The Closer (2005–2012)

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A reformed former convict is shot and killed outside a community center in gang territory. The team tries to solve the crime while Brenda tries to assure a public that has grown wary and skeptical of police cooperation.


Roxann Dawson


James Duff (created by), Ken Martin | 1 more credit »




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
Mark Rolston ... Father Jack
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Stephen Martines ... Ricardo Ramos
Deborah Lacey ... Mrs. Gray
Don Franklin ... Kelvin Blake


Brenda and her team investigate the shooting death of Reggie Gray, a gardener who worked at a community center run by Father Jack, with whom Brenda's had previously had dealings. The shooting is peculiar in many ways. Reggie was a reformed gang member, having served his time, and from all accounts was on the straight and narrow. There are no gun casings at the scene and no one nearby claims to have heard any shots. Four gangs dominate the area, and Reggie had recently painted over some gang graffiti, which turns out to be a dead end. They get a break in the case when a gas station attendant reports a confrontation between two gang members and the owner of a luxury car. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 July 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lt. Tao uses the green laser, he holds the device in his hand, yet the trajectory and the point where it hits a window or wall are shown to be rock-steady. In reality the laser would wobble uncontrollably, which suggests that the beam was painted-in in post-production. Also, it is doubtful that such a laser would scatter enough light to be visible as a bright beam in the LA night air. See more »


Buzz Watson: I'm sorry to interrupt, but I-I applied for this federal grant to upgrade our surveillance equipment, and I think I got it but I need help translating this letter.
Mike Tao: What language is it in?
Buzz Watson: Government.
Louie Provenza: Ah, yeah. Here, Buzz. I read government.
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