The Closer Review: RIP, Turrell Baylor

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"Silent Partner" finally brought the murder case of Turrell Baylor to a close. It should come as no surprise to any of us that it was members of his own gang who killed him, and would have done so whether Brenda dropped him into his own neighborhood or not.

The lawsuit against Brenda also wrapped up, wonder of wonders, as Peter Goldman was using unscrupulous methods to recruit new members for his case, and, in the process, lied while being interrogated. He had the names of five witnesses to Baylor's murder, but didn't give them up. Litigation dropped.

In Brenda's Office

There were, however, many downsides to this mid-season (seventh season? I'm still not sure how they are counting these episodes) finale. The end of the case was rather anti-climactic. Unfortunately for Mr. Baylor, it never really mattered who killed him. The legal system created an entire production around a gang death that is probably very similar to deaths that happen in other areas of Los Angeles every day.

Out of the melee came the "Johnson Rule," which essentially says the LAPD cannot let any suspect go into a potentially hostile environment. The ridiculousness of that wasn't lost on Raydor, who was understanding of Brenda's severe reaction to the rule being named for her, inadvertently making it appear she was guilty after all.

Goldman had oodles of information on a lot of people who now would want to harm him. He could comply with a security detail, or they could hold him, citing the Johnson Rule. After all, they can't let him on to the street knowing someone may want to hurt him. That would lead me to believe Curtis Armstrong will be riding out the last six episodes next summer.

The worst part of the episode? We didn't learn who, or what, the leak was. Pope, Sanchez and Raydor were all extremely faithful companions to Brenda during this particular investigation, knocking them out of the potential suspect list. The speech Sanchez gave to Brenda about not being able to trust anyone, making her own decisions, and not letting any of them know her course of action was depressing, but showed his loyalty to her.

When you get down to six remaining episodes and think back to the beginning, the distrust and inability to accept Brenda in her new position, and where the team is now, it's heartbreaking to think that someone on that team could be out to injure them all. Might it be Provenza? I noticed a weird look on his face, one that I had never seen before, and I started to question his integrity. He's a character I absolutely adore. I can't have that!

The one thing I wanted before we headed into the back six of the series was to know who the identity of the leak so we could deal with it and see what it meant to the team, its ability to recover, reconnect and move on... even if it meant preparations for the departure of Brenda. Alas, it was the day after Christmas, and I did not get my wish.


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Need to correct you, you wrote "He had the names of five witnesses to Baylor's murder, but didn't give them up." Wrong! He DID give up the names, when Pope ordered him to put it in his hands. Pope then handed it to Brenda who read out the names and made her team pick them up and charge them! Didn't you watch this episode? LOL!


Do not understand why "Fritz" is staying while Brenda left the squad (The Closer) Are they separated?


@kim I agree, If they drop falling skies I will shoot somebody!


ok call me slow but why is Brenda Lee leaving the show ? Can't seem to find that answer. Will I watch the new series homside thats taking it's place yes cuz i love the cast but I also love Brenda Lee:(


It's Gabriel, but not on purpose. I think he goes home and talks with his girlfriend and she's the leak. She's in law school and the looks she was giving while Brenda was doing her thing were kinda hateful. I think she is a lawyer at Goldman Law Firm.


All I wanta know is WHY? it's one of my number 1 shows to watch and here goes TNT taking off another one of my favorite shows ,just like Grace they took it off after what 2 season 3 seasons i dont get it all the ones i like they take away.:( im afraid they will end up taking off falling skies another one of my fav's.


What about Gabriel? He's gone over her head when he didn't like her methods, and he's one that she trusts, so he would be a good one to pin it on.


I really hope it is not Fritz!!! i love brenda and him together. I think it is Taylor since he hates Brenda,and I think he's just pretending to like her. Either that or Pope.Idon't know why I just think it's him.It can't be Sanchez,Provenza,Tao or Flynn. I just can't wait to see who the leak is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I just wish they would let Bernie out of prison so he could take all her money again so she would have to keep doing the show lol. Brenda lee Johnson is one of the most original tv characters we have had the pleasure of watching since Gregory House and I will miss her when she's gone.


it will let leak in the last six. If Rayder find of who it then bad but not foget everone work for anist trastion the the old chief tommy was of . louie will or mojor crime. both brenda and will work dc but she was part of cia with she there did work with him as be boss. he say is friend was cheif of police so that will got is job there. i hope brenda and her daughter sosie go in the spin off. by Kevin could direct .

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The Closer Season 7 Episode 15 Quotes

I see the victim parked illegally. Is that what makes this a major crime?


Well, since our bad-mannered correction officer didn't do so, let me introduce myself.

Peter Goldman