Monday, December 14, 2009

The Roots of Testimony on The Closer

A delightful next to last episode (5.14) of Season 5 of The Closer tonight - the season resumed last week, after a pause since August - featuring Beau Bridges guest starring as Provenza's old partner, George, now Georgette.

Yes, unknown to Provenza, George had always felt like a woman, and after he left the LAPD, he underwent the necessary operation. To matters even more interesting, George had always liked women not men, and Georgette feels the same way, so Provenza has to accept that his former partner is now a lesbian.

Well, Provenza will survive - he always does - but what's at stake in the legal arena tonight is George's testimony in a cold case that's come back to the front burner. George had charmed the killer - a woman, whom he sweet talked - into confessing back then. Will the jury believe him->her now, when Georgette reiterates that testimony, on the stand as a woman not a man?

By the way, did you know that the words "testify" and "testimony" derive from the word "testicles" - as in, well, swearing on one's testicles? Brenda Leigh perhaps has this in mind, when she delivers the best line of the night, thinking the jury will have no problem with Georgette on the stand: "We need her testimony not her testicles," Brenda Leigh observes of Georgette.

Elegantly said, but can a jury be relied upon not to doubt Georgette's testimony, when she first provided it seven years earlier as George? Provenza's solution is to have Georgette masquerade as George, but she's unwilling to perjure herself on the stand.

Georgette does come through in a way that does not violate the law, and provides a perfect conclusion to a story only The Closer and its mix of humor and savvy could put on. You gotta give the show credit for having the balls to go with a story like this (sorry, I couldn't resist).

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See also Finding Killers vs. Hearts on The Closer and Brenda Leigh's Niece and Libby from Lost on The Closer and Tom Skerritt on The Closer and Det. Richard Tracy on The Closer and Pres. Laura Roslin vs. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson

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