The Closer Review: "Star Turn"
It was cool looking at major crimes through the eyes of the media. I've never even given a second thought to public perception, but considering their usual antics, it was nice to see they didn't come off as a bunch of buffoons.
Although Commander Taylor's suit was a bit bright.
Ken Howard appeared in an amusing turn as the victim of the week's son in law. Some of his lines were so colorful they couldn't even be used as quotes, and he played them brilliantly. It's high time to see him in another role as someone's father so he has the opportunity to bring his entertaining line delivery to us on a weekly basis.
I can't say the same for the appearance of Rick Gonzalez, who I loved on Reaper. He played an exploitative Hollywood manager in "Star Turn" and did such a good job I would have been happy to reach through the screen and wipe the smirk off of his face. Brenda was right there with me. Shaking his hand even made her grimace.
His role and the case highlighted some of the many reasons I steer clear of talent shows and teen sensations. I just don't believe the motivations for making a tween into a superstar are ever as innocent as giving into a little girl's or boy's desire for happiness.
I was so happy that someone finally told Pope she didn't trust him. That it came from the lips of Captain Raydor, and it was actually in support of Brenda, which made it even better. Pope hasn't been trustworthy since Brenda was up for a promotion and it's been sickening to watch him bask in the ill fate of Chief Delk.
If there was one reason for Brenda not to sign the agreement to get rid of the lawsuit against major crimes, it would be to keep Mark Pellegrino around as her attorney, Gavin. He fits so well with the cast and some of the most enjoyable moments in recent history have come due to his involvement. His childlike excitement at the chance to watch Brenda in action with the suspect was a perfect example.
As luck would have it, and to Pope's great dismay, Gavin and Raydor talked Brenda out of agreeing to the settlement. I hope the midseason finale will showcase some more extraordinary scenes between the three of them, and that Pope will finally realize the error of his ways in his treatment of Brenda and the whole situation.