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Fatal Retraction 

Brenda is asked to help keep a criminal imprisoned when the woman he was convicted of murdering shows up recently dead, and her actions alienate everyone. Meanwhile, Captain Taylor makes a fateful decision about supporting one of his men.


Gloria Muzio


James Duff (created by), James Duff (story by) | 2 more credits »


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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
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Jason O'Mara ... Billy Croelick
Jefferson Mays ... Dr. Easton
Lorraine Toussaint ... Deputy D.A. Powell
Tim Griffin ... Roy Barnes
Stephanie Childers ... Kim Barnes
James Avery ... Dr. Crippen
Larry Cedar ... Dr. Nelson Graydon


The LAPD has a major problem on their hands when Lisa Barnes is found dead. Billy Croelick was convicted of killing her some years before and is on death row awaiting execution. He was also found not guilty of another murder and it seems the police misidentified the bodies. With Croelick's likely release in the next 48 hours, Pope asks Brenda and her team to see what they can find - anything that will keep him in jail as there is little doubt he is a vicious and sadistic serial killer. Several people had their hands in the case and are afraid of what the new investigation may turn up, including Captain Taylor, Lt. Flynn and LA's only forensic dentist, Dr. Easton. Brenda is also taking something of a risk since she's just the type of woman that appeals to Croelick. As she goes through the evidence, she begins to think something is amiss. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

29 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brenda speculates sarcastically whether a victim trained for her alleged suicide with the Cirque du Soleil. Cirque du Soleil is a Montreal-based circus/acrobatics troupe known for their modern approach to the circus, mixed with dance, acrobatics and music. See more »


When in the Murder Room Deputy D.A. Powell called Lt. Flynn Doctor Flynn.. See more »


Det. Andy Flynn: And when she disappeared, we all thought she'd committed suicide.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, I suppose she could have lifted Bill Croelick's stainless steel cigarette lighter, making sure his prints were still on it, made a copy of Lisa Barnes' license, stolen a car, pushed it off a cliff - chopping off her hands and feet while discarding them en route - after setting fire to herself. Maybe she trained for her suicide at the Cirque du Soleil.
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Referenced in The Closer: Standards and Practices (2005) See more »

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