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The Closer Episode: "Walking Back the Cat"

Season 5, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Brenda works with Fritz on a missing-person case that soon becomes a full-scale murder probe involving the drug trade and gay dance parties. But Brenda's unorthodox sleuthing conflicts with Fritz's FBI code of conduct.
Original Air Date: Jun 29, 2009
Guest Cast Jack Blessing: Dr. Dennis Blaire Rod Rowland: Peter Benjamin David Hewlett: Agent Jerry Moore Barrett Foa: Travis Myers Jonathan Del Arco: Dr. Morales Amy Hathaway: Lauren Joyce Guy: Sally Redfine
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Season 5, Episode 4
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Length: 43:04
Aired: 6/29/2009
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The Closer Episode Recap: "Walking Back the Cat" Season 5, Episode 4

This week on TNT's The Closer, Fritz "distracted" Brenda from thoughts of Kitty by luring her into helping out on an FBI case. Provenza, meanwhile, had a big surprise for the squad room. On with the recap!

As Brenda cooks up a storm (things are slow at the MCD), Fritz comes home... with Kitty's ashes. "I see dead bodies all the time," Brenda says as she moves past Fritz to get a look. But upon doing so, she is crushed: "Ohhhh! These are not ashes, they're chunks!" And they're labeled "Kitty Howard" at that. Brenda wants to spread the ashes somewhere important to Kitty. "Where?" Fritz asks. "She was never allowed to go outside."

Fritz asks Brenda for a "favor" — even though it might run afoul of their pledge to separate work and home. Seems the FBI is looking for a guy named Austin Blair. Brenda agrees to discreetly sniff around.

But not discreetly enough, as Pope asks why she's poking around for a missing persons report. "It's a 'special request'? What are we, a karaoke bar?" When Brenda breaks up over Kitty's ashes, a sympathetic Pope agrees to have an underling extract the file, if only because the emotionally distraught Deputy Chief Johnson is "a little too... high-ranking."

In the murder room, Provenza introduces his pretty (and relatively young) new lady friend, menswear saleswoman Lauren, to the boys. (This twist was first teased by the Mitovich Mega Minute.) To Flynn, she says, "I've heard so much about you." He responds, "Really? Because to me you're a complete surprise." Sanchez ultimately takes one for the team by blurting, "So how old are you?" Alas, no answer. Provenza asks Buzz to show Lauren one of his old interrogation videos. "OK, how about the one with John Wilkes Booth?" Ha!

Taylor presents Brenda with the missing persons report on Austin Blair, which had more or less been shrugged off as a case of "gay guy takes up with someone else, scorned boyfriend cries foul." Brenda urges the detectives to set aside convenient stereotypes and do some actual investigating. Soon after, the morgue turns up four possible hits, and the coroner schools the cops on "Gay Culture 101," surmising that Austin didn't just go out the night he vanished, he was at Hell-A, a circuit party. Tests later reveal that Austin had GHB and alcohol in his system. Fritz has the MCD crew deputized as temp FBI agents to properly share in the investigation.

Austin's stepfather comes in, says he last spoke to Austin a month ago. Brenda says Austin died, perhaps by OD. "You people"! the doctor-dad scoffs. When Brenda presses for a "why" to the death, Dad suggests they ask the kid who answers the phone at Austin's house.

There, they meet Travis, Austin's beau who called in the missing persons report. The MCD team also finds a fridge full of GHB, a satchel of cash and... Fritz's business card. back at the station, Pope suggests to Brenda that Austin was a government snitch, the operation went south, and now the feds want LAPD to help fix their mess. Fritz confirms as much in a private convo with Brenda. Questioned by Brenda, Travis maintains that Austin wasn't a user, and that he was using the cash to keep missing Austin's bills paid. Travis then drops the bombshell: Austin worked for Hell-A, pushing drugs all across the country. Just as Travis names the boss man, Peter Benjamin, Fritz pulls the plug — almost literally — on the Q&A.

At home, Fritz invites Brenda to sit in on the FBI's question of Benjamin, but nothing more. When Brenda tries to play the grief/Kitty card, he says, "That is so not going to work." He does, however, sneak peek for her a video obtained via a wire Austin was wearing the night he vanished. It shows Austin getting woozy in the men's room, then passing out.

Speaking with the FBI, Benjamin waves off talk that he spied Austin leaving the club with someone (which seems unlikely given the last moments of the wire). Benjamin then claims the Hell-A med staff revived Austin, and he drove off on his own. When Brenda attempts to argue differently — Austin was found in an alley by the club — Benjamin's lawyer shuts down the interview. Fritz questions Brenda's tactics (fibbing about three eyewitnesses), to which she says, "If we all stop lying to each other, how will we ever get to the truth?" Brenda turns in her FBI creds.

Tao shoots down Benjamin's claim of revival-via-IV, saying there were no needle marks. Brenda then gets to wondering about Austin's car, which has not been accounted for. When Travis reveals it was in fact the stepdad's car, the MCD pay the doctor a visit. Hauling him into the station, they reveal they found a drug lab in his office. She lies that they can connect the GHB ingredients to the finished drug sold by Austin. ("Does she always lie like this?" asks Fritz's FBI pal. "I hope not," Brenda's hubby sighs.)

Stepdad confesses that he was manufacturing for Benjamin, only until he and Austin could get out from under his thumb. When Austin tried to bail, Benjamin had him killed — and threatened to do same if the doctor stopped cooking up the GHB. Brenda and Fritz agree to "trade" a drug boss for a murderer, and Fritz later tells his buddy, "Did this not turn out exactly how I said it would?"

Back home, Brenda and Fritz note how Kitty in some ways helped the joint case along. "He was super-loyal, even in death," Brenda says, lighting a candle by the urn. They then settle in for the night watching one of Kitty's "babysitting" DVDs, about birds mating.

The Closer fans, what was your take on this episode? Me, I enjoyed its bits of dark humor as well as the overdue teasing of Provenza (e.g. Flynn likening his "country gentleman' suit style to Mr. Rogers). The mystery was also pretty good, too. I never made the stepdad for a drug chemist.

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This week on TNT's The Closer, Fritz "distracted" Brenda from thoughts of Kitty by luring her into helping out on an FBI case. Provenza, meanwhile, had a big surprise for the squad room. On with the recap!

As Brenda cooks up a storm (things are slow at the MCD), Fritz comes home... with Kitty's ashes. "I see dead bodies all the time," Brenda says as she moves past Fritz to get a look. But upon doing so, she is crushed: "Ohhhh! These are not ashes, they're chunks!" And they're labeled "Kitty Howard" at that. Brenda wants to spread the ashes somewhere important to Kitty. "Where?" Fritz asks. "She was never allowed to go outside."

Fritz asks Brenda for a "favor" — even though it might run afoul of their pledge to separate work and home. Seems the FBI is looking for a guy named Austin Blair. Brenda agrees ... read more

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Premiered: June 13, 2005, on TNT
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