The Closer A Family Affair S07E07 (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 detective comes looking for her daughter and finds out that she was murdered.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Taylor is looking at some crime scene photos. They are of a girl who’s death was ruled accidental. A detective comes in to meet with Pope. She’s the mother of the girl, Sedona. Her name is Ortega.

The vic was 19 and died of a heroin overdose, which was either accidental or deliberate. Ortega doesn’t believe the coroner’s findings. She blames Drew, Sedona’s husband. She hasn’t seen her in two years. She didn’t know that Sedona was an escort.

Raydor has some follow-up questions for Sanchez. The Chief isn’t happy with how Hollywood division investigated the death of Sedona. Sanchez goes to the morgue. Ortega insists to see her daughter. She’s only got one injection mark on her arms. She’s got injections on her stomach and thighs because of her insulin. The follicle test proved that she wasn’t a user. This was her first time taking drugs.

Sanchez and Buzz then go to search Sedona’s place. The warrant came through. Sedona was in Vegas not long ago. Sedona got her GED and an ID for Santa Monica college. The syringe that killed her didn’t come from the victim’s apartment.

The motel room she died in was rented by Four Aces Models. The company is based in LA and owned by Linda Prawl. Provenza brought her in. She immediately called her lawyer.

Sanchez found a note in the vic’s bag. It’s in Russian and from Dmitry Andropov, thanking her and saying that she was great. Fritzi sits in the interview. He’s here for the charge of interstate prostitution. It intimidates Prawl enough to start talking a bit. She says that Sedona had worked for her for a year. She came to work for her because of her husband, who was an addict. She made a couple of adult films a few months ago. After she did them, Drew kicked her out. Her husband came by and asked her for more money. He roughed her up again. She was paying him to keep her alone.

Drew is crashing with Jessie Blazer. Ortega arrested him a few times. The Chief tells Ortega to stay at the precinct. They pay him a visit. They pull guns and are smoking dope. The Chief goes in with a gun. Gabriel saves her. They start shooting and die quickly.

Patrol arrives and tells Major Crimes to leave the scene. Raydor is on the scene. She says that she can find the needles if she convinces Sanchez to talk to her. The Chief looks rattled. Fritzi brings her a change of clothes.

Raydor finds Ambien and some syringes. The needles match up to the same lot that killed Sedona.

Hollywood ran Sedona’s DNA. They matched her father to Randolf Pitman. He died a few months ago but he lived in LA. Ortega says that she was adopted when she was 3 months old. Prawl was looking for her family, her biological family. Her last john was Spencer Pitman.

Raydor gets her interview with Sanchez, but he’s not saying much.

Pitman has got a rock solid alibi. He withdrew $50K from one of his accounts recently. The heroin found at Jessie’s was worth about that amount. Pitman was a successful investment banker, worth over $100 million. His last will and testament states that his assets were to be divided between his children. Sedona stood to inherit $33 million.

Sanchez tells the Chief that no matter where they would have released Baylor, he would have died. He was a dead man because his own gang was shooting for him. Sanchez explains how clear it was. There were no gaps.

Drew Gibson’s prints are all over the syringe that killed Sedona.

Spencer starts lying right away. He says that he was trying to help her. The money was for her. Sanchez says that Mr. Gibson isn’t saying the same thing. The Chief is impressed. She is going to spin this. Spencer knows that he is a junkie. He confesses to giving Drew some money. He just wanted him to send her home. He arranged the appointment so that they could meet up. He confesses to giving Drew the Ambien. He didn’t give him the heroin. He confesses to hiring Drew to get rid of Sedona.

Sedona never once asked for money. They arrest him.

Raydor tells Johnson that after the let Baylor go, Gabriel said something. The Baylor family knows this conversation, but Raydor doesn’t because Sanchez won’t repeat it. He asked if they should stick around. She told him to drive. The plaintiff’s attorney knows how she answered this question. The Chief has a leak in her division.

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