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The Last Word 

Brenda puts her career on the line to prove that Philip Stroh is guilty of murder, even though she has no hard evidence or smoking gun.


Michael M. Robin


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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
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Billy Burke ... Phillip Stroh
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall
Kathe Mazur ... D.D.A. Andrea Hobbs


Major Crimes gets a call after police find a serial killer's burial ground in Griffith Park containing the bodies of at least five young women. Though the most recent killing occurred the previous evening, the grave had been dug at least two days prior. The masked killer's latest burial was interrupted and pointed out by an underage street hustler and his adult john, who went off to a quiet corner to be alone. The most recent victim made a purchase at a department store where CCTV footage shows she met a man - someone who knew well enough to keep his back to the cameras - who Brenda is convinced is lawyer and serial rapist Philip Stroh. Getting Chief Pope and others to believe her, however, is more difficult, but Brenda isn't going to let Stroh get away this time and is willing to sacrifice her future with the LAPD to get him, even if it means using the nearly-killed underage hustler as jail bait. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


When Brenda Leigh bought the house of the prostitute that was killed (#1.3), that home's address was 707 Edgemere. In this episode, when Stroh is shot, the address given for the scene, Brenda Leigh's home, is 3882 N Ridgecrest. Brenda and Fritz moved in to the Ridgecrest rental at the beginning of the fourth season (#4.1). See more »


Rusty Beck: Bad men are how I make a living. I hang out where all the bad men go. Bad men like to talk to me, and it doesn't hurt anybody to listen.
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Featured in Major Crimes: Return to Sender: Part 2 (2014) See more »

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18 September 2018 | by valstone52See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the series and all of the characters. For those who think Brenda was a fascist, I don't know what you were watching. You could have always changed the channel. I think Kyra was a great actress and a good producer. I'm going to miss her, but I will be watch major crimes.

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