The Closer Home Improvement S07E06 (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 seventh 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.

A registered sex offender gets killed, but it’s taken a long time for him to be discovered. He wasn’t killed because he was a danger, but because he diminished property values.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Brenda and Fritzi are meeting with a lawyer. He’s reviewing Goldman’s statements. He represents the Baylors. He’s got a retainer of $25,000. She gets a call for a case and leaves. The lawyer charges $10 a minute.

Ronnie and Debbie King were putting in some work and their contractor found a body. The Chief is looking pretty good. She’s got red high heels and a close-fitting dress.

The contractor is not cooperative, but the Chief manages to get something out of him. The victim is John David Dale. He was a registered sex offender who lived in this neighborhood. He was convicted of raping a minor.

The Chief gets everything organized, including the warrants. The Kings have a young daughter.

Dale was killed by sharp force trauma. He was hit 3 times with a  hammer. He sexually assaulted his cousin. He was dead for 12 days. He was killed by some kind of conical object.

The schools nearby put Dale’s photo on their noticeboard. There is a neighbor’s house for sale. They’ve had over 200 visits during their open houses in the last few months.

We can now expand our pool of suspects to Google Earth!
Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

12 years ago, Dale raped his 14-year cousin. They question the Kings. They knew all about Dale and were paranoid about their little girl being near Dale. The husband loses his cool and asks for a lawyer.

Sanchez is talking with Kayla, their daughter. He’s very gently with her and she demonstrates what she should do if he comes near. Kayla says that Dale came over to her house. She saw him in her backyard. Her daddy fought with him. Dale came over to complain about the noise made by the contractor.

Fritzi comes home and finds Brenda cooking. Brenda made some changes to save money. She cancelled the landline, the paper, and they will stay in more. She also cut cable.

The contractor never pulled a permit for the King place, which means that they don’t know how the city inspector came by to find the body. They question him the next day. She asks Pope for help with the lawyer. He will ask the mayor for money.

The inspector was responding a complaint. It was an email from Dale. When he wrote this, he was already buried beneath the retaining wall he was complaining about.

Fritzi goes to see the lawyer Gavin. He gives him the money for the retainer from his family’s inheritance. He wants him to tell  his wife that the money came from the city. Brenda calls. She’s at an open house. It’s the house that was for sale. They find a way to access the King’s backyard, drag marks from a wheelbarrow and the murder weapon. It’s a gnome but he’s gone missing. There is also a patch that was bleached.

The Chief snoops and they find some incriminating evidence that places the owners at the scene. The wife Malin confesses. She says that Dale attacked her. She spins some kind of a story. She says that Dale tried to rape her. Malin tried to stop her. They dumped the body.

Greg bought the outdoor bleach, the trash bags, the duct tape, and the hammer before they killed Dale. They sent the letter to the inspector. They even found the gnome. Greg makes a mistake and says that they didn’t call in because he thought that they might recognize their voices. It’s enough to charge them with murder 1.

Gavin and Fritzi are in the office. He tells her that her retainer was taken care of and that she doesn’t have to pay him a dime, unless they go to trial.

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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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