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Well. I guess that's that. Thanks for watching for the past seven years, and for reading my blog for the past three. Bye now!
Oh, wait a minute, I have a couple photos to share!
I'm sure by now, you have watched and loved the series finale of THE CLOSER, "The Last Word." If you haven't, don't read the rest of this, as I will be talking about the episode. The last words, in this case, are also the first words. How many people remember the very first words uttered by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson back on June 13, 2005? If you said, "It looks like love" then you are a true fan. And how brilliant that James Duff chose to have Brenda's last words on this series, be the very same. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry.
Well this episode was great fun to shoot because it brought back one of our favorite laconic and arrogant meanies, Phillip Stroh. Billy Burke has this way about him, that makes you want to hit him and kiss him at the same time. Wait, was that TMI? Anyway… Stroh comes back in a big way! I don't think anyone ever doubted that Brenda would someday get this guy. And does she ever! One of my favorite shots in this whole show, was the close up of her hand as she held the gun on Stroh. Man, she wanted to blow that guy's head off! She was holding the gun so tightly, her hand was turning red, and the tension was visible! I LOVED that!
We shot up in Griffith park during a pretty wet and cold spell. Of course Brenda was wearing one of Greg LaVoi's genius ensembles, a white trench with Wellies rain boots. Gotta love that! This episode was expertly directed by Michael M. Robin, and the action sequences during the night time Griffith Park scenes, were edge-of-your-seat riveting. I only say that, because it's true. Our bosses screened this episode for the cast and crew during lunch at one of the theaters on the studio lot, so watching it on the big screen was triply intense!
Because we always like to balance our darkness with a little light, I also wanted to share some photos of our very last G.W. Bailey's Girl's Day Out during The Closer. This time, for the Grande Finale, he took us to Azteca in Garden Grove, which I believe houses the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland. If you want to check it out, here's the link: http://www.theazteca.com
They brought out the man himself, Elvis Presley, and he sang and danced and shimmied his booty off for us while we ate delicious mexican fare.
G.W. or as we like to call him, "G-Dub," always knows how to show the ladies a good time, even if he has to enlist the help of The King himself.
Thank you so much for reading my blog and I will be continuing the tradition on the Major Crimes page.
Stacey has been burnin' hair on Hollywood TV and Film sets since 1996. She is a two-time Emmy nominee for her Hair Styling prowess on "GLEE." Her other credits include the feature films "THE STEPFATHER," "RUNNING WITH SCISSORS," "THE MINUS MAN," and TV Series "NIP/TUCK," "JAKE IN PROGRESS," "THE D.A.," "EZ STREETS," "PROVIDENCE," "CSI:NY," "TOTAL SECURITY," TNT's "THE CLOSER," and the new "MAJOR CRIMES," where she is enjoying season 1 as Department Head Hairstylist. Stacey also made the jump to Director during season 6 of The Closer, on the episode "Last Woman Standing," and since the episode didn't suck, she was handed the reigns once again for her second episode,"Star Turn," during season 7. She somehow snowed the powers-that-be into letting her direct an episode of "Major Crimes" during season 1. Her methods of persuasion remain a mystery. She also enjoys making music and movies. And hobo salmon.
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