How heartbreaking was Julio's goodbye to little Mark?
The kid was originally obnoxious, parroting racist comments he'd heard from his family and hating Julio because he was Hispanic.
But in the little time he was on, Julio became so protective of him that losing Mark hurt viewers as much as it hurt him.
Major Crimes Season 5 Episode 13 wrapped up a number of emotional storylines before heading into a cliffhanger. Who else can't wait until 2017 for its return?
Much of the hour was dedicated to finally figuring out exactly who ordered the hits in the courtroom.
As Provenza and Sharon quickly realized, this shooting wasn't really in the Z-Brotherhood's interest. All it did was bring unwanted police attention to the group's illegal activities.
The solution to the mystery was convoluted and I have to admit I'm still a bit confused. Martin Borjas was Dwight Darnell's father. He also ordered all the hits.
Darnell's mother killed him before he could be taken into custody, presumably because he called Dwight a weak link that had to be eliminated, but Borjas' connection to the Z-Brotherhood still didn't make sense to me.
I just left another 11-year-old boy and his little sister without a father. And now I keep thinking, what's going to happen to those kids? What have I done? What have I done?Buzz
In any event, the entire hour revolved around family relationships. Ms. Darnell blamed the lack of a father for Dwight's becoming a white supremacist and killing all those people. Elsewhere, Buzz struggled with guilt as his colleagues arrested Bill Jones for his part in the murder of Buzz's father and uncle.
Buzz wanted to close the case, but he couldn't help wondering what was going to happen to Jones' children now. Seeing that Jones had created a family that he loved seemed to change his attitude towards everything that had happened.
Luckily, he had Provenza with him to insist on justice.
That's the beauty of the justice system. It doesn't give a damn how you feel.Provenza
He also had Rusty to disregard the rules and help find Bill Jones. Rusty's impulsivity sometimes gets him into trouble, but he definitely is good at what he does.
Rusty Thomas Beck, you are not supposed to be following murderers around.Sharon
Sharon's laying down the law notwithstanding, it's highly unlikely that this is the end of Rusty's side career as a detective. He seems really cut out for investigative journalism and I'm looking forward to seeing what he gets into next.
Nobody wants to be brave, Mark. Brave is what we do when we're all out of choices.Julio
Saddest of all was Julio's goodbye to Mark. This was tough for both of them.
Julio has gotten the short end of the stick so many times that it would have been nice to see something work out for him. After seeing him deal with his wife's death and his next girlfriend turn out to be a murderer, it seemed so unfair that he didn't get to keep his foster son.
Mark: Did I do something wrong, Julio? What did I do wrong?
Sanchez: You didn't do anything wrong. It's just the way the world works.
It was heartbreaking hearing Mark begging to stay with Julio. The poor kid thought he was being punished for his previous behavior by being forced to live with his grandparents instead.
Hopefully Mark will be all right and not turn up as a suspect in a future case.
Julio's speech about bravery was one of the most beautiful things I've seen on this show. Did anyone else find themselves in tears over this whole sequence?
It was obvious that Andy was going to have a heart attack or other serious medical problem as soon as he said he was having chest pain. It was still an effective cliffhanger even though viewers have been down this road with him before.
Andy will likely survive, but how will this latest health crisis affect his relationship with Sharon and his ability to work?
How did "White Lies Part 3" rate as a season finale? Who's looking forward to when this series returns?
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