The Closer: Season 2, Episode 8

Critical Missing (31 Jul. 2006)

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The discovery of the bodies of a Japanese woman and her daughter from an apparent murder/suicide, put the team on the trail of a possible multiple murderer.

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Brenda and the team investigate the death of a young mother and her 4 year-old daughter who are found bound together and weighted down in the Port of Los Angeles. The coroner estimates that they've been in the water for at least 2 weeks which coincides with the dates on an airline ticket they've found indicating they've traveled from Japan. They track down the woman's husband, Paul Andrews, who runs an autobody repair shop and he claims his wife ran off with their child six months before and hadn't heard from her since. When Brenda learns that his first wife also disappeared some 6 years before, she is convinced that he is responsible. She needs to find evidence however. Written by garykmcd

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No One's That Good.
7 August 2011 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

English actor James Frain has more talent than the whole cast of "The Closer" put together. Frain did high class work in the cable series "The Tudors" in which he had a continuing role as Henry VIII's chief adviser (until his downfall) Thomas Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal.

As Suspect of the Week here, he has a lot of screen time as the husband and father of the deceaseds. His shock and grief at being informed that his wife and six year old girl have been found dead is so genuine, so truly piteous that it is simply not credible when he turns out to have been the killer.

Further weakening the story -- it just ends, as if the producers ran out of patience, or money -- we never are given a satisfactory motive for these murders nor any details of when or how they were carried out. And tacked on to the end, the same suspect turns out to have committed yet **another** murder a decade earlier, also for reasons never explained.

This is an early episode, from the series' second season, which may somewhat explain the weaknesses in the script. There is a subplot about is she or isn't she preggo which at Kyra Sedgwick's age would be grotesque, not to say medically hazardous.


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