Title Overkill
Series The Closer
Season 2
Episode 13
Airdate September 4, 2006
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Written by James Duff & Adam Belanoff
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Previous episode No Good Deed
Next episode Serving the King (Part 1)
Episode list Season 2
Well, it's been my experience that the one who has your back is usually the one sticking a knife in it.

— Provenza

Brenda's team begin an uneasy joint investigation with the FBI when a federal agent and the wife of a witness against the mafia are shot to death at a Bureau safehouse.

The VictimEdit

  • Agent Doherty, FBI agent assigned to protect the DeLucas
  • Michelle DeLuca, Marty DeLuca's wife

The SuspectsEdit

  • Joseph "Joey" Dellamonte, mafia boss
  • Tom Cali, enforcer in the Dellamonte family
  • Agent Tim Hecht, the FBI Agent in charge of the Dellamonte case
  • Moran, arms dealer


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit


Episode NotesEdit

The investigation of the finale's shooting will fall to a unit of the Professional Standards Bureau (a bureau being the unit above a division.)

Sanchez will be investigated by the LAPD's Force Investigation Division, which handles all use-of-force situations, including officer-involved shootings. The investigation will likely involve Taylor , as Robbery Homicide Detectives do the initial investigation of officer-involved shootings in the same manner of any other shooting. In addition, the Scientific Investigation Division (SID) will do the forensic aspect of the investigation.

If there is a determination that Brenda's or Pope's conduct warrants further investigation, that will go to the Administrative Investigation Division, which handles this type of situation. Both divisions fall under the umbrella of what's called the Internal Affairs Group.

The LAPD's internal investigation process was radically overhauled as a result of the Christopher Commission findings that followed the Rampart Division scandal about 10 years ago. In addition to their internal process, the LAPD has an external Inspector General that oversees internal investigations but has no disciplinary powers.

This episode gave us an opportunity to see the use of weapons by the PHD detectives. Each LAPD officer carries an Austrian-made Glock pistol, adopted by the LAPD in 2003. The Glock is a semi-automatic pistol, known for its safety, light weight, large (15 round) magazine, and ease of use. Calibre varies to suit the taste and needs of individual officers; many favor the .40 calibre Glock 22.

LAPD officers are trained to fire in bursts, until a suspect is either down or visibly gives up, and the .40 calibre round is considered particularly effective in limiting the number of shots needed to subdue a suspect. This also explains why Sanchez initially fired the three rounds needed to bring Marty down, stopped until he reached for Provenza's gun, and then fired again until he was incapacitated.

In addition to the FBI, two federal entities figured in this episode:

  • The US Attorney's Office, located on in the Federal Building on Spring Street in downtown LA, one block from Parker Center, is the second largest office in the country (only Washington, DC is larger.) It prosecutes federal law and defends federal interests in criminal cases. Hecht would have gone here for his meetings regarding the Delamonte case.
  • The federal government's Metropolitan Detention Center, at Alameda and Aliso Streets, also one block from Parker Center, houses, among a variety of prisoners, pretrial offenders in federal cases. This is where Joseph Delamonte would have been housed.

In this episode, Tao is able to identify the gun dealer Moran by running the fingerprint through AFIS, the Automated Fingerprint Identification Service. This system allows law enforcement to identify a fingerprint and check the history of the individual against a fingerprint database. Fingerprints are scanned directly into the database via a Livescan system.

In the US, the FBI holds the Integrated AFIS database, which has a variety of fingerprint identification and analysis capabilities. IAFIS is used not only by law enforcement, but other civil agencies, such as by universities preparing teacher credential candidates, where background checks are important.


  • At the end of the episode, as the camera pulls out, the bullet holes in Marty DeLuca have disappeared.


Throughout the episode, Flynn is seen to be very mistrustful of Marty DeLuca. There's a small, perhaps deliberate, bit of irony in this relationship: Anthony Denison, who plays Flynn, first made his name playing an up-and-coming Chicago mobster who moved to Las Vegas in the 1980's TV series Crime Story. His character was named Ray Luca. Brenda is seen again wearing her camel colored sweater.

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