The Closer: Mom Duty
(S02E02) I just adore the Brenda character. She is such a disaster in person, isn't she? Even though she rubs people the wrong way, she still manages to get them to talk. Remarkable. I love the irony that she is so socially retarded, yet she can totally read people when it comes to interrogating them about crimes.
The first half of this episode was more about the personal side of Brenda. She's all on edge about Fritz moving in and her mother coming to visit. Her mother, you probably noticed, delivers a similar sugary-sweet 'Thank You' to Brenda's, although Brenda's can mean a million different things. It was an unusual departure for the show and I expected the crime to remain in the background but, at about the 30-minute mark, the focus of the show changed to the crime at hand. Her mother disappears into the background-- only appearing in order to be hit on by Lt. Provenza-- and Fritz completely disappears until the very end when he's properly introduced to Brenda's mother. Bummer about the story shift, because I love the walking wreck that is Brenda's personal life.
So. The crime Brenda is investigating this week is the apparent murder of a juror on a high-profile case. I was floored when Brenda started asking the victim's husband questions without even telling him that his wife was dead. You can't blame the guy for his anger with her. She's so socially inept that, if this show took place in a hospital, she'd be House.
She pursues the son of the man who is on trial because he is the most logical villian. He's the one who actually committed the crime the father is accused of, after all. He also killed an eye witness. Bad dude. However, I found it unbelievable that the jury consultant and the lawyer were so quick to assist Brenda's investigation, considering they were both working for an Armenian who was known for his brutality. Granted, Brenda played to the lawyer's ego and to the consultant's professionalism... but still. I did enjoy her interrogation of the Armenian's son, whom she led to believe that he was going to die. She got him to confess to his crimes-- but not to the murder of a juror.
Brenda ends up figuring out who killed the juror when she says, "There's no substitute for sugar." She realizes someone replaced the juror's vitamins with 16 pills'-worth of her heart medication. The episode ends with Brenda interrogating a little old lady and getting her to confess to killing her daughter-in-law. Her mother watches the entire exchange from the surveillance room and tears up a bit when Brenda says she would never put her own mother in a nursing home.
Overall, a good episode. The weird thing about this show is I watch it for the personal interractions and for Brenda and not for the crime storylines. The storylines are usually rather weak and predictable but the characters are just too enjoyable so I forgive TNT for that weakness.
Did anybody else notice James Pickens, Jr. as the coroner? He put in a lot of face time on Grey's Anatomy last season but still found the time to play a minor role in The Closer.