The Closer was a TV series that began in 2005 and lasted for seven seasons. Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is head of the Priority Murder Squad which investigates priority murders in the Los Angeles area.
10 out of 10 stars. This series was one of the best series on television. It started to go downhill at the end of season 5 and by season 6 and 7 had lost most of its fans, but the first five seasons were very well done.
Episode 1 Blue Blood
In episode 1 of season 2, Blue Blood, a cop whose son has cancer kills his ex-partner when he finds out the man is his son’s biological father (he had an affair with his wife) and he refuses to donate bone marrow. 8 out of 10 stars.
Episode 2 Mom Duty
In episode 2 of season 2, Mom Duty, a juror dies of a heart attack. Her mother-in-law laced her vitamins with Digoxin rather than be put in a retirement home. 8 out of 10 stars.
Episode 3 Slippin
In episode 3 of season 2, Slippin, a gang shoots up a black SUV killing two teens and wounding a third. The parents of one of the murdered teens discovers when they went to a restaurant and valeted their car, it was used by the valet in a gang shooting and their SUV was identified and shot at in retaliation. 10 out of 10 stars. One of my favorite episodes of the series.
Episode 4 Aftertaste
In episode 4 of season 2, Aftertaste, the wife of a chef (and manager of his restaurant) is murdered by the food critic who fell in love with her. He thought she was in love with him and left his wife and ruined his career only to be dumped by her once she got the rave review for her husband’s restaurant. 8 out of 10 stars.
Episode 5 To Protect and Serve
In episode 5 of season 2, To Protect and Serve, a dead drug mule is found in Provenza’s garage. She illegally sold her baby daughter years ago and now that she can’t have more children wants her back so the adoptive father kills her to protect his daughter. 8 out of 10 stars.
Episode 6 Out of Focus
In episode 6 of season 2, Out of Focus, a paparazzo is murdered by his ex-wife who was still in love with him. 6 out of 10 stars.
Episode 7 Head Over Heels
In episode 7 of season 2, Head Over Heels, a porn star’s head is found in a dumpster with HIV. The team discovers that he’d found out he was HIV positive and confronted the director only to discover they’d intentionally hid the fact that they infected him with HIV. 10 out of 10 stars. One of my favorite episodes of the series because she gets the owner (the mother of the director) on 14 counts of attempted murder and intent to do bodily harm for every person she infected.
Episode 8 Critical Missing
In episode 8 of season 2, Critical Missing, a man murders his Japanese wife and four year old daughter and the team discovers they weren’t his first murders–he killed his first wife too. 10 out of 10 stars.
Episode 9 Heroic Measures
In episode 9 of season 2, Heroic Measures, a surgeon intentionally lets a 9 year old boy die on the table rather than survive in less than perfect condition. 2 out of 10 stars. One of the worst episodes in the series. At one point the mother does an autopsy on her own son and it’s graphic.
Episode 10 The Other Woman
In episode 10 of season 2, The Other Woman, the brother of a meth addict mistakenly murders the wrong woman when he seeks to kill his sister and an identity thief is sleeping in her home. 6 out of 10 stars.
Episode 11 Borderline
In episode 11 of season 2, Borderline, the son of two murdered Mexican illegal immigrants hunts down and kills the coyotes who brought them across the border and let them cook to death in a locked truck in the heat. 8 out of 10 stars. The killer confesses in order to be put in jail with the last of the men who killed his parents.
Episode 12 No Good Deed
In episode 12 of season 2, No Good Deed, a murderer on death row convinces a prison groupie to convince her friend to be an eyewitness for his defense then has him murdered so he can’t back out of his testimony. 10 out of 10 stars. This is one of my favorite episodes of the entire series and commonly referred to as the Butterface episode.
Episode 13 Overkill
In episode 13 of season 2, Overkill, a mob informant kills his FBI bodyguards when they help his young wife abort their child. 2 out of 10 stars.
Episode 14 and 15 Serving the King
In episodes 14 and 15 of season 2, Serving the King, a young Jordanian boy is killed after he reveals to CIA they have a mole. 10 out of 10 stars.
10 out of 10 stars. Police procedurals are popular because when written cleverly they’re very satisfying. This is one of those series.