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. This conflict has been resolved in season 4. Commander Taylor is now one of her staunchest allies. Her team are seasoned veterans, some close to retiring like Lt Provenza, others like Sgt Gabriel just a few years into their police careers. Daniels was promoted off the squad and this season, there is a new conflict with Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), who investigates any civilian deaths in officer involved shootings.
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. For this season, the episode format has changed. The show has returned for five more episodes in 2009.
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Brenda’s parents aren’t in town, but her cat Kitty isn’t doing too well. The case revolves around an apparent mob hit gone wrong. Many lines of inquiry are opened and Sanchez has trouble dealing with this killing.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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A neighbor’s kid discovers a dead family. Four are dead, shot execution style. Two women and two kids. The Chief arrives on the scene. They were shot through a pillow, an improvised silencer. The perp came and left through the front door. Sanchez and Flynn say that the only person that was seen leaving the scene was the husband/father. The Chief has to calm down Flynn before continuing the investigation. The victim was the wife and her mother. The son and daughter were killed. The Chief sends Flynn and Provenza to get Rivera, the husband.
Victor Rivera has a criminal record. The charges on domestic assault were dismissed. Commander Taylor arrives with Ramos, the asinine reporter. Taylor says that he will babysit Ramos. This will let Pope spin the media the way he wants.
Provenza arrives back at the station a bit flustered. He doesn’t like the husband. The Chief starts to question Rivera. He hasn’t asked for a lawyer yet. He thinks that his wife called to complain. He obviously doesn’t know that his wife is dead. The Chief tells him that his family is dead. He starts to cry and pukes. Ramos wonders if they will release this tape to anyone. They won’t. He sounds happy.
Buzz has been having trouble with the aging equipment for a little while. They bring Rivera to a wired hotel room. They don’t have sound. Buzz has to improvise. Rivera wants to talk with his priest. He wants the Chief and Sanchez to pray with him. He asks to be forgiven for what he did to his family. He had an affair with a girl named Aria. His wife found out and swore to leave him. He then stopped and stayed with his wife. Sanchez makes a gesture to the Chief and she leaves. Sanchez gets a bible and gives it to Rivera.
Flynn finds her and asks her a few questions. They had been seeing each other for a year. It stopped six months ago. She has an alibi. She mentions that Rivera was a stickler for not having any junk food or sweets around. They found a box of chocolates at the scene. The Chief asks Provenza to drive her back to the crime scene. He drives her to the wrong one. He did this also this morning. The coroner did this as well. The Chief surmises that the killer might have done the same thing. She knocks on the door and a van arrives screeching. They run in and take the young man with them.
Later, Felix says that it sounds like the man was a protected witness. Frizi wonders why she doesn’t call the clearing house. It’s a sort of DB to see what kind of investigations are going on and which might be conflicting. She doesn’t want to because they might stop her from investigating her case.
The Chief arrives at the office. Detective Nick Carrie runs a joint taskforce with the FBI investigating a drug trafficker Tavio Baran. Hector Cruz is a protected witness in the case against Baran. Cruz has been working with them for the last 9 months trying to put Baran away. When Carrie doesn’t want to hand over his case files, Chief Pope has to insist.
The chocolate came from a public high school program. Both of the Rivera kids were going to catholic school. Gabriels finds something in the files that Carrie turned over. This was part of the files he turned over to the defense and the DA. Tavio is representing himself, so he has seen these files. When Carrie returns, it turns out that Carrie left the address of the Cruz kid in the files. He’s responsible.
They watch the tapes of Baran’s visitation logs. It sounds like Baran is trying to organize a hit through his girlfriend. There is a point in the video where they can’t see what Baran is doing. It sounds like she is giving him a peek, but maybe he may be giving her or showing her something.
Kitty isn’t eating and the Chief isn’t that worried but Fritzi brought her to the vet. When she wipes the mirror, she gets an idea. Dina’s sister was selling candy bars. She goes to that same public high school.
The Chief tells Dina that the witness is still alive. They found a gun at her place. It was used in the killing. The Chief says that Tavio fogged up the glass so that he could write the address on the viewing window.
When threatened with the fact that her child will go to directly to adoption while she is in jail, Dina confesses to the murder.
Sanchez is helping Rivera off and plans to attend the funeral. He’s all broken up about the case.
Fritzi tells Brenda that Kitty isn’t doing too well.
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