The Closer: Season 5 (2009)

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Air date: Jun 8, 2009

In the season premiere, when Brenda's squad investigates the quadruple murder of a family, she accidentally stumbles into the middle of an FBI investigation that may have been a factor in the homicide. Meanwhile, Provenza's mood suddenly turns sour. Guest star LEE TERGESEN ("Oz," "Wanted") appears as Nicholas Carey and recurring guest star STEPHEN MARTINES appears as Ricardo Ramos.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2009

The apparent kidnapping of a rich financier under investigation for ripping off investors leads Brenda's squad to think he may have staged his own abduction. During the investigation, Gabriel tries to cover the forensic accounting duties, since Detective Daniels has been promoted to another division. Meanwhile, something strange has happened to Lieutenant Provenza. And Kitty, Brenda and Fritz's cat, is enduring serious medical issues.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2009

Sergeant Gabriel shoots a murder suspect he is certain is armed and firing at him, but his account does not match up with the evidence. Captain Sharon Raydor (recurring guest star MARY McDONNELL - "Battlestar Galactica," "ER," "Independence Day," "Passion Fish"), the head of the Force Investigation Division, is responsible for investigating the shooting. However, Raydor's investigation is interfering with Brenda's investigation into the murder, which may have been ethnically motivated.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2009

Brenda and her squad are temporarily deputized into the FBI when a missing persons case turns into a full-blown murder investigation involving drug trafficking at gay dance parties. The case gives Brenda and Fritz the chance to work together again, but Brenda's investigative tactics don't exactly fit FBI protocol.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2009

Brenda's squad investigates the murder of a former gang banger, but evidence indicates the victim may not have been the target. The case leads Brenda on a return trip to the doorstep of Father Jack (guest star MARK ROLSTON - "Cold Case," "The Shield") and the Crenshaw Community Center, where an upset neighborhood is convinced the LAPD doesn't care about stifling crime in the area. It's up to Brenda to prove otherwise.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2009

Brenda's team investigates the shooting death of a popular online "hook-up king" who was in the process of putting together a television pilot for a men's cable network. The case goes awry when a police impersonator enters the picture. Meanwhile, Pope does a rotation as a regular member of Brenda's squad to get a firsthand look at how the team works, but his experience isn't exactly what he expected it would be.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2009

A major shootout leaves two patrol cops and an 18-year-old neo-Nazi dead, with lots of unanswered questions as to what happened and who else might have been involved. The investigation is made all the more difficult by the involvement of Captain Sharon Raydor (recurring guest star MARY McDONNELL) of Force Investigation Division, which is responsible for looking into shooting incidents involving officers.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2010

The squad investigates the murder of a man who, 10 years ago, was the lead suspect in the murder of two girls. The state of the body indicates he was dragged behind a truck or SUV a full day before being shot twice in the head and dumped in Elysian Park. TOM SKERRITT ("Picket Fences," "Brothers and Sisters") guest stars as a detective who comes out of retirement to help with the investigation, but his obsession with closing this decade-old case threatens Brenda's own inquiry.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2009

A confessed murderer, who was apprehended while Brenda was away on her honeymoon, gets details of the crime wrong during his allocution, causing Brenda to reopen the case. Brenda's investigation, however, is interrupted by a visit from her mother, Willie Ray (recurring guest star FRANCES STERNHAGEN), who hopes to pawn her troublesome niece, Charlie (recurring guest star SOSIE BACON - "Loverboy" and the real-life daughter of Kyra Sedgwick), off on Brenda and Fritz for the summer.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2009

A large box with a body stuffed inside leads Brenda in search of suspects, and she winds up with several: a scripture-thumping stepfather, a disgruntled ex-girlfriend, a buddy who was constantly being hit up for money and a landlord who simply hated the victim's guts. Gabriel is studying for the detective exam, so Brenda uses the case as a teaching tool. Meanwhile, Brenda's niece, Charlie (recurring guest star SOSIE BACON), pulls a stunt so severe that Brenda and Fritz are ready to put her on a plane home immediately.

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This season, the hit crime drama explores change. Brenda loses someone dear as she tries to adjust to married life; a squad member is promoted to a new division; another falls in love.

Critic Reviews for The Closer Season 5

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Now in its fifth season, The Closer is looking a tad tired and predictable.

Jul 8, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The series continues to highlight the tenuousness and arbitrariness of experience, and the bonds Johnson and her crew depend on for their strength and perseverance.

Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I've long thought that there was room and potential for "The Closer" to go from good to great. I think season five could be when that happens.

Jun 8, 2009 | Full Review…

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