Robert Gossett by Karen Neal/TNT
This week on TNT's The Closer (Mondays at 9 pm/ET), an error in judgment by Commander Taylor forces Brenda Leigh to go out on a huge limb with an already tricky case and in doing so face off against a sheriff's commander played with ferociousness by guest star Daniel Baldwin. TVGuide.com invited Robert Gossett, who plays Taylor, to preview the episode. - Matt Mitovich

TVGuide.com: The set-up here is that Taylor's "slow-walking" of a departmentally sensitive case comes back to bite him in the butt.
Robert Gossett:
Exactly. The slow-walking was the result of him being a good man who chose the wrong way to do a good thing.

TVGuide.com: Do you like seeing Taylor admit to some fallibility?
Gossett:
That's always interesting to play, so I did enjoy that. I enjoy how the relationship between him and Brenda is starting to mature into another dynamic. It's like a begrudging respect. And there's also a need. He needs her in this episode, and that's wonderful to play.

TVGuide.com: Do you ever wish they were on same page more often?
Gossett:
That's a good question - and a tough one. If they're on the same page too often, you lose that Brenda-Taylor conflict, which helps support the series. But having them work together, at least in this instance, was a great thing to explore. To have them do that more often yeah, I'd like that, to see where that goes. To have two people who have issues have to work together, be forced to deal with each other, would be an interesting thing.

TVGuide.com: Brenda repeatedly gets the job done, so you'd think that at some point Taylor would simply acknowledge that and give her more leeway up front, instead of fighting her the first couple of acts.
Gossett:
[ Laughs] My sister once said, "You know, Robert, when I see you come up with an idea in the first couple of acts, I know that's not going to be [the solution]."

TVGuide.com: This episode, much more so than last week's, offers a few good twists. Does your brain ever hurt trying to follow The Closer's more labyrinthine storylines?
Gossett:
Oh, my brain hurts all the time. I don't know what your taste is, but I like those labyrinths. They're fun. We just had a table read for Episode 8, and I exclaimed out loud, "Oh my god!" Kyra [Sedgwick] was laughing at me, because I was reading it like an audience, for the first time. That episode has some wild twists and turns. This week's episode, "Cherry Bomb," the way it deals with the [suspected] kids and their little group, throws a lot of people off. You just don't see [the twist] coming.

TVGuide.com: Daniel Baldwin sure fills the room, and doesn't hold back, as the accused's lawman father.
Gossett:
Not. At. All! Daniel is a handful. That scene where they're trying to wrestle him down? That was like wrestling a bull. I was so happy I didn't have to get involved in that. He was throwing Gabriel around like he was a tissue.

TVGuide.com: Baldwin's character not only calls Brenda the B-word, but he lets slip the other B-word later.
Gossett: He sure did.


TVGuide.com: I said to myself: "I forget, do we swear on The Closer?"
Gossett:
[ Laughs] Hey, it's cable. They allow some words.

TVGuide.com: I was surprised to see in the very first scene Andrea Bowen playing the already-dead victim - I thought it an unusual post-Desperate Housewives role choice. But then she actually gets some meaty scenes.
Gossett:
And she was wonderful.

TVGuide.com: What can you tease about future episodes?
Gossett:
"Live Wire," next week, is about a guy who is wearing a surveillance wire on him and he gets shot at point blank. The [Los Angeles] Times reporter [played by Stephen Martines] is first on the scene, and we suspect that he has compromised the case. And that one I just read, Episode 8, is a really good one.