Review: The Closer Season 5, Episode 13 - The Life (winter premiere)

Major crimes was back on the job with a case that was gruesome and grim at the same time. How Brenda managed to face the morning crime scene without blanching is proof that she's as tough as nails beneath that smiling, sweet Southern facade. Brenda needed to be when dealing with a triple homicide, gang rape and possible gang war. Welcome to L.A. More on the case and the kitty situation, after the jump.

Manuel Soto was a 12-year-old wannabe gang member, or so it seemed. The vomit, blood and body at the scene suggested one thing, but it was a lot more complicated than it seemed.

Before Brenda and her team were even able to question the suspects, Stank and Sniper, they were dead. Detective Ranski, the lead cop investigating those murders, was more than happy to pass the corpses onto Major Crimes. That glint in his eyes when dealing with Brenda turned out to be more than just police cooperation.

Finding Camilla Santiago's ATM card was key to finding Camilla. She was traumatized and not speaking to the rape treatment counselors. That just meant that it was up to Brenda to use her powers of persuasion to get her to open up. It wasn't a surprise to me that Camilla had been brutalized by all the men at the party house, but it was to Brenda. I can't imagine why.

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