The Closer (2005–2012)
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Sudden Death 

Det. Julio Sanchez' little brother Oscar is shot and killed, leaving Julio beside himself with grief and seeking his killer any way he can, which threatens the investigation.


Kevin Bacon


James Duff (created by), Hunt Baldwin | 1 more credit »




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
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Stephen Martines ... Ricardo Ramos
Emily Rios ... Elena Contreras
Kurt Caceres ... Puppet
Mario Ardila Jr. ... Tony Guzman
Alex Fernandez ... ATF Agent Mara


When Det. Julio Sanchez' brother is murdered in a drive-by shooting, Brenda has the rest of her team put into full force to find out who was responsible, but finds her work compromised by residents in the South-Central L.A. neighborhood reluctant to come forward, and a vengeful Det. Sanchez determined to find the culprit on his own through any means necessary. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The motorcycle used by Sanchez in this episode is Raymond Cruz's own motorcycle. Cruz was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He is also literate in both Spanish and English. See more »


Although the victim, Oscar, is identified throughout as the brother of Sgt. Julio Sanchez, in her first interview with the suspect, "Puppet," Brenda Leigh calls him the brother-in-law of Sanchez. See more »


Puppet: You know why people shoot people in my neighborhood? 'Cause it's Tuesday. 'Cause it's too hot. 'Cause you look at 'em funny.
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13 June 2019 | by mrspracticalSee all my reviews

Emmy worthy performances by all. Very realistic portrayal of street gangs and living in gang territory. The team having to do their jobs, remain professional, and not compromise the case is all acted perfectly. The randomness of gang violence and culture is at the forefront and the difficulty of getting witnesses to talk. We get to see how much of a family the team is as well as meet Tao's wife. The last scene with Provenza and Sanchez- have tissues ready.

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