The Closer (2005–2012)

Relative Matters 

Brenda and Fritz butt heads when the FBI appears to sabotage her murder investigation because her main suspect is under their surveillance, and Brenda's parents come to town for the holidays with some bad news.


David McWhirter


James Duff (created by), Ken Martin




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
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor (credit only)
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Frances Sternhagen ... Willie Ray Johnson
Barry Corbin ... Clay Johnson
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall


The FBI and Major Crimes clash when Brenda's murder case threatens their burglary ring investigation. Paul Burke, who worked in a family-run catering company, is dead. The FBI had been surveilling Eric Shaw in connection to a burglary ring when he engaged Paul in a fistfight. When Eric (the victor) drives off, the FBI follows, with Agent Burns calling 911 to get the LAPD to assist the badly beaten Burke. LAPD arrives five minutes later to find Paul Burke shot twice in the head. The FBI insists their surveillance of Eric be kept secret, which becomes difficult when they learn that Eric's sister is Paul's wife, that the family-run catering company fronts a burglary operation, and that Paul was dating the company secretary, Claudia, who was Eric' ex-girlfriend. In the midst of untangling the knots between family ties and jurisdiction with the FBI, Brenda's parents Willie Ray and Clay drop in for a short visit with some serious news: Clay has thyroid cancer. Written by garykmcd / revised by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 December 2011 (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?


In 2010, D.B. Sweeney portrayed a District Attorney on "CSI: NY" accused of beating his wife's lover to death and leaving evidence in an unrelated murder framing someone else trying to find out who she is having an affair with. See more »


Clay Johnson: If I am tired. it's because I'm tired of people telling me I'm tired - especially you, Willie Ray! I am bone-weary of the word "tired!" Now, y'all can go back to ignoring me because now I am going to bed.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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