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Standards and Practices 

Captain Taylor makes his move against Brenda, meaning she must juggle concerns of an I.A. investigation with solving the murder of a famous producer.


Michael M. Robin


James Duff (created by), James Duff


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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
Jon Tenney ... Fritz Howard
Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez
Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao
Gina Ravera ... Irene Daniels
Tony Plana ... Alonzo Lopez
Jamie Elman ... Dennis Burke
Lorraine Toussaint ... Deputy D.A. Powell
Jack Conley ... FBI Agent Jackson
Dakin Matthews ... Mr. Mitchell


Brenda and the team investigate the death of high profile Hollywood producer Dick Pruitt, a man found floating in his hot tub, seemingly alone. The autopsy reveals he was quite drunk, his expensive toupee pulled off, perhaps indicating a struggle, and the presence of a wet robe suggests to Brenda it may have been used to restrain the dead man and hold him under water. His wife had left with their 3-year-old a few days before and there are signs that he may have been physical with her; however, her parents provide her with an airtight alibi. Meanwhile, Assistant Chief Pope has to look into allegations of professional misconduct on Brenda's part when the department receives anonymous allegations about her relationship with the DA's office and the FBI. Captain Taylor has obviously had a hand in all of this and Pope makes it quite clear to him that any attempt at collusion will result in Taylor being investigated. Fritz suggests to Brenda that they move in together. Written by garykmcd / edited by statmanjeff

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Standards and Practices refers to the entity reviewing professional conduct to be sure it complies with an agency's policies, procedures and guidelines. It is also refers to a television network department that reviews television scripts and finished episodes to be sure they comply with network and Federal Communications Commission content policies (language, nudity, etc.) See more »


Brenda Leigh Johnson: So you both work for the Pruitts?
Gardener #1: Yes.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: And were you working at the Pruitt's house two evenings ago?
Gardener #1: Yes.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: And did you climb Mount Everest in your underpants?
Gardener #1: Yes.
Detective Julio Sanchez: Maybe this would go a little quicker if I handled it, Chief.
Brenda Leigh Johnson: You think?
Detective Julio Sanchez: Yes.
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References The Closer: Fatal Retraction (2005) See more »


Everybody Wants You
Performed by Billy Squier
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