The Closer - Season 3

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The Closer Season 3

An offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the country's leading investigators--these are just a few of the traits exhibited by television's next great detective, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer.

In her first lead role in a dramatic series, Sedgwick plays a CIA-trained detective who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is a closer.

Episode guide

  1. 01 - Home Wrecker

    Providing loving support for Brenda, along with occasional investigative assistance, is Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Fritz Howard (series star JON TENNEY). Despite his recent decision to move in with Brenda, Fritz finds his devotion to her continually tested by the long hours she spends on the job. On the professional front, Brenda has a strong ally in her boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (series star J.K. SIMMONS). Brenda's team of detectives has become more tightly knit over the past two years. Closest to her is Detective Sergeant David Gabriel (series star COREY REYNOLDS), a young detective who serves as her right-hand man and who was one of the first on her squad to be won over by her skills as an investigator and interrogator. The cantankerous Detective Lieutenant Provenza (series star G.W. BAILEY) and the slick Detective Lieutenant Andy Flynn (series star TONY DENISON) are excellent investigators. But they occasionally make boneheaded mistakes, such as failing to report a dead body in Provenza's garage so that they could attend a Dodgers game. Detective Mike Tao (series star MICHAEL PAUL CHAN) provides expert technical support for the team, while Detective Julio Sanchez (series star RAYMOND CRUZ) is an expert on Los Angeles' gangs. And Detective Irene Daniels (series star GINA RAVERA) frequently sees cases from a perspective that her colleagues -- including Brenda -- miss. Working another side of the investigative arm of the LAPD is Commander Taylor (series star ROBERT GOSSETT), head of the Robbery Homicide Division. While he has been a thorn in Brenda's side in the past, blocking her investigations or interfering with her squad in order to make her look bad, he and Brenda tried to bury the hatchet recently, establishing a better -- if not entirely congenial -- working relationship.

    In the third season premiere, budget cuts are hitting the LAPD hard, and Brenda must give one of her team members to the counterterrorism unit -- or force Provenza to retire early. Meanwhile, the team investigates the murder of a family, with the prime suspect being the son who survived.

  2. 02 - Grave Doubt

    The body of a long-missing 16-year-old gang member turns up with Provenza's business card in his pocket. The kid apparently tried to speak to Provenza years earlier about shots that had been fired at a police car, but he disappeared shortly after that. When a priest, credited with turning around the lives of gang members by protecting them from the police, is caught in the middle of the investigation, Gabriel comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Fritz accidentally answers Brenda's phone when Brenda's father calls, giving away the secret that they're living together.

  3. 03 - Saving Face

    During a funeral for one of Flynn and Provenza's former police colleagues, the squad discovers the dead body of an unidentified, buxom blonde in their old friend's casket. As Brenda investigates, Flynn and Provenza slowly realize that they know more about the victim than they thought. Meanwhile, a dangerous and belligerent bride holds Brenda personally responsible for ruining her wedding.

  4. 04 - Ruby

    In a special 70-minute extended episode, a young African-American girl is abducted on her way home from school, and in a race against the clock, the team must find out who took her and where she is. When the investigation focuses on a convicted sex offender now on parole, Gabriel takes matters into his own hands, jeopardizing both the case and his future with the LAPD.

  5. 05 - The Round File

    Priority Homicide Division confronts a mysterious old man who won't identify himself but who confesses to murdering seven people. Meanwhile, Fritz and Brenda may finally have found the home of their dreams.

  6. 06 - Dumb Luck

    To Brenda's irritation, Pope requires her busy team to undergo hazardous materials training, interrupting their other duties. Fritz helps Brenda find a way around the resultant manpower problem. Brenda interrogates a frightened parking valet with obsessive-compulsive disorder who witnessed the murder of a fitness trainer. The trainer's less-than-brilliant girlfriend is married to a possessive and easily angered man, but some elements of the crime don't add up for Brenda. Meanwhile, she is too busy to cope with disturbing physical symptoms that she initially blames on stress.

  7. 07 - Four to Eight

    Brenda is called in to investigate the murders of two Hispanic teens who may have been killed as part of racially motivated gang shootings over the past couple of months. A cousin of one of the victims is convinced that the incident is part of a racial war between African-American gangs and Latino gangs--and he's determined to exact revenge.

  8. 08 - Manhunt

    Brenda is called in to investigate the murders of two Hispanic teens who may have been killed as part of racially motivated gang shootings over the past couple of months. A cousin of one of the victims is convinced that the incident is part of a racial war between African-American gangs and Latino gangs--and he's determined to exact revenge.

  9. 09 - Blindsided

    Since Brenda's traumatic incident with a serial killer has left her shaken, the department psychologist takes her off investigative duty. To keep Brenda busy, Pope assigns her to a television reporter doing a story on the LAPD. While Brenda and Gabriel are escorting the journalist, their car is attacked with a barrage of gunfire, leaving the reporter dead. Because she is a witness and off active duty, she is not able to participate in the investigation ... at least not overtly. Meanwhile, when Brenda's parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN - "One Tree Hill"), visit, Fritz meets Clay for the first time. Brenda still has not told her parents about her engagement. Series star Kyra Sedgwick's husband, actor KEVIN BACON ("Mystic River," "The Woodsman"), directed the episode.

  10. 10 - Culture Shock

    When a young Chinese woman, the owner of a lucrative tour company, is found murdered in one of her tour buses, the case comes to Brenda's squad because the company had been shuttling around a number of high-profile officials from the Chinese government. The investigation takes a turn, however, when the detectives uncover salacious details about the backgrounds of some of its employees. Meanwhile, with Brenda working, Fritz is forced to entertain her parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN).

  11. 11 - Lover's Leap

    When a woman's body is found at the bottom of a cliff near her wrecked car, it initially appears to be an accident scene. But Brenda and the team find out that the victim was from Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., and was auditing the LAPD. Also, the body indicates that someone pepper-sprayed her, stabbed her and, after the crash failed to kill her, smashed her head, along with taking her laptop and cell phone. Sorting through the suspects that the auditor had angered proves difficult once the FBI gets involved, but Brenda persists -- and her investigation leads her to make a shocking discovery about the dead woman's connection to someone Brenda knows.

  12. 12 - 'Til Death Do Us Part One

    Brenda is put on the witness stand by the prosecution in a murder case, since she is certain that the defendant, Jonathan Schafer (recurring guest star MICHAEL WISEMAN), is guilty. Flashbacks show how the LAPD's investigation unfolded. A wealthy divorce lawyer has been found drowned in his swimming pool, and the evidence points to Schafer, who was one of his clients. But because of exasperating missteps by a member of Brenda's team, some crucial evidence is disallowed by the judge, making it easy for the defense lawyer to claim the death was just the result of an accident, not murder. Meanwhile, as she tries to combine her insurance policy with Fritz's, Brenda learns a shocking fact from his past.

  13. 13 - 'Til Death Do Us Part Two

    Brenda's reputation is jeopardized by her inability to provide usable evidence to the beleaguered prosecution in the case of a murdered divorce lawyer. She remains convinced the defendant, Jonathan Schafer (recurring guest star MICHAEL WISEMAN), is guilty, but when Schafer's alibi is strongly supported, even the prosecuting attorney wants to drop the case. With only one weekend to break Schafer's alibi, it's going to take all of Brenda's interrogation skills -- and some hard investigative work from her team -- for justice to be served. Meanwhile, Brenda and Fritz have a very serious argument that could change their relationship forever. Commentator LARRY KING, journalist DOMINICK DUNNE, attorney RIKKI KLIEMAN and Congresswoman LORETTA SANCHEZ guest star as themselves.

  14. 14 - Next of Kin Part One

    As Brenda reluctantly allows Fritz to decorate their house for Christmas in order to help sell it, she is called to the scene of a robbery of an armored car in which two guards were killed and one, Wesley Reed (recurring guest star TBA), was wounded. But before Brenda can talk to Wesley, he flees, and his gullible teenage brother reveals that Wesley left the state and went to his Georgia hometown -- which is coincidentally near where Brenda's parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN), live.

  15. 15 - Next of Kin Part Two

    Through a series of unexpected circumstances, Brenda finds herself transporting a robbery suspect, Wesley Reed (recurring guest star TBA), from Georgia to Los Angeles in a recreational vehicle driven by her parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN), and accompanied by Fritz, Flynn and Provenza. Along the way, Brenda and the others form a surprising bond with the vulnerable, young fugitive. But in her eagerness to get a break in the case by interrogating Wesley, Brenda makes several questionable decisions that may come back to haunt her when the team arrives back in L.A.