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Batter Up 

Brenda is asked to prove a hate crime, but Taylor's interference may finally be enough to ruin the case.

Director:

Arvin Brown

Writers:

James Duff (created by), James Duff
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Cast

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
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Kerr Smith ... Blake Rawlings
Joel Brooks ... Assemblyman Bridges
Robert Gant ... Julian Carver
Hank Stratton ... Barry Anderson
James Avery ... Dr. Crippen
Bob Clendenin ... Terrence (as Robert Clendenin)
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Storyline

Chief Johnson and the Priority Homicide Squad investigate the death from a serial gay-basher on the prowl. The politically sensitive case has the interest of an influential State legislator demanding swift justice. When Lt. Flynn gets a hot tip on a possible suspect, he passes it on to his mentor, Captain Taylor, who makes a high profile arrest. Brenda, not convinced of the arrested man's guilt (or in his brow-beaten confession), refuses to close the case. When Lt. Provenza finds key evidence that shows the suspect couldn't have done it, Brenda looks closer to home for a solution. Meanwhile, she also has to deal with her sick cat who, it turns out, isn't exactly sick. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Kerr Smith plays a character who attacks gay men in this episode. He previously played a gay character on the hit WB teen drama Dawson's Creek (1998) See more »

Goofs

The kittens Brenda's cat supposedly give birth, and that are seen a day or two after their birth, are clearly not newborns, they're about 4-6 weeks old. See more »

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