The Closer Maternal Instincts S05E11 (TNT)

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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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This season of the Closer is as always excellent. I really like how they have incorporated Charlie into the narrative. It lets us see the events through the eyes of a teenager. Some of the shots are really beautiful and touching.

This was another good show. Once again, the writers know how to create good intrigues.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Brenda confiscated Charlie’s phone and iPod. They are in the car. Charlie apologizes, but Brenda doesn’t believe her. They come to a stop. A kid runs away. More kids are running away. Charlie asks what’s going on. A girl says that there is someone shooting at the school. Brenda tells Charlie to stay down and gets out. She finds a dead kid and another live one named Dave. Charlie walks in against her aunt’s orders. The cops arrive and the Chief gets busy.

Brenda gives an officer orders to ferry Charlie to the hospital in her car. She wants her in the waiting room. The officer is not to let Charlie out of his sight. Charlie glances at her aunt as she gets into the ambulance with Jake. The Chief called someone to get in contact with Jake’s mom.

Flynn and Provenza are waiting for the Chief. They tell her that the victim is Tomas DeLeon and he died with a backpack filled with pot. He had a lot of small bills.

After Charlie disappears on her again, she lays down the law. She tells her to wait here and call her when the boy wakes up. She’s giving her the opportunity to show that she cares about someone else but herself.

At the precinct, it turns out that Oscar DeLeon was involved in dope. Shots were fired at him. The Deleon family denies that their son was involved in dope. He paid cash for his car last month. He was a drug dealer. When the Chief tells them that Tomas is dead, the mother starts freaking out and beating Oscar. They have to let Oscar go. They’ve got nothing to hold him.

Fritzi thinks that Brenda’s idea of leaving Charlie at the hospital wasn’t a great idea. They agreed to always keep an eye on her. It turns out that Brenda forgot to give her the phone back. They arrive at the hospital and find Charlie talking with Jake. Jake is out of surgery and already talking. Jake tells her that he didn’t see the shooter. He asks her about his mom. The Chief learns that Jake was hit by shrapnel and bullet fragments.

Provenza, Gabriels and Tan recreate the crime scene. It turns out that the Tomas’ car had a fake gas tank. The shooter shot once at DeLeon and four times at Jake. The target was Jake all along.

The Chief decides to use Charlie. She’s already create a rapport with Jake. He wanted to get some playlists from Charlie. Buzz placed some cameras in the ICU. Jake says that he broke up with his girlfriend. He was dumped. He got her preggers and her father threatened him.

Provenza is going to propose to Lauren. Flynn makes fun of him. Pope tells the Chief that she can’t use this DVD. It was obtained under dubious circumstances, without a warrant. Since she’s not the legal guardian of Charlie, she’s got no right to make recordings of her.

Brenda comes home and finds Fritzi and Charlie eating dinner. Charlie cooked again. Brenda wants to pump her for info. It’s strange that she doesn’t see anything wrong with this. Then again, she hasn’t got any children. She wants Charlie to sign a statement about the info that was discovered during the recording. She says that she can either sign this and get her phone back, or Brenda will send a copy of the DVD to her parents. During the recording, Charlie admitted to having sex all the time with her boyfriend, even in her parent’s bedroom. Fritzi can’t believe that she is doing this. Charlie signs the statement.

Charlie wakes Brenda up in the middle of the night. She says that she’s got to go to the hospital. She phoned Jake and told him everything. The Chief leaves for the hospital. Charlie mentioned that Jake isn’t doing well.

At the hospital, the Chief is told that Jake won’t last long. He will be dead by the time his mom gets here in 3 hours. Brenda records him and asks him about his girlfriend. He says that her name is Vanessa Al-Massian. He describes the shooter’s shoes.

The next time he wakes up, he once again confuses the Chief for his mom. He flatlines at dawn and dies. Provenza tells her that someone named Al-Masian was at the crime scene. They have an interview card from someone with that name. They are getting a warrant for the address. Provenza will take care of Jake’s mom. He tells the Chief to take a rest and gives her a tissue. She was crying in the ICU room.

The Chief arrives at the Al-Masian place. She talks with the father and Vanessa. She told her father and her brother that she was raped. He tells her where his gun is. She calls in the troops. Sanchez and Gabriel have to tackle Alex, the brother, who tries to get away.

Brenda comes home and tells Charlie that Jake died. She starts crying. She wanted to say goodbye to him.

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