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Executive Order 

While Brenda awaits the mayor's final decision for police chief, Pope forces her to work with one of her competitors on a case involving a man who murdered a pair of paramedics and may hold a grudge against first responders.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), Adam Belanoff

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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
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Courtney B. Vance ... Chief Tommy Delk
Matthew Glave ... Kevin Mason
Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Fernando Morales
David Barry Gray ... Dr. Wexler
Kenneth White Kenneth White ... Russell Owens


While investigating the murder of two fire department paramedics, Brenda and her team turn up a fingerprint on someone possibly involved in a terrorist incident some two years earlier. With the FBI on its way, Assistant Chief Pope insists that Brenda work with Assistant Chief Tommy Delk, head of the LAPD anti-terrorist unit. There's more than a bit of office politics going on here as Delk, also on the short-list for the Chief position, may very well be their new boss in a few days time. They quickly identify the shooter as Kevin Mason, a man repeatedly turned down for a paramedic position who may be out for revenge. Why he would attack only two paramedics is something of a mystery, but Brenda and Delk at least see eye to eye on how to handle the FBI with its vested interest. Once the case is behind them and a crisis averted, the Mayor finally names his new Chief. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 September 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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When Kevin Mason is escaping the ambulance, the sound of his van starting is heard before he enters the van. See more »


Chief Tommy Delk: I'd be curious how much farther you get in the next three hours.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: Three hours?
Chief Tommy Delk: Because that's how long the FBI has agreed to share their material before they take over your case. That's what's been arranged.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: I did not agree to that.
Chief Tommy Delk: Well, it's a good thing I'm not taking orders from you.
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Executive Order
12 September 2019 | by sandvette9See all my reviews

The beginning of this episode when they are describing the alleged killer is spot on to a description of Donald Trump! This could have been written after 2016 but it was written much earlier. Of course you could look up the symptoms if you just looked up narcissistic personality disorder. Very eerie.

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