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Major Crimes Review: Brewster's Millions

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The Maltese Falcon was killed for Brewster's millions by arsenic, sans the old lace.

Hold on. Arsenic? Where's the old lace? Who uses arsenic in this day in age?

Provenza

Yep, that's where Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 3 went - and it was a lot of fun.

The writing for the installment was full of double entendre that worked very well. I loved how every time Baird (Dick Tracy to the squad) said Maltese, everyone cocked their heads waiting for the follow up -- Falcon.

The estate was decorated with stuffed animals and neon; classic, silly Major Crimes and how the detectives responded was in kind.

Honestly, there isn't a lot to talk about because it was enjoyable fluff with great wit. To think it all started because Provenza wanted to be a good officer of the law and help out wherever needed as a good influence for Rusty.

When Captain Baird gives an order, we follow it, even if we can't quite remember who he is.

Provenza

The multi-million dollar dog lover left her estate to many before she passed and included in the will was an endowment to the LAPD. That lead Chief Taylor to question his detectives at every turn as he tried to keep the funds from slipping through his fingers. 

When sizing up the family contesting the will, the team realized Dick Tracy may have been working for the family as a way to get Brewster's frozen head removed to break her trust and throw everything back into the open.

That didn't stop the gags from flying. 

Sharon: Marcella Brewster is legally dead and I have every right to examine her head.
Taylor: But Eternal Meadows says that now that Marcella has been thawed out she can never be frozen again.
Provenza: It's the same with chicken or fish.

Honestly, given the fact the character actor leading the charge to look for Falcon was a well known face, I knew immediately he would be the culprit. That's OK though because it gave Sharon a reason to act the role of an unknown niece named Meredith. It was a delightful scene that ultimately lead to his arrest.

No! Don't shoot. I'm rich!

Kliner

Dick Tracy wrote his 63 page statement and was thanked for his contribution to the LAPD for the second time. The first was when he impersonated an officer -- or three -- named Provenza, Flynn and Pope. Yes, he paid a visit to the precinct before in The Closer Season 5 Episode 6. We weren't reviewing the series then, but at that link you can find out how it all started when you watch The Closer online. Cool, right?

I thought it was great to have a throwback episode and one that was pure fun. It can't always be hardcore and these episodes are some of the most enjoyable. Don't forget, you can also watch Major Crimes online to catch up on all the latest. 

Should Sharon consider joining community theater?

 

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Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Loved this episode! One of the funniest things I've seen in a long while...

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This episode was really stupid. I had a friend watch for the first time and I am sorry I did. A waste.

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The generally do a darned-near slapstick episode every half-season. Even going all the way back to the beginning season of The Closer. Just the other day, I watched the episode where Brenda, Fritz, both of her parents, Provenza, Flynn, and a criminal under arrest drove cross-country in a Winnebago over Christmas vacation. Hysterical!!

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@ SpenserAmadeus

Agreed. Incredibly funny and really enjoy these lighter episodes.

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I love this show. It is always fun when they decide to throw a light hearted episode in the mix. Great job.

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I just watched this weeks episode and all I have to say is WHAT WAS THAT. I have watched every Closer episode and all MC shows (most two and three times) so I consider myself a big fan but this week show was STUPID. What happened. Maaybe a new writer?

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@ retiredinlavernia

If you'e watched every episode, then this shouldn't be new to you. How could you forget the Flynn and Provenza episodes? They have been standard issue for years. Major Crimes Season 2 Episode 9, "There's No Place Like Home" was classic and very much in the same vein as this. The episodes are not stupid at all. They're not only intelligently written and cleverly put together to showcase the comedic aspects of the terrific actors, but very entertaining and needed, especially as a buffer to the more often extremely dark episodes around them.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Agree with you Carissa, a typical Flynn and Provenza episode. Even though it was not as great as 'there is no place like home' but I can still laugh out every now and then. Such a relieve after the first two heavy-drama-packed episode, but usually when there is a funny episode like this, the next episode is going to crush our heart again. I have to be prepared for that.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I so agree, Carissa! I would be so disappointed if we got the same heavy (if well done) dramas every single week.

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Enjoyed this episode..it was nice to have a fun episode..Flynn and Provenza did great as usual as did Sharon..sorry not a fan of the Dick Tracy character. Next episode looks good also Rusty yelling at his mom..she has to go!!!!!

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Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 3 Quotes

Hold on. Arsenic? Where's the old lace? Who uses arsenic in this day in age?

Provenza

When Captain Baird gives an order, we follow it, even if we can't quite remember who he is.

Provenza
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