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The Closer Episode: "Blood Money"

Season 5, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Brenda snoops into the abduction of a greedy financier being investigated for investment fraud, but she soon suspects he may have staged the kidnapping. Meanwhile, Provenza continues to exhibit bizarre behavior; and Brenda's cat tries to scratch through a medical problem.
Original Air Date: Jun 15, 2009
Guest Cast Miguel Sandoval: Vargas Paola Turbay: Det. Mikki Mendoza Kaj-Erik Eriksen: Adam Summers Mercedes Masöhn: Katie Ortega Debra Monk: Mary Summers
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Season 5, Episode 2
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Length: 42:52
Aired: 6/15/2009
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The Closer Episode Recap: "Blood Money" Season 5, Episode 2

This week on TNT's The Closer, Kyra... er, Brenda looked into the mysterious disappearance of a Bernie Madoff-like swindler, ailing Kitty kept on keeping on, and Provenza's sad-sack mood radically (perhaps suspiciously) changed. On with the recap!

Allan Summers, a real estate tycoon who ran afoul of employees, investors and the government, has gone missing. He last was seen being picked up at LAX by a car service — and the driver, Mario Gomez, is MIA, too. Summers' wife and son claim they have been contacted by a kidnapper demanding — precisely — $1,190,476.19, but the police cannot get involved.

As Brenda reviews security camera footage — Summers was behind the wheel as the town car left the airport? — she is introduced to SIS Detective Mikki Mendoza, a bit of a tough cookie. Brenda, all the while, tries to keep a watchful eye on a caged Kitty, who needs to be minded and medicated throughout the day.

In the murder room, Provenza arrives in a chipper mood — quite the opposite of the sad sack we were subject to last week. "Do we have a breathalyzer up here?" Pope quips. Flynn notices that his pal is wearing a brand new tie. Later, when Provenza slyly grins and complains of aching in places "I forgot I had," Flynn asks if he has a new lady friend, but Provenza ain't talking.

Brenda meets with a regular passenger of Mario's. She says that Mario suspected he was being followed every night, but being an illegal immigrant, couldn't involve the cops.

Storming Gomez's apartment — Mendoza impressively kicks open the door and quickly declares the front rooms clear — Brenda and her team find blood on a towel. A call from Provenza leads them to the missing town car. There, they find both rows of seats drenched in blood, yet no indication that a body or bodies were dragged off anywhere. "Now it's a murder," Brenda says.

At the office, Brenda enlists Pope's help in giving Kitty her shot, as Pope reports that the blood from the car is O-positive — Mario's type. Brenda wants to reach out to Summers' family for info on his own type, but Pope forbids police contact, since they must presume the kidnapping and (oddly specific) ransom demand is legit.

The Kitty coddling leads to a "close"-ish moment for Brenda and Pope, just as Fritz walks in. A touch of awkwardness drifts into the room. After Pope leaves, Fritz asks Brenda if she wants the FBI's help on the sly, since the Feds feel a bit silly about Summers getting snatched (or worse) on their watch.

Brenda defers, but ends up soliciting a few "tips" from her hubby anyway. Fritz's advice: Unfreeze Summers' bank account, pay the ransom in cash (the dime, nickel and four pennies included!), but include electronically tagged bills. Then literally follow the money.

With the kidnapper expected to call Summers' wife with drop details, the MCD listens in and waits for the "proof of life" needed by the Feds to unfreeze Summers' assets and ostensibly withdraw the ransom cash. But just as Gabriel turns his back, the $1,190,476.19 is electronically sucked out of Summers' account and sent off to some untraceable Cayman Islands account. Oops. So much for the marked bills!

Tao recreates the town car crime scene, deducing that the blood was spilled from no actual bodies, but rather was brought in a container and then splattered on the seats. ("Now, it's a kidnapping," says Brenda.) Where did the blood come from? Well, Gomez did act as a nurse for his wife, who died of cancer. And interestingly, airport footage shows that Gomez recognized Summers at the pick-up — even though they supposedly hadn't met before.

Meanwhile, Gabriel does the math: The $200 million Summers was on the hook for in a civil trial, divided by the 186 plaintiffs, equals our odd ransom amount. It seems that someone could not wait for justice.

That someone is Mario Vargas, Summers' risk analyst who lost everything — his wife included, he will argue — in the big swindle. With Vargas on the move, Brenda launches "Plan B." Mikki smashes a car into Vargas', and the team grabs him. Sanchez is most impressed by the tough gal SIS agent.

Vargas tries to play coy, to which Brenda growls, "Sir, we are way beyond the 'I don't know what you're talking about' phase of our relationship." He then details how he blames Summers for his wife's death (due to a lack of health coverage, etc). Brenda warns that his actions and stonewalling are making Summers a more and more sympathetic villain by the day — and surely the late Mrs. Vargas wouldn't want that. So, where is Summers? "In a hell of his own making," says Vargas.

Sure enough, in one of the model homes at the heart of Summers' real estate scandal, he is found dead. "Now it's a murder."

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This week on TNT's The Closer, Kyra... er, Brenda looked into the mysterious disappearance of a Bernie Madoff-like swindler, ailing Kitty kept on keeping on, and Provenza's sad-sack mood radically (perhaps suspiciously) changed. On with the recap!

Allan Summers, a real estate tycoon who ran afoul of employees, investors and the government, has gone missing. He last was seen being picked up at LAX by a car service — and the driver, Mario Gomez, is MIA, too. Summers' wife and son claim ... read more

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Premiered: June 13, 2005, on TNT
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