For most of our last season, the questions we've been asking about love deal with its passionate side. In the five winter episodes, we have veered slowly towards the costs of that passion. As I have noted before, the only real promise you ever get with love is that it must end; that we go on loving, in the face of certain loss, is one of the nobler traits of humanity; in fact, it may be our saving grace as a species.
Devotion and adoration are not restricted to things that are good for us. Some people, in fact, love things that are so obviously bad for them, we cannot but marvel at their choices. Such is the case in tonight's episode, "Road Block," which represents the very best of what The Closer has to offer. There are several interesting firsts in this emotionally charged story, not the least of which would be the premiere appearances of Elizabeth Perkins and Mark Moses as LAPD Police Commissioner and his alcoholic wife. The script, penned by a writer who joined our rotation this season, the great Jim Leonard, and directed by Nelson McCormick, who provides a giant boost of adrenalin for every television show to which he applies his enormous energy, "Road Block" takes Major Crimes on a wild detour that dramatizes just how hard the police have to work to get the goods on someone they know is guilty. As Peter Goldman keeps reminding Brenda, "What one knows and what one can prove are two entirely different things." And dealing with drunks is tricky, even in the best of circumstances.
A car crash, a hit-and-run that transforms into murder and two families, torn apart by one addiction, pulse through an interesting chase for Deputy Chief Johnson and her division, and while "Road Block" is not...very Christmassy, it does carry with it a warning or two about the double-edged sword we call Holiday Cheer.
I must leave off writing for the day and return to Griffith Park where, this morning, we shoot The Closer's last crime scene. By the time I finish the winter blogs, we will have finished filming our series finale. There's much to consider between now and the hour it airs, but it's never inappropriate to pause and say thanks for sticking with us all the way to the bittersweet end.
Until next week...
— James Duff