Johnson and the rest of the team look into a Hip-Hop label company when they find their rap artist and a few of his friends murdered in their home. Gabriel insists that the victims were not gang members. Chief Delk has released his organizational chart and brings up the "Shootin Nuton" case involving a man named Tyrell who Johnson left after giving immunity. He says that there is a lawsuit.
In the midst of a sudden change in Command, Johnson is assigned to a murder case of a girl who as house-sitting for an upscale neighborhood. Captain Raydor is told to continue her audit and interview all of Major Crimes. Johnson tries to object, but it is not Raydor's choice.
When Provenza gets a job offer on the side, he enlists Flynn and Buzz to make money by serving court papers to a guy. However, they find that it is a lot harder then they thought when the man they catch falls to his death, they wonder if it is the right guy in the first place.
With the audit still on-going, Johnson has her hands full when the case of a missing child turns to murder and the only suspects are a boyfriend and a jealous ex-husband. Lt. Tao gets particularly close to the case thinking of his own son as he looks at all the clues.
The death of a preacher is brought into question when they find that it was no accident that he died. Meanwhile, everyone suspects Gabriel for being a rat when everyone is served with court papers except for him.
When a body is found at a home-improvement build, the team investigate to who could benefit from a the death of a sex offender. Realizing that this could be a bunch of people, Johnson races to find the killer and deal with her own legal issues as well.
A detective from Phoenix comes in with a complaint on the Coroner's report about a recent suicide victim. Raydor wants to get done with her audit and Sanchez is refusing to talk. Raydor bargains with Johnson to get the truth to find out who said what.
When an inmate named Diamond comes forward with information on a hit, Johnson must reach out to Capt. Raydor for help. Meanwhile, Baker interviews all the people in the division to draw out the leak that is inside.
When the father of famous Pop Singer, Missy Michaels, turns up dead, Johnson has a lot of questions for her manager and mother. Meanwhile, Johnson struggles to find the end to her troubles with the Baylor family when a settlement is offered. Baker seems to think that there is something that Goldman is not telling them.
The squad investigates the death of a deputy sheriff; the judge considers dropping the charges against Brenda.
Brenda and her squad investigate the shooting of a high-school principal whose school is entangled in scandal. Yet a territorial conflict erupts between Brenda and Fritz when Brenda's investigation overlaps with an existing FBI case.
It's a blue Christmas when Santa's zip-line arrival into a Christmas village goes terribly awry and Brenda's team must take on the holiday case. Fred Willard, Christine Woods and Lauren Bowles guest star.
The murder of a man under FBI surveillance puts the federal agents in hot water with the L.A.P.D. Special guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin return as Brenda’s parents, who have come to town for the holidays with surprising news that keeps Brenda’s mind from her case.
The Major Crimes Division investigates a hit-and-run murder of a young girl on a bicycle. Mark Moses and Elizabeth Perkins guest-star as the LAPD’s Police Commissioner and his wife Gail, who may be in trouble when Brenda becomes determined to uncover a scandal one of them tried to cover up. Maggie Wheeler guest-stars as Gail’s friend who clashes with Brenda.
In the winter finale of THE CLOSER, the federal lawsuit against Brenda comes to a head when another murder occurs related to Turell Baylor’s death. Brenda seeks help from a businessman (guest star Jason George) with old ties to the neighborhood for help solving the case. Meanwhile, Brenda’s lawyer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) and the Baylor family lawyer (guest star Curtis Armstrong) face off in court.
The seventh and final season resumes with Brenda tangling with her nemesis, lawyer and suspected rapist-murderer Philip Stroh. Brenda pulls a shock-and-awe courtroom maneuver that may jeopardize an entire case, putting her at odds with the new D.A.
Provenza tries to help his ex-wife locate her wedding ring, but he stumbles into red-faced fumbles that include a robbery, an evidence-destroying canine and a frenetic appraiser.
In a case that hits too close to home for Brenda, a well-liked cancer doctor is brutally killed and his drug supply wiped clean. But the case could have a much wider reach than anyone suspects. To make matters worse, Captain Raydor has a new assignment that leaves Brenda questioning her loyalty to Pope. And Gabriel makes a significant life change.
The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda's parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments.
A young couple hanging out in someone else's house find themselves in hot water when a security guard and decorated veteran winds up dead in the street outside. But Brenda finds her investigation stifled by the watchful eye of the District Attorney's office. Meanwhile, Raydor and Pope finally pinpoint the leak in the department.
A young street hustler sees what appears to be a man burying a woman in Griffith Park, prompting an investigation Brenda is convinced will lead to Philip Stroh. But Brenda's obsession with Stroh threatens not only her career, but also her life.