The Closer: Overkill (season finale)
(S02E13) Well, I'm glad this season has come to an end. While I loved the first half, the second half just seemed to lose its steam. It's as though there were two teams of writers or something. The culmination of the season came tonight and it wasn't that great. Sure, we got to see more of Fritz and some of the minor characters got a few good lines in (Provenza's "Miss Scarlett to the rescue" line was great), but it was just like any one of the last 4-5 episodes. Nothing special. And the end? Well, although I didn't solve the case, I did see it coming with the Crown Royal bag and that's what the entire episode built up to, wasn't it?
Fritz and Brenda are called to the same case, which surprisingly does not cause any tension in their relationship. An FBI agent is killed at a safe house but so is the wife of a protected witness. The FBI and the LAPD are at odds over who gets to investigate. The agent is FBI jurisdiction but apparently the wife of a protected witness is under the LAPD's jurisdiction. Brenda gets pushy and 'Fritzie' gets the uncomfortable luck of being in the middle of it. Even Chief Pope shows up to the scene and aggressively takes Brenda's side against Fritz and the FBI agents, although his reasons are questionable considering his season-long crush on Brenda.
Brenda gets the protected witness in her custody but only for 48 hours until he has to testify against a crime family. Poor Fritz becomes the FBI liaison as Brenda and the team investigate the murders. He gets pushed around by the detectives, even though he's trying to cooperate, although it seems clear that he's only cooperating because Brenda is his live-in girlfriend.
Brenda gets to question the mafia guy who is about to go on trial and, as she's obsessing over his cannolis, she learns that FBI Agent Tim Hecht has been communicating with the mafia fella that was identified as the shooter. Brenda calls Det. Flynn on his cell phone and he lures Hecht into the kitchen, where he pulls a gun on him and arrests the agent. I totally got a kick out of Provenza's relationship with the witness, DeLuca. They're like a couple of good ol' boys together. Anyway, the investigation points to Hecht and things get super uncomfortable for poor Fritz. And how about when he gets shut out of the interview? Brenda says, "You better sit this one out. I'm gonna do a little bit of what I do to you at home." In other words, she's blaming Fritz and the FBI for the agent's arrest and is pretending to be on his side. When she questions him, he can explain why he went to Flagstaff for 48 hours but he can't explain why he's been in contact with the mafia guy's attorney.
As Brenda and Fritz are leaving the police department to check on their missing cat, they learn that the witness's wife had an abortion and didn't miscarry her baby like her husband said she did. Oh, and the kitty came back and Fritz made a comment about having their backs turned, which leads Brenda to solve the case.
In order to get her confessions, Brenda puts DeLuca and Hecht in the same room together and gets Hecht to admit that he helped DeLuca's wife get an abortion. And here's where it gets confusing. My head was spinning as Brenda unraveled it all, but let's just say that Marty DeLuca set up the hit because the FBI trusted him too much. He ends up grabbing Provenza's gun (gee, who didn't see that coming?) and shooting Hecht dead and taking Provenza hostage. But, Det. Sanchez is behind DeLuca as he leaves the investigation room and shoots the guy to death.
We don't have to wait another year for new episodes of The Closer. It returns in December.