The Closer Problem Child S04E06 (TNT)

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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”.

From wiki’s page.

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. A teenager is reported missing, but there is more to this tale. The squad discovers that Sergei was an adoptive problem child, always getting into trouble.

Soon they find out that 13 year old Sergei was murdered. A terrible family secret is put to light about what exactly happened to the boy that everyone hated.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Fritzi has found a place for them in LA county. Johnson gets a call. A teenager is missing. Sergei Monroe is a 13 year old adopted kid. He had an argument with his sister. He’s been missing. Brenda dragged Fritzi with her. The parents say that Sergei has run away twice before. He was adopted from Russia. He has trouble adapting.

The chief wants to talk with Theresa, the older sister. He cut her hair off in her sleep. He also killed her cat. Sergei and Jason Hetner created a little nightmare for Mr. Taft. Theresa shows them Sergei’s room. It’s covered in strange graffiti. Theresa says that they should be worried about what Sergei might be doing to someone else.

Tao shows the chief that there is dried blood and hair on one of the cars. The car is Theresa’s. Provenza says that Taft had an argument with Monroe. The police officers see a grave in the backyard. The chief says that the grave is enough for probably cause. The cops start to dig. They find a dog. Taft arrives. He’s freaking out. Taft says that Sergei killed his dog. Taft says that he wants that kid dead. Everyone hates Sergei on their street. Sergei took his sister’s car and drove over his dog. Pope wants to know if this kid’s case will be designated as a critical missing. Due to his rap sheet and exigent circumstances, the chief doesn’t do this. Fritzi isn’t happy about this.

Sergei has got a long rap sheet. Jason is 14, 6 months older than Sergei. The parents show up and wonder why the cops have stopped looking for their kid. The chief isn’t happy that the parents hid some information from her. The parents confess that Sergei did kill the dog with Theresa’s car. Jason is supposedly missing as well. The parents want to come with the cops to look for their adoptive son. They go to some drainage tunnels. They find Sergei. He’s dead. Fritzi leaves. It’s no longer a critical missing child.

Sergei died from BFT. The coroner thinks that he died elsewhere. He’s got a waffle pattern on his head. He was killed 6-24 hours ago. The chief wants the wounds preserved. Pope says that he made a horrible mistake. Sanchez found Jason. Jason was hiding underneath his bed, and jumped out the window. Sanchez had to chase him for 5 blocks.

Jason says that he needed protection from Sergei. Sergei makes him do things. Sergei knows things about Jason. Sergei made him kiss him. He’s been threatening to tell other people. Jason says that Sergei wanted to make the dog chase the car, but then decided to drive him over. When he’s told that Sergei is dead, he says that Taft threatened to kill Sergei. He heard this while they were hammering out the dents from Theresa’s car. Theresa caught them. When the chief looks at the fender, she sees the same pattern that she saw on Sergei’s face. It came from a hammer.

Fritzi tells Brenda that the house has already been sold. He implies that he’s no longer sure that he wants any kids. Brenda wants to talk about this tonight.

They have brought in Theresa for questioning. Her parents have waived their rights to an attorney, but have demanded to be in the room when Theresa is questioned. The chief shows them the evidence. She mentions the threatening phone calls. The father mentions that Theresa made those calls only after Sergei was dead. It turns out that Theresa isn’t the murderer. The parents are the culprits. They didn’t call their son. They knew he was already dead. They tried to divert the police’s enquiries towards Jason. The mom says that Sergei was the monster. He’s been killing a lot of animals. They even tried to return the kid to Russia, but they didn’t want him. They tried anger camps and therapists. The father confesses to hitting Sergei with the hammer. The chief says that Sergei was hit twice. Monroe hit him again as hard as he could. He dropped him off in the sewage drain.

Pope amends the department policy to consider each child under 13 as a critical missing child. He also wants to apologize to Fritz. Brenda has found a place. It’s not in LA county and it’s not that big. She implies that she doesn’t want any children now.

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