Major Crimes Review: The Fairness System

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Aren't you glad last week was lighter fare?

There was nothing light about Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 4 and it was the first time we really got to see Sykes shine during an investigation.

When an accused rapist, Lucas Cross, is set free (dancing his way out of the courtroom, no less) his two victims are the top suspects.

Rusty also finds himself dealing with trouble, by way of his rotten mother. Let's take a look.

When a lab tech lies on his resume and he works in law enforcement, everything he or she touches is thrown out. That's what happened to Jackie, a woman who was brutally raped, but played by the rules. She went though the humiliation of an investigation and through most of the court process only to learn her case was inadmissible because of a tainted chain of command on the evidence.

The rapist's other victim was raped overseas on a military base. Kind of. The rapist was a private contractor and had his own housing off base. If he had been in the military himself, maybe things would have been different.

Lucas Cross was a vile human being. He had double keyed locks on his doors to make sure he could lock people out and in. He raped two beautiful women and ruined their lives. When he was freed, he contacted them as if he was an old boyfriend. The pain and humiliation wouldn't end for his victims, because the system had failed them.

It's difficult to care about someone like that being murdered. He committed two major crimes. But, as Sykes pointed out, it's not called the fairness system. Things don't always work out as they're supposed to. Sometimes the pain gets to be so much that the victims turn into the aggressors. 

Here, we had one woman who did it and another who was willing to serve time if only to try to find peace. She didn't have the guts to cut his throat himself and since she'll never know if that would have brought her some relief, she's perfectly happy to help the real killer get away. They're partners in crime, but they're not even friends.

Sykes military background served her well in the case. She has keen instincts and and understanding of what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated career. She's still in that situation. She could tell that the innocent was lying, but she also didn't want to see the killer go down for more than she needed to. She really just wanted to help.

The killer called it self defense. After all, Cross was contacting her. But she wasn't in immediate danger and set up the kill. Unfortunately for many women, they are often not capable of using their defensive skills when they need them most, in the heat of the moment. Women kill their abusive husbands while they're sleeping for the same reason. When someone can overpower you, you feel defenseless and must take different routes to what seems a logical conclusion.

It was a disgusting case and there were no winners. The plight of those who are unable to protect themselves and who spend time fighting demons as a result is horrific.

Rusty has been fighting those same demons for most of his life. His mother is a piece of work. Rehab didn't work out for her, to say the least. Not only did she get a fake prescription that Flynn recognized as a regular medication for junkies, she asked Rusty to fill it.

When Rusty told her no, she unleashed both barrels of her lovely personality. She blamed Rusty for her drinking, her addiction. She said it was his sexuality that forced her down that road. How would anyone deal with a kid like him? Then he sold himself on the streets and made it worse. But she forgave him. The way she vomited those words out and they slapped Rusty's face was so unpleasant.

Through it all, Sharon steadfastly refuses to speak ill of Rusty's mom. She's always on hand with a kind word and concern that one day he will want to explore it all. She won't break the bond they have by speaking ill of his mother when he's vulnerable. So, his mom is not in the halfway house and she's standing in the trash, right where she belongs. 

It's not the way I would have wanted to see Rusty come out, but he didn't refute what his mother was saying about his sexuality. Of course, it's a pain he likely felt long before she expressed it. Thank God he has a better Sharon in his life now.

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First I liked last weeks episode..alot of shows add some humor...enjoyed last nights episode..Sykes got to shine..good job..Rusty got to see his moms true colors..hope he wakes up now and stays with Sharon..was glad to see in preview that Fritz is in it!!!!

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Glad to see the show back after last weeks idiotic episode. I enjoyed this weeks drama and mystery. Happy to have the MC team back.

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@ retiredinlavernia

I agree with Bill. I totally enjoyed last week's show which I thought was funny from start to finish. I did love last night's as well.

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@ retiredinlavernia

Loved last night's episode - but I thought last week's was brilliant as well. I guess that's what makes a horse race.

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Great episode tonight along with my right prediction, if you see Flynn and Provenza goofball episode ... the next one will hit you right and knock you down on the floor. Rape case is not new, Chad Raber's case (1st season episode 'before and after') has already told us rapist is the worst. And Lucas Cross is one heck of lucky rapist, he got away from the charges. Now we see how much victims get victimized 'over and over' after the incident, they lose all day long no matter they fight or not. I am not sorry for a minute that he was murdered, i must confess. But that DDA is way too out of bound. I must admit that I may get carried away by some horrific cases and may agree with vigilante act like this episode. However, breaking your professional standard is a no-go for me. Once broken, the ground is shaky and you won't be able to stand firm anymore. It may sound ignorant, but he could still find many more ways to help the victims here rather than acting out of his own emotions. People may not like Rios for her ambitious attitude, but one thing I have to respect her is that she did not screw her own case. Sorry DDA Lee, I hope I won't see you again in the show. Well well ... Sharon Beck, As I expected, is a piece of work. If I were Sharon, I wouldn't be able to stay calm and console Rusty that much. Sharon Beck clearly depicts young unready mom + addict so right I feel like strangling her right there. Many addicts are versatile with their persuasion (and manipulation) skill. And worst of the worsts, shouting out her own son's private issue in public like that, huh now I know where all those manners of Rusty in season 1 and 2 came from, clearly. I am also gay, but my coming out luckily did not turn horrible like Rusty (and I was older than he is, i think Rusty is now 18) ... in Rusty's shoes, I would really talk some shame right into his mother's face before leaving. In short, Daniel Dunn and Sharon Beck are absolutely NOT cut out for parents' job at all. Poor Rusty. Sykes' sharp mind seems to be one uplifting thing (after my first watching) of this episode. Yes, she looks like an apple-polisher at first, but she doesn't depend on the crew to climb up. She has experience, she knows to trust her gut feelings, she sympathizes and she works the job knowing what's her supposedly role as an officer. Kearran Giovanni did the best job tonight. Kudos for that. My personal score 4.35 / 5 I am in hope that next week we could get some intense deal-making back in game. Too many intense cases like last winter can damage your morale. :D

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Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

Sykes: She only confessed because someone was finally listening to her. I'm sorry I didn't see it coming, and it was a mistake I didn't record it.
Sharon: If getting a confession from a suspect is a mistake, then let's make more mistakes.

Rusty: I can't believe how many times people say 'hey I did it' and then you guys can't arrest them. What's wrong this time? Did she end her sentence with a preposition or something?
Sharon: She wasn't Mirandized, the confession wasn't recorded and she was drunk.
Rusty: [phone rings] Speaking of drunks.