The Closer (2005–2012)

Controlled Burn 

Brenda investigates the murder of a woman and the wild fire she was found in, complicated by the reappearance of Bill Croelick who is either the likeliest suspect or the best resource she'll ever have to find the killer.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), James Duff | 1 more credit »


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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
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Jason O'Mara ... Bill Croelick
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
Stephen Martines ... Ricardo Ramos
Brian Krause ... Tom Merrick


Brenda and Priority Homicide investigate the death of a woman caught in a major wild fire. The medical examiner determines she was dead before the fire started, as there was no smoke residue in her lungs and her skull was broken. He further believes she may, in fact, have been the fire's epicenter. Police have an immediate suspect in Bill Croelick, an arsonist with a history of setting women on fire. He turns himself in to the police and ably leads them to exactly where the fire began, though denying having anything to do with it. The victim, eventually identified as waitress Linda Harrell, 35, had restraining orders issued against her by different men. Brenda soon begins to wonder just how the arsonist managed to get away, given that the police and fire departments had the area locked down tight soon after the fire began. Meanwhile, Brenda also worries that her new landlord will learn she and Fritz have a cat in their supposedly pet-free rental duplex, especially when someone needs ... Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-14 | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 July 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Morales: I see dead people, lots and lots of dead people - two smoked, two extra-crispy, and then... this lady here, the combo platter.
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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