Brenda deals with a psychotic wannabe detective who holds the keys to her case involving the murder of a pick-up artist. Unfortunately, he also holds her evidence and Chief Pope's career in his delusional hands.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Gossett ...
Russell Taylor (credit only)
Marie Morgan
Jill Pappas
Mark Bernstein
Jonathan Chesner ...
Mr. O'Keefe


Brenda and her team investigate the shooting of Mark Bernstein, aka Intrigue, who offers counseling on hooking up with hot babes. By the time Provenza and Flynn get there (with Chief Pope accompanying them on a ride-along), everything seems to be well in hand with Det. Richard Tracy, giving them a rundown on what he thinks happened. Pope is suitably impressed and Tracy offers to log in the evidence for them. One problem: there is no Det. Tracy on the force, and the wannabe detective is now going around impersonating the officers with their business cards. He's doing a pretty good job investigating the crime and seems to be one step ahead of everyone, but when they finally get him in custody, Brenda realizes that they need his help. Though he has more evidence than they do, it's Brenda who manages to get the confession in the end. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 July 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Marie Morgan: Oh, my God. I just realized I never had sex with a dead person before.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, presumably he wasn't dead when you had sex with him. Was he?
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References Dick Tracy (1950) See more »

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17 February 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Just when you thought The Closer could not get any funnier or eccentric... Brenda locking horns with Captain Raydor (#5.3), Provenza's girlfriend and the adventures of the remains of Kitty (#5.4)... This one beats them hands down. One can only wonder how many takes they blew by not being able to refrain from bursting into laughter while filming. And despite all the hilarity, there is still a legitimate police series under there. Really, how this series has (at the time of writing) a rating of only 7.6 is baffling, since it should be obvious to pretty much everyone that the only police series constantly this good is The Wire.

The makers of the Closer know when to do a mix of comedy and drama, and when lean more heavily on the other. Since the previous episode was a rather troubling look at the world we live in, raising even a logically valid question of how could there possibly be a benevolent god responsible for creating this world, a near-hysterical episode like this is needed to balance things out. This also makes it difficult to predict what tone the following episode will take - unlike in most other police series, where they are all pretty much the same. This show makes being great look so easy that one may take it granted, failing to appreciate the incredible amount of effort that goes into scripting, directing and acting master-class stuff like this. Accept no substitutes.

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