'The Closer' series finale: Brenda doesn't want to hear it


The finale of "The Closer" only had to do one thing -- provide an ending for Brenda Leigh Johnson and her time with the LAPD. But because its spinoff, "Major Crimes," was premiering immediately afterward, the last episode also needed to give Brenda an exit that would plausibly set up the new show.It succeeded on the first count. The last case of Brenda's LAPD career saw her finally get a confession out of her nemesis, Phillip Stroh, and provided a (mostly) very fitting exit for her. The political winds at the department have turned increasingly against Brenda over the final season, and after her attack on Stroh in the LAPD offices, there was pretty much nowhere for her to go but out. But in getting herself fired, she also set the wheels in motion to finally catch Stroh. She probably would have rather it not happen in her house, with a teenage boy who's the...



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