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  • Alijah Purdy
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    #233523

    Part 2 of Season 7 premieres tonight at 9 on TNT.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Episode #711: “Necessary Evil”

    When a high school principal is shot while trying to turn his school around in the midst of a scandal, Brenda and her detectives soon realize their case overlaps with an existing FBI investigation. This situation leaves Brenda and Fritz sparring over whose murder case it should be.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Compared to the episodes that aired during the summer season, this episode was a real let down. But I do think that Mary McDonnell may have found her Supporting Actress Emmy tape, especially since she finally has something to do in this episode, besides play back-up to Kyra Sedgwick’s character. Sedgwick was also great in this episode, though “Fresh Pursuit” is still by far her best episode this season.

    Grade  for “Necessary Evil”: B+

    Winter Season 7 Grades:
    1.”Necessary Evil”: B+

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    Andresg770
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    I’m more than sold on that spin-off now.  Each episode has made me love Raydor more and more.   However, I’m dreading that the leak seems to be Taylor…  I mean, the choice makes lots of sense, but it’s just too predictable for my taste.  It would’ve been more interesting to me had it been someone in Brenda’s squad.

    Anyway, this week’s episode was good.  Not as good as any of their episodes from the first half of the season, but it was still pretty good.  It made me glad that The Closer is finally back, and now I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

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    ladyhathor
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    It is nice to have it back.  Taylor would be the obvious candidate for the leak.  But, if they want to go an unexpected route, Gabriel might be an interesting choice.  I am pretty sure they could justify that as a plot twist. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    This was a great episode, especially from the borefest of last week. Fred Willard gave an Emmy winning performance, and this will probably at least earn him a guest acting nod at next years Emmys. Though I love McDonnells performance, it was nice not to have her in one episode.

    Grade for “You Have The Right to Remain Jolly”: A-

    Season 7 Part 2 Grades:
    1.”Necessary Evil”: B
    2.”You Have the Right to Remain Jolly”: A-

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Holy crap. This came back!?

    How did I miss that this came back? I don’t watch TNT apart from “The Closer,” so I wouldn’t have seen commercials for it on the network, but I haven’t seen an ad or article anywhere else in the last two weeks. Not a single one.

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    It is nice to have it back.  Taylor would be the obvious candidate for the leak.  But, if they want to go an unexpected route, Gabriel might be an interesting choice.  I am pretty sure they could justify that as a plot twist. 

    Yeah, hopefully the obvious hints at Taylor being the leak last week were just a red herring.  Gabriel being the leak would make sense, too, especially considering that he was opposed to leaving Turrell by himself in the house.  Hopefully they make the best they can with this storyline.

    Meanwhile, I thought this week’s episode was very good.  Fred Willard gave a great performance, and the episode was funny at times (which is one thing I like about The Closer:  they know how to mix comedy and drama without overdoing it).  They also did a pretty good job not making the killer so obvious; I mean, it was fairly obvious it’d be the niece, but from the way in which they wrote the episode, it almsot seemed as if they were gonna have it go in a different way.

    Lastly, I agree it was nice not having Mary McDonnell in at least one episode…  Granted, I LOVE her character, but I think that her increased presence was too much of a reminder that the spin-off is coming soon.  Thus, by not having her, I was able to sit back, relax, and enjoy an episode of The Closer (rather than the soon-to-be Major Crimes).  Overall, great episode this week.

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    I think that Taylor’s the leak too. Hopefully the build-up will be worth it if they end up going that route.

    Fred Willard was a hoot. If he had been on a comedy series, I would predict him for an instant nomination. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made it in anyway based on name recognition. 

    Lauren Bowles was nice here.

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    Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin are reliable presences as Brenda’s parents. Sad what’s going on with Brenda’s dad, though it was played up in a lighter sort of way. The case with the FBI surveillance of the victim’s beating leading to his later murder was decent but could have been more involving. I didn’t recognize Jake Busey at first, but it’s uncanny how much he takes after his father. I would have thought his role in the episode were greater than what it was.

    Grade for “Relative Matters”: B

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I liked this episode, though it could have been better. Kyra Sedgwick should have been given more to do, so that this could be an Emmy episode for her. Her father having cancer, and her being sad about it is perfect Emmy bait, but I feel the writers didn’t do as much as they could have with it. Meanwhile, I think Barry Corbin was excellent in this episode, and I’m hoping this could finally be the year he gets an Emmy nomination. It took Mary McDonnel 3 years, and this is such a baity storyline for him, and he did do good. It was also nice not to hear anything about Brenda’s case for one.

    Grade for “Relative Matters”: B+

    Season 7 Part 2 Grades:
    1.”Necessary Evil”: B
    2.”You Have the Right to Remain Jolly”: A-
    3.”Relative Matters”: B+

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    Elizabeth Perkins! I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything since “Weeds.” Great performance from her tonight, and it was nice seeing both Mark Moses and Maggie Wheeler (who will always be Janice to me) here. This is the type of episode that I’ll miss from “The Closer” the most when it’s gone. Very good tonight.

    Grade for “Road Block”: A-

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I agree this episode was the best episode of the “winter” season. This was a classic episode from the show, while both original and funny. Elizabeth Perkins was fantastic here (and you’re right Atypical, she hasn’t been in any TV shows since Weeds), and she deserves an Emmy nomination for this.

     

    Grade for “Road Block”: A

     

    Season 7 Part 2 Grades:

    1.”Necessary Evil”: B

    2.”You Have the Right to Remain Jolly”: A-

    3.”Relative Matters”: B+

    4.”Road Block”: A

     

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    Wow…This episode was heartbreaking. I cried most of the episode. Drinking and Driving have been a part of my life for years….My late Father would drive drunk but never killed anyone and my best friend from grade school went to prison for driving drunk and later took his own life…

     

    I felt so sorry for the parents. I can’t imagine losing a child this way…

    Everyone was Great, but this episode was too sad for me a week before Christmas

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    rstang00
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    I agree this episode was the best episode of the “winter” season. This was a classic episode from the show, while both original and funny. Elizabeth Perkins was fantastic here (and you’re right Atypical, she hasn’t been in any TV shows since Weeds), and she deserves an Emmy nomination for this.

     

    Grade for “Road Block”: A

     

    Completely agree. Perkins was amazing and definitely deserve at the very least an Emmy nomination. 

    I love when Sedgwick/Brenda goes on one of her missions to prove she’s not wrong and gets a little snarky and angry with the suspect. I’m looking forward to McDonnell, but it’s episodes like this that already makes me wish The Closer and Brenda would never go away.

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