|“||Provenza is always going to be the curmudgeon and Flynn is always going to be the smart aleck.||”|
— James Duff
Flynn and Provenza episodes are annual comedic episodes that feature the antics of these two detectives. Written by Adam Belanoff, each episode features Flynn and Provenza in the middle of a case which has taken an absurd twist: an extra body in a coffin, the scheming wife of a used-car lot owner with a yen for Provenza, a would-be detective always one step ahead of them, or a self-proclaimed spiritual advisor with a fondness for money, all lead Flynn and Provenza a merry dance while the squad tries to solve the case and clean up the damage.
The annual Flynn and Provenza episodes began in season two, which had the theme "partnership." Adam Belanoff, who joined the writing team that season, proposed a lighter episode featuring the Flynn and Provenza partnership as a way of developing the theme as well as the two characters. The episodes also served to exploit actor GW Bailey's comedic talents while lightening up the previously adversarial Flynn character. Two baseball jackets and one body in Provenza's garage later, and a tradition was born.
The action is generally driven by some situation in which Provenza finds himself: an unknown woman's body in his garage, a trunk load of evidence stolen by gang members or the opportunity to make a little money on the side as a process server. Flynn is soon sucked into the mayhem, and serves as Provenza's straight man. Occasionally, another character becomes involved as well, notably Chief Pope in "Tapped Out" or Buzz and his equipment in "To Serve with Love."
|205||To Protect & to Serve||July 10, 2006|
|With a day off, Flynn and Provenza head for box seats at the Dodger game. But when Flynn's car breaks down, they must take Provenza's: and discover a body in his garage. But when the body disappears, the team must investigate the disappearance and death under Pope's nose while saving Flynn and Provenza's jobs. |
Notes: This episode introduces the joke-line, "With me, with me, with me!" when Chief Pope summons Brenda when he realizes something is up.
|303||Saving Face||June 25, 2007|
|At the funeral of a retired cop, pall bearers Flynn and Provenza find more than they bargained for in the coffin: the body of a young woman. Before it's over, Brenda becomes the most downloaded cop on YouTube and must cope with an angry bride, while the team investigates who the woman is, and who killed her.
|405||Dial M for Provenza||August 11, 2008|
|Provenza's undercover with a would-be femme fatale turns upside down when the evidence is stolen from the trunk of his car. But when the husband of his target turns up dead, it's up to he and Flynn to prove she did it, or with the team's help, catch the actual killer. |
Guest cast: Jennifer Coolidge as Angie Serabian, the femme fatale.
|506||Tapped Out||July 13, 2009|
|When Chief Pope spends a day as "one of the guys", events take some unexpected turns when wannabe detective Jonathan Baird, aka Richard "Dick" Tracy, takes over the case of a video make-out king, evidence and all. It's up to Flynn, Provenza and the squad to recover the evidence, solve the case and save Pope's reputation.
|604||Layover||August 2, 2010|
|When Provenza and Flynn pick up flight attendants on their way back from extraditing a prisoner, Provenza finds one of their co-workers dead in the bathtub of one of the stewardesses.
|703||To Serve With Love||July 25, 2011|
|Flynn, Buzz and Provenza's involvment in a scheme for some easy money turns out to have been part of someone's murder of a man convicted of embezzlement.
Flynn and Provenza Focused EpisodesEdit
These episodes of The Closer were not written by Belanoff, but feature Flynn and Provenza in a humorous situation. Both were shown during the winter season.
|514||Make Over||Michael Alaimo||December 15, 2009|
|Several old cases are reviewed after a crime lab used by the LAPD is discredited; Provenza's old partner comes out of retirement to help on a case they closed seven years ago.
|717||Fool's Gold||Ralph Gifford & Carson Moore||July 16, 2012|
|A visit to a jewelry store turns awkward for Flynn and Provenza when a duo of thieves rob it right under their noses.
|104||The Ecstasy and the Agony||September 3, 2012|
|Major Crimes partners with the FBI on a homicide case; Provenza opens up to a suspect; Rusty has his first day of school.
|204||I, Witness||July 1, 2013|
|The LAPD flies a material witness into Los Angeles to testify, but in a horrible turn of events their witness winds up as the key suspect in an entirely new murder. Personal and professional stress takes a toll on Flynn. And the squad takes bets when Rusty brings a girl from class to hang out with him at the department.
|303||Frozen Assets||June 23, 2014|
|Five years after his last case, eager "Detective" Dick Tracy teams up with Flynn and Provenza again to solve the murder of... a dog. But this is no ordinary dog; this dog was about to inherit the multi-million dollar estate of his newly deceased owner.
|404||Turn Down||June 29, 2015|
|During his first drive-along as a Reserve Officer, Buzz Watson discovers a dead body in a hotel room bathtub, not only threatening an extremely expensive wedding, but also Flynn and Provenza's plans to take the division to a Fourth of July Dodgers game.
|504||Skin Deep||July 11, 2016|
|When Flynn looks into purchasing a new home and seeks input from Provenza and Buzz, an unexpected turn of events leads to a new investigation for Major Crimes. Meanwhile, Buzz continues to look into the circumstances surrounding his father's murder.