The Closer (2005–2012)

Identity Theft 

When a confessed killer gets an important detail of the murder wrong during his allocution, Brenda suspects that he may be covering for his schizophrenic son. Meanwhile, Brenda gets a visit from her mother and teenage niece.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Pope
David Gabriel
Russell Taylor
Andy Flynn
Buzz Watson
Fritz Howard
Willie Ray Johnson
Robin Milano


A man who confessed to murder while Brenda was away on her honeymoon gets details of the crime wrong during his allocution, causing Brenda to reopen the case. Her first thought is that he is trying to cover for his schizophrenic son, whose doctor was the victim. Brenda's investigation, however, is interrupted by a visit from her mother, who hopes to pawn a troublesome niece (Brenda's) off on Brenda and Fritz for the summer. Written by TNT Publicity

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 August 2009 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Duff, the producer of the series, saw Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kyra Sedgwick, perform in Loverboy. He was impressed and wanted to write Bacon into the series; however, Sedgwick was opposed to the idea, insistent on her daughter not getting involved with acting. Eventually Duff says he was able to get Sedgwick to agree to Bacon having a brief role provided it did not interfere with her education. Bacon portrayed Brenda Johnson's niece Charlie for four episodes, which led to what Sedgwick said was one of the hardest scenes for her on the show, where Brenda is telling Charlie that she has to go home with Charlie responding by asking "Do you not want me to stay?" See more »


Mike Tao: If you're guilty, then why can't you tell us how you really killed him - because Keith Milano was not strangled with anyone's bare hands? And we haven't found the implement that was used to choke him death.
Russell Clark: Why do you care so much about that?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, besides a passing interest in the truth, sir, if you brought that implement or weapon with you, intending to kill Dr. Milano, that is premeditated murder, and the DA gave you a parole date that you don't deserve; and, if you didn't kill Dr. Milano, ...
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