The Closer: The Other Woman
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.