Brenda Johnson arrives in L.A. where she faces resentment from her peers and squad during her first investigation - a woman beaten to death, whose suspected murderer has disappeared along with all evidence of his existence.



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Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, recently relocated to Los Angeles from Atlanta, joins and heads LAPD's newest team formed to deal with high-profile murders. Recruited by her new boss, Assistant Chief Will Pope, Brenda has difficulty being accepted by her resentful staff. In her first case, they investigate the murder of a woman found in the home of Dr. Eliot Collier, a mathematician who has been missing for two weeks. Oddly, only the victim's fingerprints can be found in Collier's house. With only Chief Pope and an unexpected old friend (FBI agent Fritz Howard) in her corner, Brenda demonstrates superior interrogation techniques miles ahead of everyone when it comes to solving complex cases. Written by garykmcd / revised by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 June 2005 (USA)  »

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When Provenza and Taylor are arguing in the hall by Ballistics about who's slug gets analyzed first, our very own Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene) can be seen lurking in the background, hand on his hip to reveal a BADGE on his belt. He's seen in the background again later, but has no lines. See more »


[from trailer]
Brenda Leigh Johnson: If I liked being called a bitch to my face I'd still be married.
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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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We never miss an episode of the Closer
11 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our favorite TV series! Quirky with a great team of characters in supporting roles. This series is intelligent, unusual, clean, fast moving, always interesting. Every once in awhile they treat us to a "Dramedy", which is drama/comedy combined. The episode where Flynn and Provenza have skybox tickets for the baseball game... if you've seen it, you're probably laughing already. Brenda herself is complicated but lovable. Her staff respect her and love her, in spite of her many shortcomings. And when she needs to apologize or be transparent about her feelings, she has the character and integrity to do the right thing. I could go on and on about this show but then maybe I'd spoil the surprises. We give it a ten because that's the most we can give. Thank you to Kyra Sedgwick and the entire crew for giving us a really great detective series to enjoy.

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