The Closer: Season 1, Episode 10

The Butler Did It (15 Aug. 2005)

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Brenda tangles with a meddling deputy D.A. as she investigates the possible murder of a butler who appears to have committed suicide.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Commander Taylor (credit only)
Lt. Andy Flynn (credit only)
Agent Fritz Howard (credit only)
James Bloom
Deputy D.A. Thomas Yates
Devlin Dutton
Deanna Dutton


Brenda and her team investigate the death of Albert Turner, the butler for the rich but highly dysfunctional Dutton family. He's found hanging from the flagpole at the rear of the house with a toppled over step ladder nearby, so it has all of the earmarks of a suicide, which is confirmed as the cause of death by the coroner. There is little Brenda can do but a pesky DA, Thomas Yates, is convinced otherwise. He was in fact prosecuting the butler for murder but now thinks one of the three Dutton children were responsible for the death of their step-mother - who inherited the family fortune - and now the butler. At Brenda's request, the coroner reviews his findings and concludes it was in fact a murder. Brenda focuses on the three siblings but the solution lies elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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J.K. Simmons, Tony Denison, Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett do not appear in this episode. They did all film scenes for the episode but because it was overrunning, those scenes ended up on the editing floor. See more »


Det. Lt. Provenza: I've been waiting my entire career to say this...
[long pause]
Det. Lt. Provenza: The butler did it.
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