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Major Crimes Review: Lost Girl Found Boy

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The case on Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 6 made an impact and was clearly distressing, but I can't help thinking the entire episode was about Rusty again.

I've been able to sit back and let the Rusty stuff roll off my shoulders. He came to us when Brenda Leigh Johnson was running the division and I hate to see anything she started fall by the wayside.

However, we learn less and less about the other central characters as we continue to dig around into the story of Rusty. 

A girl who probably never reached 15 was found in the trash. She had hopes and dreams but no name. Her library card considered her Alice Herrera, but it was a name and address taken from a house near the tent city she lived in with other runaways and addicts.

The squad won't give up the search for her identity and since the scumbag who killed her refused the plea, the case will likely resurface. Everyone felt close enough to her, especially Flynn, that they arranged a service in her honor in the chapel. I admire that and hate that so many girls go missing and are never "found."

Sharon, meanwhile, has decided to adopt Rusty if he's willing. That means either her husband Jack goes along with it or they get divorced. Tom Berenger is back as the POS married to Sharon, and he's far worse this go around than he was before. Now that he's back on his feet, he has no reason to sweet talk his wife and his strong but true colors come out. He's a pig.

Jack even butters up Rusty and then tells him about Sharon's plans to adopt him before Sharon does. He brings up their "real family" as if he has even the slightest inclination to care about them. Honestly, I wish Sharon would have found a way of divorcing him without him having to return to the show.

In any event, with the murdered runaway living on the streets, Rusty's adoption and past on the streets himself it all felt like a big Rusty analogy.

Well, I'd like to learn more about Sykes. Sanchez still has a lot to share with us, I'm sure. We know fairly little about Tao. We met Buzz's sister once and know absolutely nothing about Hobbs, let alone Dr. Morales, outside the office. Let's have a day where we see what Provenza does at home or perhaps a date night with Flynn and Sharon, since Provenza brought it up. The point is -- do all roads have to lead back to Rusty?

Maybe I'm just in a bad mood. Maybe I've had one too many Rusty run-ins this season. Maybe I'm flat out sick of Rusty. Surely he's smart enough to take an early entrance exam for college. Let's get Sharon to adopt him and send him on his way, knowing he's safe with a family to fall back on.

The story was well done and I love that the characters care so much about their work, but I'm done with Rusty. I'm battered and bloody myself with as many times as the kid has been bashed over my head. Low ratings for any hour sacrificing the adults for Rusty, even if done allegorically, going forward.

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

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I have enjoyed the Rusty storyline and the interaction with Sharon and the other detectives. I disagree with the article above.

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I like the show a lot but may give it up because of Rusty. I didn't mind the character at first but now I can't stand him. This season is about nothing but Rusty. I would like to see the other characters on the show explored - not a show about Rusty.

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Major Crimes continues to be well written. I loved "The Closer" but it was often "over the top" with the solving of crimes as it was "the Brenda Show" with all her quirky ways and brilliance, often going against the system.
I don't see this as having turned into the Rusty show. I've enjoyed his evolving as a person until Sharon's love and guidance. There has also been Dr.Joe and the crime team, each in his own way, adding some warmth and kindness. Yes, we know a kid would not normally be in the workplace as such, but this is a show and time constraints and budget don't allow for total separation and scripts.
What I do see is the way crimes affect all of them based on their own personal experiences; empathy and growth we all experience in life. There is plenty of time with more seasons, hopefully, to explore more about the team members individually. I'm in no rush to have Sharon and Andy in a committed relationship either. We've had a bit of Andy, Sykes, Julio, Buzz, and Provenza's back stories, so I don't see Rusty as the gay character or main focus.
What I do enjoy is the unit as a "family"... their support of one another, their humor injected to help survive horrific crimes they see. Family need not be blood related, and the bond between Sharon and Rusty, between the team and Rusty is wonderful. The reality of his life and his real mother's addiction and abuse is heart-wrenching. Major Crimes is really about abusive story plots and how they impact all those exposed to them.

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@ Sunny

It is the Rusty show and the other characters just support him. I didn't like the Brenda show. Major Crimes started out being more of an ensemble than The Closer but now the only character show is a lead is Rusty with all other characters supporting him.

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@ Sunny

I couldn't agree more. No one had a problem when it was all Brenda, all the time. When a crime scene couldn't be investigated without her. When a suspect couldn't be interrogated without her. When a crime couldn't be solved without her. I absolutely loved The Closer, but let's not pretend the secondary characters weren't often sidelined to make way for Fritz, and Brenda's parents, and Brenda's niece and Brenda's cat. The constant complaining about Rusty conveniently ignores the fact that each character is allowed to shine a little brighter on Major Crimes. Buzz had more lines in one season of Major Crimes than he did in years on The Closer. Provenza's evolving leadership role has been fascinating to watch. Sykes finding her place on the team has been compelling despite its subtlety. Like it or not, the Rusty character represents the personal side of Sharon Raydor. And we know from experience that the headliner's personal side gets ample screen time. Just ask Kitty.

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@ AB

Some of us had a problem with The Brenda Show - so we didn't watch. I see nothing on Major Crimes to suggest it's all about one character - not even the lead. And I am very happy about that.

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I LOVE the episode for different reasons, most of it it's because of Shandy, and divorce. Jack is a pig and #HitTheRoadJack is loud and clear to everyone now. I absolutely agree with you about the Rusty character. I hope he will be less on screen so we can have more takes with other characters as you pointed out. One thing, tho it's Brenda Leigh not Brenda Lee. Kisses to all :) and HIT THE ROAD JACK!

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@ ilona

Hehee at least now I know it is not only my own feelings that Jack is a pig.
Thank you ilona. Hope to see you next week here too :)

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@ trinity

Jack used Rusty and the knowledge of adoption to hurt Sharon. He used her child against her, to unsettle and shake the stability they build between each other after the trial and all what follow after that. Jack is a pig. He want money, her pension and her savings. And now that he is working and on his feet he don't need his wife, her help or care. So he can fight her and simply hurt her. And I think he will. If there will be an ugly divorce I want to see it, on screen. I want to see him go down... hard hitting the road! I just want to make another comment. Everyone is entitle to their opinions, but trashing Brenda Leigh Johnson and The Closer is really not they way to go. We are here talking about this show Major Crimes cause there was for 7 years The Closer and this unique character as Brenda. She might has been annoying, upsetting and dramatic but still I think as far for female tv characters goes this one that was build and develop in perfect way. I will cherish her character for ever! trinity I promise to be here next week too :)

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I disagree that this show was about Rusty. In fact I thought most of the connections around him were afterthoughts, much like the parallels families sometimes draw between their work and personal lives. From what I saw, the show was about Sharon and Andy, their passion and care for the victim, and their growing relationship to each other. No one 'checked in' with Rusty to see if he was reacting. The ones who did constantly check the other were Andy and Sharon. Both were faced with challenges either directly or indirectly from their personal lives. We learned a lot about them last night. Now, if we can only SEE one of those dinners, I would be a happy shipper.

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When did Rusty become the center of the show? I'm bored to death with him. Pack him off to college, send him back to his skank mother, get him murdered by a former john, I don't care, just get him out of the show. And when did Sharon become the Madonna? And become a secondary character on her own show? When we met her, she was just as full of fire and willing to take on the brass as Brenda, she was just more subtle about it. Early on she was told she'd get a raise and promotion by taking on this squad and when she raised it she was told to forget it, and that's the last we heard of it. I want to see her fight internal political battles as well as lead the team and brilliantly solve crimes. At least we've been spared the heinous Rios lately, thank heaven for small mercies.

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@ sk8tfan

I think the lack of internal battles -- even Taylor is rarely seen -- has really taken away the edge that we had on The Closer. It wasn't just that Brenda was in charge, but that she had foils; in Pope, Taylor and even Sharon herself. Now it's just a case and Rusty. There just isn't much drama and that makes it far too procedural. The Closer dug in deeper with the criminal aspect, as well. One episode when Brenda left a kid in Mexico to face charges down there left me hollow. She was bereft at making such a decision, but she made hard ones all the time. Now that they're always doing pleas, it's just a case, discovering a little about it, finding the perp and offering them a deal. Where's the tension? When the series first started and Provenza and Sharon were going nose to nose, it had a lot of potential. There was always something at stake. Now everyone is happy, there are no crime scene issues, nobody steps on anybodies toes and they all work joyfully through horrid cases every week. Dare I say...it's gotten boring.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I agree completely. There's more detective work and crime solving going on during Rizzoli and Isles than this show.
Send Rusty off to college somewhere east and get back to

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I have points that I agree and disagree with you Carissa, but not in an antagonizing way. Crime of the day is not so much subtle but it renders me most disturbing for an hour after the first watching. People may see analogy of Rusty in this poor girl's misfortune, but I actually see misfortune of many abused kids who have to run away from home in order to survive and live on. Judging from Dr.Morales' report on her body, she must have lived in a quite average family but she was physically abused so she had to run away (fake incisors which I thought her old family had that done to conceal their abuse + cigarette burns). Even though she tried her best to make a living by working and saving money, mingling with the wrong crowd led her to the fatal mistake. Not all homeless kids go down the same path, but one wrong decision can put an end to your life plus kids with drugs take easier way to get money for a fix... and even kill their own friends for that. I don't have sympathy for Bug who actually should be charged as accessory to murder, she let another girl die just to get all stuff to pawn shop. And I don't buy the excuse that she 'did not want to touch the body or had anything to do with it' ... I can't imagine how far addicts could go for their own crave.
I am glad that Hobbs has a change of mind upon the call for public defender. Slider needs to be put away, or even put down. Nevertheless, Jack Raydor is the most disgusting part of the episode I could imagine. Let's think back about his history with Sharon, he went to Law School and had Sharon work for him in order to put him through the degree. Sharon got pregnant twice, lost her chance to become attorney, raised 2 children on her own + untangling Jack's debt while he took 200,000 $ to Las Vegas and spent every single dime on gambling without any cent for his own children. I could only suspect that the info presented here is only a tip of an iceberg from seeing Andy's face when he saw Jack walking in the murder room. And he dare ask for HALF of Sharon's pension and her savings out of the divorce!!! One thing if I could pray for MC writers and creators, please DO NOT make Sharon have any romantic relationship with Andy until the divorce is done. This kind of ignorant and undesirable husband who abandons his own children for joy and pleasure needs to pay! I really wish the court would grant the divorce and have him pay back 20 years of child support back to Sharon, or the show will push self-destruction switch to the show. Speaking of Sharon and Andy, I was absolutely in awe for the scene in the chapel. No .. no .. I don't mind the sweet care here and there between Sharon and Andy. I just don't want the typical romantic relationship subplot comes in and destroy the show. (purely opinion and some reference containing spoilers ... avoid if you don't appreciate this) The Mentalist already down, Elementary on the way, Murder in The First out of my list, I just hope Major Crimes can be one of the quality show which, without the cheesy dating among colleagues, can also rise to the top as a quality show. Rusty being gay, it's fine for me. But Sharon seriously gets involved with Andy while the divorce is on the process, please don't do that!!!! Despite all the whining and complaining, I give this episode 4.9 / 5 ... I feel sorry for the abused kids and many homeless people who gets hurt. I hope next episode's action-packed will lessen the horrifying case presented in the episode.

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@ trinity

It would be a conflict of interests for anything romantic to happen between Sharon & Andy. And it would ruin her character IMO.

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I'm with you on this train Carissa, I was wondering what that feeling was I was experiencing, now I know, I'm "battered and bloody." Yes, Rusty was at one point central to moving the plot forward, but that time has come and gone. Now It's simply tiresome and boring. I no longer care what he does or where he goes. I'm done.
As for Jack Raydor, well, he's one of those slugs found in gardens. I just hope his slime doesn't foul more than a few minutes of what ever episode it takes to get rid of him.
Like you, I'd like to see the focus on Sanchez, Flynn, Dr. Morales and Hobbs. Even Dr. Terrence, played hilariously by Bob Clendenin on The Closer would be a welcome change.
As long as I'm complaining, seeing Provenza act like a professional adult and not be so nosy and then making assumptions about other people's business would be a nice change.
On the bright side, not being assaulted by Rios and her arrogance has been more than a breath of fresh air.

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@ Hooligan

Ha! I was thinking that the only thing that would have made me more depressed watching the episode would have been the appearance of Rios. I counted my lucky stars they woke up and realized what a pain in the butt she was. That constant fainting during the autopsy gimmick and her stubborn refusal to want to give deals. Ugh!

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I love Rusty but maybe they should tone it down and focus on other characters once in a while? This is a big cast and there are so many stories they can tell.

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@ evelyn

I used to enjoy him, but they've forced him into every single minute of the show. When he should be at school, somehow he's lurking behind a cubicle listening in. It's as if they only work evenings to accommodate his ability to participate. I'm just tired.

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@ evelyn

Agree with you Evelyn, i don't find it that bad despite the very upsetting crime of the day.

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Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

A library card is a preferred form of ID from illegal immigrants.

Provenza

Look at her shoes. Amazing isn't it? No matter how hard their lives, girls try to make things prettier.

Flynn
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