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2005, TV Show

The Closer Episode: "Double Blind"

Season 4, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: In the Season 4 finale, Brenda and Fritz's wedding is only a day away, but obsessive investigations jeopardize the big event. Here, Brenda probes a murder at an escort service, while Fritz focuses on finally nabbing a high-rung drug figure. Helping with their nuptials: Brenda's parents (Barry Corbin, Frances Sternhagen) and Fritz's sister (Amy Sedaris).
Original Air Date: Feb 23, 2009
Guest Cast Amy Sedaris: Claire Howard Barry Corbin: Clay Johnson Frances Sternhagen: Willie Ray Johnson David Taylor: K9 Officer Patti Yasutake: Kathy Tao Jonathan Del Arco: Dr. Morales Bob Glouberman: Evan Young Jamie Anne Allman: Kelli Malone Cameron Goodman: Erica Carr
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Season 4, Episode 15
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Length: 42:57
Aired: 2/23/2009
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The Closer Episode Recap: "Double Blind" Season 4, Episode 15

This week, as TNT's The Closer presented its fourth season finale, Brenda tried to tie up one last case before tying the knot with Fritz. But can the woman who does it all have it all?

I was among those who, upon reading James Duff's latest TVGuide.com blog, grew most curious as to what was going to go down during this season finale. Duff is a superb tease, and certainly had many of us thinking - worrying - that jitters, second thoughts or something far worse/deadly might keep Brenda and Fritz from becoming husband and wife.

The episode opens with Fritz's jack-of-all-trades sister, Claire, declaring the wedding site a "feng shui nightmare" as she scrambles to redirect the chi, somewhat butting heads with Willie Ray along the way.

We learn that the would-be newlyweds are bound for Italy once they exchange vows, yet Brenda is distracted by choppers and sirens racing past the five-star oceanside wedding site to who-knows-where. Brenda sneaks a call into Pope - from the hotel-room john - to get the 411 on the 911, but comes up empty,

Fritz, though, fares differently. A big drug shipment is coming in, and it could be the break the feds need to bring down drug lord El Jefe. "I'll be home tonight," he tells his bride-to-be.

Sad (and somewhat ominous) as that is, it frees up Brenda to check in on the MCD's breaking case involving strippers/escorts, a murder and a robbery. The crime scene offers some "light" moments 'tween Flynn, Provenza and a bevy of "ladies," but things are much tenser inside the gals' management office, where Gabriel and Daniels have a heated detente over a naughty cop costume. "You can't take a joke," says Gabriel. "I dated you for a year-and-a-half!" argues Daniels. Things boil until Daniels slaps Gabriel, as Provenza walks in.

Provenza puts to rest any thoughts of filing reports for battery or what not. Later in the squad room, he announces that the former lovers have created an unworkable situation at the office. As such, he strongly, strongly suggests, one of them best apply for the transfer to C.I.

Working the actual case - the latest in a string of identical robberies, all inside jobs - Brenda realizes that only two people have ties to all of the crimes. The strippers' attorney, when called in, tries to play hardball with Pope, until Brenda (posing as a mousy IRS snoop) compels the slimeball to share info. That leads Brenda to Kelli, the stripper who was shot in the shoulder during the heist. Kelli says she was not involved in the robberies, and says she's simply doing all she can do to support her jobless war vet husband (who's supposedly in the dark about her work). As for the cocaine she was carrying, it is for the clients. Being an older stripper, she weeps, "Nothing makes you look prettier than a few lines."

Brenda is chomping at the bit to break this case, but rushes home to await Fritz. Her groom, however, calls in from the stakeout to say he's still hung up. Brenda feigns a degree of disappointment as she holsters up and races back into action.

The MCD shows at Kelli's home and busts in on her hubby, Vince. Things are not so bleak/money not so tight, it's clear. The police dog first sniffs out some coke, then leads the team to discover a cavity behind a bookcase where many wads of cocaine-tinged bills are hidden.

Knowing she can't force Vince to testify against his wife, Brenda's team ultimately arranges a "sting" where Kelli is led to believe that Vince (the shooter) purposely aimed at her in the last heist. That triggers a venomous tirade which, when overheard by Vince, paves the way for him to rat on his wife. "Am I looking at a life sentence?" Vince asks. Quips Provenza, "From the moment you said 'I do,' my friend."

And on that note, we are transported not to the wedding of Brenda and Fritz, but the reception. Yes, the deal is already done, and all that's left are such matters as the bouquet toss. Amusingly, it lands squarely in an aghast Provenza's hands. He quickly ditches it, with Claire being the final recipient. "A win is a win is a win!" Elsewhere, Gabriel learns from Pope that Daniels also applied for the promotion. Pope tells him not to bother the new bride with this problem yet.

Let's pause momentarily for some memorable quotes and such:

* Willie Ray, questioning Claire's waterfall: "They must have a water source? I Guess the Pacific Ocean isn't big enough?"
* Brenda doing her own nails, then blowing them dry during a questioning.
* "Murder, attempted murder, robbery — these are all very bad things."  * Sanchez convincing the dense stripper that lawyers prefer it when you "get all the drug talk out of the way."
* "I never had a contractor who looked like this!"
* "I'm making vows today, so listen up!"
* Brenda to Vince, about his straying wife: "Don't expect her to come visit you in prison."
* The wedding video, with Tao and his wife talking of patience and separate bathrooms; Provenza saying that "until now, you have avoided all the big mistakes"; Daniels whining about her never-successful love life; Sanchez opening up about how, even six years after his wife's death, he still wears his ring; Pope saying, "I'm happy for you both"; and Taylor asking cameraman Buzz, "So, I just say something nice...?"

Speaking of nice things being said, the hour ends with this private exchange between the newly marrieds:

"Fritz, I love you with all my heart — but sometimes I think my heart is only this big!"

"That's only because you can't see it. Your heart is large enough to carry me and the job.... Now hurry up and change, because I want to dance with you."

Brenda sneaks away to her room, where she sets down her fancy wedding cake and fishes a Ring Ding out of the nightstand. She smears cake icing on the snack food, and beams at the visual in the mirror.

Yes, Brenda. You can have the best of both worlds.

What did you think, Closer fans? Did the finale end the only way it could end? Was anyone expecting a bit more drama? As always, it has been a pleasure blogging this show, and I'll see you back here in the summer!

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This week, as TNT's The Closer presented its fourth season finale, Brenda tried to tie up one last case before tying the knot with Fritz. But can the woman who does it all have it all?

I was among those who, upon reading James Duff's latest TVGuide.com blog, grew most curious as to what was going to go down during this season finale. Duff is a superb tease, and certainly had many of us thinking - worrying - that jitters, second thoughts or something far worse/deadly might keep Brenda and Fritz from becoming husband and wife.

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Premiered: June 13, 2005, on TNT
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