Originally Posted by HDMe2
The only thing I'm not sure I understood was... what did Brenda's overspending serve to accomplish?
When she started going nuts, I mean... like taking the plan and bringing people back and all that. I thought there would be a payoff with her and Pope over all the extra spending she was racking up there... but that part of the plot seemed to go away once the "cop out" plan was proposed.
Seems like there would still be the matter of paying for all that stuff she ran up there even with solving the rest of the budgetary issues.
Brenda was faced with incredible time pressures, which Pope's determination not to spend any extra money on anything exacerbated. For example, Brenda had to pay for the expedited handling of the blood sample from the murdered family's surviving son out of her own pocket. If she had not done that, the kid would almost certainly have been turned over to juvenile authorities and almost certainly lawyered up, which is anathema to cops, especially an interrogator as skillful as Brenda. After that, I thought her spending, using the department jet to fly to the other family's home comes to mind, was a combination of continuing time pressure and Brenda being Brenda with a little passive aggressive tweaking of her uncooperative boss, Pope.
As to having to find a way to cover the extra expenses she ran up, Sgt Gabriel took care of all that for Brenda when he showed Pope how to play a bureaucratic game that would cover what Brenda had spent and them some. As she always does, Brenda came out on top in the end.
Last night's The Closer was one of the best hours of TV I have watched in some time.