THE CLOSER “Last Woman Standing” Review

The title of this episode of THE CLOSER, “Last Woman Standing,” refers to both Brenda and this week’s homicide victim, Judy Lynn. It’s the title of the struggling actress’s one-woman show, plus it’s Brenda’s title as she is the last woman in contention for the chief of police job. As the last woman standing, Brenda realizes that this job promotion isn’t so much about her and what she wants anymore—at least that’s what everyone tries to make her understand.

Judy Lynn was attacked and smothered to death with a pillow in her apartment after she went out on a date with a guy she met on the Internet dating service, LA Guys and Dolls. I wanted the killer to be that guy, Mark/Dreamweaver, since he was such a smug player, but that would have been way too obvious. The repeated mentions of the cable service being out in Judy’s apartment were not too subtle hints to the identity of the killer. Brenda seemed to struggle with letting Commander Taylor run the investigation, which is perhaps a sign of things to come if she does get the promotion.

My favorite part of this episode was watching Captain Raydor prepare Brenda for her job interview with the mayor. Not only were Kyra Sedgwick and Mary McDonnell great together, I also loved the way they juxtaposed the scenes of the couple on the first date and Brenda getting ready for the job interview to show how those two things are so much alike. Captain Raydor was just priceless with her advice to Brenda and her reaction when Brenda pulled a smaller handbag out of the ginormous black carryall. Raydor had some fantastic quotes in this episode:

“Don’t take this the wrong way Chief because I have always admired how little you care about current fashion—and the purse…that purse. This purse helps people to underestimate you…”

“You’re not especially political, well-liked, or even friendly.”

“Of course, you got your job the old fashioned way…by sleeping with the boss. It’s not an insult, it’s a time honored way of moving forward.”

Oh snap! She brought up Brenda’s affair with Pope again. But then she went on to say that she would be very proud to have a chief like Brenda. Awww. I think that was just the pep talk/guilt trip Brenda needed because she certainly looked determined as she walked to the job interview.

So what do you think? Did Raydor, Pope, and Taylor change Brenda’s mind about becoming chief of police? Or is her heart just not in it? Do you think she has a responsibility to other women to continue what she started?

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