Major Crimes Review: For Rusty's Sake

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Stories about strong women are appreciated. 

In Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 10 there were two strong women at play, a previously unknown officer named Kate Sherman and Sharon Raydor. There was even an honorable mention or two.

I'm still not sure what the heck is going on with SOB, but they're always around now. Fritz apparently had a heart attack because of a 90% blockage in his heart, but even though doctor Colin Ferguson (who cares what his real name was... nice guest appearance!) suggested he should retire, Fritz refused.

That meant he was out on the streets (after telling his doc his promotion was a desk job) and on a massive amount of blood thinners. Even so, he still clutched at his heart more than once. That storyline is starting to concern me.

The other reason SOB was on board was because one of his officers was lent out by McGinnis and subsequently kidnapped into a female slavery ring. McGinnis is still difficult to tolerate, but if the new job means Kate Sherman jumps on board, I'm good with that.

Sherman was a perfect officer. In a horrible situation she helped one of the kidnapped girls to escape while valiantly saying not to think of her, but to make sure this didn't happen to more girls. Unfortunately, the freed girl was run down by her captors and killed, but in the end, Sherman was saved.

She was strong and feisty and refused to give up. Her part was very enjoyable and I wouldn't mind seeing more of her.

Also strong and on point was Sykes, who took down the male portion of the brother and sister kidnapping crew. She was a fierce shot and I loved that Sanchez stood beside her shortly afterward and shoulder-bumped her in solidarity. 

Sharon was the epitome of strength as she had to deal with Rusty's mother. That cow had the audacity to ask Rusty to sell himself on the streets so he could make bail money for her. When Sharon learned of that, she calmly visited the mother, shared her "deal" which included the full sentence for her recent arrest for theft and random drug tests to ensure she wouldn't play her reindeer games while in the slammer.

If she does decide to do the wrong thing, she will instead serve out the full 6 year tail of the original case for which she was out. She petulantly begged "for the sake of Rusty" her little boy that things be different, and then screamed in anger when she didn't get her way. 

I sincerely hope Rusty catches wind of what happened and never wants to see her again. That he did after she asked him to prostitute himself for her shows he is still not immune to her powers over him and that's just unacceptable.

And so we're at the summer finale. You can watch Major Crimes online if you need a fix before November. Take the poll below and hit the comments to share why you graded the summer run as you did.

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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (37 Votes)

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


Please please get rid of Rusty. We just fast forward when he is on, which means we sometimes miss our favorite characters. His story line is old, over and boring. Please get back to the grit of the show. Sharon - character - please send him out, get a job and let him on his own. When your son showed up and Rusty started his whining about whatever, it truly turned my stomach. Such a great show. I really hate fast forwarding scenes.


A great finale, November can't come soon enough.
Fritz clutching his chest and obviously in pain, should not be out in the field... Surely they aren't going to kill off a favorite. However, Jon Tenny has been directing some of this season's episodes, and there is talk of a spin off with Special Ops team.
Sharon was magnificent in her talk with Rusty's mom! Rusty's mom showed her true colors. Rusty's character has grown up a lot in some respects, yet is also still a child in many facets of social growth, despite his "street wise ways." I think he may even question whether or not he is gay. The torment he experiences trying to deal with "mom and her addictions", the conflict is well written. Every child seeks a bond/validation with a parent ( be they good or bad) until they really grow into their own confident being, and find that family is not always "blood related." Love Sharon and Rusty's bond. Provenza does a great job as protector of Sharon and Rusty vs. the "mom." His tough exterior, pull no punches, but his tender heart shows through.
Loved the Sykes and Julio moment after she shot the vet/traffic smuggling guy. The plot was well written as always- there have been some realistic scripts/crimes this year that are almost painful to know about.
This is really a great show and will be missed until November.


Good review Carissa. A few thoughts...
It's painfully apparent that the writers, on occasion, get confused about what to do with the Rusty character. It seems that in some episodes they have him behaving in ways that should embarrass a 12 year old, while other episodes have him somehow in possession of the wisdom of someone decades older. I can suspend disbelief for the sake of a movie/episode, but this is beyond the pale. The other possibility is that I'm totally bored and lacking in enthusiasm with his character and story arc, which is why I'm happy to have a mute button on my remote.
In any event, I'll keep watching for Flynn, Sanchez and Fritz. They are always watchable.
As for the episode itself, it was "so-so" as episodes go. What made it worth sitting through was the performance by Ever Carradine. She did a fabulous job. This woman got me to want to jump in and slap her senseless...okay, more senseless. She completely convinced me that she was a remorseless junkie without feelings for anyone but herself.


t finale..Fritz clutching his heart also concerns me...was hoping he'd be coming back..Sykes did a good job taking down the brother of the kidnapping team..the best was the end when Sharon confronted Rustys mom..the mom sure showed her true colors..Mondays won't be the same now but so glad back in Nov.

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Major Crimes Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I just found some surveillance material in the ladies' room in a very wrong place.


Provenza: Thirty, thirty-five? That could be anyone!
Buzz: Not you.

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