The Closer Update (TNT)

This article is part of the meta-post 3000 Words after Wordcamp or how I didn’t watch Rocketboom. This article covers the TNT drama The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. The show is currently in its second season.

I’m Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson, what seems to be the problem?

Kyra Sedgwick in her role to a reticent witness.


I just love The Closer, it’s clearly one of the best dramas on TV right now. Contrary to most cop shows, the characters are very well defined, multi ethnic and all have personality and quirks that seem to make them appear more real than on most shows.


This week’s episode of a routine surgery gone wrong reminds me of a book by Michael Crichton called A Case Of Need where a young woman dies unexplained in an OR. The mention or allegation of Munchausen by Proxy syndrome reminds me of an Alex Delaware novel Devil’s Waltz by Jonathan Kellerman.


Munchausen By Proxy is an extremely rare psychological disorder in which a parent makes his child sick in order to get attention from other people. Most of the child’s ailments can be induced by someone with some kind of medical knowledge. Doubt is ever present in these types of cases, because sometimes the ailments can be explained by medicine other times, they can’t.


The marks of a great detective are to be like Sir Arthur Conandoyle’s Sherlock Holmes, to be able to deduce the truth from incomplete facts. I think that Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson, with her training as a CIA interrogator, is one of the best modern examples of this.


Once all possible suspects or theories have been eliminated, whatever remains, however implausible, must be the truth.


From Wikipedia’s article on Munchausen by Proxy


Munchausen syndrome is a form of psychological disorder known as a factitious disorder (the term “Munchausen syndrome” is sometimes used, incorrectly, to refer to any form of factitious disorder). Sufferers mimic real diseases, presenting a great problem to themselves and their healthcare professionals. The disorder is named after Baron Munchausen, a real person who was portrayed in fiction as a famous teller of tall tales.

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It is also part of the meta-post 3000 Words after Wordcamp or how I didn’t watch Rocketboom.

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

One thought on “The Closer Update (TNT)”

  1. is the closer still on? i can not find it and really like the show! there is nothing i like to watch now on that eve.
    the closer was a really different show, tears, and joy. i had many a laugh over the interaction with males. i miss it !

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