01 September, 2011

Season Finale – The Closer

I have been following The Closer for a little over a year now. And slowly with re-runs on TNT have been able to watch just about every episode made so far. Quickly I became a fan of the Major Crimes division of the LAPD and think Brenda Leigh Johnson is one cool gal!

The content below contains spoilers of last season’s episode as well as this season in general.

Last season on The Closer on episode “War Zone” featuring three American Soldiers, who just returned home from Afghanistan, gunned down all because of mistaken identity. One of the Soldiers was a twin to a Black gang member, Terrell Baylor. This gang member had murdered a Grandfather and his grandson (aka the “Shootin’ Newtin murders) just because he hadn’t been waited on in a local store. With that the Baylor gained immunity through the LAPD and confessed to Brenda and Gabriel that he committed the murder. Since he had immunity the Major Crimes division could not arrest him for the double homicide. He was then dropped off by Brenda, Gabriel, and Sanchez in front of his home. We find out later that Terrell Baylor was beaten to death by fellow gang members.

Fast forward to this season…Chief Delk has made inquiries into the Shootin’ Newtin murder against Deputy Chief Johnson, using Captain Raydor to fulfil this inquiry. (In the last season if you remember Sharon Raydor and Brenda finally became friends after a drawn out dispute between them.) In that same episode we find out Assistant Chief Pope is going to be demoted to Captain. After Chief Delk suffers from an aneurysm, Chief Pope is promoted to Chief of the LAPD. Captain Raydor is summoned by him to further the inquiries, instead of putting an end to them. We find out here, Pope is and never has been a friend to Brenda. Though that hasn’t stopped Captain Raydor from doing her best to help her friend, Brenda.

Now it seems that the Baylor’s lawyer knows something about what happened in the police car after they dropped off Terrell. Which suggests a leak within the division. Someone has betrayed the trust of Major Crimes and Deputy Chief Johnson.

Naturally I want to say it is Chief Pope, mainly because I have such a strong dislike for the character. Or even Commander Taylor, who really isn’t such an important character. But what alarms me is that I have an uneasy feeling that it might in fact be Gabriel, Johnson’s right hand man. I can narrow out some of them, it clearly isn’t Sanchez because of his anger about the questioning of their ethics and Buzz, who is just too nice, really can anyone actually believe he would do that??? I don’t think so. I also do not believe it would be Raydor, it would just be too obvious, and since she’s going to be the star of the next connecting show Major Crimes, I highly doubt that they would keep on the one who betrayed Brenda.

So that leaves: Lt. Provenza, Lt. Flynn, Lt. Tao, Lt. Gabriel, Commander Taylor, and Chief Pope. I don’t want to think that it’s Gabriel, but I have an uneasy feeling that they may just use him for it to throw off so many viewers.

If you are a fellow fan of The Closer, let me know what your thoughts on the leak in the Major Crimes division. Remember the show will be ending soon, probably this month. :::pouts:::


  1. I will be so upset if it is any of our favorite characters, especially Gabriel. He is usually sweet, and this would be so unlike him. Of course it would be unlike any of them. Don't know what to say except that I'll be glued to the TV when we watch the final episode.

  2. I agree with you that it is between commander taylor and lieutenant gabriel. Here is my reasoning. Commander Taylor never liked Brenda from the start but has learned to tolerate her. I suspect that it is lieutenant gabriel who is the leak because of obvious signs that don't seem to connect to any other situation. The most pivotal example that has me to suggest that gabriel is the leak is the fact that Gabriel was the only person who had not been subpoenaed when we first heard of the murder of terrel baylor. Gabriel had to ask to be subpoenaed. And take a guess at who he asked....the lawyer who is dead-set on Brenda being removed as deputy chief of the LAPD. It only makes sense, but because Gabriel is Brenda's right hand man, it is also the ultimate betrayal.