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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Maybe there isn't a mole. I was thinking that mabye someone overheard Brenda, Sanchez, Pope, Gabriel or Fritz talking about what happen in the car. Or maybe, it accidentally got recorded by Buzz and that lawyer some how found out, or are these scenarios too far fetched? Maybe none of the people close to her are the mole. Is this too wishy washy?

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It's someone who heard conversation in the car, Brenda, Gabriel and Sanches.... or Bizz since cars have cameras, he is the technical guy, otherwise it's Gabriel.

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If I had to bet money, I'd go with Pope. It'd go with the character. Pope is all about Pope...clinging onto the Chief job, and he knows if he keeps Brenda in trouble, she'll never run against him for the job.

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Better late than never:) The mole has to be Pope or Gabriel. Look at the previews on TNT's website for 'Major Crimes' (the spin-off), and you'll see everyone except Pope and Gabriel (and Brenda, of course). Even Fritz is on it, so I wonder if they divorce? Sorry to see the show end ... just when they finally had a good series with original characters/plots!!

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Fritz loves her too much and would never destroy her career to save her because she wouldn't be the one he loves without her career! I think it's Pope based on their past history and he is the one in the office that everyone comes to with all of the facts of every case, usually through Taylor telling him, if not by being directly informed during the cases. Pope also has been jealous of Brenda when she was selected as one of the final candidates for chief and he is jealous of her love for Fritz! They say that there's nothing worse than a scorned woman, but I think a scorned man is even more dangerous.

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Gabriel is the mole..He has said he was not sure that this was the work he was going to be doing in the future.. or perhaps he sees his self as chief..he has been written up..he has bordered on insubordination in the show where the man killed his brother..I think maybe he wants to get even..I do think he has always had an agenda set up for his self .....question to fox23..why would Fritz spend 25,000 dollars to help Brenda out???

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I think it is Fritz. He wants Brenda safe and not taking chances, he would
like her to focus on home, hearth and children, he needs to get her out
of Major Crimes and try to steer their relationship into another direction.
Too many close calls for Brenda durning the last seasons. The driving
factor is paying the attorney fee out of his inhearitance that Brenda
did not even know about. Also Fritz getting Pole to go along with it.
The lawyer is fasinated with her closing her cases and the way she
works. Something is also there.

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Other people that share the office but aren't Major Crimes (in the new office there are lots of misc. people around like that balding asian dude NOT Tao). Major characters: Taylor/Fritz/Gabriel (in that order). Everyone else either seems very devoted to her (Buzz has yet to show any disrespect for her, he's even more devoted to her than Gabriel). Others owes her too much to betray her (Provenza and Flynn always getting in trouble). Sanchez gaves her the heads up. Tao has no reason to do it. I personally don't think Pope has anything to gain from this. I mean he's "Assistant Chief" at worst at the moment...if he win's he's Chief...if he loses...his whole career is over and his name will be tainted.

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Sadly, I too believe it is Fritz. And, I have for a very long time. I don't want it to be him, but there are so many facts and circumstances that have led me to that conclusion. Please prove me wrong!

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I am thinking it could be Pope. It seems pretty obvious, though. They are doing a follow-up with the other characters in "Major Crimes" - a spinoff. So you have to think it is going to be a character people can live without. That leaves the other option to be Gabriel. Without Brenda, Gabriel's character is pretty flat. Sanchez gave Brenda the heads-up talk, so it wouldnt make sense to be him. Provenza and (his buddy - the name suddenly left my head) are straight comedy. They are defintely needed for the new show.