The Closer: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (13 Jun. 2005)

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Brenda Johnson arrives in L.A. where she faces resentment from her peers and squad during her first investigation involving 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 has recently joined the LAPD and has relocated to Los Angeles from Atlanta. Recruited by her new boss, Assistant Chief Will Pope, Brenda is having difficulty being accepted by her new team, formed to deal with high-profile murders. In her first case, Brenda investigates the murder of a woman who is found in the home of Dr. Eliot Collier, a mathematician who has been missing for two weeks now. Oddly however, they can only find the victim's fingerprints in Collier's house. Her superior interrogations technique demonstrates to her staff that she is miles ahead of them when it comes to solving complex cases. Brenda also gets a call from an old friend, Fritz Howard, an FBI agent. Written by garykmcd

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Brenda Leigh Johnson: If I liked being called a bitch to my face I'd still be married.
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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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