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"The Closer" Cherry Bomb (2008)

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The Closer: Season 4: Episode 3 -- A teenage girl dies in an apparent suicide after accusing the son of an L.A. County sheriff of raping her. DANIEL BALDWIN ("Homicide: Life on the Street") guest stars.


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Original Air Date:
28 July 2008 (Season 4, Episode 3)
A girl is dead. At Commander Taylor's entreaty, Brenda steps beyond her purview to bring a high school rapist protected by his intimidating policeman father to justice. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Rick Wallace 
Writing credits
James Duff (created by)

Michael Alaimo (written by)

Produced by
Michael Alaimo .... co-producer
Hunt Baldwin .... co-executive producer
Adam Belanoff .... co-executive producer
Mike Berchem .... producer
Sheelin Choksey .... co-producer
Ronald Chong .... producer (as Ronald D. Chong)
John Coveny .... co-executive producer
Giampaolo Debole .... associate producer
Duppy Demetrius .... co-producer
James Duff .... executive producer
Gil Garcetti .... consulting producer
Steven Kane .... co-producer
Paul Orehovec .... associate producer
Michael M. Robin .... executive producer
Andrew J. Sacks .... line producer
Kyra Sedgwick .... co-executive producer
Greer Shephard .... executive producer
Michael Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
James S. Levine 
Cinematography by
Brian J. Reynolds (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eli Nilsen 
Casting by
Bruce H. Newberg 
Production Design by
Michael Paul Clausen  (as Michael Clausen)
Set Decoration by
Kristin Peterson  (as Kristin V. Peterson)
Costume Design by
Greg LaVoi 
Makeup Department
Stacey K. Black .... hair stylist
Rebecca DeHerrera .... makeup artist
Cynthia Hernandez .... special makeup effects artist
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald Chong .... unit production manager (as Ronnie Chong)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan Cunningham .... first assistant director
Anna Notarides .... second assistant director
Roger Udwin .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Gene Bishop .... set dresser
Jeanne Bueche .... assistant property master
Brad Elliott .... property master
Bryan Hill .... leadman
Michael Leonard .... set dresser
Sarah Palmrose .... assistant art director
Monica Perez .... prop shopper
Mara A. Spear .... set buyer
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer (as Mindi Toback)
Mamie Young .... art department coordinator
Jeff Tirado .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gail Carroll-Coe .... boom operator
Patrick Hogan .... supervising sound editor
Bob Lacivita .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Lacivita .... supervising sound editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback
Spike Silver .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Shawn Blakeman .... best boy rigger
Donald Francis .... electrician
Roy Heath .... key grip
Greg McCurley .... lighting technician
Christopher Tufty .... camera operator
John Waldo .... assistant camera
John Waldo .... first assistant camera
Matthew J. Hall .... film loader (uncredited)
Daniel E. Lewis .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Daniel E. Lewis .... rigging technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ani Avetyan .... casting associate
Giovanna Costa .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emilio Anorve .... set costumer
Eric Van Wagoner .... costume supervisor
Tracey White .... wardrobe shopper (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Patridge .... post-production coordinator
Erin Dodgen .... colorist (dailies) (uncredited)
Music Department
Dee Lewis Clay .... featured vocalist (as Delores Clay)
Aaron Kaplan .... musician: guitar
Josh Klein .... composer: additional music
Zamp Nicall .... music editor
Gregory Sweeney .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Richard Belyeu .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Bova .... transportation captain
Bruce Comtois .... transportation
Other crew
Pete Diamond .... assistant to producers
Jennifer Haire .... production coordinator
Robert S. Hoffman .... key set production assistant (as Rob Hoffman)
Todd Leykamp .... production assistant
Elizabeth Ludwick-Bax .... script supervisor
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Ken Martin .... story editor
Daly Parker .... production secretary
Jocelyn Wright .... assistant to producer
Elida Cerda .... set medic (uncredited)
Mark Desch .... assistant craft service (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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James Duff  creator

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Additional Details

Germany:42 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Brenda Leigh Johnson:One count of rape won't put him away for life.
Russell Taylor:But establishing a pattern of behavior could.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A momentous turning point in Brenda's relationship with Commander Taylor, 10 November 2011
Author: allworkpeace from United States

In the overall series arc of the relationship between Commander Taylor (Robert Gossett) and Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), "Cherry Bomb" is the episode/case that marks the most dramatic turning point. From the time Brenda first joined the LAPD, Commander Taylor seemed to be the greatest obstacle to everything she wanted to do. He's spent his entire career playing the toady, but when Brenda arrives, he begins to realize how much he's wasted his talents trying to be no more than a "good ol' boy." Finally, he drops the ball on an investigation into the rape of a teenage girl by the son of a powerful LA County sheriff's deputy. When the victim commits suicide a week later, Taylor swallows his pride and begs Brenda to help rectify the mess he's made of the case. As Taylor and Brenda work together to expose the sordid conspiracy concocted by a group of sleazy high-school boys, they must also deal with the volatile temper of the primary suspect's abusive father (Daniel Baldwin).

Besides enjoying the satisfying denouement in this episode, loyal "Closer" fans will note a remarkable turnaround in Commander Taylor's attitude toward Brenda. From this point on in the series, observant viewers will notice numerous instances in which Taylor eagerly does whatever he can to help Brenda in her quest to bring evil doers to justice.

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