The Closer Star Turn S07E09 (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.

The father of a Hollywood hopeful is found dead, and we discover that the murdered is part of the family.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Missy Michaels’ dad went missing during a hike. He’s been gone for 4 days. She’s some kind of a tween pop star. His wife and daughter were with him but he went hiking alone.

A body was found. Chief Johnson arrives on the scene. The beginning of the episode is filled with media footage of the events. He fell off a cliff. The rest of the Michaels family is still alive.

It’s Michaels. He was ID thanks to his shirt. His made the ID. The father-in-law had Michaels’ dental and medical records on him before he leaves to grieve. That was kind of strange.

There was pepper spray on the victim’s face. The water used to spray the face reactivated it and all of them get some into their eyes.

The Chief, Gavin, Raydor, and Pope meet with Goldman. His settlement offer was already rubber-stamped by the city. The Baylor family has lowered the claim from $20 million to $500K. The language in the settlement implies that the Chief was unconcerned with Baylor’s safety. Goldman wants to settle today, Gavin sends him away.

Gavin thinks that Goldman is desperate because he knows that he will win next week. He doesn’t think that the Chief should take the offer.

The Michaels family decided to crash Commander Taylor’s press conference. The Chief orders the family upstairs. Only the father-in-law comes. The manager took the mother and daughter to their next press conference.

The Chief meets with Bruno, who is pushing Missy to do more interviews. The Chief doesn’t take his BS and makes them come over. He’s a slimy bastard.

They find some candy and pepperoni pizza in Michaels’ stomach. He was never lost.

After talking with Fritzi, Brenda signs the settlement offer.

Bruno ordered the pepper spray before the Michaels arrived in LA. The family arrives and the Chief had Tao prepare a fake ‘Accidental Death’ Certificate. They separate the sleazy agent from the family.

Bruno says that he bought the pepper spray to protect Missy. The Chief has him arrested. He says that he put the spray in Missy’s purse, after she got mugged. The Chief checks and finds that it wasn’t there.

Raydor refuses to certify the settlement that the Chief signed. Raydor says that she wants to confer with Gavin about the terms that the settlement uses. Raydor thinks that there is something that they are missing. Raydor doesn’t even trust Pope with this.

The purse was locked up all the time while they were filming the music video. After they finished, Bob skipped Missy’s last audition to go on the hike.

They find a strange charge on Bob’s credit card. He was staying in some hotel. The mother also rented a car a week before when they were running out of money. The mother tells the Chief that Bob went on the hike to ruminate on how to tell Missy that he was going back to his old job. This contradicts what the father-in-law told them earlier. It was part of some kind of hoax.

They make her do some kind of statement in front of Buzz’s cameras. The mother says that they came up with a plan to generate publicity. This reminds me of the balloon hoax from a few years ago. The mother says that she covered up her footprints on the top of the hill.

She confesses to pushing him off the cliff in self-defense. Then the Chief asks her about the pepper spray. She says that she took the pepper spray in case Bob chickened out. They arrest her.

After watching the Chief in action, Gavin doesn’t let the Chief sign the settlement. It was a ploy to get the Chief to admit some professional misconduct in Baylor’s death. He could refile the minute that she signed the agreement.

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