Review: The Closer - The Life (winter premiere)
by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2009 8:32AM
(S05E13) "What does L.A. have in store for us today?" -- Brenda
Major crimes was back on the job with a case that was gruesome and grim at the same time. How Brenda managed to face the morning crime scene without blanching is proof that she's as tough as nails beneath that smiling, sweet Southern facade. Brenda needed to be when dealing with a triple homicide, gang rape and possible gang war. Welcome to L.A. More on the case and the kitty situation, after the jump.
Manuel Soto was a 12-year-old wannabe gang member, or so it seemed. The vomit, blood and body at the scene suggested one thing, but it was a lot more complicated than it seemed.
Before Brenda and her team were even able to question the suspects, Stank and Sniper, they were dead. Detective Ranski, the lead cop investigating those murders, was more than happy to pass the corpses onto Major Crimes. That glint in his eyes when dealing with Brenda turned out to be more than just police cooperation.
Finding Camilla Santiago's ATM card was key to finding Camilla. She was traumatized and not speaking to the rape treatment counselors. That just meant that it was up to Brenda to use her powers of persuasion to get her to open up. It wasn't a surprise to me that Camilla had been brutalized by all the men at the party house, but it was to Brenda. I can't imagine why.
However, Camilla's having killed Manuel to get away and avoid being raped further, was surprising. I thought we were going to learn that Manuel let her go and then the gang members killed him for being too soft.
The bottom line was that Manuel's murder resulted in all three rapists being killed. It was Cruz Soto's revenge for his brother's death.
Other points of interest
-- Provenza's romance is over. He crushed the photo of the two of them on his desk, and with a little provocation by Flynn, he began shedding himself of all memory of his ex-fiance.
-- At the rape treatment center, Brenda benefited from Provenza's crafty old veteran ways to get another officer to share a confidence.
-- Detective Ranski was attracted to Brenda. He brought her a box of chocolates, which meant that he had asked around about her to learn what she liked. So he wasn't surprised to learn that she was married. It didn't matter; he still asked her to dinner.
-- The sweetest part of the show was Fritz bringing home a new kitty named Joel. That's right, Joel. Brenda didn't want a new pet, or so she claimed. Fritz trumped her rejecting Joel by saying that the cat was his pet. By the end of the episode, Brenda was hooked on Joel.
-- Pope's reaction is always to tell Brenda " no." She asks and he denies. The Crime Suppression Unit was a no-go, but then he found a way to send ten black and whites to patrol for her. That's how he comes through for her. It's their thing.
-- Gabriel continues to prove his value, as do all the guys. He made sure to Mirandize Soto so that his confession wouldn't be thrown out of court.