The Closer Review: Continuing To Deliver

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It amazes me that after six-plus seasons, The Closer can still be revealing secrets about its characters.

"Drug Fiend" proved just how much life there is left for them. For some, including Detective Gabriel, that will bring a sadness, but for others we can continue their journey through Major Crimes.

Is Raydor Loyal?

This week we discovered David (I’m sorry, David who?) Gabriel has been having a relationship for the past year; very quietly, at that. Knowing he has been having this private back story, and the way in which he defended Brenda to Ann, eased some of my fears that he might be the mole in the department.

There are other reasons for a character not to move on with Major Crimes, and given his relationship with Brenda, I’m going out on a limb right now to say that her absence from the division will be what keeps him from sticking around. That and Ann, of course. I enjoyed her, and related with her worries about his family (and everyone else in his life) not liking her. Gabriel likes strong women and he found one in Ann. 

The case of the week was quite despicable, wasn’t it? It really hit home for Brenda and how she was able to work it without breaking sooner than she did was testament to her professionalism. We had no idea that her father wasn’t responding well to his cancer treatment and something inside me was whispering that even the great Dr. Parr won’t be able to turn that around. 

The scene between Brenda and Dr. Parr at the end, from a desperate daughter who also happened to be an annoyed police chief to a frustrated and upset, yet excellent cancer physician, was brilliant. Her tears and the softening of Parr’s face made for a beautiful moment of television.

Brenda: I'm not looking for a decent human being, I'm looking for a great doctor and you're it. | permalink

Let’s talk about Pope for a moment. The business with the Special Master Warrants and his clamor for the top of his rank are cringe worthy. Are they even trying to hide that he is the mole? I don’t think it would have any less impact to just throw it out there that he has been the person sabotaging Brenda’s career than it would be to turn the tables and out Gabriel. Just because we see him for the slime that he is, it was apparent that until she was at the table with Fritz, it hadn’t fully hit Brenda how little faith Pope had in her. 

Considering their deep past and how she trusted him so implicitly, it slammed her hard to realize he was truly trying to take her down. She sarcastically remarked to Raydor that she was happy she and Commander Taylor were running interference for her, but what were the odds a few years back that Taylor would stick his neck out in any situation for Brenda? If he’s the mole, I can’t think of a motive to do her a solid in that investigation. 

These last episodes are really turning up the heat. Great emotional battles are being waged and lines are being drawn. Some almost implausible, but they work. 

I had the opportunity to chat with Corey Reynolds (Gabriel) and will be posting that interview in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out here for what he has to say about Gabriel’s future. I can’t wait to see what next week brings, can you?

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Heart broken over Cory Reynolds not with 'Major Crimes" The Closer was my favorite show. I enjoyed all the Actors in their charactor parts. Monday nights were looked forward too. I will continue to watch and hope the ratings are high.

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I would have said that maybe Taylor would be the mole....the last season though he's really been watching Brenda's back. You'd think that he would be getting her job when she leaves. He's a Commander (equal to Deputy Chief if I remember them saying years ago) and Raydor is only a Captain....AND she's IA....I'm not sure I get that....

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Brenda's mom death hit a raw nerve with me, that is how my mother was found dead several years ago. It brought back the pain and sorrow.

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As a faithful "Closer" fan; how could you do this? Life is already difficult as it is. After watching the July 30, 2012 episode, after all this time, I'm done. You killed off the care-giver-the mom. I'll not be watching the last episodes. I'm really disappointed in how you ended this. We all have reality.
Really. A bit more of "fairy land" would have been nice. This too happens.
Before this, I like your no nonsense character. This was more than any of us asked for. Really? Did you think this would encourage us to watch the other spin-offs of this show? Not me. I really am done! I don't even want to watch your last 2 episodes. How could you ever make this right? You're out of touch!!!

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As a faithful "Closer" fan; how could you do this? Life is already difficult as it is. After watching the July 30, 2012 episode, after all this time, I'm done. You killed off the care-giver-the mom. I'll not be watching the last episodes. I'm really disappointed in how you ended this. We all have reality.
Really. A bit more of "fairy land" would have been nice. This too happens.
Before this, I like your no nonsense character. This was more than any of us asked for. Really? Did you think this would encourage us to watch the other spin-offs of this show? Not me. I really am done! I don't even want to watch your last 2 episodes. How could you ever make this right? You

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I think Fritz is the mole. He always know what's going on in Brenda's office when she doesn't. For example; he was the one to tell Brenda that Pope was getting a divorce and he know about Pope's ex-wife accusing Brenda of sleeping with him again. Plus he is going to be on the Major Crime show.

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I thnk it is the cute little guy who handles the electronic equipment. so nice, so quiet...

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two seasons back Gabriel turned to Pope and Fritz to let them know that Brenda wasn't "getting" addict behavior. He admitted it and said "I'm always on your side" Gabriel isn't the mole.
From the first episode of the series Pope has always been two faced to Brenda. At first he has her in Los Angeles because he wants the "relationship" back; then he needs her testimony at his divorce proceedings, then he's visably shaken by her wedding to Fritz, then he sees her as a threat when she applies for the Chief of Police position.
It's worse when he sees himself heading traffic until Doaks dies and he's made interum chief. The lawsuit has completely distracted Brenda and she never wanted to be Chief of Police at all; but last season brought her "near a bullet" more then once. My theory is that Pope is the mole; Brenda will be made Chief so that she can put her husband and family first and rearrange her priorities and she'll pick Gabriel to go with her to that office since she has always always liked David (david who?) best and has admitted he was her favoarite.

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Minor to the whole show, I had my thyroid removed and then had a hard time recovering until I found the right doctor and right medication. Once the thyroid is gone, getting the correct balance of hormones makes recovery easier. Without that, anyone will have a hard time. I was screaming at the TV the whole time about what was being said. I wish the writers had actually talked to someone who experienced what her father is going through.

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Well...everyone who watched this episode saw that the mole could be David's girlfriend. And made us also suspicious of Pope. He had people spying on Brenda from day one...she was fussing to Fritz about it. Could the "spy's" be the mole? I still dont think its Fritz at all. He just seems like too good of a guy to do that. If its Gabriel... its by accident... and i think he would feel HORRIBLE. I think he likes Brenda. People are too hard on Brenda...she's out to get the bad guy. Personally I LOVE the show, LOVE the writers and greatly look forward to what happens!

The Closer Season 7 Episode 18 Quotes

The only thing you have ever done to upset my mother is when she told you you rinse the dishes off too much before putting them into the dishwasher.

Gabriel

I'm not looking for a decent human being, I'm looking for a great doctor and you're it.

Brenda
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