Major Crimes Review: Make Sexy With Everyone

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"The Ecstasy and the Agony" was a classic throw-away episode. But any time you get to laugh out loud at the circumstances surrounding a murder, it makes for good television.

Unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of character development, departmental movement or anything else of interest to the overall series arc, leaving for a rather flat review. To make the best of it, I'll point out some of the more enjoyable moments of the episode...

Sanchez & Provenza Team Up

Rusty and Sharon: It seems like there are a good number of you who really don't like the addition of Rusty to the mix. I'm quite enjoying him and his smart ass attitude. He's a great foil for Sharon Raydor. They both say things with a straight face and then reply similarly and end up staring at each other dumbfounded, as if they can't believe they've found each other. Sharon's line about how to look Catholic was classic. Even if you weren't raised as such, certainly you've seen the rest of us wearing the mask of guilt. 

Provenza: It was so funny to see Provenza completely put off by the idea of a life coach... until there was one in front of him. I know the feeling he has of grasping at straws to try to make his mundane existence better. He really has it so good that he's afraid to admit it. He would have hated the long-term stress of being in charge. Acting like the put out old man is more his shtick. He likes being the funny man, but I don't ever expect him to admit it.

Sanchez and Tao: This week was too light on the Sanchez. With the Israeli wife and her shenanigans, he could have come up with some great one-liners, but they were left to guest star Michael Weatherly (NCIS), who did a fantastic job of playing the flaky life coach. 

I also enjoyed the exchange between Tao and Raydor when Tao said he remembered something really important from the crime scene, but he forgot what it was. The way Raydor has taken to behaving in such situations is purely her take on the character. She makes a slight tilt of her head, breathes in a bit and almost smirks before replying. To his forgetting she said something like: 'Well, come on back when you remember' and turned around and walked back to what she was doing.

It's as though she just expects the little moments of incompetency and won't let them get to her. That was not at all what I expected when she was put in charge.

Like I mentioned earlier, the episode was a throw-away. The case was almost slapstick in the way it was handled by the accused and next of kin, but it was fun. The wife of the deceased couldn't have cared less that her husband was murdered because she was making sexy with the life coach anyway. After all, who in the Hell wants to move to Tulsa and would anyone really believe a family of Israelis to be the McDougalls? That was one of the moments I laughed out loud. 

I'm quite pleased the writing team from The Closer has taken full control over the remaining cast and retained their sense of humor. Sometimes it's just fun to let your hair down and live in the moment. 


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Did anyone else even care that we finally see Fritz and none of the squad asks about Brenda?! There was such a ready ending, one would have expected some reaction to Fritz's presence.
Also, love a no Taylor episode. I hate that he was promoted to Pope's position. He adds nothing to the show.
Glad to see a comedix episode and loved Weatherly- big NCIS fan and he was great in the episode. Other NCIS fans, ironic he's sleeping with an Israeli? LOL.
Rusty is growing on me. Adds a humanity to Raydor.


I actually think this show is stronger than The Closer. I tend to have a preference for characters with a sense of subtlety and actors that can convey a range of emotions without being over the top, which is what Mary McDonnell manages to do with Sharon. The Closer was dominated way too much by Brenda who I found one of the least interesting characters. I like that we now get to see how the ensemble works and I enjoy all the new characters immensely. I do agree with your review though. The episode was a bit of fun nothing particularly compelling happened but there were some nice character moments and I enjoyed the guest star. On a purely superficial level I think the writers forgot how much of a fashionista Sharon is (remember the episode where she was advising Brenda on her outfits?), the Sharon I know would not be wearing that weird blue tracksuit it was far too distracting.


I enjoyed this show. I agree that the Closer was better, and Kyra Sedgewick was the main reason. But, this show is making its way. It can't be the exact same. I think Capt. Ryder is what she should be. Some people don't like that she does not show the different expressions that the Brenda character did, but its not the same character. People need to get over that. I have to admit, I did not like Rusty, but he seems to be showing a little more humanity. Afterall, anyone who has raised a teenager knows its no picnic, and Rusty did not have a stable up bringing, so I'll give him a break. I love Michael Weatherly, I watch NCIS as well, he plays his characters perfectly. It was humorous and we need to see that once in a while. I'm still watching.


Actually, Rusty is growing on me. I liked his interaction with Sharon this week. I'm still waiting for her to cleverly get the job and pay increase she's due, though, I hope that's part of a larger arc. Brenda wouldn't have tolerated it (remember her all time classic put down when she had to apologize and she basically said after seeing you in action there's no way I wouldn't have been promoted over you? I want to see a little more of that action.) I hope they back away from the constant settlement posture; that's a bit dull and frankly if word got out in the community they'd find themselves in a negotiating disadvantage. I laughed out loud at the McDougall line. So far I'm enjoying the show; it's not a must-see, but I DVR it and always watch at some point. It's growing on me.


There was a LOT of humor, enjoyed this episode, but needed all my concentration to keep up with the speed.
I agree with one of the comments, that plots in all aired episodes lack drama and emotions, but all main characters and their relations are SO fascinating, that I want to watch episode again.
Thanks for the review!


Last night's episode was brutal. Poorly written, directed and acted. Totally not in keeping with the tone established in the first two episodes. Throw-away episode = garbage.


I agree with the posts about Michael Weatherly since he's so easy on the eyes and because I'm also a fan of NCIS, but that's due to Mark Harmon, who I'm madly in love with. However, being fickle, I must add say that my heart also belongs to Fritz.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoy the Sharon Raydor character, she's controlled when she has to be, and bad ass when she has to be, like when she got the shooter in the head with the beanbag shotgun, it's the teenager that bothers me. Softening him up isn't going to endear him to me. but I can tolerate him by ignoring him.
Also, this episode was much better do to the absence of the insufferable Taylor. I understand that in real life promotions do go to undeserving people for lack of other candidates, but since this is television I'd like to see it not happening.


After "The Ecstasy and the Agony" I don't know whether MajorCrimes is a comedy or drama show. I dislike lack of discontinuity with antagonism sqad vs Raydor and... Taylor (where is Taylor, Pope was always around when FBI was involved!). I still believe that show needs better writing there is NO drama, remember how intense interrogations with Brenda used to be? What you can see now is very vapid, boring (there are no emotions). And for heaven sakes can Raydor speak up you can barely distinguish voices she makes!


Really? Wow, I loved the humor in this ep, and it's actually the humor that made me love The Closer so much. Sorry but Raydor is stiff,cold and extremely off-putting, and it was a relief to finally get to laugh again. Guest star Michael Weatherly was the stand out,and his hilarious performance, and dynamic with Provenza, just accentuated to me what this show has been lacking up to this point (well, one of the things it's been lacking anyway,the other being a solid central character that can garner some empathy). Without some humor and a lead character to root for and care about, Majoe Crimes is just another crime show.


I love the interaction between Sharon Raydor and Rusty. I think it is a great addition to the story and characters.

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Major Crimes Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Rusty: I shouldn't be going to this school. I'm not even Catholic.
Sharon: Just walk around with a guilty expression on your face. You'll fit right in.

Did this undecipherable code involve altering the first letter of names and leaving everything else unchanged?