The Closer: Season 7, Episode 17

Fool's Gold (16 Jul. 2012)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Flynn and Provenza fail to detect a robbery-homicide in progress at a cash-for-gold store, leading to a messy and awkward investigation for Major Crimes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Rangel
Paul Woods


Provenza's first ex-wife Liz arrives at Major Crimes to ask his help in getting her money back from a jewelry shop where she sold her wedding ring. Flynn and Provenza question an attractive clerk and Liz's ring is returned. The problem seems to be solved until they witness the clerk running out of the store with a male accomplice. When the detectives re-enter the shop to find the place ransacked, Flynn and Provenza are horrified to realize they allowed a robbery to happen right under their noses. Written by skillwithaquill

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Funny, top-notch episode
24 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching the first episode of this series and it quickly became one of my favorite series (which is usually the death knell for a series, e.g. Chicago Code and Detroit 187) but fortunately this one lasted. I thought last season was getting somewhat tiresome with it interminable thread of Brenda's actions regarding returning a criminal to his old neighborhood, but this final season has gotten off to a good start. Far and away my favorite episodes are those featuring Brenda's parents or the occasionally doofus acting duo Provenza and Flynn. And this episode was a corker – humorous and with an interesting storyline. Brenda's reaction to Flynn and Provenza's screw-ups is always fun to behold. In this episode, robbers are targeting pawnshops and using the ruse that they are cops with a search warrant to gain access to the stores' safes. Provenza and Flynn stumble upon a robbery in progress but don't realize it and think one of the robbers is a store employee. Later the store's owner is found dead of an apparent heart attack. Provenza's first ex-wife and her dog are figured prominently in the show and provide much of the humor. However, the best line in the show goes to Captain Raydor. When the partner of the dead man is questioned, his only concern is whether or not the robbers took what was in the safe. Raydor, in her wonderful deadpan manner says something like: "Did you miss the part where we told you your partner was dead?" Marvelous bit of dialog.

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