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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It would make sense that Buzz has it out for Johnson. We don't know why yet, but think back when the two were in the car. They are asking for one mole so it can't be the one she was talking to who would tell someone else. How else could someone know what was said? In order to hear their conversation a bug had to be planted. Was there a time that Buzz was in that car?




I hate to say it but I think it's fritz. Odd statement he made when Brenda said he was the only one she could trust. He hates her obsession over Stroh, and tired of seeing her get shot at, seeing her harden over the years. Maybe the dramatic ending will be him killing Stroh who finally gets to Brenda. Either way she be literally dead or so emotionally dead she leave LA in the dust.


I hate to say it but I think it's fritz. Odd statement he made when Brenda said he was the only one she could trust. He hates her obsession over Stroh, tired of seeing her get shot at, seeing her harden over the


It's Buzz, trust me, it's Buzz.


I'm not going to make any friends here, but I think the mole is Fritz. Remember when Provenza was asked about talkin to anyone outside the dept about the case, and he waffled but would't give a straight answer? Fritz is FBI and not in the dept. There was an eppisode where Fritz was offered a job in DC as a dept head (I think) and he and Brenda had one heck of a row over why she thought her career was more important than his. Who was access to all of the files? The FBI liason to the dept.! If I'm right and I really hope I'm not, now that Brenda's Dad is sick, it looked as if she was taking him back to Atlanta, and once again Fritz is off to DC. I agree Pope would do almost anything to keep his jobb ut it's almost too obvious a choice. Ah well we'll see.


I believe the mole is her husband. Based on their conversation where he's glad to be seen as someone she can turn to and her comment where she tells him he's the only one she can trust,


I love everyone in the main cast. But I vote for Taylor, he's always disliked Brenda.


I honestly believe that there are many possible scenarios. Aside from the obvious which has already been pointed out, for some reason sudden suspension has been cast up upon Provenza...the greatest take downs are comitted by the people we we least money is going on the husband..something he said lends itself to certain questionable connections...if not him then Gabriel..


Five more episodes next summer?
Are they trying to drive me nuts?
As for the "Johnson Clause," Brenda needs to get over it, accept her role in facilitating T-Ball's richly deserved Karmic payback, and move on. No one deserves to get beaten to death in the street...well okay, hardly no one.
I suppose what with Pope being the weasel that he is, he could be the mole, but it's too obvious, so it might turn out to be someone we would never suspect. I hope not though. Although, regarding Pope, I do really like the possibility that Sher Wells (11/2) brought up about him where she imagines Fritz popping Pope in the face. After all, his idiotic and juvenile behavior in the run-up to the selection of Chief of Police made it clear he doesn't deserve the job.

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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.