PTR Senior Staff Writer
Keep the Kleenex
It's not often we get to see the softer side of Brenda Leigh Johnson.
The weaker side.
But we did this week.
Not only did we see her get emotionally attached to her victim - outright tears of sadness when he passed away after severe gunshot wounds to the abdomen. But, we also saw that the checking of her emotional sensibility at the door as she once again chose to close her case over all else stung her more than usual.
Crime solved: good
Emotional cost: high.
After she plunked Charlie at the hospital, assigning her to keep an eye on said victim given BJ was called to the scene WHILST transporting Charlie somewhere over the rainbow, Charlie befriends the victim in a pretty darn clever way to cover her being ... well, dumped in the hospital. But BJ's deliberate attempt to keep Charlie at bay when she knew he was on his last breaths, thus, interrogating him on his last breaths as to who might've been the shooter (disgruntled brother of his girlfriend, who chose to lie to her family and say she was raped as opposed to simply saying she got herself pregnant) got BJ in a whole lot of hot water at the end of the ep.
Especially having to deliver the news to Charlie that her newfound friend had died.
And having prevented her from saying goodbye.
Not the first time BJ had gotten into trouble by her relentless pursuit of closing her case.
Not the last time.
And that's a good thing.
It makes for good episode viewing given we rarely see Brenda be wrong. She always manages to hold the upper hand - even when her methods are questionable. And yet with this ep, I'm not sure choice was wrong even if it was somewhat painful to those closest to her.
In a way, it was almost an ironic form of payback.
And yet, I can't fault her for staying until the very end with the boy - not simply coming in, getting what she needed and bailing. She filled in in a mother-like way (given real mom was a flight attendant on her way to Hanoi and couldn't get back home in time before), nor managing to nail the brother for the shooting.
But justice nonetheless.
The summer finale of The Closer airs next Monday at 9 p.m. on TNT. For the scoop on the series, head on over to the show's official site.
I know an Ashley.
She's all-knowing. Self-righteous. Talks a million miles a minute. Can quote random facts for no apparent reason.
But she isn't a Public Defender for New York City.
Then again, you know what they say: everyone has a twin - even if it is fictional.
I like the new girl - even if she is ... well, annoying.
Reason I like her most: Rich gets to be her mentor.
And how happy am I Bobbi and Jerry finally did the deed?
As for the major case focus this week, Jerry defends a young man who stabbed a fellow inmate even though he should never have been in jail in the first place. His stabbing of an inmate was done out of desperation to escape the grips of the gang inside prison who were torturing the young man.
Stab the guy, we won't bug you anymore. As in, won't beat the crap out of you. Torture you. Make your life a living hell.
Naturally, Jerry doesn't win. And the poor guy has got to go back to prison.
And again I think: does our justice system ever work, or is it all just a total joke?
How PDs ever put up with it is beyond me.
Go Jerry and Bobbi!
The summer finale of Raising the Bar airs next Monday at 10 p.m. on TNT. For the scoop on the series, head on over to the show's official site