Title Batter Up
Series The Closer
Season 1
Episode 8
Airdate August 1, 2005
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Written by James Duff
Directed by Arvin Brown
Previous episode You Are Here
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Episode list Season 1
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— Who said it?

Brenda butts heads with Taylor and Robbery Homicide when a gay basher appears to have escalated to murder.

The VictimEdit

The SuspectsEdit

  • Blake Rawlings


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Kerr Smith (Blake Rawlings)
  • Joel Brooks (Assemblyman Bridges)
  • Robert Gant (Julian Carve)
  • Hank Stratton (Barry Anderson)
  • J.R. Cacia (Jimmy York)
  • Kiersten Lyons (Jennifer Russell)
  • David Andriole (Dr. Eric Hall)
  • Wilson Cruz (Angry Guy in Bar)
  • Azita Ghanizada (Blake Rawlings' Neighbor)


Episode NotesEdit

  • The gay couple at the center of this story were characterized as domestic partners under California Law. Better know as AB205, The California Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003, this law allows same sex-couples to register as domestic partners. By doing so, they are guaranteed a range of rights typically reserved to married couples, including community property rights, tax benefits, parental rights, and health-care rights.
  • This is the first appearance by Robert Clendenin as Terence Hynes. Though never specifically identified, Hynes most likely works in the LA County Coroner's Forensic Support department. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has its own forensics unit, handling a wide range of tasks including histology, gunshot residue analysis, DNA testing and postmortem toxicology. Forensic support includes preparation of bodies for autopsy, assistance during autopsy, and dental/fingerprint analysis for identification.


  • The small blue box Pope gives Brenda is from Tiffany and Co. jewelers. Among the most exclusive, and expensive, jewelers in the country, it specializes in platinum and silver jewelry set with stones. Gifts from Tiffany are readily identifiable by their characteristics blue box tied with a white ribbon.

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