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"The Closer" Is Not All About That

"The Closer" on TNT starring Kyra Sedgwick had its 6th season finale on Monday night.

The final moments of the episode were sweet, with her character Brenda Leigh Johnson reaching out to husband Fritz Howard and inviting him to tell her everything he'd never told her about being an alcoholic.

She opened up and she listened.

The premise of this TV series is that Brenda *closes* cases. She uses wit and wile to get suspects to open up and reveal the truth. That's what it's supposed to be about.

But, after six great seasons of drama, I realize that the series is not about that. It's about opening up. It's about being vulnerable and taking risks and opening up to hear things you may or may not want to hear. It's about opening up in order to grow and to move on to a new phase in life.

Brenda Leigh has opened up more than anyone during the past six seasons.

I could see that in her in the final minute of the episode. A sweetness, a vulnerability, a humanness that wasn't there years ago.

Thanks to my friend Alesia for prompting me to think about this.

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