The Closer: Lover's Leap
As far as the investigation went, I knew the killer was a woman from the moment the coroner said "pepper spray". Men just don't carry it. I didn't know which woman until the end when Brenda and Sgt. Gabriel confronted the former police officer's wife, but still.
Okay. So, here are the story lines that may or may not play out in the future:
- Homeland Security audit of LAPD. Earlier this season, Sgt. Gabriel and Chief Pope hatched a plan to get more funding for the Priority Homicide Squad by getting a federal grant from Homeland Security so the team can do double duty. Are they going to be busted for this?
- No more help from the FBI. Suddenly, the FBI changed its rules and now Fritz can no longer help Brenda with investigations without officially bringing the FBI in on her investigation, which really pisses her off. That story line did make for some good comedy, as Brenda and her team kept sending the fumbling FBI agents red herrings. I can see this pop up in the future when Brenda needs FBI help but can't ask. At least it gets her off poor Fritz's back. (Speaking of Fritz, a rant is below)
- Pope's affair with the murder victim. I'm not sure we're actually going to see any more of this, but it did make for some uncomfortable moments between Pope and Brenda. He did mention he was in a custody battle with Estelle for his kids, so that will probably come up again soon.
- The coroner's apparent crush on Sgt. Gabriel. What the hell was with that scene? Besides the fact that the coroner's monologue about how the victim died was downright confusing, I was sidetracked by his flirting with Gabriel. Is there a rumor flying around about Gabriel's sexuality that we don't know about? Weird. I actually do hope this little story line crops up again because it could make for some uncomfortable humor for Gabriel.
Overall, another strong episode. It felt very full of information and I have to wonder if it was setting us up for the last two episodes of the season. I'd like to see Brenda return to her healthy self soon because she was really bumming me out!