: The gangs keeps recruiting them younger and younger.
Louie Provenza: Yeah, and we keep getting older and older.


"The Closer: The Last Word (#7.21)" (2012)
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Let's talk a little about last night. Why were you in that particular part of Griffith Park?
Rusty Beck: I like the view from up there.
David Gabriel: There... was no view from where you were.
Rusty Beck: That's what I like about it.


"The Closer: Red Tape (#5.3)" (2009)
David Gabriel: But I do want to thank you, Chief, for being there for me.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, If I'm gonna be upset with you when you're wrong, Sergeant, the least I can do is stand up for you when you're right.


"The Closer: To Serve with Love (#7.3)" (2011)
David Gabriel: He fell from up there down to here?
Andy Flynn: Yeah. Back dive and a half-twist. And, would you believe, the Russian judge only gave him an 8.5?


"The Closer: High Crimes (#6.12)" (2010)
David Gabriel: Chief, I hate to say this, but I don't think we're gonna be able to get high enough.


"The Closer: Old Money (#6.11)" (2010)
Sgt. David Gabriel: Chief, I just ran into Captain Raydor out in the hallway and she said "hello" to me.
Detective Lt. Provenza: She's up to something.


"The Closer: Forgive Us Our Trespasses (#7.5)" (2011)
David Gabriel: Well, looks like we found Cinderella.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Yeah, but who turned him into a pumpkin?


"The Closer: Fantasy Date (#1.6)" (2005)
Lt. Louie Provenza: Are you turned on by movies where a hunky young sailor is stripped to the waist, tied up and flogged?
Sgt. David Gabriel: What is it with you white people and whips?


"The Closer: Tapped Out (#5.6)" (2009)
David Gabriel: This? This is the Hook-Up King? This method must really work.
Julio Sanchez: [smiling] It does.


"The Closer: Time Bomb (#4.10)" (2008)
David Gabriel: I, uh, pulled the file on the, uh, vandalism bust, and apparently Mr. Melman broke into his high school, where he, uh... defecated on the principal's desk.
Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson: Ew!
Louie Provenza: Which means he's been dropping bombs his whole life.


"The Closer: Repeat Offender (#7.2)" (2011)
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: Ashley was babysittin' for one of her professors, a Mr. Alex Banks, the man who drove her home the night she died; and, according to his wife, the professor had an affair with another student ten months ago.
David Gabriel: How'd the wife find out?
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: The professor paid for the young woman's abortion on his credit card.
Dr. Morales: Mm, careless. That's why it's a good idea to keep cash around the house.


"The Closer: In Custody (#6.3)" (2010)
[Sgt. Gabriel is putting handcuffs onto a suspect under arrest for possession of methamphetamine]
Wayne West: Ow! Be gentle!
Sgt. David Gabriel: Just don't get junkie on me, okay? This is a new suit.


"The Closer: Living Proof: Part Two (#6.14)" (2010)
Clay Johnson: Now, then, who wants to carve the turkey?
Dr. Morales: Oh, yeah, yeah, let me do it.
David Gabriel: Oh, come ON.
Dr. Morales: Don't worry. I do this all day long.


"The Closer: Fatal Retraction (#1.12)" (2005)
Sgt. David Gabriel: You have the right to remain silent! Why don't you use it?


"The Closer: Tijuana Brass (#4.9)" (2008)
David Gabriel: So, now is not the best time to pick a battle with the Catholic church.
Louie Provenza: Let's fight one Pope at a time.