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Off the Hook 

The tension between Brenda and chief Pope comes to a head when he takes over her case involving the murder of a California Parole Board commissioner.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), Duppy Demetrius


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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
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard (credit only)
Olivia Burnette ... Ann Weber
Rolando Molina ... Tomas Medina
Falk Hentschel ... Richard Conway
Jon Seda ... Detective Frank Verico
Jossie Thacker Jossie Thacker ... Commissioner Danielle Ross


Sgt. Gabriel inadvertently receives a frantic call from California Parole Commissioner Danielle Ross, saying that someone is in her house. After police arrive at Danielle's home and find her dead, Brenda and Major Crimes investigate her murder. The woman had been trying to reach Det. Frank Verico, who dealt in stalking cases and who had urged her to ask for police protection after she told him someone had been in her house while she was away, but she refused to get help. Though Brenda approaches the case in her typically methodical way, Pope snaps, obviously worried about how this might bear on his chances for the Chief position. When Brenda suggests that he take over if he doesn't like her progress, Pope shocks her by doing just that. Now marginalized, she and her unit quietly look into the case her way to find the culprit. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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Brenda Leigh Johnson: I hate to say this, Will, but this whole chief-selection process, it has not brought out the best in you, and if this is how you intend to run the department, I'm not even sure it's a job you should have.
Will Pope: Well, you think you could do better?
Brenda Leigh Johnson: I'd be really disappointed if I couldn't.
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