The Closer

Season 5 Episode 12

Waivers of Extradition

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 24, 2009 on TNT
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When a serial killer's spree crosses from Texas to California, Brenda must work with Detective Curt Landry, her Texan equivalent. The two match wits and find themselves going toe to toe as each tries to gain control of the case and the way in which they solve it.moreless

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  • A ninja kills a woman. Pretty clever.

    Brenda and the Major Crimes Division investigate the murder by stabbing of a woman who described on a 911 call that her killer was dressed like a ninja. Detective Curt Landry, from El Paso who investigated similar murders, comes to L.A. to aid the Major Crimes. Clay, Brenda's father, comes to get Charlie to bring her back to Atlanta. The Closer, a police drama starring Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

    Mondays 9:00 PM Eastern on TNT Rerun: Following Monday 8:00 PM on TNT

    Waivers of Extradition - summer finale

    The Sedgwick-Bacon bunch are part of this episode; Kyra Sedgiwck, wife of Kevin Bacon, the director of the episode work with their daughter, Sosie Bacon, a guest star on a few episodes.moreless
  • A great episode in a brilliant series. The contrasting professional and domestic plots strain Brenda Lee's emotional limits as she struggles to close her case and resolve the relationship with Charlie. Sedgewick's authentic vulnerability is marvelous.moreless

    In this episode, the director almost leaves the other characters behind as the focus stays on Brenda (to spectacular result), and each new problem is hers to fix. The camera stays with her reactions, her epiphanies, and her moments of doubt. The result is an in-depth character study of the highest caliber for which the plot itself, as is true in many classics, is nearly superficial. The mirroring story arc of Charlie and Brenda this season has been very well played. Particularly striking is the contrast between the indomitable "Closer," Dept. Chief Johnson, who can endure the depraved storytelling of a serial killer and finish her case, and Brenda Lee, who cannot find a way to resolve the problems of her niece's furlough with her and Fritz. Her accomplishments and emotionally difficult work are ignored by her father, who rolls over them to describe their domestic problems, which she must then address. The stress and pull between these dichotomies of Brenda's life are masterfully highlighted in a few of her final words, 'who you are is something you take with you wherever you go, even when you don't want to'. The skills and personality that match so well with her professional task are inadequate and inappropriate to her domestic challenges, and she reveals her own self-awareness of this weakness to Charlie and the audience as the director leaves us with their doubled image framed together in the final shot. The presence of this subplot, and others like it, are the elements that transform this show from a clever cop drama into a true character classic.moreless
  • Brenda and Major Case investigate a serial killer dressed like a Ninja who has killed at least sixteen people in four states. They are joined by a lead detective from El Paso working on the same case. Charlie must return to Atlanta and her parents.moreless

    Why do most serial killers go by three names? There seems to be a pattern among the really famous ones.

    This case becomes a race against time. Yet in the end it is justice that needs to be served. Really there's not a lot to be said. This individual is not right in the head. You could tell by the interrogation that he was not all there! It became obvious once Detective Curt Landry played by Xander Berkeley from El Paso admitted he had DNA on Jesse Rae Moore that Texas was going to get the case. Brenda doesn't just lay down and take that though. In a grueling seven hour process she gets Moore to confess to all sixteen murders and tell her each person and where they occurred. Using the argument that California doesn't have the death penalty and that Texas has killed more prisoners in the last fifty years than almost all other states combined was a very compelling argument for Mr. Moore to confess to stay in California.

    Then Berkeley brilliantly passes Brenda the pictures and murder scene shots of each of the victims and she caves and lets Moore go to Texas. Unfortunately for Moore his resume was enough that in the end justice meant enough to Brenda that she let Berkeley have him. Just as he thought she would.

    Charlie in an after thought does return home to Atlanta a different person. A little scarred but a much more grown up individual than when she came to her Aunt and Uncle's home.

    TNT does know drama and between this show and Leverage has two of the better series on television. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • the summer finale: great episode of The Closer, as usual, too bad the show's gotta score far from the one it should have!

    The Major Crimes Division investigate the murder of a woman apparently killed by a Texan serial killer, dressed as a ninja. An El Paso detective comes to L.A. to follow up the MCD's investigation.

    The Closer- Mondays 9:00PM Eastern


    Starring Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a southern belle leaving her hometown of Atlanta to work solving Los Angeles' highest profile homicide cases, along with critical missings. Kyra dedicates precious time to her lovely husband, Fritz Howard, an FBI agent and entertains her parents from time-to-time when they visit her in L.A. The Closer- Mondays 9:00PM Eastern

    Police Dramamoreless
J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Assistant Police Chief Will Pope

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

Michael Paul Chan

Michael Paul Chan

Lt. Michael Tao

Geoff Meed

Geoff Meed

Jesse Moore

Guest Star

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Jeff Webb

Guest Star

Fiona Gubelmann

Fiona Gubelmann

Lisa Price

Guest Star

Steve Roussell

Steve Roussell

Tactical Flight Officer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Brenda: Your parents would be devastated if you didn't come back.
      Charlie: But what about me? What about what I want? I mean, does that just not matter? Don't you think I've changed? I have. I'm not the same person that I was.
      Brenda: Charlie, who you are, it-it doesn't depend on where you are. Who you are is something you take with you wherever you go. Believe me, even if you don't want to.

    • Brenda: You wanna know why I'm late? I've been listening to a man tell me how he stabbed 16 women to death.
      Clay: Well, I love you too.

    • Brenda: That's everyone? You're absolutely sure there's no one else?
      Jesse: No, 16 is all. People, that is.
      You don't wanna know about the cats or dogs. I mean, they were just practice, really.

    • Sanchez: [to Tao] What do you know about ninjas?
      Tao: What? I'm Asian-American, I'm supposed to be an expert in ninjas?
      Sanchez: Uh, Yeah.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: September 16, 2010 on More4
      Czech Republic: November 9, 2010 on Prima
      Canada: February 11, 2011 on W Network
      Turkey: February 24, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Finland: March 31, 2011 on MTV3
      Canada: July 15,2011 on W Network

    • This episode is the summer finale.