The Closer Episodes

2005, TV Show

The Closer Episode: "Products of Discovery"

Season 5, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 5 opens with Brenda and her squad digging for clues into the murder of a family of four, but the case changes course when Brenda unwittingly tumbles into an FBI investigation. Elsewhere, Provenza's usually zesty mood suddenly turns downcast. Lee Tergesen guest stars.
Original Air Date: Jun 8, 2009
Guest Cast Rosie Garcia: Dina Lopez Zilah Mendoza: Anna Quezada Mfundo Morrison: FBI Agent Horlacher Lee Tergesen: Nicholas Carey Ransford Doherty: Coroner's Assistant Stephen Martines: Ricardo Ramos Lombardo Boyar: Victor Rivera
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Season 5, Episode 1
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Length: 43:12
Aired: 6/8/2009
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The Closer Episode Recap: "Products of Discovery" Season 5, Episode 1

As TNT's The Closer kicked off its fifth season, Brenda tackled a quadruple homicide, butted heads with an FBI agent, and came to a sad realization about an ailing loved one. Oh, and in a delicious piece of irony, chocolate helped save the day! On with the recap...

Four dead bodies are found in a home — a mom, her two kids and their grandmother. Shot execution-style. The last person seen leaving the house was the husband/father, and the timing fits with the time of death. Plus, he and the wife had a bit of a domestic squabble a short while back. Flynn likes the guy, Victor, as a suspect. Perhaps too much.

With newspaperman/sometime thorn-in-side Ricardo Ramos looking on (thanks, Pope!), Brenda grills Victor about his alibi for that morning. He says his wife and kids can vouch for him. When Brenda brings up the past abuse charge, Victor is puzzled, and asks if his wife, Cynthia, has possibly filed another complaint. He doesn't see how, since he has since returned to the church and become a new man.

Brenda breaks the news to Victor, about his tragic loss, and his physical response all but confirms his innocence. This isn't their guy.

Victor, though, sends the cops on a small roller coaster ride when the questioning is moved to a hotel room. "I need to talk to someone," he pleads. Brenda & Co. think lawyer; he means a priest. Praying, he then seeks forgiveness for his sins against his family. The MCD team thinks murder; he means an affair.

Flynn tracks down Victor's one-time mistress, and she blurts out what becomes a major clue — Victor was vehemently against sweets in his home. So why, then, was a scattering of fundraiser chocolate bars near the victims? (The moment the camera lingered on the candy a millisecond too long in the prologue, I knew it'd be a major clue.)

Similarly, the instant that Provenza showed up late at the crime scene — because he went to 26th Place versus 26th Street — I pegged the similar addresses as another big clue. Sure enough, having again driven to the wrong house, Brenda and Provenza wonder if the killer did same. But just as Brenda knocks on the door of the other house, its occupant — a young tough guy in a hoodie — is whisked away by a team of FBI agents. WTF?

Meeting with Pope, Taylor and FBI agent Carey (played by JK Simmons' Oz costar, Lee Tergesen), Brenda learns that she stumbled upon a protected witness in the investgiation of a drug kingpin named Javier. As Carey cries foul, Pope compels the Feds to share with homicide his discovery files. There, Gabriel makes a discovery indeed - the protected witness' home address had inadvertently been passed along to the drug kingpin, effectively putting a big bullseye on the kid.

But how did the jailed Javier get this info to anyone who could attempt a hit? Watching visitation tapes, they see the guy chatting up his pregnant honey, Dina - who happens to have a sister at the school that sold the tell-tale candy bars. Yet never was she who told the snitch's address.

Or was she? After taking a steamy shower and wiping down a fogged bathroom mirror, Brenda has her light-bulb moment.

Luring Dina back to the visitation room, Brenda shows up on the other side of the glass. There, Brenda fogs up the glass to reveal the witness' home address, on 26th Place. But flaky Dina, posing as a fundraising high-schooler, showed up at the 26th Street address instead, beseeched the family to use their toilet (being preggo and all), and then gunned 'em all down.

Brenda prompts Dina's confession by leveraging the fate of her unborn child (which, frankly, looked like a really lumpy pillow, to the point that I fully expected it to tumble out and reveal a fake pregnancy). "OK, I shot them! I shot them! So I can have my family!" the mom-to-be cries.

The satisfaction of cracking the major crime, however, is tempered by bad news back home. Fritz reveals that Kitty, his wife's cherished cat, is not well, despite an in-denial Brenda's protests to the contrary.

"You said she was getting better... ?"

"But now she isn't."

"I... might not see her again."

As the reality sets in, Brenda — who has witnessed any and all manner of grim mortality in her career — is rattled by the one unavoidable death she won't ever be able to "make right." A bittersweet and emotional irony.

Other thoughts on the premiere:
• "God knows, I've got nothing else going on in my life," Provenza lamented when pulling a late shift. He also hinted at romantic devastation during his drive with Brenda. What do you think is going on with ol' Pro?
• Speaking of Provenza, I loved this line, though it came from aformenetioned place of sadness: "I've been telling a--holes to shut up and come with me since before you were tying your shoes!"
• Daniels was conspicously MIA, meaning she — as opposed to ex-beau Gabriel — must have gotten the transfer out of MCD and into the other division. The Closer creator James Duff said in his TVGuide.com blog that this story point will be touched on later.
• What a really nice touch at the end, with Sanchez befriending the grief-stricken Victor and giving him a place to crash. Brenda really took notice.

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As TNT's The Closer kicked off its fifth season, Brenda tackled a quadruple homicide, butted heads with an FBI agent, and came to a sad realization about an ailing loved one. Oh, and in a delicious piece of irony, chocolate helped save the day! On with the recap...

Four dead bodies are found in a home — a mom, her two kids and their grandmother. Shot execution-style. The last person seen leaving the house was the husband/father, and the timing fits with the time of death. Plus, he and the wife had a bit of a domestic squabble a short while back. Flynn likes the guy, Victor, as a suspect. Perhaps too much.

With newspaperman/sometime thorn-in-side Ricardo Ramos looking on (thanks, Pope!), Brenda grills Victor about his alibi for that morning. He says his wife and kids can vouch for him. When Brenda brings up the past abuse charge, Victor is ... read more

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Premiered: June 13, 2005, on TNT
Rating: TV-14
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