The Closer: Til Death Do Us Part (part 2 - season finale)
(S03E13) And so ends another season. To tell you the truth, the way The Closer has been running this season, I could go for another 9 or so more episodes before season three ends, but you know what they say about wishing and hands. We'll have to make due with the fact that there is a boatload of shows ready to premiere right around the corner, and take solace in the knowledge that after 41 episodes, this show just keeps getting better.
I suppose I have tipped my hand there. Yes, I really enjoyed this episode. The case got a little bit squirrely there for a moment, but they got it back under control just in time for the good guys to win, and to cap off the season quite nicely. As fun as that was though, my favorite part of the episode was the Fritz/Brenda relationship drama. More on both of those, after the jump.
Ok, let's get to the case first. I was mildly pleased that Jonathan Schafer (Michael Wiseman) ended up being guilty, only because that was my best guess. I did completely miss on the conspiracy angle with the wife though. But then, how could any of us have seen the house full of weed coming when, somehow, the entire investigation team missed it too. That part of the story fell a little flat for me actually.
D.D.A Garnett (James Patrick Stuart) was working my last nerve with his constant badgering of Brenda, but I have to admit, he kind of had a point. Failing to find that your murder suspect owns a house, a house where things like evidence of a murder could be, is pretty shoddy police work. The team needs to count themselves lucky that they were dealing with the criminal mastermind equivalent of a three toed sloth. I can't be the only one questioning the idea that Schafer was going to set himself up as a suspect, but 'not' remove the 4000 plants from his house? That's pushing my suspension of disbelief so very near the breaking point, but they didn't quite get there.
Despite the questionable police work, and the so dumb you have to wonder how he doesn't fall down more often criminal, I still liked the story. I liked it because it wasn't easy for Brenda, and there was doubt. I also liked that they brought in Fredric Lehne to play Topper Barnes. And as cheesy as it might sound, I liked it for the payoff of the celebration at the end. It was a great way to wrap up the season for the team. On screen it served as a celebration of a job well done, while it also worked as a celebration of another successful season. Most watched cable drama, and all of that. So, if you want to hammer them for the case, I get ya, but I'm giving them a pass because I'm really happy with the series as a whole right now.
Moving on, how about the Fritz and Brenda showdown. They set it up very well last week and I thought the payoff was great. That scene where Fritz finally snapped and let Brenda have it was far and away my favorite Jon Tenney moment of the season. I often think that he gets overshadowed by Sedgwick because Brenda is such a huge character, and there is a reason that she keeps getting nominated for awards. But here, this was all about Fritz.
"You've got a lot of nerve calling me a liar..."
Damn. That was some of the good stuff. And I'm a big enough sap that I got sucked in to the makeup at the end too. We're far enough into the series now that we're heavily invested in this relationship, While I am sure there is plenty of story to tell in a breakup, it's not the story I want to see. I want to see Fritz and Brenda living happily ever after, with a good amount of bumps and quirkiness along the way.
So, there you go. Three seasons in the books and a fourth on the schedule. I think the show is as strong as it has ever been right now and am already looking forward to season four. And finally, I'd like to thank Anna for all of her posts on the show this season, and for letting me step in for these last two episodes. And of course, all of the TV Squad readers. We'll see you again for season four.
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