The Closer Under Control S07E04 (TNT)

The Closer on 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.

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I just read that this will be the last season of The Closer. The spin-off series adds another 6 episodes to the usual 15 of this year to lead into it. The spin-off will be called Major Crimes and will feature Captain Raydor. The decision to retire The Closer was made by Kyra Sedgwick. It’s too bad. I don’t like Raydor all that much. Still, Major Crimes has already been optioned for 10 episodes next summer. The theme for this season is love and loss.

Gruesome episode about a child’s murder by someone close to him.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Some woman is looking for her son Eric. He never showed up for summer camp. He left the house this morning and didn’t show up.

The opening scene is intercut with Raydor going through the Shooting Newton murder book. Raydor is interviewing the Deputy Chief. It’s informal. Raydor is coaching her.

One of the camp counselors there is Tao’s son. Tao is picking him up. He gets his dad. Tao calls the Julio. Julio went by the mom’s place and talked with the boyfriend. They are divorced. He’s a yoga instructor. The mom notices the kid’s bike he rode to summer camp. It could have been placed.

They call in the cops and reinforcements. Sanchez finds a body in a nearby pool thanks to a helicopter. It’s the kid. He’s dead. He has been dead for 4-5 hours. The house was abandoned. There wasn’t a mark on his body.

The Deputy Chief starts questioning the dad. He’s been mirandized, as has his ex-wife and the boyfriend. She’s got primary custody. The Chief tells the dad then she goes to question the mother.

The dad goes missing. He’s in a daze. Buzz notices and Tao goes running. Lynch barges into the interrogation room. He starts shouting at his ex-wife about their dead son.

The boy’s lungs had no foam, so he didn’t drown. He died from over-sedation. He drank some kind of juice with drugs dissolved in it. Until the toxicology report comes back, they won’t know for sure.

Mrs. Lynch has got a prescription for Vicodin and Soma. The prescriptions were for the boyfriend. They find the uniform for a LVPD at his place. He resigned from the LVPD 5 years ago for domestic issues.

They find Vicodin and Soma in the boy’s stomach content. The boyfriend hasn’t got an alibi. In the beginning, he told Tina that he didn’t want kids. He was also making sure to head the old girl off at the start. Women her age tend to want to get married quickly (that’s what the perp said). He did however find out that she didn’t want to get married when he proposed to her.

Tao’s wife arrives to pick up Kevin. She’s not happy to find him watching the interviews. Brenda listens in to their little family drama.

Tina Lynch took her ex-husband for everything he had, the cars, the condo, she also took him for two-thirds for everything he will have in the future. His only concern was custody of his son. He filed six motions to get primary custody.

They show Lynch footage of him buying a chocolate bar and a purple sports drink. The dad killed him. The clue was that the bike. It was propped up on a kickstand, not on the ground, meaning that he knew his murderer.

Lynch sees that there’s no out and starts raving about how his ex-wife ruined his son. He was no longer his son, he was hers. She poisoned him against him.

Raydor brings the Chief to the place where Tyrell died. She remembers what happened back then. Raydor thinks that she might be absolved from the criminal trial, but the civil suit is something different. Raydor has been trying to get Johnson to hire an attorney. The higher-ups might want to settle once the evidence is brought to trial, because it could be seen that she behaved with a callous disregarded to the suspect’s life. If the city attorney starts to think that he is losing the case, he could settle and that would leave Johnson entirely on her own.

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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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