The Closer (2005–2012)
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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.


Adam Arkin


James Duff (created by), Adam Belanoff




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyra Sedgwick ... Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. Simmons ... Will Pope
Corey Reynolds ... David Gabriel
Robert Gossett ... Russell Taylor (credit only)
G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza
Tony Denison ... Andy Flynn
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Andrew Daly ... Richard Tracy
Erica Piccininni ... Marie Morgan
Kathryn Meisle ... Jill Pappas
Brian Avers ... 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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Episode that created a Great Spin-off Character
30 April 2014 | by thecookiebeeSee all my reviews

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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