Title Good Housekeeping
Series The Closer
Season 1
Episode 9
Airdate August 8, 2005
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Written by Wendy West
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Previous episode Batter Up
Next episode The Butler Did It
Episode list Season 1
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When a sex offender about to be questioned for the murder of a young Hispanic girl commits suicide, Brenda finds new leads implicating the girl's family's employers.

The VictimEdit

  • Marta Alvarez

The SuspectsEdit

  • Wayne Mathers, amateur photographer and convicted sex offender
  • Hart Phillips, the victim's mother's employer
  • Leslie Phillips, Hart's wife
  • Austin Phillips, the Phillips' son
  • Alejandro Gutierrez, the victim's uncle


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Michael Weatherred (Wayne Mathers)
  • Jeffrey R. Nordling (Hart Phillips)
  • Jo Anderson (Leslie Phillips)
  • Ryan Carnes (Austin Phillips)
  • Veronica Cartwright (Vera Mathers)
  • Yvonne DeLarosa (Carmen Alvarez)
  • John Prosky (Mr. Banks)
  • Federico Dordei (Alejandro Gutierrez)
  • Ben Bray (Federale)


Episode NotesEdit

  • Lt. Tao shows Mrs. Phillips and her son Austin pictures from the California Sex Offender Locator. Although the interface shown on camera is not the actual one, the locator is part of sex offender registry operated by the California Attorney General's office under the terms of Megan's Law. California's Megan's Law was named for Megan Kanka, a young girl from New Jersey murdered by a child sex offender living across the street without her family's knowledge. Although controversial, state Megan's Laws have set up registries such as California's to make information about the location of sex offenders previously available only to law enforcement accessible to the public.
  • Extradition of fugitives from Mexico has proven problematic for American law enforcement since the signing of the most recent extradition treaty, which went into effect in 1980. Among the most controversial elements of the treaty are the clauses that allow Mexico to refuse extradition of offenders who would face the death penalty or life imprisonment. It was on the latter basis that Brenda and the Phillips knew Mexico would refuse to extradite Austin, who would face life imprisonment if tried as an adult. In the end, however, Article IV of the treaty, which allows Mexico to try fugitives for crimes committed in another country by or against a Mexican citizen, such as Marta, was used to prosecute Austin.
  • Austin faces some stiff legal procedures. Mexican criminal law is based on France's Napoleonic code. Among the rights we are guaranteed not present in Mexican courts are trial by jury, presumption of innocence, right to confront one's accuser (i.e. testimony in open court) and a range of rules of evidence. However, the maximum sentence for murder is generally 60 years, with opportunities for reduction of the sentence.


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