Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people’s toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth.
Season 7 – Episode 21
In the series finale, we bid a final farewell to Brenda Leigh Johnson. When a young man calls 911 to report seeing someone being buried in Griffith Park, police find not only her remains, but those of several other women who were kills as far back as two years ago. Brenda immediately suspects Philip Stroh and, despite departmental restrictions, sets out to finally tie him to the murders. Meanwhile, the witness who called 911 makes Brenda look at her life and future.
The episode was rated from 195 votes.
#2 – Standards And Practices
Season 1 – Episode 13
An unnamed source files a grievance against Brenda in the midst of a high-profile investigation of a murdered L.A. filmmaker. With her career on the line, Brenda is skeptical of Chief Pope’s intentions when he volunteers to help. In classic Brenda style, she spurns the accusation, refusing to suppress her demeanor in deference to the complaint. In response to the situation, the PHD team comes together to act in unison, sending shock waves through the entire department.
The episode was rated from 206 votes.
#3 – Time Bomb
Season 4 – Episode 10
The newly renamed Major Crimes Division investigates the death of a teenager that may be related to a planned massacre; the squad searches for a bomb before it can explode.
The episode was rated from 165 votes.
#4 – To Protect & To Serve
Season 2 – Episode 5
Brenda finds herself involved in a cover-up of her own when she helps the PHD investigate a non-priority case. Why? Because the deceased woman was found in Provenza’s garage. Once again, the team finds themselves racing against the clock before the LAPD brass discovers what they’re up to. Will Brenda be able to protect her team and their hard-earned trust?
The episode was rated from 203 votes.
#5 – Last Rites
Season 7 – Episode 19
The murder of a priest puts the squad on a collision course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda’s parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments.
The episode was rated from 176 votes.
#6 – Sudden Death
Season 4 – Episode 7
The entire squad searches for the person who shot Detective Sanchez’s brother; the case is jeopardized by an overzealous detective and a leak within the department.
The episode was rated from 151 votes.
#7 – Silent Partner
Season 7 – Episode 15
Brenda seeks help from a businessman, played by guest star Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), with old ties to the neighborhood where Turell Baylor was murdered.
The episode was rated from 173 votes.
#8 – Overkill
Season 2 – Episode 13
Brenda and Fritz have a hard time agreeing who is in charge when an informant’s wife and and FBI agent are both murdered. Brenda discovers that she and the PHD must work quickly when the leading witness in the case is scheduled to testify against a powerful mobster. When the killer’s identity is uncovered, the PHD finds themselves under attack; an attack that takes someone down.
The episode was rated from 180 votes.
#9 – Heroic Measures
Season 2 – Episode 9
When a young boy blames himself for the death of his friend, Brenda must tread lightly to get to the bottom of the case. Complicating matters is the deceased child’s mother, who offers up accusations of her own.
The episode was rated from 200 votes.
#10 – Serving the King (2)
Season 2 – Episode 15
Glad to be back with her team, Brenda focuses on finding a terrorist-linked suspect. Working with the CIA, who also wants their hands on this suspect, Brenda realizes that she was given false information, and wonders if she’s been set up.To prevent herself and the PHD from falling prey to a sinister plan, Brenda must untangle a web of lies to determine who she can trust – before it’s too late.
The episode was rated from 100 votes.