Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 7 Review: Conspiracy Theory: Part 2

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From the first time Sharon mentioned Bonnie referred to Vanessa as "Dallas SA" on Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 7, I knew SA stood for sexual assault.

I thought it was obvious since Vanessa was a sexual assault victim.

I was proud of myself when the Major Crimes team came to the same conclusion, but really, what took them so long?

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Vanessa's sexual assault created another layer to this case. Hopefully, her assailant -- who presumably is also the murderer -- will turn out to be one of the suspects we've seen already and not someone who just shows up out of nowhere for the team to interrogate.

It seems strange, though, that the team consistently said she knew her murderer and was comfortable letting him in. If the murderer and rapist are one and the same, why would she feel comfortable around him?

In any case, all clues keep pointing to Curtis, which means he's not the murderer.

His bodyguard has a stun gun like the one used to incapacitate Vanessa, Curtis has a history of sexual assault, and he got violent when Sykes questioned him.

To me, this screams of giant red herring. With so much evidence pointing towards Curtis, it has to be someone else, but who?

Eric Walsh has an alibi, and no one else seems like they'd be capable of serial rape.

She's not a suspect, right? Do you kill a good friend because she kicked you off the sofa?


At this point, it seems like the detectives are just guessing at suspects, as am I. 

I thought maybe Provenza was going to accuse Dr. Landon suddenly as they walked down the hall. That would have fit the style of this show. But that didn't happen, at least not yet.

Incidentally, I thought it was odd that Landon didn't recognize Tao and Provenza from when they pretended to be fans and get his autograph on Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 6, but I guess he saw a lot of people.

Anyway, I'm curious to see how this case progresses. Now that I figured out S.A. ahead of time I want to see if I can solve the case!

The Gus that I knew, I love that guy. And you look like him and you sound like him, but you are not him. Cause the Gus that I knew never would have hurt me like this.


Nevertheless, I was finding myself more into the side stories than the main case. This case is moving slowly, and the other storylines are much more emotional.

I knew that Gus was going to be upset that Rusty took it upon himself to get him the severance package that Aiden owed him.

I'm glad that didn't become a big blowout fight. One of the things I love about Major Crimes is that it doesn't go for cliches very often, instead focusing on real, raw emotions.

Rusty's pain and his desire to forgive Gus were authentic and moving. I still want Rusty to walk away permanently and find someone better, but his heartbreak was palatable during these scenes.

It's also evident he still cares about Gus on some level and that's why he did this for him, no matter what he said about wanting to protect Aiden's other victims.

Provenza: Ye gods! She was raped.
Sharon: Maybe that's why she attempted to kill herself. And why she said no financial settlement would ever be enough.

It seems like the Gus storyline and the case keep paralleling one another, so I'm wondering if it's going to turn out that Aiden raped Gus.

Gus seemed to be blaming Rusty for his own choice to sleep with Aiden, which annoyed me. But if it wasn't Gus' choice to sleep with Aiden, his anger about Rusty not warning him that Aiden wanted him makes a lot more sense.

Oh my gosh. You know, I've never felt this challenged, and this is the happiest I've ever been in my entire life. I have three children through college and the perfect husband.


The Gus stuff also dovetailed nicely with Rusty getting his diploma. I couldn't help thinking that Rusty is growing up, and maybe the way he's dealing with the Gus situation has to do with his growing maturity, too.

Gus was his first love, and I hope Rusty growing up will lead him to find a more mature love elsewhere, but he's also going back and forth between avoiding Gus and being honest with him.

Meanwhile, Sharon really made the show as she faced the latest in her health crisis and cried happy tears when Rusty got his diploma.

Sharon kept saying that she's the happiest she's ever been, but underneath there seemed to be an unspoken fear that it will all be taken away from her. Throughout the season, I've thought she was a workaholic who couldn't slow down to take care of her health, but now I see it differently.

It seems to me Sharon loves her job as much as she loves her family, and refusing to let her heart condition interfere has been her way of declaring that she won't let it rob her of the things she loves doing.

Oh my gosh. You know, I've never felt this challenged, and this is the happiest I've ever been in my entire life. I have three children through college and the perfect husband.


Her continued dizzy spells make me think she won't be able to keep doing that for much longer.

I wonder if the series will end with Sharon choosing to retire for health reasons and adjusting to being at home and dealing with her health issues full time.

What did you think of "Conspiracy Theory: Part 2?"

I guess the conspiracy the title refers to is the rape cover-up. Or do you think there's some other conspiracy we haven't found out about yet?

Any guesses who the rapist and/or murderer is?

Do you think Rusty and Gus will break up permanently or reconcile as the series draws to a close?

What do you think will happen with Sharon's health scare?

Weigh in below, and don't forget you can watch Major Crimes online if you missed anything.

Conspiracy Theory: Part 2 Review

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Major Crimes Season 6 Episode 7 Quotes

If your life is at stake, you put up a fight. But Vanessa just sat there. Why?


[Sharon falls]
Buzz: Are you okay?
Sharon: I guess I needed to sit down.