The Closer Walking Back the Cat S05E04 (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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Fritzi asks Brenda for a favor. He wants her to find Austin Blair, who went missing a while ago. They investigate and find out that something has gone wrong with him.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Fritzi comes home and finds Brenda cooking. The kitchen is a mess. He’s come home with Kitty’s ashes. She puts her ashes in a Tupperware and wants to spread them out. Things are slow at the LAPD, so Fritzi asks her to find Austin Blair. Brenda finds out that it’s a missing person’s case. She plays an emotional card using Kitty’s ashes and gets Commander Taylor to do some work, thanks to Pope. Provenza is giving Lauren a tour of the station. Lauren is his girlfriend. Travis reported Austin missing a month ago. There have been no follow-up reports. The Chief wants all inquiries of Austin to be kept under the radar, as per Fritzi’s request.

They go to the morgue and run into Fritzi. Someone from missing person’s called around and reached the FBI to find out why Johnson was so interested in Austin. The gay ME says that Austin went to Hell-A, a circuit party. He was probably outside of the party, since they have medical staff at Hell-A to cover their asses.

Fritzi informs Pope that they have to be deputized into the FBI so that they can be told what is up with Austin Blair. This remains binding for 48 hours. They don’t know much more.

Blair’s father arrives at the station. He doesn’t know that his step-son is dead. His wife is dead. He adopted him. He spoke to him about a month ago. He walks away. The father tells them to question his boyfriend. They search Austin’s house. They find money and GHB.

Sanchez finds a business card. It’s Fritzi’s. He meets Brenda and tells her that they flipped him on a drug bust.

They question Travis. He says that Austin worked for Peter Benjamin. He sold drugs for Hell-A. The FBI agent pulls the plug on the interview. The Chief has to comply because of the stupid agreement she signed.

Fritzi shows her some footage that Austin filmed. They question Benjamin. He admits that Austin was treated in a recovery room and recovered. He was promptly fired. Brenda is pressing hard, but it’s against FBI rules. She can’t lie to the suspects otherwise the case will be thrown out of court.

The Chief thinks that Blair was killed. Benjamin lied because he wasn’t treated for anything. He also had a lot of GHB in his system. His vehicle is missing. Blair drives his father’s car. They get this from Travis. They seize it and search Dr. Blair’s place.

He says that he picked it up from his place. They found a drug lab to make GHB. The Chief says that she can connect the GHB to the doc, including those that killed Austin. When the doc told Benjamin that he wanted out, he probably killed Austin. They were planning on giving him to the FBI.

When the doc picked up the car, Benjamin let him know that Austin was killed. If he didn’t keep the GHB coming, the same thing would happen to her. She has him write all of this up. She offers the doc up in exchange for Benjamin. The feds arrest the doc on heavy federal charges.

The Chief gives the money to Travis. Fritzi tells his partner that this turned out the exact way that he said it would.

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