The Closer Help Wanted S06E02 (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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A simple favor for the mayor leads the Major Crimes squad to investigate a brutal serial rapist, who targets illegal nannies. Rayder is there again to snoop around, but in actuality, she wants the Deputy Chief to apply to become the Chief of Police. Pope is going to be disappointed when he learns of this.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Capt Rayder is interviewing the Deputy Chief. It’s a background check on Pope. Rayder will accompany her on her next investigation. Pope hands her request from the mayor to find a missing nanny.

Adrianna has been with the family for over a decade. Avery, the eldest, says that Adrianna broke up with her boyfriend Daniel. Avery was very close to her. Adrianna is a citizen.

They check her apartment. They find signs of a struggle and her body. She was savagely beaten. She was brutally raped. He used a stun gun repeatedly on her. She died of extensive cranial haemorrhaging.

The Chief interviews the Discons again. She gets Discon’s DNA from the water bottle that he was drinking from. Tao does this while Rayder mentions that the main suspect, Discon, just left the station.

The squad is retracing Adrianna’s steps on the day she died. They trace the DNA to two more rapes. One of the vics is named Lupe Nava and she just disappeared from work one day. They live in the same zip code as the discons. They question a Mr. Walter, who employed her services as a nanny. They find the 3rd rape vic. Her name is Marisol and a nanny as well. She’s alive and in the interview room. Something is bothering Sanchez.

The Chief interviews her. She is very afraid to be sent back. She doesn’t say anything and Sanchez looks like he’s about to blow a gasket. Fritzi finds out that Lupe Nava was deported. She reported being raped to the INS. It turns out that Lupe was reported to INS by her employer Jeff Walters.

They questions Jeff’s son Leo and that leads them to Ruben, a friend that Avery has in common with him. Avery says that they are Facebook friends but he hasn’t seen Ruben in a while. They go through his photos and find Ruben with his dad, the INS officer.

At the Myers home, they find Ruben. He was assaulted. His father is gone. The Chief realizes that Myers went after Marisol to silence her. He couldn’t deport Adrianna, so he killed her.

They box Myers in. The Chief tries to stop him. Fritzi arrives and takes a rifle with a scope. The Chief sees him. Fritzi needs to get to a better position. Myers was about to shoot the Chief. Fritzi had to take out Meyers with a shot from his rifle. They find 3 other women in Myers’ van.

Sanchez wants to look after Ruben. Ruben was spying to find other illegal nannies for his dad. He’s got older bruises on this body.

Rayder tells Johnson that she is the highest ranking woman in the department. Rayder gives her an application to fill out for the Chief of the LAPD. She’s got two weeks to fill it out. All it needs is her signature.

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