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@Chuck... how is Rusty that annoying??? He has been an abused teenager now suddenly finding himself in a solid home and enrolled in a top parochial school ( uniform and all) where he can get to know decent kids and his natural smarts could be used in a productive way ( chess team and academics).. There are far far more annoying teens on TV than this kid... He's even noticing that he doesn't really belong hanging in a police station...

I am pretty sure he will stay with Sharon.. It would be a silly plot direction to take away one of the distinctive things about this show...

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Thanks Miranda...I didn't get to see the episode but I can tell I'm going to love it. Great job breaking down the Raydor/Rusty dynamic and what it brings to the team.

You guys need to remember that Provenza is an older man. Change isn't his favorite, but he's willing to adapt and that's what makes his character human. If you all tell me you just roll with every situation in your usual form, I'm not going to buy it. :-)

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The procedural side of it to me is almost incidental. It's the backdrop to the wonderful character dynamics on show. It's always characters that hook me into a show, and part of the reason I never really got into The Closer was that the only character who really got a lot of development was Brenda, who was never that interesting or appealing to me. I watched for Sharon, because Mary McDonnell has such depth as an actress that I loved her despite her role simply as an adjunct to Brenda's story. What I'm loving about Major Crimes is that ALL the characters are being painted with finer brushstrokes, and we're getting so much more out of them. Sharon is my favourite, but my newfound admiration for Julio Sanchez, for example, and for Provenza and Flynn, is what has surprised me about Major Crimes. I think it's great. And the new characters just add to that, for me. I love that there is another woman in the regular cast, and Rusty's relationship with Sharon is the heart of the show, as far as I'm concerned.

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Sorry, Rusty, to me, is the most annoying teenager on a TV show since Dawn on Buffy. Can't he just go back to turning tricks on Hollywood Boulevard?

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Well okay. I'm beginning to accept Rusty. He's not all that bad, for a whiney and annoying teenager.
I like that Flynn has remained constant and that he's getting more screen time and I'm thrilled that Julio is too. Provenza, on the other hand has been all over the map. Over on The Closer he was buffoonishly just putting in his time, now on Major Crimes suddenly he's throwing a tantrum over not being in charge, whining to everyone, habitually slamming Sykes, then just as suddenly recovers, defends her and now he's the jaded yet "Wise Elder"? Ordinarily, such rapid and extreme personality changes require a team of psychiatrists. To me, he's not as interesting anymore, but considering that Flynn and Julio are more up front, and that we're learning more about them, I'm willing to overlook Provenza's multiple personalities.

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I too, love the dynamics between Rusty and Sharon. Maybe because Rusty reminds me so much of my nephew at that age (he turned out OK). Rusty really softens Captain Raydor and brings out her maternal nature. I was suprised when she allowed her self to become tearful in front of Rusty and Provenza. And I thought it was true to Prozena's character to chastise Rusty. Another great episode! This show is growing on me. It has a totally different feel from The Closer, but I suppose that's what the creators were aiming for.

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Omg "Rusty has earned a place in this former high school teacher's heart," just about killed me. I love MM in BSG!

And I definitely agree, I don't mind watching the crime if I get to see Sharon and Rusty's relationship blossom (and the whole team dynamic--Mike and Julio getting more screen time? A-Okay with me!). I wanted to cry when he couldn't see that she really did care for him. Excellent review. Oh and also, when Provenza closes the door on Taylor at the beginning, I chuckled pretty hard haha.




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