Title Heroic Measures
Series The Closer
Season 2
Episode 9
Airdate August 7, 2006
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Written by Adam Belanoff
Directed by Nelson McCormick
Previous episode Critical Missing
Next episode The Other Woman
Episode list Season 2
I would like to say sorry for the world we live in.

— Brenda

When a woman claims the doctors who operated on her son murdered him, Brenda investigates and finds that the mother herself may be responsible.

The VictimEdit

  • Nick Langner

The SuspectsEdit

  • Melissa Langner, the victim's mother
  • Dr. Aaron Sands, one of the surgeons
  • Dr. Woods, one of the surgeons
  • Jason Higgins, Melissa Langner's boyfriend


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit


Episode NotesEdit

The term Munchausen's by proxy describes a mental disorder found in two forms: Munchausen's proper (involving the sufferer themselves) or Munchausen's by proxy, in which the sufferer induces physical ailments and/or illnesses in their child.

As Det. Flynn notes, most (but not all) sufferers of Munchausen's by proxy are women, often having some form of medical knowledge. In this type of the syndrome, sufferers inflict their child with injuries or illness to garner attention, usually from doctors or others in positions of authority (police, media, etc.)

There are other manifestations of the disease, especially in Munchausen's proper, in which a sufferer will intentionally cause a life-threatening incident (such as setting a house on fire) so they can "save" those involved and gain attention by becoming a hero of sorts.

In either case, there is a stigma attached when a sufferer is diagnosed with either form of Munchausen's: often their legitimate complaints are treated with skepticism.


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