The Closer Strike Three S05E07 (TNT)

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”.

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. For this season, the episode format has changed. The show has returned for five more episodes in 2009 and season 5 started out a few weeks ago.

I’ve been a bit lax about posting reviews, but rest assured that all Closer episodes were watched and reviewed. They just haven’t been posted. They will find their way onto this site.

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A cop and a kid who shot at them are dead. Johnson has to once again work with Raydor, who’s busy interfering the investigation. Raydor’s work in important because it protects the LAPD from lawsuits from the victim’s families.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A police helicopter investigates a police car who isn’t responding. The cops look dead. Pope arrives on the scene. Before the Chief can take the case in charge, Captain Raydor arrives to take the case in charge. Actually she is investigating the death of the kid who shot at the cops. The Chief is investigating the death of the two police officers. Raydor is from IA, Force Investigations.

Johnson makes the notification. Weber’s mom is a racist. Before Johnson can use the death of Weber’s son as a tool to find out more about him, Raydor ambushes her by telling Weber that her son was killed. Kevin is a neo-nazi. Kevin was going to get a special tattoo. In neo-nazi land, this means that he killed someone.

It’s chaos at the Major Crime Squad. FID took the ballistics from the crime scene. They took all of the evidence as well. Chief Johnson is livid. Raydor is in trouble. Pope lays down the law. She comes back in time to see the Chief question Adrian Beck, the tattoo artist. He knew the kid. He was with some Aryans in crystal meth.

Commander Taylor gives the Chief an idea. She wants to get Raydor off her back. She briefs all of the officers and takes refuge in her office. Her team briefs her on the updates. Some woman asked the tipline a question about the vehicle involved in the shooting. Raydor follows her once again. The woman on the tipline said that her nephew lent out her car to someone. Her nephew Ted is an Aryan. The ID the car and tell the woman that it isn’t one that they are looking for. The Chief wants to leave the car there. Raydor is against it, but the Chief is in charge. It takes a couple of officers to subdue the two Aryans. The tattoos on the two match the ones from Beck’s tattoo book.

Ted has two strikes against him. They have not a lot of evidence. Raydor informs the Chief that since Ted asks for medical, an FID investigation has to be launched. She goes in first. The Chief is against it.

Raydor reads Ted his rights. The Chief sees an out to this impasse. It will work for them for Raydor to advise Ted. He lawyers up. She takes a photo and leaves.

The Chief immediately goes to see Jesse, the other Aryan. She reads Jesse his rights and dismisses Raydor. Johnson tells her that she will take the two back to Ted’s house. She implies that Stomper talked to them. Johnson thinks that they have stashed something at the house. They could have ditched the car but didn’t. They have the car in which the suspects are stashed wired for sound and video. The Chief leads the search from a mobile command vehicle. They find some weapons and some crystal meth.

Ted goes after Jesse since the Chief implied that he talked. They take their time to subdue him. Sanchez uses a taser.

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