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Cherry Bomb 

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.


Rick Wallace


James Duff (created by), Michael Alaimo


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyra Sedgwick ... Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. Simmons ... Will Pope
Corey Reynolds ... David Gabriel
Robert Gossett ... Russell Taylor
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Tony Denison ... Andy Flynn
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Daniel Baldwin ... Mark Yates
Andrea Bowen ... Michelle Clark
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Michael William Freeman ... Darren Yates


Brenda and her team don't see eye-to-eye as she leads them into investigating the violent rape and suicidal death of a promising high school girl. Prime suspect Darren Yates, one of the dead girl's classmates, is also the son of Commander Mike Yates of the County Sheriff's Department, a man of forceful personality who is not only protective of his son but demanding of special treatment as a fellow police officer. As the case progresses, Brenda learns that young Darren and several of his chums play a disturbing game that reveals the dead girl may not have been the only rape victim. Without enough evidence to convict, Brenda heads for a confession under a charge of murder. Written by garykmcd / revised by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 July 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Brenda Leigh Johnson: I worry when a suspect has extra alibis.
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A momentous turning point in Brenda's relationship with Commander Taylor
10 November 2011 | by allworkpeaceSee all my reviews

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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