The Closer Tijuana Brass S04E09 (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. Her team are seasoned veterans, some close to retiring like Lt Provenza, others like Sgt Gabriel just a few years into their police careers.

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.

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When a priest discovers two dead Tijuana police officers, the shit hits the fan. The chief isn’t aware that Pope and Taylor have been under a lot of pressure from the top brass. They don’t like what Ramos is writing about them. Things are even worse right now, becasue Ramos just published the first part of a two part investigative series on the police department and their Priority Homicide Division.

Pope and Taylor are in full damage control mode. Pope announces that by the end of the day, there won’t be any Priority Homicide anymore. The chief can’t believe this and seems shell-shocked. She manages to pull herself together to pierce the mystery of this murder inquiry.

I thought that this was a great episode. The chief ends up with something unexpected and Pope has to relent. I thought that the internal political struggle was really interesting. Also, the chief showed how ruthless she can be when she’s trying to get justice.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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