The Closer Summer Finale Review: Who's the Mole?

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What are the odds that Brenda would be on trial for the death of one suspect, while another took his own life in her interrogation room? "Fresh Pursuit" examined just that scenario.

With the slow motion camera action, I was certain the suspect would get Brenda instead, and I was quite pleased when she came out unharmed. 

Gavin in Court

My first thought was that the mole we've all been expecting to be unearthed was going to great lengths to make sure he or she was not found out. Certainly someone could not want Brenda gone so much that they would risk the lives of everyone in the department... right?

As it turned out, I watched the entire episode not looking for clues in the case itself, but on the lookout for something in the overarching subplot of the leak in Major Crimes. Was someone going to get shot, would the mole be revealed? It was beyond frustrating.

Along those lines, when Gabriel let the "big fish" suspect leave his sight, I thought I would scream. I knew Brenda would be waiting outside at another exit, but when you suspect everyone it gets unnerving. Seeing Brenda pointing a gun at the suspect in her bare feet was a real kick.

And then, the hammer to the head: The opposing attorney, Mr. Goldman, lost the case against her in the state of California... but took it one step further and filed a federal one. Who in the Hell was the mole?!? As Brenda stood there, shaking like a leaf, I realized the case was at a much higher level than I had dared to believe. When Brenda asked if he had a personal vendetta, I had to accept that if not him, then someone surely did. 

And that was it. The end. The summer finale. It concluded with a look of sheer terror on Brenda's face, as she, and we, tried to process what Goldman was doing. With a sense of disbelief and despair, we're left to wonder if it's their intent to try to ruin every good thing that Brenda spent five years creating. Her reputation, that of the Major Crimes division, and our relationship with them as viewers are all in jeopardy. 

I felt like I was standing on a ladder and someone kicked it out from under me. I now have months of waiting to find out what, or who, is really behind this ultra-aggressive lawsuit. My only coherent guess is Pope, and the thought of him being behind such pain is too grievous to imagine. 

What are your thoughts? Who is doing this to Brenda and why? Was there a particular case during the run of The Closer that would lead someone to have such an enormous grudge? Meet us back here this winter to find out.

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What about David Gabriel's new girlfriend? He could have confided in her at some point and forgotten about it...he has been dating her for a year. She could be the mole; she may even be dating him just to obtain information.

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I hope it's not Gabriel. The signs have been so utterly obvious that it'd be a disappointment and lazy writing and acting if he was indeed the mole. I would hope he'd leave on his own terms, not as a tattletale, which he's already been written as. I think Pope, Taylor, and Gabriel are red herrings, to be honest. They look too guilty to be guilty. The key seems to be a two second shot in the Silent Partner episode...

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The mole has to one or more of the people not going onto Major Crimes, I'm thinking it's Brenda because These are the people staying on major crimes; Joining McDonnell will be G.W. Bailey (Provenza), Tony Denison (Flynn), Michael Paul Chan (Tao), Raymond Cruz (Sanchez) and Phillip P. Keene (Buzz). Jon Tenney (Fritz) and Robert Gossett (Commander Taylor, who will be getting a promotion) will make guest appearances. If its not Brenda there has to be a reason for her to leave, maybe one of her parents has a heart attack and dies so she leaves to move in with the living parent.

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Perhaps Gabriel is dating Det Daniels (again), keeping it a secret. Pillow talk? Det Daniels would definitely have it in for Brenda. It's a stretch, but have seen goofier outcomes!

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Well, looking at the promo for the new show "Major Crimes", the only person missing was Gabriel. Why Gabriel? My heart is broken. I hope I'm wrong. There was some new chick with the old gang. I'm so hurt and sad.

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I believe that it's Pope. He lost to her as a finalist to be Chief and he said he would do whatever necessary to keep the job.

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This program will surly be missed love it love it,,, but with it all I still watch reruns and Major Crimes when that starts...Good writting great directing and most fine Actors. All I can say is I wish Kyra the best that life has to offer she is very talented and has many super things to do. Farewell Brenda and i want to say is Thank you Thank you very much Have a Happy life

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i enjoy reading everyone's ideas regarding the closer, but please learn how
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I love the show. I love the writers. Wow was I blindsided at Monday's show. I thought she had Stroh. Big shocker that it wasn't him. I do not think nor want to believe that Fritz is the mole. Brenda has a good heart. Real soft side. Fritz is a smart man. He knows who's team she's on... and its not the criminals. I look forward to seeing how this plays out. Applauds to the writers and the great actors. You have faithful fans to the bitter end!

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WE MAY HAVE BEEN GIVEN A CLUE AS TO WHO THE MOLE IS IN SEASON 7 EP16 SILENT WITNESS..... AT THE START OF THE SHOW GOLDMAN IS INTERVIEWING REGGIE AT SAN QUENTIN PRISON AND HE READS OFF THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS REGGIE CALLED TO HAVE TURELL KILLED FOR WHAT HE DID IN SEASON6 EP8 (WAR ZONE). REGGIE ASKED GOLDMAN HOW DID HE GET THOSE NAMES. FLASH BACK TO SEASON6 EP8 AT THE END BRENDA HANDS FLYNN A PHONE AND TELL HIM TO TAKE REGGIE OUT TO MAKE AS MANY CALLS AS HE WANTS. .... ONLY FLYNN COULD KNOW WHO REGGIE CALLED! THEREFORE ONLY FLYNN COULD HAVE TOLD GOLDMAN THE NAMES FLYNN IS THE MOLE