The idea of right and wrong plays a huge role in our everyday lives. Most of us agree to let the criminal codes handle grievous assaults on individuals, but reserve for ourselves the right to govern our own homes. But there are stringent moralists among us who believe their own rules should apply to everyone, or who wish to impress their own concepts of good and bad on the whole world. Crypto-fascists of the right and the left increasingly fan the flames of intolerance. I can't help but wonder what would happen if either side were to literally take the law into its own hands.
What happens to us when, as individuals, we begin making decisions that permanently effect other's lives? Det. Sanchez, Lt. Provenza and Lt. Tao face one such quandary, while Lt. Flynn, Det. Gabriel and Brenda Leigh Johnson pursue its gruesome opposite. And, in between, are hacked up bodies in garbage bags, a seemingly disposable child on wheelies and the rough-and-tumble struggle to attain the vacant position of Chief-of-Police, the job dedicated to enforcing society's determinations of right and wrong.
Indeed, the notion of filling vacancies becomes the leitmotif of the episode. And I should say no more about the mystery than Det. Sanchez once again surprises his friends and co-workers while Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson confronts an unexpected turn on the streets of gangland L.A.
"Heart Attack" features yet another return of Dr. Morales, played by Jonathan Del Arco, one of the most talented actors working in Los Angeles. Though the arcane rules of billing and union contracts decree that Jonathan must be called a "guest star, we feel our coroner is a full-fledged member of The Closer cast. In his spare time, Jonathan also tirelessly fundraises for good and noble causes and, like G.W. Bailey, works especially hard to ease the plight of endangered children. Mike, Greer, Rick, Kyra and myself are always delighted when we end up reading a script featuring scenes with Mr. Del Arco, one of Hollywood's most inventive performers, and a man who always finds a way to bring a little light to dark and troublesome places.
— James Duff