Title Blindsided
Series The Closer
Season 3
Episode 9
Airdate August 13, 2007
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Written by John Coveny & Hunt Baldwin
Directed by Kevin Bacon
Previous episode Manhunt
Next episode Culture Shock
Episode list Season 3
So, then, other than possible early onset menopause, getting engaged, having your parents coming to town, buying a new house and being attacked with a cattle prod, then shooting and killing your assailant, there's nothing significant happening in your life?

— Dr. Leonard to Brenda

On light duty after her close call with the PCH Killer, Brenda is in a car that is shredded with gunfire, killing a journalist, and tries to investigate the case even after being put on leave.

The VictimEdit

  • Greg Pierson, aspiring journalist doing a piece about the Priority Homicide Division

The SuspectsEdit

  • Deke Hawthorn, owner of a famous steakhouse shut down when Pierson made a piece about there being rats at it
  • Bill Hawthorn, Deke Hawthorn's son


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit


Episode NotesEdit

This is the first epsiode in which the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team appears. The SWAT team is believed to have originated with the LAPD under the administration of Chief Edward Davis in 1967. Assigned to the Metropolitan Division, the LAPD's tactical unit, SWAT is charged with high-risk assignments such as hostage rescues or engaging heavily armed criminals. SWAT team members have highly specialized weapons training, and many have military experience.


  • First appearance of Brenda's father, Clay Johnson.

Episode MediaEdit