We've reached the mid-season finale of 'The Closer,' and if you had any question before tonight's show about the excellence of this past season, tonight's show delivered the answer: This episode was 'The Closer' at its best.
Two superb guest stars helped. Matthew Glave ('Crash') -- who's a dead ringer for Dominic West -- and Courtney B. Vance ('FlashForward'). In the case of Vance, his appearance may be the start of a recurring role because his character, Chief Tommy Delk of the Counter Terrorism Unit, turned out to be Brenda's competition for the new chief of police job.
While working a particularly tense and involved case with Delk, Brenda got to observe her competitor. Delk was more stealth-like than Brenda when it came to dealing with the Feds, and she couldn't help but admire his technique. That getting-more-with-honey approach is something she knows well. She's been known to use it herself, especially during interrogations.
Still, he was much more of a stickler to the rules than Brenda. That's probably a good thing ... for him.
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