The Closer: Season 5, Episode 7

Strike Three (20 Jul. 2009)

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Two officers are shot and killed in the line of duty. However, captain Raydor's internal investigation could jeopardize Major Crimes' chances of finding the killers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Mikki Mendoza
Ray Porter ...
Adrian Beck


The Major Crimes squad is pulling out all of the stops to solve the murder of two patrolmen who were obviously ambushed. A teenager, Kevin Weber, is also found dead at the scene and Brenda is convinced he was part of the gang that killed the police. Unfotunatley for her, she comes against Capt. Sharon Raydor whose unit is tasked with investigating all cases where a police officer might have discharged their firearms and killed a citizen. While Brenda works from the assumption that Kevin is guilty until proved otherwise, Capt. Raydor assumes he's innocent until proven guilty. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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When the Major Crimes detectives examine the tattoo concept sketch for one of the victims, Det. Sanchez refers to the SS symbol as "the lightning bolts". Unless he is being figurative, he is incorrect - the symbol actually represents two runic "S" characters, the abbreviation for "Schutzstaffel". See more »


Captain Sharon Raydor: I usually go first.
Commander Taylor: Then this should be a change for you.
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No Way Out
7 April 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This is a counterpoint review. Though at the time of writing, only 3 out of 11 people found the pre-existing review useful, I think there is a need to state why it is not useful. Also, despite an 8.6 rating, this episode is underrated.

Now, the reviewer gives this episode 4/10 and writes, "(Captain Raydor) is unbelievably annoying. Ms. McDonnell portrayal of this character is wooden and one dimensional." He confesses to "fast forwarding through the scenes involving this character". So, how exactly is he then able to form a *proper* picture of the character? Had the reviewer actually listened to all what Raydor says, he might have a better understanding of this episode. Also, "one-dimensional" can only be a *line*, something needs to be two-dimensional to constitute a flat surface.

Why do I consider this episode underrated? It is already a phenomenal 9/10 because it deals objectively with the US legal system's political correctness that has gotten out of hand, meaning that criminals hide behind the very same Constitution that the founding fathers drew and which most Americans consider the very core of what makes America great. But never has it been bluntly stated as clearly as in this episode that the American Dream has become the American Nightmare. This is not just *fiction*. This is a horrifying look into how the American legal system works.

Accidents happen in conflict situations where a split second might make the difference between a police officer's life and death. And in this day and age they all have to consider the possible lawsuits against them if they accidentally shoot the wrong person. Upholders of the law like Captain Raydor have made it clear to them. As a result, they might hesitate and get themselves killed. Thus, criminals have the edge. On top of that, all kinds of fortune seekers look for the opportunity to suck money from the system that is supposed to protect them though money never helps with grief over the loss of a loved one. How will the system protect them if they win in court and diminish the system's budget?

Captain Raydor and Brenda's final scene together is, in its unwavering look at the gargantuan problem, a scene the viewer will be going through in their heads over and over again. It is what earns this episode the tenth star. When those who single-mindedly uphold the law obstruct those whose duty is to administer the law, they are also as a side effect tipping the scales of justice in favor of the criminals. This is not how it is supposed to be. Evil knows how to turn nobility and integrity of Good against Good itself. At the end, you are left wondering, is there no way out? Is the game already lost but Good just doesn't realize it?

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