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The Closer Review: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"

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We started out this week with subpoenas served in a civil suit for the death of Turell Baylor. The server, played by Curtis Armstrong (who hasn't changed much since his Moonlighting days), was also the attorney in the case against Brenda.

By doing his own serving, he managed to hear much more than he should have. Taken out of context, it could be very bad for Brenda and the entire squad, should the case make it to court.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses Scene

The topic was hardly light, but the show's way of dealing with it kept us from focusing on what might come next, such as the departmental infighting I expected because, conveniently, Detective Gabriel wasn't served. Way to keep them on their toes!

The case of the week was just as goofy and handled in the same way. As much as I enjoyed the classic witty dialogue in "Forgive Us Our Trespasses," I had a hard time absorbing it in the severe context of the cases involved.

The Baylor investigation keeps rearing its ugly head in the most annoying of ways, and the writers need to decide if this is something to be concerned about or to brush off. 

As for the main case itself? It seemed someone felt it necessary to make political jabs at the Right to get their point across. My suggestion? Keep things in the middle, like The Good Wife and Boston Legal. You can be on both sides of the political spectrum and still create brilliant stories. 

It's rare that I let a show's political message get the better of me, but I did this week. I'm hoping that the case against Brenda won't come down to some ridiculous message that reverses all the good Brenda has done for the past six seasons. I can't stand the thought of it, and I want better for the end of The Closer.

You have to wonder how the Baylor family's attorney knew so much about Brenda's department that he picked the exact player not to subpoena; the one that would cause the most strife between them with the best attempt to put major crimes at odds.

You also have to hand it to Gabriel. Calling and demanding a subpoena of his own showed just how little the attorney knew about them after all. Great move!

Seeing Brenda crumble at the end, with the blood red wine spilling over Fritz's subpoena, was almost too much to bear. If nothing else, throughout the series, she has had the confidence of her convictions. Now, she is floundering like a fish out of water, with essentially nowhere to turn for solace. 

Brenda needs an attorney. She needed an attorney ages ago, but I can only hope that this latest turn of events will push her in the right direction. We shouldn't be made to watch her question her beliefs, as she has been steady and true to the law and her cases since day one.

Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode in many ways, but I thought it fell short in execution.

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I like THE CLOSER- mostly good writing, acting BUT Most recent show FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES was absolute drivel. PLEASE put Christian characters as something OTHER than pervs & idiots-- you would not do the same to Jews, Muslims, New Age- why why do you consistently malign Christians- it's tedious & boring.

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Suzy above is exactly correct.

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Congratulations Keereer Seedgewwwick, Kevin Bacon, and the Hollywood Left. The despicable segment "Forgive us our trespasses," wherein the "bad guys" are a preacher, the preacher's wife, and a United States Marine; are presented in the highest tradition of the arrogant Hollywood Left and its inseparable twin the Democrat Party. I pray you will never be able to hide from the justice served upon you on the last day of your lives. I will remember your foist as described above every single day for the rest of your lives. And justice be served.

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It certainly was difficult to see Brenda lose it at the end of the episode. It was obvious that she has been under a lot of pressure as evidenced by the aluminum foil wrappers strewn about the table. When Brenda Lee goes for the special stash you know things are bad. In fact that's what makes the show so successful; the characters have been developed so well over the last several years that subtle gestures are all that's required for the viewers to know what's going on inside the characters' minds. Still, I don't think many of us expected to see Brenda react quite the way she did. I'm wondering if the emotional outburst was a result of the fact that she allegedly set up Baylor to be killed, or if it was a result of all the turmoil that's been swirling around the Major Crimes Division recently. Probably both. Although, as Carissa mentioned above, she has never been anything less than honorable to the standards of the law in any of her cases. To be doubting herself now is a travesty. I'm a little disappointed with Sanchez and Flynn for actually suspecting Det. Gabrielle of disloyalty. Shame on them! What can one say about Curtis Armstrong? Nothing bad. I've always enjoyed his characters. I'm going to reach way back and give him honorable mention for his portrayal of the sleazy-but-lovable nerd, Booger in the Revenge of The Nerds movies. Can't wait to see Clay and Willie Rae.

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She will be getting her/their own attorney (see next week's preview) but I do not see how the Baylor case ends - unless Brenda "closes" by directly speaking with his family, something neither her attorney nor the city attorney would likely allow. However I did read in a pre-season interview that Brenda may be returning home to Atlanta to help with family issues there. Remember, Clay has a bad heart and Willie Rae is no spring chicken. If Brenda lost a parent she might move back home to care for the surviving parent and Fritz could transfer to the Atlanta office (lots of cartel and drug crimes there to deal with.)

Shelly gage

I don't like the Baylor case arching plot. I realize this is the last season of the show but I much prefer the idea of Brenda making a decision to leave on her own rather than being forced out, which is what all this seems to be leading to. I also don't find it consistent with her character to a) regret her handling of Baylor or b) wish she worked somewhere else. Solving cases has always been Brenda's great passion. If she's going to leave, let it be because she's decided, for once, to put Fritz's needs ahead of her own. I could respect that (and unless she manages to do that from time to time, I can't see their marriage lasting; he is always making sacrifices for her and it's time she did the same for him).

The Closer Season 7 Episode 5 Quotes

Okay, but hurry up. I'm not waiting here until Jesus comes back.

Provenza

Gabriel: She's a preachers wife! You do that a certain way.
Provenza: And you would know how to do that better than I would because...
Gabriel: Because when I was a kid, I went to church four times a week!
Provenza: Four times a week?