The Closer (2005–2012)
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Necessary Evil 

As Brenda suspects a good Samaritan high school coach of murdering his new principal to cover instances of pedophilia, Captain Raydor catches Pope off guard with the surprise announcement of her retirement.


Nelson McCormick


James Duff (created by), Duppy Demetrius


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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
Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Ransford Doherty ... Kendall
Michael Beach ... Coach Rich Carr
Derek Webster ... Mr. Reed
Tahmus Rounds ... Terrence Miller


Brenda and the team investigate the shooting of high school principal John Reed, found dead at the wheel of his car. He was on his way home, talking to his wife on his cell phone, when he said he had to take care of something shortly before she heard gunshots. A similar shooting involving the same make and color of his car occurred just a few blocks away two weeks before, involving a TSA agent, putting Fritz and the FBI at interest. Reed, who specialized in cleaning up problem schools, had recently begun his new assignment, for which his wife says he had received threats and had decided to transfer the school's beloved football coach, Rich Carr. At Carr's home, police find underage students living with him along with the murder weapon, buried, which had been used in a robbery five years previously. To close the case, Brenda seeks the tenuous connection between the gun and Coach Carr's home. Meanwhile, Capt. Raydor continues to shadow Major Crimes, looking for who is leaking ... Written by garykmcd / revised by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2005, the movie "Coach Carter" was released telling the story of a high school basketball coach benching his whole team when they didn't meet academic standards, and what it took to meet those standards. Where this episode differs is aside from not meeting academic standards, meeting those standards are also tied to the funding the schools receive due to the "No Child Left Behind" initiative. See more »


(at 2:57) Captain Sharon Raydor asks if the body has been identified. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson asks the coroner, Kendall, if they have an I.D. for the victim and, as he stands to hand her the victim's driver's license, the head of the dummy used to replace the actor playing the victim is visibly lifted into frame. See more »


Sharon Raydor: I've had a job offer - Director of Internal Threats and Corporate Security at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Russell Taylor: You're quitting?
Sharon Raydor: I'm eligible to collect my captain's pension, and I feel like it's time to work someplace where people might be glad to see me.
Will Pope: Captain, do not feel that you are unappreciated.
Sharon Raydor: I walk into a room, it goes silent. I can't say hello to anyone outside the Professional Standards Bureau without provoking a defensive response. Between that and a few things in my personal ...
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