The Closer: Serving the King (Pt. 1 & 2)
The story/investigation was so complicated that we only got to see hints of Dep. Chief Johnson's unusual personality. I enjoyed the little tidbits in the first hour that showed her restless at her house as she waited for the investigation to conclude about the shooting in her murder room. Like you would imagine, she attempted gardening, but appeared to have killed all the plants. And she tried to go for a jog but ended up at the pastry shop "that I hate!" down the street.
Her team wasn't doing very well, either. Tao and Daniels had been reassigned, while Provenza and Sanchez were also on paid leave for the shooting investigation. Gabriel and Flynn were assigned to Cmdr. Taylor's homicide squad... and what a difference! We saw a stark contrast between Brenda and Cmdr. Taylor, as Taylor ate a rice cake while being debriefed by his homicide team. Brenda obviously made Gabriel and Flynn better investigators, because they ran circles around the homicide cops. Still, because they had betrayed him, Taylor disregarded Flynn and Gabriel's theory about how the teen-ager, Malik, was killed. Brenda would never do that.
As for the case- it was too much information for even two hours! The victim was 16-year-old Malik, a Lebanese immigrant, hard-core pianist, and CIA contact. While Taylor fumbles the investigation, Brenda is given the case--off the books-- from an old friend at the CIA. Brenda has to do two things to get her job back: 1) find Malik's killer, and 2) find the CIA mole. The first hour was spent on her search for Malik's killer, where we're introduced to no fewer than four CIA people and are told about Operation Fireproof, a CIA operation using four Iranians to inform them about what The Army of Allah is up to. Brenda rounds up Provenza, Flynn and Gabriel to help her solve the case. They end up finding Malik's killer and it's a Russian named Voitski who sold separated plutonium to The Army of Allah. Why did Voitski kill Malik? I think he did it because the CIA contact told him to. I'm a little fuzzy on that point.
When Brenda gets to Voitski, she finds him murdered with an ice pick in his ear. Nummy. The second hour is spent trying to find Voitski's murderer (she changed the deal with the CIA because she didn't want to root out moles "anymore", suggesting she used to do that for the CIA).
It turns out that Operation Fireproof was a way to distract the CIA into thinking it thwarted the sale of plutonium to terrorists. While they focused on one operation, other members of the Army received plutonium. Wait, why is this important? How does it help Brenda find the Voitski's killer/CIA mole?
Anyway, it turns out that the new guy in charge of Operation Fireproof at the CIA is the mole. He gets set up by Malik's father and Brenda et al. arrest him. By this point, I was so confused about what was being investigated and why there even was a mole, that I decided to call it a night.
This morning, here's what I still don't understand: 1) Why did Malik's mother flee the Middle East and change her hair?, 2) Why was Malik exchanging teddy bears with his father?, 3) Why did Voitski want to kill Malik's father?