Major Crimes Review: How Dumb Do You Think I Am?

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"I, Witness" had all the makings of being a fun Major Crimes episode, a frolicking good time.

Lloyd Gibbs had Provenza and Flynn at their witty best and when he turned out to be a potential murderer, things got even wackier.

But all that was blown out of the water when we learned that they were protecting the guy as a favor for DDA Rios. And she was being bitchy and accusatory when things went wrong. My theory that she and Sanchez might have had something extra we didn't know about went away when she called him Lopez... repeatedly. She can't even take the time to learn the names of the people she wants to push around.

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Luckily, she was only mildly annoying after her initial entrance. That in itself was a shock. The last thing I want to say about her is that Sanchez is too intelligent to be attracted to someone like Rios and his wagging tail puppy dog act has to stop. It's completely against character and takes everything we learned about him in the past and squashes it like a bug.

The rest of the episode was like a bunch of amusing moments combined to make up one hour. It's difficult to imagine that there are really criminals out there that could be as entertaining as Lloyd because if there were, people would be jumping at the chance to go to jail just to hang out with guys like him. He had some great Major Crimes quotes to add to the evening, such as:

Okay, how dumb do you guys think I am? Nobody goes to prison for stealing beer. Not even really good beer. | permalink

That's territory usually left only to Flynn and Provenza, but Lloyd outdid them. It was good to finally get to the truth about why Flynn has been doing all the cleanses and jogging in place and all the crazy stuff he's been up to. He's been told he has high blood pressure. I loved Provenza's reaction to his decision to try the natural way to cure it:

Provenza: God sakes Flynn, I take 20 pills a day with three glasses of wine and look how healthy I am. Just go on the drug. | permalink

One of Flynn's calming nature habits, pulling at his earlobe, helped them both out when they met with another witness, Shampagne, a professional "conversationalist." Watching the two of them standing there, looking at her and pulling on their ears, was reason enough to be happy Major Crimes took over where The Closer left off. 

In Rusty-world, there was a minor development in that he was hiding multiple threats from Sharon by covering up, trying to act like a normal teen in an attempt to escape witness protection. That was rather sad, as his friend Chris was obviously really into him, but he was so concerned about the state of his future he didn't even really see her as a girl. I hope for his sake that comes to a close quickly.

It wasn't a fantastic episode, but it was entertaining. What say you?


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I really hope Rusty takes a bullet, right up his rusty bullet hole. He's the most annoying character on tv.


To the writers of MAJOR CRIMES: Please, please, improve this show by finishing off the Rusty arc of the story. I'm really getting tired of that whining brat.


Ummm Rusty wasn't preoccupied with the threats - he's GAY.


I thought it was a good episode. It's nice to a have a lighter episode to balance out some of the more hard-hitting plots typically seen. And I like that Major Crimes is slowly, but obviously, delving into the personal lives of the squad after 8 years of just skimming the surface. Although I could do without Sanchez's blatant fascination with Rios. A more subtle, more mature approach from him would be nice.


The solving of grisly murders should not be this warm and funny. Now that they've ruined it with the Rusty saga, turning no nonsense cops Flynn and Sanchez into slapstick comics, and have Provenza wearing that damn hat way too much, they might as well go all the way. Flynn, who has gone in for cleanses and healthy food, can join a modern dance class. Every now and then he can show up at a crime scene in a leotard and Capezios. Rusty can get a cute little pet monkey that wears a hat just like Provenza's. Rusty can bring the monkey to police headquarters where the monkey can throw important files around like confetti and unplug all of Buzz's equipment. That should pretty much finish the job on what was a good show.


The episode is supposed to be the F&P epi, which is always a howler. As far as stupid crooks, ask any cop, 99% of criminals are just shy of idiots. Having four who's cumulative IQ might reach 100 is a stretch. However THIS IS TV!!! Suspension of disbelief is required to watch television.


One problem a show like Major Crimes has is you miss the main reason you loved the previous show with most of these characters.. It's even stranger to see Jon Tenney on the show following but that show is getting a little better though it looks DOA ratings wise... The adult audience that would watch it live probably flipped to CBS or A&E.. Maybe it does better on the repeats or On Demand??? Be that as it may, I still enjoyed MC...


@llona Raydor's daughter isn't a lesbian. Her comment was about the boys at her daughter's BALLET school not going well. The insinuation is that those boys at her school are gay, not her daughter.


Last night’s episode was dreadful. My wife and I loved the first season of Major Crimes, but the show lost us as viewers last night. Mary McDonnell is a superb actress, but last night’s episode reduced her to a series of gestures and facial expressions. She didn’t have more than ten lines during the entire episode. She was involved only in the Rusty subplot, not in the investigation of the crime. And the crime? The mystery was less than mysterious. Not even the police detectives seemed involved in it. The show’s writers have gotten lazy. The tone is all wrong: the humor of the Flynn-and-Provenza subplot is not balanced by any tension in the police investigation. As other commenters have pointed out, Sanchez has been reduced to a drooling schoolboy. After episode 2.03, we hoped that Nadine Velazquez had been dropped. But in episode 4, she was back in all her flouncing, lip-pursing, scene-stealing glory. A promising show has been ruined, wasting the talents of nine wonderful actors. Too bad, too too bad.


Rusty's only sexual experience is with males. He is uncertain of his functioning with a female. Therefore the obfuscation on his part. Sharon's comment was mearly a devise to muddy up the plot line.

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Major Crimes Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

God sakes Flynn, I take 20 pills a day with three glasses of wine and look how healthy I am. Just go on the drug.


Provenza: Are you drunk?
Lloyd: No. I ran out of beer like two hours ago.