YMMV / The Closer

  • Complete Monster: Phillip Stroh is a truly Amoral Attorney who not only defends sex offenders, but who also happens to be a Serial Rapist and Serial Killer himself. In season 4's "Power of Attorney", he has his client Chris Dunlap find him victims to rape; one of them fights back and is killed. Upon returning in season 7's "Hostile Witness", he goes on to become even more brutal, strangling his victims with a chain, and trying to kill a man who witnessed the crimes. When arrested in the same season's "The Last Word", he offers his services to a fellow inmate in exchange for sending letters, ordering several murders and threatening the witness.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Nobody expected Raydor to be popular, let alone popular enough to helm the spinoff series Major Crimes.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Actor and politician Eric Garcetti, who portrayed Los Angeles Mayor Ramon Quintero on the show, would go on to be elected Mayor of LA in Real Life in 2013.
  • Les Yay: Now that they've (reluctantly) admitted admiration for each other, Brenda and Captain Raydor have been having moments. Especially in "Last Woman Standing", with Raydor giving Brenda pep talks and fashion hints (It Makes Sense in Context). This only gets turned Up to Eleven during the seventh season, as Brenda and Raydor go from Worthy Opponents to unlikely but extremely effective allies - and, possibly, even friends. Suffice it to say the 2011 summer finale "Fresh Pursuit" left Brenda/Sharon fans hoarse from the squee.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr. Navarro in "Heart Attack." Disgusted with his Asshole Victims' actions and tired of so many good people dying in hospitals, he starts an Organ Theft racket that doubles as a vigilante group — all while managing to shift the blame toward drug-cartel activity. And when Brenda and co. finally come to arrest him — in the middle of performing a Vigilante Execution operation, no less — he casually shoots down all of their attempts to break into his chamber and invokes Shut Up, Kirk! against their Kirk Summation of his Knight Templar actions. And in the end, he surrenders with a sense of satisfaction, and the cops are forced to let the stolen organs be used exactly how he intended.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Brenda's adulterous affair with Pope. Even though she has since married Fritz, he's not above mentioning her affair with Pope when he feels that she is putting her ex-lover before their marriage or her own career.
    • Frit Howard's drinking problem; besides nearly destroying his career, Fritz (prior to the start of the series) regularly drove while shitfaced drunk, to the point that he wake up in strange places with no memory of driving there.
  • Tear Jerker: "Maternal Instincts."
    • Brenda's mom's death, oh god.
    Brenda: Momma? Momma? MOMMA! FRITZ! FRITZ! FRITZ!
  • Growing the Beard / Jumping the Shark: Depending on if you think Brenda having to take responsibility for her less-than-professional actions was a good thing or if you think she should have kept getting away with it/they deserved it (and also whether or not you like overreaching arcs), you might think the show either grew the beard or jumped the shark with the lawsuit and the hunt for the leak within Major Crimes.