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Major Crimes Review: What Would You Think...

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Rusty has come out of the closet.

On Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 5, Rusty used a case about a girl who went against her social mores and disappointed her family as the catalyst to reveal his big secret.

Honestly, I didn't know if any of what we saw was real or fantasy until the last five minutes.

As a storytelling vehicle, I wish it had all been fantasy, with very little reality infused. While I can believe that Rusty is empathetic and could probably glean a lot of Lena Madhaven's story merely by identifying with her, he would have been unable to tell Dr. Joe all of the details he shared.

Empathy wasn't getting him behind doors, into vehicles, etc., from which he shared privileged information. The actions of the characters were also greatly exaggerated while Rusty wove his tale for Dr. Joe.

I suppose all I really know is that the case was real and Rusty managed to get some pretty incredible information by being very observant.

Using it to his advantage to work through his issue with Dr. Joe was really well done and an enjoyable way to look at things through his eyes. Standing there, in front of his friends and baring his soul with the question, "What would you think...if I said I was gay," was extremely touching.

As worried as he was, when conversation started it was Sykes and her romance with Cooper that caused more a fuss than Rusty's sexuality. 

The major crimes squad cares for Rusty no matter who he is or how he conducts his personal business. They'd surely like him to be honest and understand how much he can trust them, but they were willing to give him whatever time he needed to share of himself with them.

It was great to see Fritz again. His protection of Lena from her father was nothing short of what he and Brenda did for Rusty when they first took him in. 

Sykes is dating Cooper so we'll probably see Malcolm-Jamal Warner again. Actually, word on the street is that TNT is considering a spinoff featuring both Fritz and Cooper. How cool would that be?

This was more of an episode to enjoy and experience than to analyze, so I'll leave it at that.

If you want to see more, you can watch Major Crimes online via TV Fanatic.

Would you watch a Major Crimes spinoff with Fritz and Cooper?

 

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I've never accepted the Captain Raydor character - too deadpan. Not much emotion. The episodes are completely unbelieveable. Rusty is an unnecessary character - why is he allowed in the unit's offices?
Tonight's episode was confusing and weird. The explanation of the technical tracking equipment added to the confusion. If you had to tell this story, it should have continued over at least two parts. Maybe there are too many story lines to keep track of. We don't need a romance with Fritz and whatsername or
competition between Raydor and the new gal in the red suit.
I tune in occasionaly to say Hi to the original Closer guys and see if they are still around. They need a more dynamic leader. Please!

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My last comment must still be floating in space, so I'll try it again. The Rusty character bothers me on many different levels, however, the fact that he is gay is not one of them. Just like with other gay people, their sexual orientation does not affect me, has nothing to do with me, plus and more importantly, it's none of my business. so who am I to judge?
My problem with Rusty is his whiny nature and that he seems to live in an entitled bubble of "me, me, me." He's no longer 12 and in the throes of puberty, so it's completely worn me out. Each episode would be enhanced considerably if he and his addict mother were shipped off to the Dr. Phil Show once and for all.
Having said that, I'm still going to watch, I'll just read a chapter or two from whatever book I happen to have handy while his story line occurs.

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@ Hooligan

Whole lotta hate going on in these posting. But you know that every one of you who said you're "out" will be back here posting again next week. Haters just gotta hate.

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Yep I watch this for the crime factor, I mean "Major Crimes" tends to indicate something criminal for a good watch.
I never saw the need for Rusty as a continuing character and never really liked him.
This is Major Crimes not days of our gay lives.
I'm out too.

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@ David

You're out until you're right back here posting next week.

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Another "gay" situation thrown at tv watchers. I am OUT!

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The character of Rusty offers nothing to Major Crimes. In a law enforcement office they would not allow a minor to become part of the staff, listen to evidence, victim statements, etc. It's insulting to the gay community to attempt to make this character more interesting. Whoever's kid this is, the director, kid from someone of the executive staff, please find him a more appropriate plot that he can be launched into.

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The character of "Rusty" in "Major Crimes" has been made a into a triumph of his victimhood. After being abused and put into a situation of prostitution for survival he has emerged into a mirror of his predators. I can foresee his becoming a predator continuing the endless cycle of victim to predator that we sadly see in society today. It would have been efficacious to see his becoming a healthy human being regardless to sexual preference without all the problems associated with the damage done to him by the warped view of sexual relationships associated with his past. Taking the route of declaring him "gay" simplifies the issue of his requiring a tremendous amount of psychological help to sort out his feelings before even endeavoring into whether he is even capable of entering into any sexual relationship not based on barter. Thus by taking this easy way the show now has justified his victimhood; it debases and undermines efforts to stop Child Sex Trafficking. There is still a way out of this situation with the: "IF I told you I was gay". I would hope the writers take that road, if not I am OUT!

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It is weird to see Rusty telling story during the session with Dr.Joe ... but then again, the plot has been well woven, just a new taste and it makes sense eventually. Poor Lina, some Asian cultures can treat women like object. But, my biggest apology for impoliteness, her father is a dickhead and Fritz should just give him a few more punches! I personally think the whole department already knew from the first season that Rusty is gay. But coming out is never easy, especially when you are straight-acting gay (femme-acting has difficult life but they haven't lived 'in the closet' ... that becomes somewhat leeway and advantage) and people 'expect' you. Rusty can't help identifying himself with Lina (and even worse when they both experience domestic abuse) it will never be the same, when the closest people betray you. I can just wish Lina can overcome all misfortunes. Sykes and Cooper??? I did not see that coming, not at all. I never interpret his conversation in season 2 with Sykes as a sign of any romantic involvement. But well, dating among colleagues happens a lot. Let's hope it doesn't end badly like Irene and Gabriel in The Closer. Am I worrying too much?? This episode is a bit 'well... and ... what next ... huh' weird. Why do I feel like watching Criminal Minds? It is just too new and I must admit I am not used to it. Let me re-watch it again (I usually watch each episode 4 - 5 times until the new episode airs) and get used to the idea. I agree with the review that it looks like a tale, but from the end of session ... can I imply that Lina also underwent a session with Dr.Joe or some sort (or else he wouldn't know she has become material witness, would he?) ? My personal score, 4.25 / 5 ... it is quite harsh but last episode set quite very high standard for tension level. And the crime of the week is a bit bland. Next week a big episode, can't wait! Ps. Jack Raydor's coming to town. I hope he is not sitting opposite to Raydor again, ugh --- Tom Berenger plays the character too well that I feel creepy.

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@ Trinity

Sorry to miss "Jack Raydor"'s return on Major Crimes as I am OUT as far as watching this drama again (see earlier post). It has already been removed from my DVR. I will hopefully see Tom Berenger in some other roll as I do like this actor.

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Loved the episode..liked how Rusty was telling Dr.Joe about what was happening with the case...i really like Dr Joe and finally figured out where i had seen him befor..it was NYPD Blue younger of course...luved how Fritz slammed into the father...wish Jon would come back as regular...

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@ Straight Arrow - Morality and ethics without heart or compassion? Superiority and forced dogma on others when God Himself gives free choice? I'll take compassion and empathy over rigid dogmatic self righteous judgmentalism. Any day and twice on Sunday. Blackball away. The show won't miss you. Trust me.

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@ Julie

Read your Bible: "For Gos's wrath is being revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteous of men who are suppressing the truth in an unrighteous way. That is why God gave them over to uncontrolled sexual passion, for their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature. Likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error." (Romans 1:18-27)

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@ Julie

God gave Cain and Abel free choice. Cain didn't please God and will never receive a resurrection. The wrath of God will come at Armagedon for those who don't live a morally clean life.

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@ Straight+Arrow

Uh, I could quote another probably fifty scriptures that would cast light on the attitude, the methods and the utter self righteous hatefulness of youra ctions in your trying to shove your belief system down other people's throats. Our country? Was based on freedom of religion You want to be free to be a Christian? Great. BE a free Christian. But if you try and take away other people's freedom to choose their OWN choice, while making yourself such a hateful example that you actually KEEP people from wanting anything to do with Christianity? You are not promoting what you say you believe. You are literally causing people to reject it outright. And newsflash? I have read it through probably 50 times (the bible). And the pharisees also hated sin; and they hated anything that even HINTED of breaking the law. And they utterly failed to see the compassion and the ACTIONS were what had people able to promote their faith; not rigid judgmental heartless dogmaticism. There are a lot of people uncomfortable with the homosexuality? Great. Don't watch it. But don't call someone who watches it a disciple of satan. Otherwise who is the hater here? I like the show. I like the characters. If someone doesn't? Turn the channel. More power to you. But claiming a person can LIKE a show and have compassion for a character as not being Christian? Is judgmental, extremely shallow and, well wrong. And according to the bible? One of the seven hated sins that MOST repulsed God? Was pride. and what was the respont from Christ Himself when the pharisees dragged "the horrible sinner" to Him for judgment? His exact words? Were that he who hadn't sinned, could cast the first stone. I can't help but wonder why some of the most vocal "morality legislators" forget about that verse... when they portray EVERYTHING about rigid self righteous pride, which was what Christ when He was here MOST hated. He DESPISED the sanctimonious proud religious people of His day (the pharisees). Maybe we can actually let people NOT be forced to follow laws we choose to interpret the way we interpret them, and let people actually SEE the fruits of the religion (love, peace, mercy, forgiveness) and stop using Christianity like a battering ram heartless weapon so many people do in shoving THEIR agendaf (anti homosexuality) down people's throats while claiming that gay people are shoving THEIRS. They wouldn't be fighting that hard if people were not trying to take away their rights. But I know i'm wasting my breath. It was a good episode to some of us; apparently a lot of other people are going to stop watching. That's people's right. But it's OTHER people's right to watch it if THEY like it. No one is having anything shoved down their throat. They watch it, or they don't. If they don't, cool. More power to them. If they do; they can enjoy what they like.

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@ Julie

Go argue with God. You need to read the Scriptures another 50 times. Jesus (by the way) condemned the self-righteous Pharisees. I don't condem anyone. God condems homosexuals and animals like you that promote this disgusting filth. Go back and read again about the city of Sodom you modern-day sodomite.

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@ Straight Arrow

Did you forget the part, that only God shall judge? Many people have by picking out parts of the Bible to use to spew hatred(yes, hatred) While it was written to teach us that just because it had been done, it should not be done again.

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Major Crimes was one of the best - untill they like the rest of Hollywood started pushing this gay crap down our throats. My family black-balled the show as of tonight's episode. Let's do this with the rest of the industry. Let's get back to a moral way of living.

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@ Straight Arrow

Wow, it was such a small part. If that small part in a tv show bothers you that much, you have much bigger problems in your life.

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@ Straight Arrow

I agree. I will no longer watch Major Crimes. I have several friends who watch, but no longer. I'm tried of this being pushed down r throats. If u say anything u r a hater. I'm not but I don't like it when it is in my face all the time.

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@ Linda Gonzales

Bye then. The ratings are actually going UP. So be sweet in knowing you are firmly in the minority.

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@ Straight Arrow

Please get back to whatever morality comforts you and take your vile ignorant bigotry and stuff it where the sun don't shine. Your head could use the company.

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@ James chan

Typical response from one of Satan's disciples.

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