The Closer (2005–2012)
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Last Rites 

Brenda gets in more trouble with Pope when the Catholic Church stonewalls her investigation into a priest's murder. Meanwhile she also faces pressure at home caring for her sick father.


David McWhirter


James Duff (created by), Leo Geter




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
Frances Sternhagen ... Willie Ray Johnson
Barry Corbin ... Clay Johnson
Paul Vincent O'Connor ... Father Calhoun
Gary Perez ... Vincent Morris


The L.A.P.D. runs into trouble with the Catholic Church after a priest is found murdered in an elementary school playground. Brenda's parents are in town so that her father can receive treatment from a specialist. With both her father's health and the murder case demanding so much time, Brenda neglects some of those closest to her and suffers unforeseen consequences. Written by skillwithaquill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

30 July 2012 (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?


Last live appearances of Frances Sternhagen as Willie Ray Johnson and Barry Corbin as Clay Johnson. They'll be seen just one more time - in a photograph of Brenda's wedding day in The Closer: Armed Response (2012) See more »


Willie Ray Johnson: Well, there's something I really ought to tell you. It'll only take a minute.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: Well, can it wait till tomorrow morning? We could have breakfast and talk about whatever you like.
Willie Ray Johnson: All right tomorrow. Only, honey, you can't keep working like this your whole life. It'll catch up with you.
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson: I expect it will, but not tonight. Bye.
Willie Ray Johnson: Drive carefully.
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Amazing episode
27 October 2018 | by thefinderofthingsSee all my reviews

Kira Sedgwick did an absolutely amazing job. The story played out really well.

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