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The Closer: Waivers of Extradition (summer season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:34AM
Brenda_TNT_The_Closer(S05E12) Kind of like the summer season finale for Burn Notice, it seemed like they saved the best for last with The Closer. There was an interesting case, a colorful new character to go nose to nose with Brenda, and an up tick in the action, including a chase that was top notch. Kudos to Kevin Bacon who directed the episode and brought it all together.

For a time, it looked like Brenda and Major Crimes were on the trail of a ninja. No, not a real ninja, but a guy dressed all in black who kind of looked like a ninja. He used a blade, albeit a knife, and he was a stone cold killer who showed no mercy and seemed to take pleasure in the kill.

Xander Berkeley nearly stole the episode with his performance as El Paso lawman, Detective Curt Landry. Landry was determined to bring the serial killer back to Texas where the death penalty is still in effect. Landry was as dogged an investigator as Brenda, and the sight of his office with the board marked up looked very much like Major Crimes when they're on a case. The way he insinuated himself into the pursuit was also Brenda-like.

The set piece that was really stellar was Sanchez' effort to stop the killer from getting away in a car carrier. There was a helicopter overhead watching the truck hurtling down the road and Sanchez was hanging on the side for dear life before getting into the cab and fighting with the driver. It reminded me of the James Bond movie License to Kill. Sanchez was crazy to do what he did, especially when he was getting pummeled with a club, but he was unrelenting.

Using the knowledge that Jessie, the killer, didn't want to die -- Brenda knew that because he tried to run -- Chief Johnson got him to confess to all 16 murders he'd committed. It was horrific to hear him talk about the pleasure he got from killing, and that was the point.

Landry then played his trump card, if we're to believe he knew how Brenda would react to the photos of the murdered women. Landry claimed, "I played that just right," when Brenda decided to give Jessie to Texas after all. I don't think he knew what she would do, and judging by the looks on the faces of Pope, Tao and Flynn, they weren't buying his line for an instance.

On the domestic front, the situation with Charlie came to a resolution. After the weeks of angst and disharmony, Charlie wanted to stay with Fritz and Brenda. Brenda was sympathetic, but Fritz had issues. For once, Brenda listened to her spouse, and even though it meant disappointing Charlie, she sent her niece back to Atlanta.

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Can anyone remember the line the Texas lawman used about how, "...In Texas we ...." ... it was two analogies... and I burst out laughing when he delivered that line, but can't, for the life of me, remember them! Thanks!

August 26 2009 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to say: some of the strongest The Closer episodes have been directed by Kevin Bacon. That Sanchez-Ninja chase scene was nail-biting! Aside from Brenda, Sanchez is my favorite detective because he's silent, but relentless, goes at the criminal like a bulldog off a leash. And I always think, with the kind of neighborhood he (the character) is purpotted to have grown up in, he could have been a gang member.

August 25 2009 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I missed this episode on TV!!! Will TNT have this one up on their website?

August 25 2009 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not their strongest, really. First, I haven't really found the whole Charlie bit to be engaging. It hasn't been awful, and it's seemed to be more than an excuse to bring Segwick's family into the show, so kudos on that front. However, it hasn't seemed to be as true to the character as I'd have liked. Part of the characterization is that Johnson's personal life is as out of her control as her professional life is in it. Sometimes you can subvert that for fun, but ever since Charlie, a destabilizing force in her personal life, has been added, she's become more in control of that aspect. And now, she's being manipulated by someone professionally?

August 25 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode as usual but where was Provenza?

August 25 2009 at 9:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Closer: El Paso

'nuff said!

August 25 2009 at 9:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fantastic finale! Being a Texan, I knew exactly what she was thinking when she had her "aha" moment.

Det. Landry was like a male version of Brenda. Very smart of him to give her the file after she finished getting the confession. I didn't see the twist coming.

Kudos to the Bacon family. Kevin did another amazing job as director. Fingers crossed for him and Kyra to win an Emmy next month.

Can't wait for the winter episodes.

August 25 2009 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was a good one...will miss the show until it returns.

August 25 2009 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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