The Closer: Season 5, Episode 6

Tapped Out (13 Jul. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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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:
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 who is accompanying them on a ride-along - everything seems to be well in hand. Det. Richard Tracy gives them a rubdown on what he thinks happened. Pope is suitably impressed and Tracy offers to log in the evidence for them. The only problem is that there is no Det. Tracy on the force and the wannabe detective is now going around impersonating a policeman. He's doing a pretty good job investigating the crime and seems to be one step ahead of them. When they finally get him in custody, Brenda realizes that they need his help since he has more evidence than they do. It's Brenda however who manages to get the confession in the end. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: [upon learning the victim seduced eight women for his TV show] He did this to eight women and he only got shot once?
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Referenced in Major Crimes: Frozen Assets (2014) See more »

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Episode that created a Great Spin-off Character
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In order to maintain the no spoiler clause I'll just say that to date, this was the best episode of laughter. This is something you don't always get with the closer, but the writers were spot on in portraying this character, and Andrew Daly gives us glimpse into the sort of crazy but brilliant mind of sleuth detective work. Sort of like a Sheldon Cooper for cops. One who needs to be watched and reigned in, but also listened to for his quirky insights.

Andrew Daly was gave the most perfectellence in character role playing. One can only hope and pray that some writers somewhere will have a Richard Tracy Show soon and very soon. Surely the any police team would appreciate his insight.

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