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. Her team are seasoned veterans, some close to retiring like Lt Provenza, others like Sgt Gabriel just a few years into their police careers.
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”.
The Closer is one of the best police dramas on television right now and is in its fourth season on TNT. Each summer sees 13 episodes. A feature length episode is shown over the holidays.
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This was a great episode. The shit hits the fan when Provenza’s car gets stolen. It had all of the evidence for a case. Pope would like nothing better than to get rid of Provenza. He’s costing the department a lot of money. He’s got the highest pay in the unit, except for the chief of course. .
The chief is trying to nab a woman for trying to have her husband killed. In the course of the investigation, her husband is actually killed. Johnson has to tread carefully through the intrigue before she finds the culprit.
Another great one for TNT.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Provenza is saying bye to his girl. He is undercover. He’s pretending that he killed her husband. After exchanging money for the kill, they arrest her. Some latinos steal Provenza’s car. It contained all of his evidence.
The chief isn’t happy with Provenza. It’s her day off. Things go bad when the husband turns up at the precinct. Johnson has to inform Pope. He wants it resolved within 48 hours, or Provenza will get laid off.
The husband wants to leave. He takes his lucky shirt and goes home. Gabriel and Johnson surveil Angie. Flynn and Provenza go after the husband. They have trouble finding him. The chief and Gabriel follow Angie to Serabian’s car dealership. The chief sees Provenza and Flynn arrive. They hear Angie screaming. They burst in. She found her husband dead.
It turns out that Serabian was killed 15 minutes before Angie arrived. Pope arrives at the precinct. He’s not happy.
Sanchez picked up one of the guys who stole his car, but he isn’t talking. Provenza barges into the chief’s office to take a photo of her mother and goes to talk with the perp. Provenza is an artist and gets the perp to take him to the car. It turns out that Angie was trying to dupe Provenza with fake money. They recover the car and the money. The tape was taped over with some inane footage by the robbers.
Tao finds a hidden safe. Since they are under a deadline, they have to use a tow truck to get the safe out of the house. They find $20K and Serabian’s Walter PPK.
Angie tells the chief that Serabian’s brother gave them the combination to the safe. Serabian admits that he gave the combination to Angie. Hank comes up with a convoluted story on what happened. He doesn’t know that Angie was under surveillance at the time. He confesses. He shot him. He wasn’t aiming at him.
Angie tells Provenza that she didn’t give him the real money because she thought that she wasn’t going to see him again. Provenza is able to make her confess to hiring him to kill her husband.
Provenza says that the only way that he is leaving the job is in a coffin. Provenza says that he promised half of his retirement to an ex-wife. He’ll be damned if he gives her a nickel. Pope understands. He has a similar arrangement with his ex-wife. They have a drink and all is well.
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