Title Standards and Practices
Series The Closer
Season 1
Episode 13
Airdate September 5, 2005
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Written by James Duff
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Previous episode Fatal Retraction
Next episode Blue Blood
Episode list Season 1
You know who needs airtight alibis? Murderers.

— Brenda

While Brenda and her team investigates the drowning of an abusive movie producer, Pope handles an "anonymous" accusation of conduct unbecoming an officer made against her.

The VictimEdit

  • Richard Pruitt, an abusive movie producer

The SuspectsEdit

  • Alonzo Lopez, a concert pianist and the victim's father-in-law
  • Delia Lopez, the victim's mother-in-law
  • Amelia Pruitt, the victim's battered wife
  • Dennis Burke, one of Alonzo's piano students
  • Sandra DeCour, one of the victim's partners


Closing the CaseEdit

Brenda's StoryEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Tony Plana (Alonzo Lopez)
  • Jenny Gago (Delia Lopez)
  • Mayte Garcia (Amelia Pruitt)
  • Jamie Elman (Dennis Burke)
  • Alanna Ubach (Sandra DeCour)
  • Dakin Matthews (Jack Mitchell)
  • Lorraine Toussaint (Deputy D.A. Janet Powell)
  • Jack Conley (FBI Agent Jackson)
  • Joseph Bertót (Gardener #1)
  • Ricardo J. Chacon (Gardener #2)


Episode NotesEdit

  • Standards and Practices refers to the entity reviewing professional conduct to be sure it complies with an agency's policies, procedures and guidelines. It is also refers to a television network department that reviews television scripts and finished episodes to be sure they comply with network and Federal Communications Commission content policies (language, nudity, etc.)
  • At the end of the episode, Brenda offers to buy the squad a drink at "O'Malley's." There is no O'Malley's in downtown Los Angeles. It's likely the fictional bar is named for the O'Malley family, long time owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The LAPD Academy, where new officers are trained, adjoins Dodger Stadium, and much of the LAPD is intensely loyal to the team.
  • In a repeat process of the pilot episode, Brenda grabs the trash can and gives each team member an assignment as she tosses each individual's resignation letter in the can.
  • The scene in Brenda's office at the end is identical to what she did in the first episode, where she closes the door, pulls out a chocolate and savors it slowly.
  • Music:
"Everybody Wants You" (Billy Squier)
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14, "Moonlight"


At one point in the episode, Brenda moans to Fritz that she should quit. Fritz jokes with her by reassuring her that, "Quizno's is hiring". Quizno's is a national submarine sandwich chain.

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