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The Closer: Split Ends

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 1st 2008 11:18PM
Brenda TNT"Oh, goodness. Is this where they do Dancing with the Stars?"
-- Willie Ray Johnson, Brenda's momma

(S04E08) Here was an episode that epitomized what I like about The Closer. This was an excellent mystery. It was complicated and drew you into the chase. Like Brenda, you're wondering how it was done, why and by whom.

Of course, it didn't seem like it was going to be a heavy duty episode, not when the opening was all about Willie Ray and Clay's unexpected visit. That damn RV has brought Brenda's parents cross-country, even with gas at $4 a gallon!

Don't get me wrong, I like Barry Corbin and Frances Sternhagen. They're great actors, but the roles are so broadly drawn. The show uses them for comic relief, even though they can do drama brilliantly. The scenes at the film studio were too jokey to me, especially in light of the heinous crime scene that Brenda was investigating.

The murder reminded me of the O.J. Simpson case. It looked like Ryan -- an actor with anger management issues -- was the murderer. He lied and had a history of beating his wife. The sight of him with the gym bag and then those black gloves were all vaguely reminiscent of O.J. Of course, since he was the prime suspect, I never thought that he was the killer. Too obvious.

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Hasselhoff accused of abuse

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 10th 2006 11:01AM
david hasselhoffBack in January, Jonathan mentioned actor David Hasselhoff and his wife Pamela Bach were calling it quits after sixteen years of marriage. Well, as it turns out the split wasn't as "amicable" as previously reported. Bach has accused Hasselhoff of allegedly roughing her up on at least one occasion, and has asked for a restraining order. A judge denied the order but decided it was better to keep them apart for the time being. Hasselhoff is also working on big screen adaptations of Knight Rider and Baywatch.

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