Title Hostile Witness
Series The Closer
Season 7
Episode 16
Airdate July 9, 2012
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Written by Steven Kane
Directed by Steve Robin
Previous episode Silent Partner
Next episode Fool's Gold
Episode list Season 7
You just love calling it murder, don't you?

— Phillip Stroh

Brenda goes up against her old nemesis Phillip Stroh again when he defends a man suspected of raping and murdering a prostitute in court.

The VictimEdit

  • Gweneth Adler, a nurse at St. Leo's Children's Hospital who was found in a hotel room where she had been drugged, raped and murdered.

The SuspectsEdit

  • George Harris, a cab driver who was charges with a similar rape about a year ago when his lawyer got him off when the rape victim couldn't be found
  • Phillip Stroh, a defense attorney specilizing in sex crimes who is himself a suspected serial rapist and is suspected to be George's partner
  • Charlie, a bartender at Stella's where Gweneth was last seen alive before being found in the hotel


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit

Recurring Roles

  • Jonathan Del Arco Dr. Morales
  • Ransford Doherty Coroner's Investigator Kendall

Guest Stars

  • Amanda Mason Warren DDA Claire Baldwin
  • James B. Sikking Judge Edward Crosby
  • Julia Whelan Natalie Gilbert
  • Scott Michael Morgan George Harris
  • Alex Solowitz Tommy
  • Ryan Bittle Charlie
  • Mark Mueller Bailiff
  • Karen Lew Court Clerk

Special Guest Stars

  • Billy Burke Phillip Stroh


Episode NotesEdit

  • This episode was rated US TV-14-DL.
  • Original International Air Dates:

Canada: July 11, 2012 on Super Channel 1 / Super Channel 1 HD

Finland: September 10, 2012 on MTV3

Czech Republic: December 13, 2012 on Prima LOVE

Turkey: December 25, 2012 on CN BC-e


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