The Closer You Have the Right to Remain Jolly S07E12 (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.

This was a pretty funny Christmas episode involving murdering Santas.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Buzz and his sister are at Santa’s Village. It’s pretty tacky because there is no snow. Santa’s zipline was sabotaged and he died. It’s murder.

His name was Randy Mann. He has a sheet involving drugs. Santa Jack drinks a lot of alcohol, and says that Santa Randy was overly friendly with some of the female elves.

Some of the elves start fighting over Santa’s bag. The bag was filled with weed and cash.

Fritzi comes by to pick up Brenda. She was going to blow off another meeting with her lawyer Gavin, who charges her a fortune.

The news isn’t good with the federal lawsuit. His retainer has been used up. They need to pay him another $25K by the end of the week.

Santa Randy and his wife qualified for a loan. They were going to open their own Santa’s Village. Santa Jack’s operation racks in quite a bit of money. After taxes and alimony, Jack brought home over $200K last year.

It’s funny how Buzz acts around his sister. She’s well into her thirties, but he behaves like she’s a teen. Flynn brings in Santa Jack.

Santa Jack reveals that he might have killed Santa Randy. However, they didn’t mirandize him, so the confession is inadmissible. It’s because of the he was drunk.

Buzz’s sister is pretty hot. She does the weather in Seattle. Brenda asks Pope for some money.

The Chief asks Santa Jack some questions. Jack has got a great insurance policy. As a seasonal business, if he closes his doors for any reason, he gets the same income as the year before. This is $600K. Not bad. Santa Jack isn’t aware of this.

It looks like someone is trying to kill Santa Jack. He was supposed to do the zip line, but at the last moment, he didn’t and Santa Randy did it. There was also an incident with his minivan. The brake line was cut. Also, someone tried to poison him with botulism.

My God, is this part of the war on Christmas?
Santa Jack

They see Donna McBride at the scene. She was horrified in advance of the accident. They have it on tape. She is Jack’s niece. They interviewed her in the beginning. She also signed off on the safety check. She had an offer for the land that she was leasing for life to her uncle. It was for $20 million.

Pope has a word with Gavin. He agrees to take the case pro-bono. because of the publicity it will generate. Gavin tells Brenda that his last retainer came from Fritzi. Pope lied about it to Brenda.

Santa sold the land for $20 million, after his niece signed over the land to pay for her legal fees.

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