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The Closer: Hostile Witness

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.

Source: TNT

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x16
Airdate: Monday July 09th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Gem) Aug 14, 2012
UK (MORE4) Sep 27, 2012
DE (Vox) Nov 20, 2013

  • Currently 8.6/10
8.6/10 (8 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Amanda Mason Warren
As DDA Claire Baldwin
Billy Burke
As Phillip Stroh
Jonathan Del Arco
As Dr. Morales
Ransford Doherty
As Kendall
Main Cast
Kyra Sedgwick
As Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. Simmons
As Assistant Chief Will Pope
Corey Reynolds
As Detective Sgt. David Gabriel
Robert Gossett
As Commander Russell Taylor
G.W. Bailey
As Detective Lt. Louie Provenza
Anthony John Denison
As Detective Lt. Andy Flynn
Michael Paul Chan
As Detective Lt. Michael Tao
Raymond Cruz
As Detective Julio Sanchez
Phillip P. Keene
As Buzz Watson
Jon Tenney
As FBI Agent Fritz Howard
Mary McDonnell
As Captain Sharon Raydor


The episode begins with Brenda spelling out her name in court, while parking herself in the witness box. The next scene shows a flashback in which Brenda is telling Philip that he is in more trouble than he can imagine. She then tells him that she knows about the women he raped. Back in the present Philip is shown sitting in the defendant’s bench with a smirk on his face. Brenda then tells the court how she found the body of a woman named Gwyneth Adler, in the motel room of the defendant George Harris. Gwyneth was a nurse at a children’s hospital, there was also a receipt from a night club that was recovered from Gwyneth’s purse. It is also shown in a flashback how Brenda is informed about George Harris asking for two room keys, from the manager at the motel. ..

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