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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When someone related to the squad is killed, things get very emotional for a detective from Priority Homicide, who tries to find the killer. Chief Johnson has the full support of the FBI and the department and finds the culprit.
The murder was a total waste, but the chief is able to get a confession, thanks to her skills. Another great episode from this drama. I like how this show continues with their theme of corruption and power.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Sanchez is working on a hog. He hears five rapid gunshots and runs toward the scene. He sees Oscar, his brother, who has been shot. Yelena is the girl who was with his brother. The paramedics are leery of the neighborhood and only jump into action when they see Sanchez’ badge. He has his shirt off to staunch the bloodflow from his brother’s wounds. He had a gun. It looked bad. At least, he had his badge with him. Sanchez gives a few orders to the uniforms arriving on the scene, and goes with his brother.
Oscar didn’t make it and the squad is there at the hospital. Pope tells Johnson that there is no budget restriction on this case. He wants the killers found. Julio looks shell-shocked. He wants the chief to take his statement immediately. He gives her Oscar’s, which is drenched in Oscar’s blood. The chief tells him that he needs to take some time off and that they will pursue the case relentlessly. Provenza and Flynn remain with Sanchez.
Yelena says that she had been dating Oscar for 3 weeks. She says that a black guy in a blue car shot Oscar. Sanchez arrives at the station. He tries to get involved in the investigation. The chief tells him that he needs to distance himself from the case. Before he leaves, he tells the chief that Yelena lied to her.
Tao is losing patience. The interviews with the gang members aren’t turning out any evidence. The bullet casings aren’t in the system. Ricardo Ramos arrives at the station. Things get touchy and the chief hands of Ricky to Commander Taylor.
A witness named Miguel steps forth. It has been four days since they have been investigating the case without any leads. Miguel is sporting a bruise. She thinks that Sanchez hit him a few times. Miguel says that Yelena was lying. Yelena broke up with a Puppet, a member of some gang.
Puppet is part of the East Side 13. He was pulled up at a traffic light a few weeks ago with Yelena. Provenza gets into the tub. He takes out his gun. They tells them that Puppet moved. They tell him that they already told this to the other cop. At Puppet’s house, they find Sanchez’ bike. They hear a commotion from the inside. Sanchez was intimidating Puppet.
Johnson doesn’t like the way that he is going about things. Someone at the squad tipped him on how to find Puppet. She tells him to go home and stay home. She takes his phone for his photo of Yelena. She uses his cellphone to find out who tipped him off. It’s LT Tao.
She questions Puppet. She doesn’t get far. Agent Mara arrives at the station, thanks to Fritzi. He’s been undercover for two years. He’s found the gun. The seller wasn’t Puppet. Mara recognizes Juan Guzman as the seller. They found a box of .40 caliber gun casings in Guz’ sock drawer. The gun that Mara brought in is the murder weapon. Guz’ mother drives a blue Impala. Tao tells Johnson that he was only trying to help Sanchez. Johnson replies that she was trying to stop Sanchez from doing irreparable damage to his career. She tells him that he must be aware that Sanchez has a fiery temper. Tao is sorry. Johnson tells him to get Sanchez to sit in during the interrogation. Yelena is brought in to identify the killer. It turns out that Guz’ brother killed Oscar. He tried to run away, but Sanchez caught him.
The chief tries to trick Tony by implying that Juan confessed. He tells her that his brother and him were cruising, looking for rival gang members. They didn’t find any, so they decided to pick someone with a smoking hot chick. Tony tried to get the hat from Oscar to find out where he was from. The rival gang puts their signs underneath the rims of their hats. He wouldn’t do so, so Tony shot him. She tells him that his brother will be as guilty as he is, because he helped him hunt for a target.
Sanchez says that Oscar died because he was wearing the hat that Sanchez gave him. Sanchez breaks down and sobs hysterically. The chief hears his grief.
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