The Closer Waivers of Extradition S05E12 (TNT)

Tropical fish at Atoll Reef in Ocean Park, Hong Kong

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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While Charlie is about to head home, a ninja murders a woman. This case leads to others in Texas. The police agree to try the suspect in the state which has the best chance of convicting him. The Chief makes him confess, but then makes a decision. He needs to be punished, and not with jail time.

I liked this show. I thought that the whole extradition problem was interesting. The Chief didn’t take any prisoners in this episode.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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A hot girl is in a pool. She’s trying to convince someone of going on an expensive cruise. Someone knifes her. The killer was left-handed. The woman was stabbed multiple times in the back. The husband Rob Price discovered her. He described a ninja fleeing the scene. The victim was talking to her cousin on the phone. She has the husband consent to a search, even after they get a warrant.

I imagine that a medieval Japanese assassin might have caught someone’s attention. I don’t want a defense attorney to say that she let a ninja get away because they didn’t search for one.
The Chief

While they are trying to Miranda Price, Sanchez comes to get her. He makes her listen to a 911 call from a house 4 miles east of the Price house. She describes a ninja. They also get a make on the car he was trying, as well to the dealership it was bought at. It’s in El Paso, Texas. She talks with a detective from El Paso. He knows some of the details. This means that this is a repeat. Detective Landry is flying in.

Brenda comes home and finds her dad Clay waiting for her. He’s here to pick up Charlie. Charlie tells Brenda that she doesn’t want to leave. She feels like a different person here. She feels like herself. Brenda says that before they talk about this, she needs to convince grandpa. Fritzi tells Brenda that Charlie needs to leave.

She had Fritzi run a VICAP search on similar victims. She goes to see Landry and Pope. He says that it wasn’t released that the killer was a ninja. There are two previous murders in Texas. Landry thinks that the killer is a 20-something with emotional problems. He wants to nab the killer and fry him in Texas. He proposes that the police force with the strongest evidence try him. He says that in El Paso, the killer was driving a car from California.

Landry takes a look at their map of related or similar killings and starts eliminating a few. He says that he is using the I-10 to get to his kills. Fritzi traced the car to Jeffrey Webb. He’s got 6 cars registered to him. He arrives from a run and tries to do a runner. He’s talking about some woman and a divorce. He says that he just picked up the car from the airport. It’s tied to Jesse Ray More, the guy who drove the car to LA.

They corner him and he tries to get away. Sanchez is on the truck with his gun. He loses it. The killer gets him with a cudgel. They start fighting aggressively in the speeding truck. Sanchez manages to stop the truck.

Landry didn’t tell the Chief that he had DNA on the killer. If it matches, the Chief will lose her suspect. Landry is going to get an extradition order.

Brenda comes home. She finds out that her dad passed the buck to Brenda and Fritzi. He won’t be the bad guy in this. It gives her an idea for her case.

The next day, she has Jesse undress and Tao take pictures with a big outdoor flash. Taylor sees her coming and knows that Johnson will take Landry’s suspect away from him. She makes it plain as day that he will be killed shortly in Texas. California doesn’t have the death penalty. He revokes his right to counsel. He IDs the objects from the murder scenes as trophies. He’s a serial killer. He goes on for over 7 hours. He murdered 16 women.

Landry hands the Chief a folder filled with photos of the 16 women he murdered. The Chief decides to let him extradite the killer so that he is executed.

Brenda has a word with Charlie when she comes home. She says that if she stays, her parents would be devastated. They gave Charlie a second chance. She should give them also a second chance.

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