The Closer Living Proof Part 1 S06E13 (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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This case has to do with a blood feud and war crimes. I found it pretty interesting. It’s the season finale two-parter.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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While shopping, some old dude recognizes a younger guy. They argue and the old guy runs after him with a knife. The old guy is on the young guy. The young guy kicks the old guy off and he gets plastered by a squad car.

Raydor and Johnson argue about who should take the case. They decide to work together to get a result quickly. It’s the night before Christmas and everyone is leaving. The young guy says that it was his father. He’s Albanian. He last spoke to his father 9 years ago. His sister called his office yesterday. He married someone that his father didn’t approve of. He’s got two sisters in the US. The dead guy is Shariq Markou.

Sanchez tells the Chief that her parents are in the murder room. They are wrapping presents for some kids.

Brenda presents Raydor as her friend and her parents are all excited. They haven’t met any of her friends since high school.

Raydor and Johnson go see Pope. Pope sides with Brenda. He wants Raydor to take over the case.

Fritzi tells Brenda that her parents have a big surprise for her. They are moving to LA in Brenda’s neighbourhood.

At Shariq’s place, they find Anila with her throat cut. Tao finds some kids shoes. They find the boy. He tries to get the dog away. It’s funny because the cops are chasing him like a criminal.

The old man had a bullet near his spine. Anila was tortured in her past. The Chief asks the boy Skander some questions. Skander thought that his uncle Armand was killed in the war.

Armand comes back in to answer some questions. They ask him about the old wounds. He tells him about some war stories. Some Serbians came after his family. They killed some of his family. His sisters were taken away. He ran away. His wife says that in Kosovo, family honour paramount. His duty was to avenge his sisters. His father preferred to mourn him than to know that he was alive. He contacted him after he escaped. Armand thinks that Skander is probably half Serbian.

Fritzi isn’t thrilled that Brenda’s parents are staying in LA. Brenda also doesn’t like the idea.

The next morning, Provenza calls. Anila was taped by a CCTV camera at an ATM taking out money. This was at the time that her father was attacking her brother.

They bring down Armand, his wife, and Skander. His laptop is missing. The wife is a human rights lawyer. She is his lawyer and says that they can’t talk with him.

The only suspect is Skander because he lied about his whereabouts. They leave before they do, Pope arrests him. Raydor is back. Joan Marcoux filed complaint.

Brenda’s mom brought in a lot of food for the squad. The chief can’t question Skander, but Raydor can for her IA investigation. Skander is a lying little shit. Brenda’s mom has a strategy. She says that they should offer the kid a computer. He might incriminate himself. Skander immediately uses IM and email.

He said that his aunt was in Kosovo. The kid mentions something about a blood food. He meant blood feud. Skander plotted with his aunt to kill his family?

They go to Sara Miller’s place and find her dead.

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The Closer Executive Order S06E10 (TNT)

Two paramedics come across a hobo on the street. He’s disorientated. He pulls a gun on them. We see shooting. The man gets out. He cleans up the blood. He was faking. He had a van waiting. It was a hit?

The fire department removed the bodies. It’s because, just like the LAPD, they won’t leave their own out in the cold. The bodies quickly arrive at the morgue. The ME knows the woman paramedic. She’s a friend. They get a partial from the glove. The killer is Kevin Mason. He applied to the LAFD four times. The 911 caller could be the murderer. The murderers are connected to a counterterrorism task force and the FBI. The number was flagged because another phone bought at the same time was used at an attempted bombing at the IRS.

Kevin is masquerading as Bob, working at an old folk’s home. He used drugs to mimic the symptoms of an epileptic seizure.

Taylor tells the Chief that Chief Delk might have his own ideas on how to investigate the murders. Tommy Delk is waiting in Pope’s office. Delk is liaising with the feds and hampering the investigation. The Chief has got 3 hours to examine the FBI files and then the FBI takes over the investigation. Brenda doesn’t like Delton, initially. The Chief deduces that the failed bombing was to kill as many firefighters as possible. Delk is smart. He lets the FBI take the files and says that both of their divisions should investigate Brenda’s unproven hypothesis.

The Chiefs interview the therapist who interviewed Kevin Mason. He did his psych eval. Mason has narcissistic personality disorder. He thought that he was rejected because he was white. He says that whatever they are thinking that Mason would do, they should think bigger. BTW, public safety trumps confidentiality.

Mason kills his charge when he gets difficult. He makes some kind of video.

They trace the casings to Mr. Owens. They find him dead. They find the gun and drugs. They are missing oxygen tanks. Mason is missing. He’s got access to a van. The Chief infers that Mason killed the paramedics to bomb the bigger event, a memorial for the firefighters who died years ago.

Mason is using the electric wheelchair from his charge to smuggle in the bomb. The Chief wants to cancel the memorial, but Pope makes the decision to cancel it. Flynn has found the van and a DVD.

Mason is informed that the memorial is cancelled.

Tao discovered that the oxygen tanks are filled with nerve gas. He used the drugs as an antidote to protect himself while he made it. Mason comes up on Gabriel and the Chief. Gabriel tackles him. He’s wearing a bomb and a dead man’s switch. The Chief is playing up to his narcissism. Sanchez runs off to get a better position to shoot the madman. Gabriel tackles him, the Chief has to shoot Mason in the head while Gabriel holds the dead man switch.

Delk is made Chief of Police. It had to do in part with the fact that the Chief shot Mason and is facing an FID investigation. The Chief disposes of Mason’s DVD.

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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