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When Sergeant Gabriel wounds an unarmed suspect, Brenda finds herself at odds with the FID Captain - a woman who is as single-minded and as intense as she is - jockeying for position and Gabriel's career.


Rick Wallace


James Duff (created by), Duppy Demetrius

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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
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Stephen Martines ... Ricardo Ramos
Andrew Lawrence ... Eric Whitner
Karl Makinen ... Mr. Whitner


Brenda finds herself up against a pretty tough colleague in the form of Capt. Sharon Raydor when Sgt. Gabriel is investigated over a shooting incident. Gabriel was in a bar having a drink with Commander Taylor when they hear gunshots outside. Gabriel doesn't hesitate and rushes outside to find a newspaper vendor shot to death. When he tells a suspect to stop, he hears gunshots and sees flashes and returns fire, critically injuring a young man. Unfortunately for Gabriel, no gun is to be found. Raydor's team is tasked to investigate all shootings involving police officers, and a clash of wills soon develops with Brenda, who not only wants to prove Gabriel innocent but to investigate the news vendor's murder, which she believes may have been racially motivated. Meanwhile, Brenda may have a very hard decision to make about her cat. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Chief Johnson refers to Kitty as her "little girl". It is the sole occasion whereby she acknowledges her gender. See more »


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Brenda Leigh Johnson: If I may, I'd like to offer some advice. When investigatin' shootings like this, I question the criminals first before my fellow officers.
Sharon Raydor: When I have an unarmed civilian sprayed by bullets from a member of the LAPD, I expect cooperation. It encourages me. And if I could offer YOU some advice, uh, while I am investigating this shooting, be careful where you place your sympathies.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Chief.
Sharon Raydor: Excuse me?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: "Be careful where you place your sympathies, CHIEF." You are a captain, and a subordinate officer,...
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Love this show! Hate the new character!!!
25 July 2009 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

Capt Raydor is the kind of character that could single handedly sink an otherwise popular series. This one dimensional martinet was probably added as a hurdle for the protagonist but they went to far. Who knows if this portrayal was the idea of the writers and producers or the actor. But, no matter this character is painful to watch. And I think is irritating enough to hurt rating for the show. In any organization there are people working against the flow. But not to this extreme. And apparently I don't understand the rank structure of the Los Angles Police Department. It doesn't seem to make sense that a Captain could ignore the wishes of a Deputy Chief as this character does in this episode and the next. I can only hope the producers and writers will kill off this character and find some other way to challenge the regular cast.

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