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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I believe Goldman has placed listening devices in various places in the department. He's definitely working with Stroh!

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Any one think about Daniels? Lp

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I keep remembering Peter Goldman saying he knew his way around, he didn't need anyone to show him out. I wonder if Goldman moonlights as a janitor and reads all their notes when they are not there at night.

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Brenda wouldn't leave if the leak is anyone other than Pope. Or Taylor working for Pope. For Taylor or any member of her squad, Brenda would just transfer them out of Major Crimes and her murder room in an instant. Finis. But for Pope...she has to work for him and with him. She can't get away from the terrible disloyalty and stabbing her in the back. She can never trust him not to sabotage her or her career or Major Crimes again. She can't trust him not to lie to her. So, she leaves the LAPD.

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Leak candidates? Pope would be too obvious. Plus, a position as police commissioner has just opened up, leaving an obvious path of cascading promotions to get folks who won't be back for the sequel off-screen without any bloodshed or career collapses, and that might be difficult if he were the leak. I would believe Gabriel had a heart-changing moment in that car when Brenda told him to drive, except that he was the one Goldman tried to turn the others against. I think it's Sanchez, and I think he had an attack of guilt and tried to protect Brenda from the worst. Either that or he's twisted enough to try to avert suspicion. My second choice would be Taylor. This show is not known for its subtlety.

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Taylor is the mole and Pope knows it. Pope wants to be Chief, but he has to get Brenda out of the way. He's been letting Taylor do the dirty work for him.

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If it’s Pope then he's more despicable than I thought. However, he might still harbor resentment that Brenda had a better chance to become top dog. If he is the leak, then he does not have the required integrity to become chief.
What about Daniels? Did she leave on good terms? Could she be privy to what's going on?
Taylor is too obvious. He seems to finally respect Brenda these days, so could they make him the snake? If so, the writers are lazy.
Not Buzz, too goody-goody.
Not Flynn. Once he came over to her side, he stayed loyal.
Provenza doesn’t care enough, plus, he’s just putting in his time for his pension.
Sanchez is too loyal. Tao has too much integrity.
As for the attorney, too bad they didn't use Tom Blanchard, he was hilarious. Pellegrino's character was too foo-foo to be believed or taken seriously.
The best solution to solve the mystery just might be seeing Peter Goldman hanging from the flagpole by his feet until he gives up the name of the leak.

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I think it must be Taylor. Didn't Pope and Brenda both come to Los Angeles from DC or somewhere. And wasn't Taylor already there? Seems he would have the most reason to dislike both Pope and Brenda.

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1) Pope and Taylor were the only ones who knew that Captain Rayder said she was going to retire. So it's between those two. 2) Pope was the only one involved in negotiating the settlement that resulted in the Johnson Law, the name of which will permanently connect Brenda with a scandal that'll prevent her from being chief. Ergo, the leak is Pope.

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I love the show. My feeling on the leak, and it may sound crazy is Buzz. Someone that doesn't say much, and the character is down played right now. The other characters mentioned are to front and center and would be thought of right away. It is someone you really aren't going to miss when the show ends.and the sequel begins.

The Closer Season 7 Episode 15 Quotes

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

Brenda

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

Peter Goldman
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