The Closer Repeat Offender S07E02 (TNT)

The Closer on TNT

The Closer is an American police drama starring Kyra Sedgwick, who plays a Deputy Chief of Police at the LAPD. Sedgwick plays Brenda Leigh Johnson, an ex-CIA interrogator. She is a southern belle and her easy going charm has surprised more than one criminal during an interrogation. She always gets the bad guys. She was put in charge of the Priority Homicide division of the LAPD.

She’s had to deal with conflict from Commander Taylor, chief of detectives, since she was promoted over him from the outside to her current position. This conflict has been resolved in season 4. Commander Taylor is now one of her staunchest allies. Her team are seasoned veterans, some close to retiring like Lt Provenza, others like Sgt Gabriel just a few years into their police careers. Daniels was promoted off the squad and this season, there is a new conflict with Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), who investigates any civilian deaths in officer involved shootings.

Her personal life wasn’t always as stable as it is right now. She’s currently engaged to an FBI Agent named Fritz Howard, who helps her from time to time on some cases. They’ve just sold Brenda’s bungalow and moved into a temporary space as they search for a new house to buy.

Brenda is a severe workaholic, to the sacrifice of her personal relationships. She tends to micro-manage her investigations and take a close look at details. She loves junk food and sweets but is currently trying to lay off them. She usually hides all types of junk food in drawers, purses, and other places. She is also known to be a “bit of a slob”, commenting that she does not often get around to housework every day in one episode, and in another, during a small argument between her and Fritz over where her mail was, Fritz comments that “if she looked at her mail daily instead of once a week, she would know where they keep it”.

From wiki’s page.

The Closer is one of the best police dramas on television right now and is in its fourth season on TNT. Each summer sees 13 episodes. A feature length episode is shown over the holidays. For this season, the episode format has changed.

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I just read that this will be the last season of The Closer. The spin-off series adds another 6 episodes to the usual 15 of this year to lead into it. The spin-off will be called Major Crimes and will feature Captain Raydor. The decision to retire The Closer was made by Kyra Sedgwick. It’s too bad. I don’t like Raydor all that much. Still, Major Crimes has already been optioned for 10 episodes next summer. The theme for this season is love and loss.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The show starts with Delk’s funeral. He did have a brain aneurysm. The interim chief is Pope.

“The king is dead, long live the Pope.”

They catch another murder. The victim is Ashley Reid. She was house-sitting for the Dixons. She was a family friend, not just a house-sitter. Her family is in Chicago. The girl died 4-5 days ago. She’s practically naked. She studied at USC. There was no sign of forced entry. The Dixons were in Maui for 10 days. The house was tossed, but none of the big ticket items were taken. The burglary looks amateurish. She was house-sitting here and babysitting somewhere else.

They question Mrs. Banks. She immediately thinks that her husband was involved in an accident. Ashley is one of her husband’s students. She babysits for them. Her husband dropped Ashley off. She thinks that Ashley is filing a complaint.

Pope is getting a report from Raydor. He wants Raydor to interview everyone in Major Crimes to ferret out their vulnerabilities. Raydor has to audit Major Crimes even further.

Mrs. Banks found out that her husband paid for an abortion 10 months ago. It was with another one of his students. He used a credit card, that’s how she found out. Reid might be his latest girlfriend.

Provenza asks the Chief about the interviews that Raydor plans on doing. She tells the Chief that until she is ordered to leave, she has to stay. The Deputy Chief has trouble understanding why Raydor is still here.

Banks is being interviewed by the Chief. He’s a journalism professor. He dropped her off.

The Deputy Chief goes to see Pope. Pope says that they need to focus on making him permanent. It sounds like he’s playing her.

Meanwhile, Taylor is moaning to Provenza. The Chief as her whole division out doing a grid search to get them away from Raydor.

Gabriel goes dumpster diving and finds the haul that’s been tossed.

They execute a search at the Banks residence. They have them meet in the break room. The room is wired for sound and there are cameras.

Buzz is looking smart in a suit. She asks him if their marriage was a green card marriage. Banks has got a temper. Banks coaches his wife on what to say to the police. That looks pretty incriminating. He drove by his ex-lover’s house again. He lied to the police. The wife says that he needs a lawyer and she needs one too.

Fritzi tells Brenda that she shouldn’t trust Pope.

“He is a survivor that guy, like a cockroach.”

Tao calls the Chief. The laptop was stolen 4 months ago. They find the original owner, but he never needed a password to get into his desktop. His son posted their itinerary on Facebook, so all of the world knew about it. His son also graduated from college, kind of like the Dixons.

They call the Dixons in. They show him the stolen laptop. He knows the password and unlocks it. The Chief talks to him about the other burglary. There were other burglaries. All of them had children who graduated from the same high school. Jesse says that he doesn’t know those people.

Jesse and his friends were robbing each other’s homes. Gabriel arrests him. It was part of a dare. He quit the gang. He would have warned them that Ashley was in her home. He names his co-conspirators. He might be charged with felony-murder. If he was part of the conspiracy, he’s as guilty as the ones who committed them.

Banks is being released.

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Relevant Posts

The Closer Executive Order S06E10 (TNT)

Two paramedics come across a hobo on the street. He’s disorientated. He pulls a gun on them. We see shooting. The man gets out. He cleans up the blood. He was faking. He had a van waiting. It was a hit?

The fire department removed the bodies. It’s because, just like the LAPD, they won’t leave their own out in the cold. The bodies quickly arrive at the morgue. The ME knows the woman paramedic. She’s a friend. They get a partial from the glove. The killer is Kevin Mason. He applied to the LAFD four times. The 911 caller could be the murderer. The murderers are connected to a counterterrorism task force and the FBI. The number was flagged because another phone bought at the same time was used at an attempted bombing at the IRS.

Kevin is masquerading as Bob, working at an old folk’s home. He used drugs to mimic the symptoms of an epileptic seizure.

Taylor tells the Chief that Chief Delk might have his own ideas on how to investigate the murders. Tommy Delk is waiting in Pope’s office. Delk is liaising with the feds and hampering the investigation. The Chief has got 3 hours to examine the FBI files and then the FBI takes over the investigation. Brenda doesn’t like Delton, initially. The Chief deduces that the failed bombing was to kill as many firefighters as possible. Delk is smart. He lets the FBI take the files and says that both of their divisions should investigate Brenda’s unproven hypothesis.

The Chiefs interview the therapist who interviewed Kevin Mason. He did his psych eval. Mason has narcissistic personality disorder. He thought that he was rejected because he was white. He says that whatever they are thinking that Mason would do, they should think bigger. BTW, public safety trumps confidentiality.

Mason kills his charge when he gets difficult. He makes some kind of video.

They trace the casings to Mr. Owens. They find him dead. They find the gun and drugs. They are missing oxygen tanks. Mason is missing. He’s got access to a van. The Chief infers that Mason killed the paramedics to bomb the bigger event, a memorial for the firefighters who died years ago.

Mason is using the electric wheelchair from his charge to smuggle in the bomb. The Chief wants to cancel the memorial, but Pope makes the decision to cancel it. Flynn has found the van and a DVD.

Mason is informed that the memorial is cancelled.

Tao discovered that the oxygen tanks are filled with nerve gas. He used the drugs as an antidote to protect himself while he made it. Mason comes up on Gabriel and the Chief. Gabriel tackles him. He’s wearing a bomb and a dead man’s switch. The Chief is playing up to his narcissism. Sanchez runs off to get a better position to shoot the madman. Gabriel tackles him, the Chief has to shoot Mason in the head while Gabriel holds the dead man switch.

Delk is made Chief of Police. It had to do in part with the fact that the Chief shot Mason and is facing an FID investigation. The Chief disposes of Mason’s DVD.

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