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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I believe that Taylor is the mole. The reason I believe this is when Sanchez was talking to Brenda in the car episode 15 the one person who never looked over was Taylor. He has never liked Brenda because he was passed up for the same job.

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I've always thought it was Pope or David and since David is leaving it looks like it might be him. I don't think he ever forgave her for leaving the prisoner to be killed by his gang. Pope needs her gone so they will not offer his job to her as it is a temp position still. We will see, but thanks for seven years of tears and lots of laughter.

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I am a huge fan and am anxiously awaiting what happens. I would be heartbroken if it were Gabriel. He said to Brenda many times "I am always on your side". The team risked their jobs and threatened to quit when Captian Taylor tried to have her axed. Taylor has been two faced and my guess. I think he is the one that went to Phillip Stroh. I dont see Fritz betraying Brenda. He gave his own inheritance just to pay the attorney to help her. He loves her. I think Brenda will leave only because her dad gets real sick and she goes to be with him... she loves her daddy.

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Won't it be something if the mole was Fritz...the last person anyone would suspect. Who else knows all of your weakensses and everything going on in your life/job than the one you sleep with. With the range of emotions he has shown in some episodes he could feel like he was "saving" his wife from all the danger of her job and finally have a normal marriage.

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I HOPE ITS POPE! THE LAST COUPLE OF SEASONS HAS GIVEN ME A STRONG "TRAITOR"
VIBE FROM POPE....HE WANTS TO BE TOP COP AND I THINK HE STARTED UNRAVELING WHEN HE WAS PASSED OVER FOR THE TOP GIG IF NOT BEFORE....BRENDA COULD HAVE HAD IT BUT LET IT
GO; U THINK IT WUD HAVE GONE TO POPE BUT IT DIDNT. I WOULDNT BE SURPRISED IF POPE ACTUALLY KILLED THE GUY; MAYBE IT WASNT A HEART ATTACK...I DONT THINK ITS GABE OR TAYLOR CUZ THAT WUD BE TOO OBVIOUS; THE WRITING HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY TOP NOTCH SO TO GO INTO 'CLICHE' MODE NOW WUD B STUPID; AND A LET DOWN...I ALSO THINK THAT TAYLOR HAS AN INKLING THAT IT IS POPE REMEMBER
TAYLOR WAS PRIVY TO THINGS IN THE BEGINNING THAT WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT AND THATS WHY WEVE SEEN A SLIGHT. CHANGE IN HIM WHEN IT COMES TO BRENDA.... POPE IS TWO FACED AND TAYLOR KNOWS IT...WHY WAS POPE PUSHING BRENDA TO SETTLE? CUZ HE WANTS TO BLEMISH HER RECORD...POPE COULD OF FOUGHT TO NOT HAVE THIS NEW RULE BE TIED TO BRENDA BUT HE LET IT RIDE....HE ACTS LIKE HE HAS BRENDAS BACK BUT HES REALLY TRYING TO STAB HER...AND HER NEW BFF RAYDOR MAY BE HIPPED TO POPE AS WELL...BRENDA HAS A HISTORY WITH POPE AND WHILE SHE WUD HATE TO ADMIT IT BRENDA MAY KNOW THAT DEEP DOWN POPE HAS NEVER HAD HER. BACK...I REFUSE TO BELIEVE ITS FRITZ THAT WUD BE SOME TWILIGHT ZONE CRAP SO CANT GO WITH THAT NOTION...PROVENZA SANCHEZ FLYNN AND
TAO ARE A UNIT; SHE TRUSTS THEM AND THEY TRUST HER....BUZZ????? NAWWWWWWW....IM GONNA MISS MY BRENDA LEE BUT IF THEY CLOSE IT OUT RIGHT ILL BE AT PEACE AND CAN BUY EVERY SEASON...A LOT OF SHOWS SHUD CASH IN BUT DONT; RUINING THE SHOW AND I DONT WANT THAT FOR THE CLOSER....

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Yes,I can't remember her name. She left a letter for Gabriel that he tore up. This may come back to bite him. She was cute. It is a good mystery with all suggestions being worthy.

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I think Pope, Gabriel, and David is a little too obvious to be the Leak. I think Provenza would be the leak. Remember what he said when Garvin interviewed him? You should pay attention to his face expressions during episode 15...This is going to be a big surprise, so you should expect the unexpected.

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Its hard to figure out whos the mole at this point but one thing for sure the majority of viewers are concerned with whats next after the Closer. What made this show so good and worth watching is Brenda's southern sexy style that invaded the high and lifted LAPD, she became the elmers to the glue and Pope with many others have it out for this sleek sexy lady who by reflecting on her own issuses find a cure for the common crime, that ladies and gentlemen is good writing and of course acting, way to go Brenda.

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The closer will crash if the writers don't lose the lawsuit, need to get rid of the politics, and need to insert some smiles and humor now and then, also Brenda needs to show some respect for her husband, poor worm..

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Elvina, you could be right-it might be Pope. But fyi, he and Brenda were NEVER married. (HE broke up with Brenda before she moved to LA, went back to his wife, THEN left his wife for Estelle & LA. When things w/Estelle fizzled, Fritz had already come into Brenda's life.) But the career aspects of having Brenda, who bested Pope in the Chief position contest, must have frazzled him...HE was such a jerk when he was applying for that job. But I don't think he'd be doing this to get rid of her. Pope hired her to be THE CLOSER. But w/the lawsuit, if it came between her and him, Pope would shove her off the plank in a heartbeat.

The Closer Season 7 Episode 10 Quotes

Suspect: It's not what it looks like.
Provenza: It better not be.

You've made a lot of bad choices today. Don't let this be one of 'em.

Brenda
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