The Closer (Season 7)
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7.01 – Unknown Trouble
aired on July 11, 2011
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Michael Alaimo


Chief Delk begins to establish his hierarchy as Brenda and the LAPD are sued by Turell Baylor’s family, while MCD investigates a rapper killed in his home along with his party guests.
7.02 – Repeat Offender
aired on July 18, 2011
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Steven Kane


The team investigates the death of a house sitter while Capt. Raydor audits MCD, in the wake of his sudden and unexpected death, for Chief Delk’s personnel changes, and for the civil suit as well.
Look, whether or not you like it – whether or not I like it, frankly – I have to finish this audit, which means I need to speak to your people.
7.04 – Under Control
aired on August 1, 2011
Directed by: Rick Wallace | Written by: Duppy Demetrius


The team searches for a missing boy at a camp where Lieutenant Tao’s son works. Capt. Raydor continues to audit the MCD.
After they see this interview, they’ll understand you were stuck with a confession of a brutal murder of an elderly man and his grandchild that you couldn’t use at trial, and lacking legal recourse, you dropped Turell Baylor off at his home where you knew he was likely to be executed. This interview is not your friend – it is your motive!
7.07 – A Family Affair
aired on August 22, 2011
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway | Written by: Michael Alaimo


The squad investigates the suspicious death of a fellow law enforcement officer’s daughter; Capt. Raydor focuses her efforts on Detective Sanchez.
7.08 – Death Warrant
aired on August 29, 2011
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Steven Kane


Brenda seeks Capt. Raydor’s help in an investigation of possible police brutality; Brenda’s attorney starts deposing the squad about the Baylor case.
7.09 – Star Turn
aired on September 5, 2011
Directed by: Stacey K. Black | Written by: Leo Geter


The father of a singer is found dead after being reported missing a week earlier. Brenda and the LAPD investigate whether it was an accident, suicide, or murder.
There’s something here we’re missing. I don’t trust Goldman. And when it comes to this agreement, I don’t trust you, either.
7.10 – Fresh Pursuit
aired on September 12, 2011
Directed by: Michael M. Robin | Written by: Adam Belanoff


The team investigates the murder of a deputy sheriff by a car-theft ring. In the Baylor case, the court grants a summary judgment dismissing the Baylor family’s case and Baylor attorney Goldman immediately files a federal suit for multiple civil rights violations where Brenda’s deliberate actions condemned suspects to extrajudicial killing.
You think she’s conscious of what she’s saying? Somebody may wanna play back this part of the interview for her when she gets home tonight.
7.11 – Necessary Evil
aired on November 28, 2011
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Duppy Demetrius


The shooting of a high school principal leads Brenda and her team to investigate the school’s football coach. After Capt. Raydor tells Chief Pope and MCD that she is accepting an outside job offer, the Baylor family’s attorney comments on it within a short time, finally confirming that there is indeed a leak in the MCD.
I walk into a room, it goes silent. I can’t say hello to anyone outside the Professional Standards Bureau without provoking a defensive response. Between that and a few things in my personal life, I feel that it’s time for me…
7.15 – Silent Partner
aired on December 26, 2011
Directed by: Arvin Brown | Written by: James Duff, Mike Berchem


There is a murder related to Turell Baylor’s death; Brenda seeks the help of a businessman with old ties to the neighborhood; Brenda’s lawyer and the Baylor family lawyer face off over the latest murder and settlement of the Baylor case.
7.16 – Hostile Witness
aired on July 9, 2012
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Steven Kane


Brenda faces her archenemy, attorney (and presumed rapist and murderer) Phillip Stroh, who’s representing a rapist the MCD apprehended. When Brenda tries an unorthodox strategy to gain more time to find the rapist’s partner, she incurs the wrath of the ADA and discovers how the Johnson Rule has weakened her position in the LAPD.
7.17 – Fool’s Gold
aired on July 16, 2012
Directed by: Jon Tenney | Written by: Ralph Gifford, Carson Moore


Brenda’s team must catch a thieving duo after they rob a jewelry store right under the noses, and red faces, of Flynn and Provenza (trying to buy back the wedding ring he gave his first ex-wife).
It’s hard being close to people you work with. It’s always hard. You’ve got to be patient with people who drive you crazy. I find that good relationships sometimes depend on what you’re willing to overlook.
7.18 – Drug Fiend
aired on July 23, 2012
Directed by: Paul McCrane | Written by: Duppy Demetrius


A cancer-clinic doctor is strangled to death with an IV tube and Brenda investigates, even as she’s worried about her own father’s cancer. Detective Gabriel’s season long girlfriend, and potential fiancée, Ann Mason is introduced.
7.19 – Last Rites
aired on July 30, 2012
Directed by: David McWhirter | Written by: Leo Geter


While Brenda’s mother and ailing father visit, she and her team investigate the murder of a priest who had come to an apartment to deliver last rites.
At one time he may have been your friend and something more than that, but he is also your boss and he’s demanding that you recognize his authority.
7.20 – Armed Response
aired on August 6, 2012
Directed by: Michael M. Robin | Written by: Steven Kane, Jim Leonard


A veteran working as a security guard is shot dead in front of an abandoned house, where MCD finds evidence of sexual activity. Brenda returns from her mother’s funeral and takes over the case. Capt. Raydor discovers the (unaware) source of the leak in the department.
7.21 – The Last Word
aired on August 13, 2012
Directed by: Michael M. Robin | Written by: James Duff, Mike Berchem


When a frantic 911 call leads Brenda and the team to Phillip Stroh’s burial grounds, she must employ extreme means to close the case. Passed over for Assistant Chief of Police in favor of Commander Taylor, suspended, nearly fired, still reprimanded despite apprehending Stroh while saving her and Rusty’s lives, Brenda chooses to retire from the LAPD and take a job as Chief of the LA County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation.