The Closer: Season 3 (2007)

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Air date: Jun 18, 2007

In the third-season opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family, and the only survivor is the drug-addled teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing about budget cuts, numerous changes---and possibly Provenza's early retirement. And Fritz hopes to move into a new house with Brenda.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2007

The body of a long-missing 16-year-old gang member turns up with Provenza's business card in his pocket. The kid apparently tried to speak to Provenza years earlier about shots that had been fired at a police car, but he disappeared shortly after that. When a priest, credited with turning around the lives of gang members by protecting them from the police, is caught in the middle of the investigation, Gabriel comes to his defense. Meanwhile, Fritz accidentally answers Brenda's phone when Brenda's father calls, giving away the secret that they're living together.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2007

During a funeral for one of Flynn and Provenza's former police colleagues, the squad discovers the dead body of an unknown, buxom blonde in their old friend's casket. As Brenda investigates, Flynn and Provenza slowly realize that they know more about the victim than they originally thought. Meanwhile, a dangerous and belligerent bride holds Brenda personally responsible for ruining her wedding.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2007

In a special 70-minute extended episode, a young African-American girl is abducted on her way home from school, and in a race against the clock, the team must find out who took her and where she is. When the investigation focuses on a convicted sex offender now on parole, Gabriel takes matters into his own hands, jeopardizing both the case and his future with the LAPD.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2007

Priority Homicide Division confronts a mysterious old man who won't identify himself but who confesses to murdering seven people. Meanwhile, Fritz and Brenda may finally have found the home of their dreams.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2007

To Brenda's irritation, Pope requires her homicide team to undergo training to deal with a potential attack involving weapons of mass destruction. Fritz helps Brenda find a way around the resultant manpower problem. Brenda is perplexed by her current murder case because the witness, a parking valet who called 9-1-1 to report the crime, refuses to answer her questions. Although Brenda eventually persuades the witness to reveal what he saw, the situation is complicated by a less-than-brilliant suspect who also tries to dodge Brenda's interrogation. Meanwhile, Brenda is too busy to cope with disturbing physical symptoms that she initially blames on stress.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2007

Brenda is called in to investigate the murders of two Hispanic teens who may have been killed as part of racially motivated gang shootings over the past couple of months. A cousin of one of the victims is convinced that the incident is part of a racial war between African-American gangs and Latino gangs--and he's determined to exact revenge.

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Air date: Aug 6, 2007

The wife of a deputy district attorney is found dead on the beach, the apparent victim of a serial killer. The murderer's chosen weapon is a cattle prod that he uses to torture his victims prior to killing them. The squad's investigation becomes a race against the clock to prevent another woman from dying.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2007

Since Brenda's traumatic incident with a serial killer has left her shaken, the department psychologist takes her off investigative duty. To keep Brenda busy, Pope assigns her to a television reporter doing a story on the LAPD. While Brenda and Gabriel are escorting the journalist, their car is attacked with a barrage of gunfire, leaving the reporter dead. Because she is a witness and off active duty, she is not able to participate in the investigation ... at least not overtly. Meanwhile, when Brenda's parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN - "One Tree Hill"), visit, Fritz meets Clay for the first time. Brenda still has not told her parents about her engagement. Series star Kyra Sedgwick's husband, actor KEVIN BACON ("Mystic River," "The Woodsman"), directed the episode.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2007

When a young Chinese woman, the owner of a lucrative tour company, is found murdered in one of her tour buses, the case comes to Brenda's squad because the company had been shuttling around a number of high-profile officials from the Chinese government. The investigation takes a turn, however, when the detectives uncover salacious details about the backgrounds of some of its employees. Meanwhile, with Brenda working, Fritz is forced to entertain her parents, Willie Ray (recurring guest FRANCES STERNHAGEN) and Clay (recurring guest star BARRY CORBIN).

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An offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the country's leading investigators, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

Critic Reviews for The Closer Season 3

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

For the most part it's an unconventional holiday outing, complete with closing shootout. Enjoy.

Dec 3, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some gifts are just more than you really want.

Dec 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If the series is not so consistently speedy or violent as other LA-based cop shows, it does revel in other kinds of complexity, most visibly in its visibly "diverse" team.

Jun 18, 2007 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

TNT's The Closer is back for its third season and it's quite simply better than ever.

Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Closer: Season 3

  • Dec 30, 2014
    Just finished watching Season 3 of this show; by way of Amazon Prime. I'm sorry I came late to the party, but at least I'm glad that I finally made it. What a great show! More than just your "run-of-the-mill" cop show; it's an ever continuing story of the lives of members of the LAPD's Priority Homicide Team. Each episode is captivating. What really sets this show apart from others in the same genre is the intricate character development of each and every character. Kyra Sedgwick is a marvel as she displays so many layers of her Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. This is one show I highly recommend as a show to binge on! Can't wait to watch the remaining Seasons!

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