“The Closer” 5.3 mini-cap: “Red Tape”

Sgt. Gabriel is drowning his sorrows in his scotch while thinking about his Daniels. Commander Taylor returns his apology letter to Irene unopened. She’s moved on, and so should he.

Shots are heard outside the bar. Taylor and Gabriel pursue. The newspaper vendor is dead. Sgt. Gabriel is fired upon. He returns fire hitting the alleged assailant. Upon investigation, no weapon is found on or near the victim/suspect.

Enter the fierce and lovely Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). Force Investigation Division (IAD) officers are never popular, and she’ll never be voted Miss Congeniality by commandeering Brenda’s crime scene for the officer involved shooting. Down goes the yellow police tape and up goes the red tape of the FID unit — in more ways than one.

Chief Johnson is at the hospital with Sgt. Gabriel. He rode along with the victim/suspect. He tells her the victim/suspect kept saying he didn’t want to die and no one was supposed to get hurt. Brenda surmises that’s a awful odd thing to say for someone that was out killin’ people.

Brenda says no gun or casings were found. Only Gabriel’s. Capt. Raydor arrives at the hospital upset that members of the squad sent her to the wrong hospital initially.

She wants a breathalyzer for Gabriel. Brenda offers Raydor advice, question criminals first, not the officers. Raydor advises Brenda to be careful where you place your sympathies. Capt. Raydor “stands with fist,” as the long arm of internal affairs.

Brenda is home and Kitty is sicker, but she doesn’t want to face it. She leaves him/her with Fritz.

Carrying on the theme of change for this summer’s run, Brenda has to deal with a subordinate in rank that has federally mandated authority, who interferes with her investigation, and threatens the career of one of her detectives. Pissing contests between women are messy both literally and figuratively.

The Pope gives special dispensation for the two investigations to go on simultaneously. Brenda and Raydor will have to share crime scenes, as with a favorite toy. Taylor says to be careful, Raydor carries a grudge. Brenda advises that she get ready for some heavy lifting. Provenza went up against Raydor once and got four months sensitivity training. clearly a waste of time.

The autopsy of the newspaper vendor showed the rounds used were wad cutters, or target rounds, normally loaded into a revolver. That explains the lack of casings. There were witnesses, but they can’t identify the suspect/victim.

Further investigation shows the vendor was not robbed. Motive? In reenacting the crime, Brenda “has a moment” identifying there was someone else involved when she can’t find the videographer invisible behind Lt. Flynn standing in for the suspect. Following the line of fire, Brenda finds the slugs in a tree — a wad cutter.

Brenda questions the suspect and informs him of transferred intent. passive involvement in a shooting makes him involved with the same intent as the shooter. The parents burst in and the father accuses her of harassing his son over some dead Arab. Sounds like a “ditto-head”. Brenda wants to know everything about this boy. could be a hate crime.

The T-mobile product placement rings. It’s Fritz. Kitty is not getting better. Again, the chief must deal with the threat of the death penalty, but this time it’s personal. As with many offspring of the Scarlet O’Hara south, Brenda wants to think about it tomorrow.

Brenda discovers the suspect recently lost an uncle in Afghanistan. Was this a revenge killing? The newspaper vendor was a Jewish-American and it’s difficult to tell nationalities in the middle east. The squad finds a recent complaint where a cousin had been shooting at a fence. They find a matching wad cutter investigating that fence.

Brenda is in the hospital nailing the suspect with the controversial tool of transferred intent as the hammer. Brenda tells the suspect his cousin rolled on him that he was the shooter. She informs him of his rights. He waves an attorney and tells Brenda his cousin was the shooter, no one was supposed to get hurt. We are at war with these Muslims. Closed.

Brenda tells Gabriel that the law sees the perpetrator as guilty as the one holding the gun. Gabriel sees shooting an unarmed man differently.

Brenda is at home. She has called the vet to come to the house. She realizes she has been selfish with Kitty, and she has to do the right thing by her. Her. Finally!

She loves her so much. Fritz answers the door. Again, Brenda must compartmentalize death.