Title Culture Shock
Series The Closer
Season 3
Episode 10
Airdate August 20, 2007
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Written by Adam Belanoff
Directed by Elodie Keene
Previous episode Blindsided
Next episode Lover's Leap
Episode list Season 3
This may surprise you, but in some cultures, supervisors are still shown a modicum of respect. And, employees still try to please the boss. So, lose the attitude, and see that this guy gets his camera back.

— Pope

While investigating the murder of a Chinese tour guide in Chinatown, Brenda takes her parents on a tour of the place.

The VictimEdit

  • Ping-Mei Zhang, tour guide

The SuspectsEdit

  • Ren-Di Chen, the victim's husband
  • Chris Conroy, importer and the victim's lover


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit


Episode NotesEdit

This is the first episode set in Los Angeles' Chinese community. The third largest in North America (behind San Francisco and Vancouver,) Los Angeles' Chinese community is multi-generational, with the earliest settlements following closely on the gold rush of 1849. As the largest port of entry on the west coast of the Pacific Rim, Los Angeles has seen a recent influx of Chinese immigrants, spreading the community outside its original boundaries to a group of cities in the eastern suburbs. The largest Chinese population in the Los Angeles area now resides in the city of Monterey Park, which adjoins the eastern city limits of Los Angeles, a few miles from downtown.

At one point in the story, Willie Rae marvels at how close Chinatown is to Parker Center. And she's right; Chinatown is located a few blocks from LAPD headquarters, along Hill Street.


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