The Closer

Season 3 Episode 14

Next of Kin (Part I)

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 2007 on TNT
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Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.

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  • Home for the holidays takes on a whole new meaning when Brenda tracks a bad guy back to her hometown to bring him back to L.A.

    9.4
    You've got 2 dead bodies, 3 bad guys, a younger brother of one of the perp's and the usual dissension between Robbery Homicide and Brenda's Priority Murder Squad. This is nothing now for this show.



    However, what made this all fun for me was the involvement of Brenda's parents. As she chases down her perp back in her hometown, she lies to them about why she's come home for the holidays. Then, as usual, she tries to spin a good yarn about how she ran into a bad guy from back in L.A. and has to get him back there pronto because he's part of an ongoing murder investigation. But her parents are no dummies. They are onto her and her elusive truth-telling tactics. While Brenda is 'the closer' and she's known for being able to get anyone to talk, she is also known for embellishing the truth and the facts when it comes to her mama and daddy. It seems that while she can come off as barely tolerating them, it seems that she also cannot bring herself to hurt them, if she can avoid it. So she embellishes. And lies. It's fun to watch it all spin out of control when you've got Brenda, Fritz, the goon squad, perps and hostile police detectives all trying to close a case.



    There were some interesting things about this episode. Fritz seemed like he was angry the whole time, and while I get that she tricked him into going to Georgia, it seemed like he had some rage issues about it the whole time. He got what he wanted. She agreed to accept the offer on the house. But I thought his anger about the trip was over the top, more so that usual. I just didn't get it.



    There was a weird kind of connection with Wesley and Brenda, in the rv and later when he was being wired, then still later when he took his wire off and taped that message for her. I get that they spent a while together while she was 'closing' in on him to get him to tell her the truth, but it was still kind of off kilter for me, the whole connection they had. I wasn't surprised by her reaction at the end. Brenda is sentimental and she cannot abide an unnecessary death and his was. So it affected her. I get that. It was the other stuff before that I didn't get.



    A few funny bits that tickled me. Brenda tells Fritz to get Wesley's feet when he breaks out the car window. Fritz kinda sorta goes berserk and yanks the whole lower half of Wesley's body out of the car by the feet. That was just hilarious. Then Brenda yanks Fritz's belt off, ties it around both of Wesley's feet and yanks the belt up through the top of the window and shuts the door on it with his feet sticking up. No more kicking for that perp. That was HOT. Flynn and Provenza come sailing into town to nab their man, take him to the airport for transport back to L.A., only to have Wesley yell, "I have a bomb". They are now on the terrorist watch list and must find another way home to L.A. Wam Bam Thank You Man. So now, we are off on a road trip cross-country. Wesley trying to escape out the tiny bathroom window was just plain dumb and I giggled when he fell and smashed his face into the pavement. Just desserts, I say. Still later, I was caught laughing again when Wesley jumped off the picnic table, then under it and hollered at the people coming out of the church that the cops were kidnapping him. (HAHAHA) His griping and braying grated on my nerves. All I have to say about that is, "Would you like some cheese with that whine?". Enough already.



    The ending of the episode was emotional after the shootout. Brenda takes it pretty hard and her daddy tries to comfort him. He also tells her that he and her mama want to take Wesley's younger brother, Grady, back to Atlanta with them. They want to take care of him until he can learn to live without his brother and be on his own. Brenda tearfully tells him what Wesley said to her about her being lucky to have such a great family. She goes through the house, looking at the Christmas tree and the different rooms, then walks out, closing the door softly behind her. She is valiantly trying to be brave as she gets ready to take the next step with Fritz. A house. Big changes are in the air this holiday season!moreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

Corey Reynolds

Corey Reynolds

Sgt. David Gabriel

Robert Gossett

Robert Gossett

Commander Russell Taylor

G.W. Bailey

G.W. Bailey

Detective Lt. Louis Provenza

Tony Denison

Tony Denison

Detective Lt. Andy Flynn

Sterling Knight

Sterling Knight

Grady Reed

Guest Star

French Stewart

French Stewart

Gary Evans

Guest Star

Jeff Witzke

Jeff Witzke

Brett

Guest Star

Conan McCarty

Conan McCarty

Detective Ross

Recurring Role

Phillip P. Keene

Phillip P. Keene

Buzz Watson

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