Major Crimes Review: Prognosis, Homicide

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"There's No Place Like Home" was most definitely a throwaway episode of Major Crimes, but with the guest stars and the circumstances surrounding the rather boring murder, there was no reason to hold it against anyone.

A New Set of Eyes

When Provenza had a hard time hitting his mark at the firing range and worried that his age might be causing him to lose his edge on the job, the entire team was introduced to a group of zany characters who had made an apartment complex into their own retirement home after working together on a television show in the 70s called Prognosis: Homicide

Enter Tim Conway, Paul Dooley, Doris Roberts, Ron Glass and Marion Ross. My favorite enactment by far was Ron Glass. He was an absolute delight as a past wardrobe consultant on the program. 

It was a case dreams are made of. Their friend owned the building and left it to his "family" - meaning them. Instead, though, his nephew fought the meaning of family in court and took the building. They never knew that, but the nephew was a horror. He took away their Shangri La and made their lives miserable in the hopes of getting them to move out so he could sell the land.

As evil as he was, they were just as interested in getting rid of him. After all, with all his rules and regulations, he still had the nerve to walk by their buffets and help himself, so he kind of deserved to drop dead of an allergy, right? The episode was rife with great quotes like this one, and some great one liners from Tao:

Howard: I'm Howard Grey and, uh, Ed helped himself to our buffet without asking and walked off with two brownies. We waited while he went upstairs to eat and then, after he choked to death on his own rudeness and his cries for help kind of petered out, uh, I propped him up in one of those kitchen chairs and called 911. And, we're very sorry your honor, and we promise never to let someone kill themselves again. | permalink

Provenza used the funny glasses Doris Roberts used on the show to shoot a perfect target and I have to hope like hell the entire "Time Of My Life" karaoke video is on the Major Crimes Season 2 DVD release. 

So, yeah, it was a tosser episode, but it was fun. And there's really not much more to say about that.


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I enjoy all your shows but the one with all the great guest actors was terrific Love that it was a lighthearted one after the child molest episode We needed something more cheerful. But I love all your shows The writing is wonderful and all the characters are great. Including Rios you most likely have an episode coming up that is payback for her. She mostlikely is an only child and never learned how to play nice with others Keep up the good work


I thought it was funny that the Provenza could've been on the other side with these veteran actors, I thought the ladies would all hit on him. All kidding aside when the officer the range said if his fellow officers depended on him he couldn't see etc., why doesn't Provenza just wear glasses? not the funny ones of course but really! It was great to see all these guys together on a show. I think that the letters hoarded by Rusty will be found in the season finale and that will be a great part of the show, they've all let their guard down since "nothing else" has happened. Whoever is writing them is stewing in his murderous juices, this can't be good. I'm thrilled that the guy who played Sharon's husband is gone (phew) Now on to Rios, is she written that way or is she just annoying in her portrayal, I personally don't care for her but she's only doing her job(?)


Is Rios always gonna be as Brenda put it "THAT WOMAN"?


i LOVED IT..MAJOR KUDOS TO MAJOR CRIMES for taking a "risk" and doing an ep like this..(y) B|


"Scarface" was Paul McCrane who was the villain disolved by toxic waste in "RoboCop" and he was in the original "Fame" movie.


Who cares if it was a "throwaway" episode? To have so much talent on the screen at one time is unbelievable. I will take an episode like this anytime over a consecutive episode as disturbing as last week's with the swimming coach.


Anyone else think that Agent Evans (Scarface) looked an awful lot like Ron Howard heavily made up??


Bravo!! I think this was the best episode ever!! The writing was very clever. I found myself chuckling through the entire show. It was fun having such a great lineup of guest stars from the seventies. Seeing Provenza qualify in those glasses (complete with evidence tag)was the icing on the cake! I was a fan of the Closer, but think Major Crimes is far more clever. I love all the characters with the exception of the DA. Her we could do without.


Positively brilliant! I love this show for the ensemble cast, and as we saw last night, its flexibility in working with just about any other types of actors. The writing was spot on. And sorry, but as the saying goes, there are just some folks that need killin'. Lighten up! PS: Ron Glass? amazing!


It was a pleasure to see the older generation of talented actors but the regular ensemble cast was boring last night. The only saving grace was the absence (hopefully permanent)of the snotty ADA. Major Crimes has no spark and it needs more interaction between the squad. Provenza and Flynn are great when they are trying to date, Sanchez needs his own story (and not with the DA please) and we should learn more about Sykes. Rusty provides the only family drama and what made the closer so good was the relationships. With boring murders the viewers need something to keep them entertained.

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Major Crimes Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

What's the point of brownies, without nuts?


Buzz: Be careful. It's an antique.
Tao: Blech. If you look through this lens, you can probably see Barnaby Jones.