The Closer Review: The One That Got Away

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The writing on "Hostile Witness" was extremely tight and you could feel the tension inside Brenda waiting to explode with her every breath.

With the Johnson Rule behind her - or rather stuck upon her every working moment like a piece of gum on the bottom of her shoe - Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson walked around this episode of The Closer with a whole hive of bees in her bonnet.

As the final six episodes come to a head, the reintroduction of of Phillip Stroh felt like a wicked taunt to from someone wanting to prove Chief Johnson "ain't all that." There were very few cases during the run of The Closer that weren't actually closed.

When the City of Los Angeles forced Brenda to comply and acquiesce to the Johnson Rule, they did more than break her spirit. They broke her faith in the system. She no longer believes that being on the side of justice will necessarily bring the desired results and watching her deal with the consequences of that federal lawsuit is almost painful.

Brenda Confronts Phillip

Stroh is the worst of the worst. As an attorney who commits crimes by duping dumbass criminals into doing the dirty work with promises that he'll clean up his mess, he has the best of both worlds. He has access to all the bad guys he needs to get his fix - and knows all the rules to skirt around getting caught.

Every time he hid DNA from Brenda by tossing his glass and napkin into murky dishwater, I wanted to break his fingers. That Brenda didn't pull out her gun and blow him away shows how much restraint she possesses, and yet at every turn Pope had watchful eyes ensuring she was towing the line.

Sharon Raydor has become an unwilling water pistol to Brenda Leigh's hornet's nest. With every pull of the trigger Pope makes through her, the buzzing in the background gets louder. How far into the six episodes will we get before Brenda breaks? 

As for Stroh, I was rooting for Brenda to get her man. When that blank look came across Natalie's face at Stella's Bar, I was hoping anything would light it up. Was it the cocktail? Did he need to wipe his face in a certain way? The smug look he had when she recognized the second man as an employee of the bar rather than himself wasn't enough. Stroh had to rub Brenda's face into his "win" with this Closer quote

Drugging women to have sex with them. I don't understand it. It's just so...unsporting. Not to even give them a fighting chance. | permalink

Not everything has changed in major crimes, but the lifeline leading the division has most assuredly; Brenda Leigh Johnson is a wild card. The more Pope pokes her, the more she's going to want to find ways around her very own Johnson Rule. Do you think we've seen the last of Phillip Stroh? Will she stop trying to land the one that got away? Will that case be the downfall of her career, but the conclusion to which that will allow her to retain her dignity and integrity?

We have five more episodes to find that out. We also need to learn the identity of the leak. It sure looks more like Pope all the time, doesn't it? To me, that's almost such a foregone conclusion that we're clearly on the wrong path. What are your thoughts for the final five? 


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Didnt like the episode The one that got away! Enough with unfairness in the world - thats why we watch TV! And that is coming from a former Police Officer! Love the entire show's actors! Think this is such a strong group of characters that the show will continue full blast. Looking forward to the new Show!


I like the closer and am not happy to see it go. I am not a fan of Sharon Raydor. I would like to see Brenda become the police commissioner as we know it is an open position after the episode called the road block.I agree the leak is either Pope or Gabriel.


I love this show, BUt i can't stand Brenda, i know this is only a tv show. but i know a woman just like her that is over Police officers and make there lives awful.
I am looking forward to the new show. I love all the other charaters and hope cap. Rader Takes Brendas place. Also i think the reason Brenda will leave the show is she will be pregnant and have to quit because she is preg. and because of her age.She has broken the law as much as the bad guys she puts in prison.And if this were real she would be in prison.


The Closer is a favorite. I do not want it to end. That being said, Brenda's end should be ignominious and she should suffer. She understands the criminal mentality so well because that she is a criminal as well. As for the leak, I agree that Pope is the obvious choice. That being the case, it must be somebody unexpected. If I can get some odds, I will bet on Lt. Provenza. Deep inside, he thinks he should have been in charge, not Brenda, the outsider.


I watched the first episode that stroh was in. He was in every office including the tech room. I think he planted bugs and HE is the 'leak'


Colleen, Phillip Stroh was at the beginning of the "Elysian Fields" episode that you're thinking about. But Brenda Leigh was having a nightmare that Stroh appeared. The victim in this episode was the suspect in the murder of two women and Tom Skerritt was the detective on the original case.


I have been a fan of this show since it started. I always liked Brenda. But I did not care for Monday's show. They have her acting like she is loosing it. Again the bad guy gets away. I will not be happy if they have a bad ending for Brenda.


It's bad enough that the Closer is closing. Did they have to make Brenda look like she's losing it? I didn't like the way she acted in this show. It made her look bad. Is this the way to fire her? I think it stinks.

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The Closer Season 7 Episode 16 Quotes

Provenza: Dammit, Chief, how long have you been tracking Stroh's car with a GPS marker?
Brenda: Since the day after the Johnson Rule went into effect. Don't worry, I have a warrant.

Drugging women to have sex with them. I don't understand it. It's just so...unsporting. Not to even give them a fighting chance.