The Closer

10 Best Episodes of The Closer - Season 3

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the world's best interrogator eventually wins over even her toughest critics.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Closer - S3E10

#15 - Culture Shock (Season 3 - Episode 10)

When a Chinese business woman is found dead on the tour bus she and her husband operate, Brenda and the squad must dig deep to investigate her past life. Meanwhile, Brenda’s parents reveal to the squad that Brenda and Fritz are engaged.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 169 votes.

The Closer - S3E7

#14 - Four To Eight (Season 3 - Episode 7)


When two Catorce gang members are shot to death, Brenda and her squad must solve the murders before a gang war erupts. Meanwhile, Brenda has her own personal health scare when she finally visits the doctor.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 172 votes.

The Closer - S3E6

#13 - Dumb Luck (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Brenda and the PHD investigate the murder of a personal trainer who was involved with the wife of a possessive husband with a temper. Complicating the investigation: their only witness is the man's frightened valet, who also has OCD. Brenda must also solve the murder while sharing her squad with Homeland Security.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 173 votes.

The Closer - S3E13

#12 - 'Til Death Do Us Part (2) (Season 3 - Episode 13)


Still experiencing the strain of her case, Brenda finds herself under another time crunch when she must disprove a questionable alibi within 48 hours to prevent the investigation from falling flat. As Brenda searches for the truth in her case, she discovers some inside information that may have an unfortunate effect on her relationship with Fritz.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 153 votes.

The Closer - S3E5

#11 - The Round File (Season 3 - Episode 5)

An old man’s confession to seven murders leads Deputy Chief Johnson to investigate the sudden and unnatural deaths at his nursing home.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 172 votes.

The Closer - S3E11

#10 - Lover's Leap (Season 3 - Episode 11)


A car belonging to a Department of Homeland Security employee is found wrecked at the bottom of Mulholland Drive. Priority Homicide is brought in to uncover the details surrounding the driver’s death, but the investigation leads Brenda a lot closer to home then she expected.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 171 votes.

The Closer - S3E12

#9 - 'Til Death Do Us Part (1) (Season 3 - Episode 12)

Deputy Chief Johnson’s investigation into a famous Hollywood divorce attorney found floating in his swimming pool is under heavy scrutiny. Meanwhile, Fritz and Brenda are trying to consolidate their bills, but when Brenda discovers a secret Fritz has been keeping will she keep to the plan?

The episode was rated 7.83 from 163 votes.

The Closer - S3E3

#8 - Saving Face (Season 3 - Episode 3)


At a retired cop’s funeral, Lt Provenza and Lt. Flynn discover something quite unexpected along with the corpse.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 186 votes.

The Closer - S3E14

#7 - Next of Kin (1) (Season 3 - Episode 14)

Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 132 votes.

The Closer - S3E4

#6 - Ruby (Season 3 - Episode 4)


A recently released sex offender is accused of kidnapping a child, and with time running out, Det. Gabriel beats a confession out of him. Deputy Chief Johnson must deal with Gabriel and also get the pedophile to re-confess.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 176 votes.

The Closer - S3E8

#5 - Manhunt (Season 3 - Episode 8)

It looks to be the return of a serial killer when two bodies turn up dead. With the knowledge that he kills in sets of three, Chief Pope charges Brenda and her squad to hunt down the killer before the third victim is taken.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 177 votes.

The Closer - S3E2

#4 - Grave Doubts (Season 3 - Episode 2)


The body of a long-dead murder victim is uncovered along with Lt. Provenza’s business card, setting off the squad’s search for his identity and killer. When the bullet is traced to a gang weapon that had been turned into the LAPD 15 years prior, Deputy Chief Johnson is forced to contend with political activist Father Jack.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 186 votes.

The Closer - S3E9

#3 - Blindsided (Season 3 - Episode 9)

In an effort to get good PR for the department, Deputy Chief Johnson takes a journalist on a ride-along, but when the Crown Vic is targeted and shot at, Brenda is forced to live under 24-hour police protection, while being the key witness in the case she must solve.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 177 votes.

The Closer - S3E1

#2 - Home Wrecker (Season 3 - Episode 1)


In the third-season opener, Brenda and the team investigate the grisly slaying of a family, and the only survivor is the drug-addled teen son. Meanwhile, a financial crisis rocks the LAPD, bringing about budget cuts, numerous changes --- and possibly Provenza’s early retirement. And Fritz hopes to move into a new house with Brenda.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 179 votes.

The Closer - S3E15

#1 - Next of Kin (2) (Season 3 - Episode 15)

Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative. The fallout left behind in Atlanta leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 76 votes.

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