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Season 4, Episode 15. "Double Blind" - Review

Brenda works a robbery/murder case on the day of her wedding. There's a nice bit at the very end (when Fritz and Brenda have a heartfelt exchange just after their wedding) but this is a very weak episode to close out the fourth season. The wedding itself is a total anti-climax and the case-of-the-week is boring and simplistic. The resolution might be the weakest they have ever had on the show: one suspect is tricked into saying bad things about the other, and the other hears this, and starts talking. Yawn. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 14. "Fate Line" - Review

Text messages on an abandoned phone point to murder. A great case-of-the-week and a great guest star (Amy Sedaris). One of the things that impresses me most about "The Closer" is the way it can change tone. Sometimes it is funny and silly, and sometimes it is deadly serious and dramatic. Last week's episode was one of the most dramatic and intense, so this week - to change pace - they deliver a hilarious episode. Even so, the case-of-the-week is still very clever (revolving around texts messages on a phone that has been found on the street). Amy Sedaris makes a fantastic addition to the show's extended cast and I hope we see more of her in the seasons ahead. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 13. "Power of Attorney" - Review

The suspect's clever lawyer is, himself, the suspect's partner in crime. For the second week in a row Brenda matches wits with a very, very clever bad guy. This time, however, she loses and the guy gets away with it. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 12. "Junk in the Trunk" - Review

A very large man is found dead in the trunk of his car. A mixed bag of an episode. It has some severe flaws: the twist that the 'girl' will turn out to be a 'guy' is very, very easy to predict and the unprofessional behaviour of Sanchez in the squad room is difficult to swallow. It's just too darn crazy to work. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 11. "Good Faith" - Review

A death, previously ruled a suicide, is now being investigated as a murder. Which requires a delicate touch. So, obviously, they gave the case to Brenda... READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 10. "Time Bomb" - Review

Teenagers plan to go on a killing spree in this untypical episode. One of them is dead before the episode starts (it is his death that starts the investigation) and a second one is dead in police custody by the mid-part of the episode. After that, the police assume that the threat is over. But the script leaves enough questions unanswered to keep the viewer (and Brenda) unconvinced. The tension builds until most of the regular characters are caught in the middle of a long, graphic gun battle. Slow-motion violence is not normally what you expect to see on The Closer, but when they go this route they really pull out all the stops. It's stunning television. And makes for a great cliffhanger when Sanchez takes three bullets in the back... READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 9. "Tijuana Brass" - Review

Surely this is one of the show's cleverest endings ever? Brenda sends the bad guy to prison under the wrong name. She uses the name of the man that he has marked for death. And when he is killed (which we learn in the closing seconds) it means that his intended victim is free to start a new life with new name. Clever Brenda. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 8. "Split Ends" - Review

Brenda's delightful parents make another visit as The Best Dressed Cops On TV go after a man who battered his wife (and probably killed her). With Provenza's backstory in the mix, and Brenda's dad pushing her to get married, the script is as much about marriage/couples as it is about standing up to bullies. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 7. "Sudden Death" - Review

A very sad episode (and a great performance from Raymond Cruz) as the brother of one of the best dressed cops on TV gets shot down in the street near his house. The episode tells a good story and delivers are lot of great moments for several of the characters. It's one of those outings where we get to observe the whole team in a moment of crisis and it's fascinating to watch how everyone reacts to Sanchez and to see who reaches out to him and how. The Closer has a great ensemble, but it's not an ensemble show and episodes like this make me wish that it was. READ MORE...

Season 4, Episode 6. "Problem Child" - Review

Dark stuff. He might only be 13 but the child at the centre of this story is a disturbed individual. He's the victim. And, as the team investigates, they discover that a lot of people had a lot of very good reasons for wanting him dead. In many ways it's more like a Without A Trace episode than an episode of The Closer, because the story really paints a full picture of the victim and who he was. Superb storytelling. READ MORE...