The Closer: Season 7, Episode 18

Drug Fiend (23 Jul. 2012)

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The murder of a doctor who treats cancer patients hits close to home for Brenda, and gets her in hot water with Pope.



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The Major Crimes squad investigate the murder of Dr. Christopher Brady, a gastroenterology oncologist who was found at his office by a janitor on a Sunday. It appears that he was struck on the head with a blunt object and strangled with IV tubing. The refrigerators meant to hold various anticancer drugs and painkillers are found empty. Brady had fired one of his nurses the previous week but the police learn she left after becoming aware that the doctor was ordering drugs for fictitious patients which allowed him to treat those that were uninsured. When the coroner Dr. Morales reviews the medical records of several of Brady's patient he concludes that they weren't being treated for cancer at all, which provides the squad with a long list of potential suspects. Meanwhile, Sgt. Gabriel's girlfriend Ann Mason accompanies him to the crime and manages to get on Brenda's bad sign. She proves useful in the end. Chief Pope and Brenda's working relationship is severely tested and she begins to ... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Detective Lt. Provenza: [referring to the killer] See, Gabriel, that's the kind of people that lawyers hang out with. You better take a long, hard look at your life choices, my friend.
Sgt. David Gabriel: Come on!
Captain Sharon Raydor: Attorneys protect us from people like this, Lieutenant.
Detective Lt. Provenza: Protect us? How?
Captain Sharon Raydor: Imagine what we would do with a man like this if we didn't know he had an attorney coming.
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A heart-breaking episode
25 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the levity in the Fool's Gold episode, we're back to grim reality. A beloved cancer doctor is found dead in his office- both beaten and strangled. He treated patients even if they couldn't afford treatment; by all accounts he was a good and caring man. His partner, however, not so much. He comes across as a money grubbing and cold man and he duels with Brenda until the end of the show. Brenda is also dealing with the fact that her father, whose cancer treatment was evidently successful, does not seem to be getting any better. So this is a very emotional investigation for her. The side story of Sgt. Gabriel and his girlfriend is well done and interesting. The murder's solution both surprised and appalled me (as it surely was meant to do). Drug Fiend, indeed. The final scene between Brenda and the doctor is amazing.

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