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I agree with you that I saw her mom's death coming when she kept wanting to talk and Brenda kept putting it off. The focus on her dad's health also gave me a clue of what was coming. Of course, that did not lessen the impact, which was brutal.

However, I do have small bone to pick with the episode in general. There is no longer a sacrament called "Last Rites" in the Catholic Church. It is now called the Sacrament of the Sick, and is administered to anyone who is ill, about to undergo surgery, or possibly dying. This is *not* new. I taught religious education for many years, and focused on the 7 sacraments, and this was over 10 years ago. While the episode was a good one, where is the proper research that the writers should have done?

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The leak to me would have to be Gabriel.

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Pope has to be the leak. The way it is going he is expecting to "move upstairs" which means we would still see him from time to time - but J.K. is leaving the series and therefore I suspect is not being moved upstairs.

The Pope character seems too disloyal and emotional for the top job. I think there was also a hint in the fake complaint against Brenda. You don't do that to people, it was malicious. So I'm betting it's him. Whoever the leaker is, they won't be around for the new series, so the only other person has to be Gabriel.

I think the death of Brenda's mom was unexpected and that's a good thing because many are just that way. It was a very realistic make up and face look, which made it very dramatic, more so for people who have not yet been there to witness someone who passes away.

Frances Sternhagen is such a great actress and it's a shame we won't see her in that role anymore.

I suspect Kyra will parachute in from time to time, after a year or two, assuming the new series clicks with viewers. And that will be interesting to see, how much of the series was Kyra and how much was the great ensemble cast and writing. I suspect she will stay away long enough to see if it floats by itself.

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I want to know how the final scene was filmed. I suspect Kyra was kept away from seeing the final make up and positioning of her mother until the shoot. Her acting was beyond performance art, it was real. If it was pure acting.....OMG is she good!

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Yes, I saw it coming, but I've been tearing up all week whenever I think of Willie Rae's death. I keep think I need to call my mom to let her know a family member has died. Willie Rae's character was such a warm, loving 'Mom' figure, brilliantly played. I'm guessing the impetus for Brenda leaving will be her need to care for her dad. As far as the leak goes, I've been thinking Pope, but the last couple episodes seem to suggest Gabriel: dating a lawyer, and his comment to Raydor that he always sounds things off of her. The character has been closer to Brenda than any others on the squad so perhaps that will turn out to be the ultimate irony. Whatever the case, Kyra Sedgewick has been brilliant in this role and created an unforgettable character, the like of which I think we will not see for a long time. I wish the show well, but it will take a lot to succeed without her.

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I will truly miss the show but was glad to have picked up each season's DVD so I'm never without a Kyra 'fix'. I also have DVD of other favorite shows but never watch them as much as I watch the previous seasons of this show.

I'm sorry they had Willy Rae die, I thought that it would have Brenda Leigh find her sick and get her treatment and then decide to leave the job so she can take care of her parents and that be the way to write her out of the show. She was interviewed and said she wouldn't be killed off so there's always a change for guess appearances.

I unfortunately think it would be easy to write Gabriel as the mole as a previous poster pointed out things from previous episodes that I agree with. I also think that because he's choosing not to sign up for what may be another 7 year run, it would be easy to write him as the leak.

On another point, I would love it if they would bring back the female detective that was in the beginning years and she had an affair with Gabriel. Now that he's going, she could and should be brought back, I really liked the character.

and I would love it if the first episode of Major Crimes would be killing of Stroh and a total vindication of Brenda! I haven't liked the last season's episodes lately was glad that she was able to bring to closure last nights storyline. I want her to go out with a BIG WIN!

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Brenda, in her grief that she put her job before her homelife,especially after her mother asking to talk to her, I think Brenda kills the serial killer lawyer to do something worthwhile.

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I loved this episode! I also picked up early on that something was up with mama but I didn't expect that ending, Kyra's acting was phenominal, I felt her pain along with her! I hope Gabriel isn't the leak because I enjoy the dynamic between him and Brenda! Although he is the only one from the cast not joining Major Crimes!!

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I was so disappointed in this episode. Why did they have to end it like that! It was so heartbreaking and not the way for a great show to go out.

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I had a feeling that one of her parents would die during the series because they are older but last night was a stunner. I felt it coming about half way also but i never expected it that way...I absolutely balled and called my mother, of course she thinks it's my hormones and she knows how I love The Closer, I told her that I just didn't expect Willie Rae to die. This was a very hard episode....2 more to go....




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