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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The hunt for the killer of a make-up artist on a Hollywood set leads the squad to many different places. Brenda is stressed because her parents showed up un-announced. Clay keeps mentioning wedding plans.
Even though the chief is a little distracted by her parents, she is able to find the culprit. The show ended on a bang. I didn’t expect the way it ended. I recommend this show, it’s one of the best police procedural dramas on TV today. 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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Someone is walking around the chief’s place. He takes a knife. It’s just Clay. He’s cutting a cake. The parents are in town. The chief gets a call from Sgt Gabriel. A murder has happened at a Hollywood movie studio. Clay kept hinting at the wedding and Brenda can’t deal with this. She’s going to skip out. Fritzi corners her and says that she promised never to leave him alone with her parents again. When she doesn’t listen, he fakes a call to his cell phone and pretends that there is a bomb scare at the airport.
He gives the parents the choice. Tagging along with him in a sweaty van or going to a movie studio with Brenda. Naturally, they’ll tag along with Brenda. She puts them on a tour at the studio. The victim is named Rachel Hughes, a 33-year old hair stylist from Trauma Unit, a TV show. She was stuffed in a jockey box, the storage space underneath the trailers. She’s got defensive wounds, scrape wounds and scuff marks. She was dragged from the make-up trailer. She shared a trailer with Kim Reynolds. She was apparently waiting for somebody. Sanchez seems out of it. His brother was murdered last week. Rachel was waiting for one of her private clients. Rachel kept her schedule on her cell phone, which she left at home.
Someone slammed Rachel’s head against the mirror. Rachel was married. Six months ago she filed for divorce and had a restraining order against her husband Ryan. He dropped by last night at the lot. They don’t have an address for him. She wants the cell phone found. Sanchez and Flynn have to find Ryan. Brenda drops her parents off with Lt Provenza. Clay doesn’t like him, he thinks he’s coming onto Willy Rae.
They find Ryan coming out of the house. He says that Rachel doesn’t live here anymore. He just got a haircut from her. He admits to going to go see her. They arrest him for violating his restraining order.
Brenda calls Fritzi, who says that he’s in Ontario for the bomb scare. Provenza agrees to take care of the parents.
They can’t find Rachel’s place of residence. Ryan is a serial abuser. Rachel is still paying for the house, even though she isn’t living there anymore. The chief is on Yoyos and other sweets. Pope and Taylor say that they are in trouble because of Ramos. They are in damage control mode, and the chief doesn’t really understand the problem. They want to stop Ramos from doing something, probably some kind of exposé on the chief.
Ryan admits to having a small disagreement with Rachel. He did everything for her and even took the anger-management classes that Donna recommended. It doesn’t take long for Ryan to lose his temper. From his reaction to the photos, it doesn’t look like Ryan killed her. Either that, or he’s a great actor.
Provenza has spent the day driving Clay and Willy Rae around to different wedding chapels. Brenda has to excuse herself. Her dad is driving her mad. Fritzi doesn’t understand her. She is so strong at work, but when she comes home, her father pushes her around a bit and she can’t handle it. She gets an idea and wants to check up on the shelter. The woman there taught Rachel how to hide. She takes them to Rachel’s place. They find the place ransacked. They find blood, so this is another crime scene. They find strands of blonde hair on the lamp. The woman from the shelter thinks that she may have brought someone in. They’ve got another victim.
They question Kim Reynolds again. She didn’t know where Rachel lived. Kim says that they should talk to Lindsay, she knew Rachel better. Rachel’s cosmetology license had her new address. Anyone could have found it, even though she had blocked out the bottom. Flynn says that the killer might have been wearing sap gloves, gloves with metal in the knuckles.
Commander Taylor suggests that they arrest Ryan immediately. The chief wants to know why. Ramos is writing a two-part article on Priority Homicide. She doesn’t want Ramos dictating what will happen. Taylor says that she doesn’t get it. Pope says that she doesn’t want to get it.
Johnson continues her questioning of Ryan, who’s busy reviewing his script. The chief threatens to arrest him, this would tarnish his chance of doing his movie. When Ryan goes on about highlighting his parts in the movie the chief gets an idea. The chief thinks about the script that they found at Rachel’s place. It leads them to Kelly Rivers, whose parts were highlighted in the script.
Kelly is being evasive. The chief notices her wound on her head. Kelly shows her some wounds on her neck. There is someone else in the house. The chief signals her squad. A crazy guy is inside. Kelly screams that he didn’t murder Rachel on purpose. He’s got Rachel’s ID on him.
Pope has Ryan in his office. He tells him that he’s sorry that Ryan lied so much to him and that’s why he was considered a suspect in the case.
Brenda comes home and confronts her dad that they are going to set the date, not be pressured by her dad. Fritzi tells her that he wants to be married at the latest by January or February of next year. The next time they talk, she’d better have a date in mind.
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