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The Closer: The Other Woman

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 15th 2006 7:35AM
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(S02E10) Uh-oh.

Chief Pope's divorce is getting ugly and Brenda's getting dragged into it. During a deposition where Brenda thinks she is testifying on Pope's character, his wife's attorney holds up a letter that Brenda wrote to him when they both worked in Atlanta and had an affair. Before she can kill the lawyer with her glare, Brenda's called away to a homicide.

This week's crime victim is the daughter of a former heavy hitter in the city. Gennifer spelled with a 'G' was a meth addict and all the doors were locked up tight. There's a suspiciously large hole in a mattress in the guest room. Brenda's still flustered from the deposition as she stumbles through the crime scene.

The first twist in the episode comes relatively early, when the detectives report to a drug store where someone with the crime victim's credit cards is trying to buy $300 worth of sleeping pills. They arrive to find a woman, high on drugs, lashing out at everyone around her. Once Det. Sanchez tackles her to the ground, she claims she is Gennifer Raleigh. And she is. And it turns out she's been buying meth from a major trafficker and is an informant for the drugs division. Brenda has a tough time getting information from them about who might've killed Genny's friend.

Genny's family shows up and mistakenly thinks she is dead. It's a very messed up family situation, with the brother coming to his sister's aid and the mother obviously wishing her daughter was dead so she didn't have to deal with the meth crap anymore. The brother begs Brenda to release Genny and then he says something that sends her in a new direction.

The postman. Genny's mail was on hold, so why did the postman even show up to the house and call 911 about the dead body? It turns out the victim, MaryAnn, was his wife. They're identity thieves together. And he's not her killer.

We get off track from the criminal investigation for a bit when celebrity attorney Tom Blanchard shows up to protect Brenda's testimony in Chief Pope's divorce. He gets to open the gift that Pope gave Brenda for her birthday-- but we don't get to see it. All we know is it's platinum and heavy. Then Blanchard explains his view of how Brenda never got the gift, and suddenly we're back into the investigation.

Brenda rushes around the police station giving orders without explanation because, if she explained herself, we wouldn't get the big reveal in the interrogation room. Brenda questions the brother and Genny together where she pins the brother to the wall: after picking his sister up from rehab, he gets a phone call from her and she's high. He drives from Newport Beach to L.A. to confront her and he uses her gun to kill 'her'. Only it's not Genny, it's the woman who stole her identity. But the brother doesn't know that. He thinks he killed his sister. So when Sgt. Gabriel calls to ask the family to come to the police station, the brother tells the family that she's dead, because that's what he thinks happened.

So, Gen gets to walk out free and the brother goes to jail? Yup.

The episode wraps up with Brenda in deposition with her new lawyer threatening Estelle Pope's lawyer. I love how the lawyer, who is a snake in previous episodes, is Brenda's savior in this one. Lawyers: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

Once again, this wasn't that great of an episode. We had a run there with hilarious and also shocking episodes and now I'm kind-of bored with the last two episodes. The Brenda/Chief Pope storyline is being dragged out. Is there sexual tension between the two of them? I'm really not getting that. It's a bummer, really. The short run of episodes there during the middle of this season were so great that I was hoping it was the new normal. Only three episodes left so let's hope they pick up again.

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I enjoyed the episode...but I called the postman 10 minutes before he returned to the storyline--just based on watching other episodes. I think The Closer's format is starting to get predictable. Time to mix it up some.

August 15 2006 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this episode is good. I don't always need to be held in suspense the whole time, especially if to achieve that they need to do crazy stuff.

This show is as much drama as mystery and I thought this episode was very entertaining.

August 15 2006 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

I think even more telling about mom's feelings is her telling her husband right in front of Brenda that yes indeed Genny was dead. Ok, the guy has Alzheimers and may not remember this in 10 minutes but to do this in front of a stanger is cold in the extreme. Kind of explains (not excuse) where the brother was coming from.

I loved the squad hiding the cookies on Brenda and Priovenza's aggreived look when he saw what she was eating while he was munching on celery!

August 15 2006 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree - this was not a great episode and it was further marred for me because for some reason, I knew immediately upon meeting the family that the brother killed the woman thinking it was his sister. This story has been done on different shows for years - a sibling taking the ultimate drastic measure to stop the craziness in a family with a drugged out sister or brother.
Having Brenda testify as to his character when they have had an affair? Just plain stupid and likely wouldn't happen in real life. Good lawyers would never take the risk of the affair coming to light in a deposition. That was just an absurd filler that made no sense.

August 15 2006 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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