Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Something’s Amiss on ‘The Closer’

By LillyKat
PTR Staff Writer

Got confession?


Er, wait.


Sort of.

Well …let’s see … I think so.

Normally, this is a definite “Yes” as it pertains to Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and her murder investigations.

Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Closed.

But not this week.

The Closer threw us a brilliant left curve in Part 1 of the third season finale (“’Til Death Do Us Part”). But it isn’t just the lack of confession that has Brenda thrown for a loop. It’s also the lack of physical evidence on a cocky ophthalmologist who looks to have murdered his wife’s high-powered, celebrity-client-prone divorce lawyer even though doc’s wife (played by Sarah Brown, who Cold Case viewers will recognize as Detective Josie Sutton from season three) has agreed to give the marriage another go.

Hmmm ….

What evidence Brenda and the team were able to discover (mainly dog hair from the victim’s two dogs found inside the doc’s car) turns out to be inadmissible given the search warrant obtained to search doc’s car didn’t specifically pertain to said dog hair.


And did we mention doc seems to have an invisible alibi? Something about a fishing buddy named Topper and boat named Sugar Plum that seem to a) not exist, and/or b) can’t even be verified or checked out to confirm in fact that they don’t exist.

We have rarely come to doubt Brenda on any investigation. And we don’t really doubt her, now. We know doc is the guy. He. Is. Just. Too. Darn. Cocky. In fact, we’re just as irked as Brenda that doc seems to have gotten away with murder.

That is not allowed to happen on ol’ BJ’s watch.


This episode was an interesting change of pace given it was presented in a past/present format – that is, Brenda’s tireless investigation of just about every dead end and/or phantom alibi intermixed with the present-day trial (and that darn lack of confession and physical evidence rearing its ugly head). The trial is on the high-powered, high-profile, press-obsessed side (ven noted writer, investigative journalist and high-profile trial coverer Dominick Dunne has a cameo as himself). And though the District Attorney is going to bat for Brenda and the team on this case, it ends up in serious jeopardy when phantom alibi Topper shows up for testimony.

Cue Southwest Airlines commerical.

Wanna get away?

But never let it be said that we didn’t get the perfect dose of personal sprinkled amongst the case particulars (something this show does so well and of which other shows .. ahem, Cold Case … should take note).

It seems Brenda and Fritzy are trying to combine a couple of their finances – notably car insurance (yet another priceless moment as BJ waits on hold to talk to the insurance company whilst interviewing victim’s soon-to-be-ex-wife … “Please continue to hold … your call is important to us …”). Seems BJ isn’t getting the deal she thought she would, so Chief Pope offers to help her out. He, of course, “knows a guy” (don’t they all?)

Turns out Fritzy’s got two DUIs on his record from a few years ago.

Even though he doesn’t drink.


Somebody isn’t telling BJ everything.

And that’s never a good thing.

Whether you’re Fritz.

Or a murder suspect.

Will BJ get doc convicted of murder in the first degree?

Will she and Fritz hit a serious snag in their relationship?

Stay tuned. This finale is shaping up to be a darn goon one.

The Closer’s third season finale airs next Monday at 9 p.m. on TNT.


TVFan said...

Another excellent entry from you on another excellent episode. I'm not sure how Brenda is going to get out of this one. Hopefully, the evidence that she so dearly desires will find its way into her fingers. LOVED the way she got the dog hair introduced.

Sarah Brown looked different in this role. It was nice to see her again (even if her CC character left a bad taste -- not her fault, though).

As usual, the personal stuff was priceless. Brenda is such a mess! And it makes her so fascinating to watch.

suekola44 said...

Thanks for the heads up on Sarah Brown. I never would have known that she was from CC. Can't wait for Monday night to see how this all plays out!