The Closer (2005–2012)
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You Have the Right to Remain Jolly 

A Christmas village Santa is killed in a zip-line accident, and the village's other Santa comes under suspicion. Meanwhile, Brenda's lawyer informs her that his retainer has run out and she needs to pay him $25,000.


Rick Wallace


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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
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor (credit only)
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Fred Willard ... Santa Jack
Christine Woods ... Casey Watson
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall
Lauren Bowles ... Donna


After Santa "Randy" is killed in a freak accident during a children's event at the North Pole, the team has to investigate Santa "Jack" (Fred Willard) to see if he was involved, turning this accident into a murder. But the team can't seem to keep Santa "Jack" far away enough from his Rum-filled Egg Nog to get a court admissible confession. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Have the Right to Remain Jolly See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Casey Watson: Oh, that's wonderful. You're helping parents delay the moment children realize they've been lied to about Christmas their whole lives. That must make you very proud.
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References The Closer: Tijuana Brass (2008) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
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The worst episode ever
21 April 2012 | by ciffouSee all my reviews

I have to say I love "The Closer". And even though Fred Willard is the guest star, I had no idea this episode was going to be as awful as it was. Starting with the fact that they include Buzz's sister into the plot for NO reason. They tend to keep people in the office (because how else could they use them for the storyline?) but usually we're talking about relevant people or people with some important connection - either to Pope or to Brenda, not to Buzz. Why the hell should the Watsons be in charge of taking care of Santa? The whole happiness thing was garbage - it forced the producers to use an awful score that made the whole episode look like a cheap sitcom. Even the use of the Title felt so awkward and I felt embarrassed for Kyra. It is the first time I have seen an episode whose ending I'm looking forward to. It was a terrible mess and it added nothing to the background story.

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