Episode 21 and season 7, this was the last episode of “The Closer” and it was something that was written to make sure that every line delivered something that did everything good and beautiful for the fans that have grown with this show.
It was aptly titled “The Last Word” and one way of really making it memorable was Brenda being taking to a place where she was like all new because it was strange for her. She kept on hearing things that she never knew before and they kept on pushing her to a place where she had never been before.
But the thing with Phillip Stroh has to be gotten out of the way. The first thought is that it looked like Brenda got him cheap. Here was a man who was so meticulous that when he was closing a laptop he had just used, he used both wrists to do it so that he does not leave any prints. It looked so out of character that he would carry a body bag with a body in it to a place where only suspicious looking people hold meetings to dispose of the body.
But even the most meticulous of persons can be done in with just a single slip. But the random spot he picked was also the random spot where another crime was taking place and this has a ring of reality to it especially when that area is known to be a place where crimes take place. And once he started slipping up it looked as if he did not know how to stop. But why the court did not allow the mall video to be entered as evidence would beat many hollow.
This was Brenda’s hour and Raydor and Taylor were willing to be spectators. It was apt that they should stand aside because Stroh almost cost her everything. The it moment would be Brenda’s connection with Rusty. The clues were there to see but like a well told story, fans hardly saw it until things started adding up. The mask that Rusty took from Stroh would have been missed by most and only became a light bulb moment when Brenda uncurled it.
She ran after him because she did not have anything from him that she could analyze, not a print or spittle. She was going to look for how to get something from him in any way possible. The fact that DDA Hobbs was in on the setup added an interesting angle to. It brought not just the case but the whole series to a perfect end.
Fans really got to know that she was in uncharted territory when she engaged Stroh. She had never been involved in a fight scene throughout her time and this was the first time she seemed to have a reason and she went for it.
On a finale note, there were those who would have hoped that she and Fritz took in Rusty. It was a final and befitting closure for Brenda’s “The Closer” and the birth of “Major Crimes”.