Sunday, July 21, 2013

What I'm Watching: Major Crimes

Major Crimes: Season 2, Episode 6 "Boys Will Be Boys" (B+)

Before this episode took an unfortunate if not unexpected turn, I was thinking that this was a prime instance of why the Primary Homicide Division was renamed Major Crimes, dealing with a very foreboding missing persons case rather than an outright murder from the outset. The revelation that Michelle was actually a boy at birth was a catalyst for an involving and disturbing hour. It seemed obvious that Michelle's bully couldn't be the killer and that one of her family members was likely responsible, and finding out exactly who committed the awful crime was far from pleasant. Playing Michelle’s unhappy parents were two familiar TV faces: Craig Sheffer, who portrayed the kindly Keith on “One Tree Hill,” as Michelle’s supportive father, and Gail O’Grady, who has starred on “Hidden Palms” and “NYPD Blue,” among others, as her disapproving mother. It’s never a good thing when all the family members can be considered suspects, and it was especially jarring to see Rusty brought into it when he locked eyes with the initial number one suspect in the station. Meanwhile, Rusty’s non-relationship with Chris actually seems to be progressing pretty well, as evidenced by their double date with Sharon and Jack, which also counts as a major victory for Jack, who swooped in at just the right moment to distract Sharon from an extremely unsettling and horrifying end to her case with an offer of an escape from that world. Maybe they’re not as far from getting back together as it initially seemed.

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