The Closer (2005–2012)
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Brenda finds herself investigating the goings on at a retirement facility when a man confesses to seven murders and refuses to give his name.


Greer Shephard


James Duff (created by), Michael Alaimo | 1 more credit »

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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
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Nina Foch ... Doris Donnelly
Orson Bean ... Donald Baxter
French Stewart ... Gary Evans
Jim Ortlieb ... Judd Whaley
Kathryn Joosten ... Nurse Townsend


On what Brenda hoped would be a quiet Sunday, she and Fritz go house hunting, but Brenda heads into work when a man enters the station claiming to have murdered half a dozen people. He gives the police the name of his latest victim but refuses to identify himself. A preliminary examination indicates that seven people (residents of a retirement home) are in fact all dead but with death certificates listing natural causes. The man claiming to be the murderer finally identifies himself as Donald Baxter, a retired journalist who is convinced the nursing home is killing off his friends. As for the house hunting, Fritz and Brenda make an offer but the owner has a hidden reason for putting it on the market in the first place. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Orson Bean and Kathryn Joosten appeared together as a couple on Desperate Housewives See more »


When Brenda writes "Rumpelstiltskin" on the dry-erase board, it is clear that it had been there previously and incompletely wiped away. See more »


[Sgt. Gabriel, suspended for beating a suspect, finally returns to the office]
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: [on her way out with Lt. Provenza] Oh, Sgt. Gabriel... uh, if you could, please, babysit the suspect while I'm gone?
[Gabriel silently accepts]
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: Thank you.
[Johnson leaves]
Detective Lt. Provenza: [in passing Sgt. Gabriel] There's no need to beat information out of this old man. He's been confessing all morning.
[Gabriel silently goes on about his duty]
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Great ep even though socially sad
21 October 2018 | by MiketheWhistleSee all my reviews

First, this was a great ep especially with Jonathan Del Arco and Orson Bean. There is the standard one-liners from most of the cast. It also had the underlying theme that goes thru to the end of the series regarding taking care of family in particular parents. As to the question if this was a bleak ep, perhaps yes, but unfortunately it happens which is perhaps more bleak. I wish Mr. Bean could have been a regular guest.

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