I'm going to add some spoiler space here since I think many people may be surprised there was a new episode last night.
I was surprised to see a new episode on 12/26, especially a "finale" that wrapped up the lawsuit storyline. I was disappointed. For a while, it looked like The Closer might be breaking new ground, by looking at its heroine from the viewpoint of those who believe the police abuse their authority. I wondered if this would be the storyline that would lead to the character's departure and the re-tooling of the series.
Apparently not. It was a good episode, lots of drama, but an abrupt closure to the lawsuit storyline and something of a cop-out, I thought, introducing an entirely new character to pin the whole scenario on.