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->''You have been a homicide detective for how long, and you still expect life to be fair?''
-->-- '''Captain Sharon Raydor''' to Lt. Provenza, "Before and After"

An AfterShow of TNT's ''Series/TheCloser'', ''Major Crimes'' premiered August 2012, starring MaryMcDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, alongside much of the parent Major Case Squad. Raydor takes the helm of the MCS after the departure of KyraSedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson, the heroine of the parent show.

With Captain Raydor taking over the squad, the focus changed from getting confessions to getting plea bargains, which are not nearly as dramatic but which save the city millions in trial expenses. The delicate balance between getting criminals put away even at a reduced sentence and pursuing true justice is a running theme of the series, as is the tension between the squad and their new boss, who, as an InternalAffairs veteran, is not exactly trusted. And finally, the series opens up new insights into its lead character's personal life, mostly through her relationship with FosterKid Rusty Beck.

Even before producing a single episode, the show developed a small but devoted fan following, both from ''The Closer'''s existing fanbase and from fans of Mary [=McDonnell=], many of whom turned up [[JustHereForGodzilla because Mary is in it]].

TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Crimes has more information]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Rusty's mother let her boyfriend beat him up. [[spoiler:Daniel, Rusty's "sperm donor," also hit him in a moment of anger. Sharon's threat of arresting him for abuse is enough for him to sign away his legal rights to Rusty.]]
* ActingUnnatural: After eavesdropping on Rusty and Kris's conversation, Sharon has a tough time appearing innocent when Rusty leaves the room to ask her a question.
* AfterShow: To ''Series/TheCloser'', taken to the literal extreme -- it premiered ''immediately'' after that series ended.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: According to [[https://twitter.com/TheRustyBeck/status/322583614896361472 Twitter]], Sharon Raydor has a thing for shoes, most of them high heels. Given that she can be accurately described as a fashionista -- her clothes are almost exclusively designer, or at least high-end department store -- this isn't much of a stretch.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Rusty is still trying to figure out his identity, though there are many hints that he is probably gay. Though he does take offense when the Defense Attorney accuses him of being gay on the stand.
* AmicableExes: Sharon and her husband Jackson are separated but they still have a semi-civil relationship.
* AmoralAttorney: Zigzagged - there are some who're in it for the money, and some attorneys, like David Ahmed, who are genuinely motivated by a sense of idealism and principles. There's also one lawyer who, upon realising that his brother killed two kids with poisoned drugs and framed his wife, immediately calls him out and refuses to help him.
** Phillip Stroh or course.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: After the numerous times that ''TheCloser'' screwed itself over with 6th Amendment violations, this has changed in ''Major Crimes''. The way they get around it now is usually with the interrogated person saying some variation of "Maybe I should call a lawyer,"(without actually saying "I want a lawyer") whereupon Sharon tells them they ''can'', but this is their last chance to make a deal before going to trial.
* AssholeVictim: Chad Raber [[spoiler: raped a dozen young women and forced them to film endorsements of his gym. No one is too upset that his wife killed him.]]
** One murder victim was a rapist who was released on parole. [[spoiler: And was planning to engage in sex/likely rape once again, telling his own father who discovered his intentions to "mind his own business"]]
** A corrupt ICE agent who managed to steal a retirement home away from its residents by contesting a will. Major Crimes can prove ''conspiracy'' to commit murder, but they can't actually prove the ''murder'' because of how everybody did it, and the DA's office settles for a plea of Manslaughter, with a sentence of house arrest (mind, the residence is an apartment complex with pool and other simple luxuries). Raydor and Provenza aren't too bothered, when all is said and done. It also helped they were quite old and any amount of jail time could have become a life sentence.
* BadassAdorable: Sharon Raydor, given her actress. Don't let those [[PuppyDogEyes big eyes]] fool you. Cross her or hurt someone she cares about, and she will screw you over six ways from Sunday without batting an eyelash or so much as messing up her hair.
* BadassBureaucrat: Raydor again. The feats of badass she can accomplish with a pile of paperwork are truly remarkable.
* BaitAndSwitch: In "Pick Your Poison" Rusty agrees [[spoiler:to see a therapist provided he can understand him. Sharron thinks he means whatever his sexual orientation is. She is stunned when Rusty wants a therapist who can play chess]].
* BerserkButton: Harming Rusty is a ''really'' good way to get Sharon Raydor pissed off at you. This does not qualify as a smart plan. Regarding [[spoiler:Rusty's biological father who hit Rusty a few times,]] Sharon says the below.
-->'''Sharon''': ...we are now at the "please don't let me drive over to his house and shoot him in the head" phase.
* BlindWithoutEm: Doris Roberts played an elderly woman who is like this. [[spoiler:She is so blind, she cannot even tell Flynn isn't Sanchez at a reasonable distance.]]
** Provenza is not ''quite'' blind without his glasses, but he did keep missing all his targets until he borrowed the above elderly woman's glasses (at which point he got a perfect score). He now wears his own glasses whenever he has to drive or shoot.
* BotheringByTheBook: Raydor's specialty. She's incredibly adept at wielding her extensive knowledge of laws and rules to get the results she wants. Including [[spoiler:purposefully refusing to answer Rusty's father's phone calls because she cannot record the conversation without a warrant, but voice mail is legal evidence. Him talking to her and her openly holding out a recorder and asking him in front of her and his dismissive affirmation is permissible]].
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: How Provenza permanently puts Rusty's stalker away.]]
* BodyOfTheWeek: Naturally. The Major Crimes Unit investigates homicides.
* ButtMonkey: So far, Buzz has done little but be kicked around by the other characters.
* ByTheBookCop: Raydor, of course. That said, she isn't above using loopholes to get what she wants; see BotheringByTheBook and RulesLawyer.
* Callback: In "Return to Sender, Part 2", Provenza makes one to his perfect qualification score in "There's No Place Like Home."
* CarpetRolledCorpse: Some college kids scrounge a rolled-up rug that was left out for the trash, only to discover a body inside when they unroll it.
* CharacterDevelopment: It's taking awhile, but Rusty is definitely showing signs of caring for things other than himself. Like Sharon, for instance.
** Sharon was slowly shown to have good sides on ''Series/TheCloser'', and that's only gotten clearer now in Major Crimes due to her having to actively earn the trust of the team ''and'' deal with Rusty. It's also becoming evident that not only did she learn a thing or two from having to monitor Brenda and her crew for three years, but she's also beginning to take on some of the very same characteristics that she'd once found so exasperating.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Well, Sharon Raydor is.
* ColdSniper: The team chase one in "Long Shot".
* ConflictingLoyalty: Like at the beginning of ''Series/TheCloser'', the old boss/new boss issues are in full effect.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Rusty's father had a good reason, he didn' even know Rusty existed.
* DawsonCasting: Sixteen year old Rusty is played by Graham Patrick Martin, who is 20.
* DeadMansChest: The body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, were they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.
* DeadpanSnarker: Provenza. Flynn. Sanchez. Morales. Even Buzz! But the Queen of Snark on this show is Sharon Raydor, who can skewer people on the end of her biting wit and does so on a regular basis. The snarkier she gets, the more furious she is.
* DeathGlare: Raydor's got one that could fell an ox at fifty paces. The rest of the squad have them too, and deploy them toward [[spoiler:Daniel Dunn]] in 1x09 with ''very'' good reason.
* DietEpisode: Flynn has an unexpected health kick in Season 2. [[spoiler: Because of a high blood pressure diagnosis and his daughter's upcoming wedding.]]
* DisappearedDad: Rusty never knew his father because his mother said he ran off before Rusty was born. [[spoiler: Once the team finds Rusty's father, however, he explains that he had no idea Rusty existed and expresses an interest in getting to know his son.]] Also happens with Sharon's kids, as their father is largely absent from their lives [[spoiler: (he didn't speak to them in five years and only did so because she forced him to)]] and she pretty much raised them as a single mother.
* DiscretionShot: When Sharon is finally [[spoiler:told about the threatening letters Rusty has been getting]], we never see the actual conversation, because not even Mary [=McDonnell=] can top whatever is in the audience's mind at that moment.
* EverybodyDidIt: In [[spoiler:"There's No Place Like Home"]], all of the [[spoiler:tenants]] are responsible for the death. As Major Crimes can prove conspiracy to commit murder, but not if the death was actually murder, the killers cop to a collective plea of manslaughter.
* ExactWords: Tao and Sanchez discuss the exact wording of a contract a TV producer signed in "Under the Influence" to follow Tao for research when [[spoiler:they are about to enter into a high speed chase. Tao and Sanchez unbuckle so they can better dodge bullets. When the producer wants to do the same, he is told not to. The contract he signed doesn't include him getting injured if he removes his seat belt. It does include him being shot though.]]
* EyeTake: All the main characters, pretty much. Often crosses over with FacialDialogue, when two characters are communicating their mutual disgust non-verbally.
* FacialDialogue: Mary [=McDonnell=] essentially built her entire career on being able to speak volumes with a facial expression, and she hasn't lost that talent one bit. Raydor has also got quite good at speaking without words to her squad, especially Provenza and Flynn, with whom she can communicate with a mere eyebrow twitch.
* {{Fainting}}: Flynn passes out because of his blood pressure in "I, Witness". It's PlayedForLaughs.
* FirstNameBasis: Raydor tells Rusty that not many people get to call her by her first name but he does eventually call her Sharon.
* FosterKid: Rusty Beck.
* FreudianSlip: Sharon to Taylor about Rusty in "Pick Your Poison."
--> Sharon: [[spoiler:My primary concern as his ''mother'' is--as his guardian--is his safety.]]
** She does it again in "All In":
-->'''Raydor:''' [[spoiler: I do not need your permission to seek medical attention for ''my son''.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: In "Under the Influence" the show lampshades the Patriot Act is fully titled the '''U'''niting and '''S'''trengthening '''A'''merica by '''P'''roviding '''A'''vppropriate '''T'''ools '''R'''equired to '''I'''ntercept and '''O'''bstruct '''T'''errorism '''Act''' of 2001.
* TheGamblingAddict: Jack Raydor had a serious gambling problem in the past. The fact that he was recently living in Las Vegas suggests he might not be over it completely.
* TheGhost: Both Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson and Phillip Stroh. Both of them have not been seen since The Closer's finale, but their influence is still felt, with Provenza asking Fritz to pass along their regards to Brenda, and the preparations for Stroh's trial being a key sub plot of Season 2.
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Amy Sykes can be a sweet, friendly person unless one messes up their job and then she can become tough as nails. [[spoiler:Rusty discovered this when he messed up his undercover training]].
** The S.I.S. department, the ones who do undercover operations and protection, make it very clear to the ones they protect and use in operations, they will not take slack from anyone as a single mistake could lead to plenty of deaths in the field, including civilians. [[spoiler:To test Rusty, they had an officer approach and claim they had his birth mother and she would be dead if he didn't cooperate]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the preliminary trial for the Stroh trial, [[spoiler:because of the lack of solid connection between the sender and Phillip Stroh, the judge rules that the threatening letters cannot be entered into evidence. They cannot even be spoken of if the Defense raises an objection]]. Later, when Rusty is being cross-examined, he, being completely honest, admits to having lied a few times to the police, such as his age back in his 911 call. The Defense lawyer, enjoying this as it hurts his credibility, asks why [[spoiler:he saw a therapist]] and he admits it was because of another lie he told Captain Raydor. The Defense demands to know the lie and Rusty is shaken and unsure to answer. When the Judge orders him to answer, Rusty [[spoiler:tells them it was because of a police operation to catch the man writing threatening letters to him and Sharon. Defense is outraged but the Judge shuts her down as she was the one to open the door here. The letters are back in]].
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Provenza likes to grumble about working for Raydor, likening it to "working for a hall monitor," and has no problem when the rest of the squad joins in -- but God help anyone not on the squad who says a bad word about her.
* IHaveThisFriend: Provenza claims to have a friend who needs some spiritual advising in "The Ecstasy and the Agony" but he's obviously talking about himself.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: The episode "Return to Sender" has Rusty's stalker pretend to be an undercover officer in order to find out the details of Rusty's police protection [[spoiler:and lure him into an easy place to kill him]].
* InternalAffairs:
** The mere ''mention'' that he's facing a woman who spent most of her career in Internal Affairs is enough to get the cooperation of a Las Vegas detective who was proving rather stubborn.
** In the pilot, Taylor points out to Raydor that her entire career has been InternalAffairs, which means that she will need to work at gaining the trust and respect of her team, never mind other cops. This is also why she wasn't promoted to Commander like she was promised.
* IronLady: Sharon. Which makes a great deal of sense.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** In the beginning, Rusty acted liked this. He even interrupted an investigation because no one acknowledged that he was there. And hasn't gone five minutes on screen without complaining that they are not doing what they promised him. He finally cuts it out a few episodes in, when he accepts that [[spoiler:his mom isn't coming for him and Sharon is the best thing to happen to him in a long time]].
** He gets it from his father who [[spoiler:is more concerned with how Rusty is going to fit into his life and upcoming marriage than the fact he has a son he never knew about, including refusing to contact any of his family to tell them of Rusty. It gets to the point that when he is given a choice between being arrested for child abuse -- as he confessed hitting Rusty to Sharon and a recorder on the table -- and forcing child services to pick through his life as he is marrying into a family with young children, or signing away his parental rights, which would also ruin his chances of marriage, he asks Rusty how it felt to ruin his life]].
--> '''Rusty''': ''[[spoiler:Good.]]''
** Buzz calls Rusty out on this in "Risk Assessment" as though it had lightened up since the first season, Rusty could still be a jerk at times.
* ItsPersonal: Shit gets personal ''fast'' for Raydor during "Citizens Arrest".
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Tom Berenger, who plays Sharon's estranged husband Jackson Raydor, had co-starred with Mary [=McDonnell=] twenty-five years earlier in ''National Anthems'' at the Long Wharf Theatre. They'd played husband and wife.
* JerkAss: Rusty
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rusty, after some serious CharacterDevelopment.
* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Unable to properly prosecute [[spoiler: Rosa Vega]], a key member of a drug cartel, because of a lack of evidence Raydor has the culprit extradited to Mexico. [[spoiler: Rosa will likely be killed by her supplier because the heroin stash, valued to be worth several thousands if not a million dollars, was obtained by the LAPD.]]
* KickTheDog: The killer in "Dismissed with Prejudice". [[spoiler:Where Tao just told the man's daughter [[PetTheDog that he accepted a plea to not drag her through a trial]]. His last words to to his daughter were "I should have killed you too!" To make it an extra twist of a knife, he states this at the idea of when [[WouldHurtAChild she was still a little girl]].]]
* TheLoad: Rusty, who for a while did nothing but whine and complain every freaking scene he is in. So much so that in Episode 3 when the mother needed $500 to make it there, the division was happily forking over their own money to get her there.
--> '''Buzz''': She can have it all if that means I don't have to baby sit him anymore.
* LoggingOnToTheFourthWall: [[https://twitter.com/Sharon_Raydor Raydor]], [[https://twitter.com/TheRustyBeck Rusty]], and [[https://twitter.com/AndyFlynn_ Flynn]] have {{Twitter}} accounts, which are updated even when the show isn't currently airing. Said tweets contain references to "camera crews following [them] around", or did when filming started again, which means that apparently, InUniverse ''Major Crimes'' is a reality show.
* MamaBear: Sharon Raydor, for Rusty. Especially in "Cheaters Never Prosper".
* MissingMom[=/=]ParentalAbandonment: Rusty's mother left him at a zoo and never returned. The Major Crimes team finds her, but she doesn't come for Rusty.
* {{Narcissist}}: Rusty, but has grown out of that.
* MyNaymeIs: "I, Witness" features a [[HighClassCallGirl "professional conversationalist"]] named Shampagne.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours:
** Sharon Raydor's Rule Fu is stronger than ''everyone'''s. Yes, Provenza, including yours.
** Which makes it ironic and hilarious when Dr. Joe calmly {{No Sell}}s her attempts to get him to break privilege and tell her what Rusty's been talking about with him.
* MythologyGag: In the pilot, as Raydor moves into Brenda's office, she opens a drawer, and is briefly thrown off-balance by how ''packed'' it is with snacks. Fritz came in an episode or so with a large bag to collect it.
* NotSoAboveItAll: On episode involves a dead ICE agent who was handling counterfeit designer handbags. DDA Hobbs and Sykes are visibly reluctant to part with the evidence... as is Raydor, who is wistfully regretful at seeing all those nice bags taken away.
-->'''Provenza:''' You two are like little girls outside a candy store.\\
'''Raydor:''' Watching it all being hauled away...
* NotSoDifferent: Rusty realizes that the guy that was trying to kill him had a very similar back story to him. This makes him break down in fear that he could turn out just like him. Raydor manages to talk him out of it.
* NotSoStoic: Sharon Raydor likes to think she is always calm, cool and in control. She's... not. Although she doesn't take it nearly to the extreme her predecessor did -- Brenda's full-on freakout is Sharon's half-sob and teary eyes -- she doesn't ''have'' to when she's played by Mary [=McDonnell=], who is an expert at breaking hearts with unbelievable subtlety.
** An especially feels-infused scene is seen in "Return to Sender, Part 2", where Raydor confronts Stroh's lawyer, and is barely able to keep calm.
* NumberTwo: Resentment or no, Provenza steps up excellently as Raydor's second-in-command, and they make a surprisingly effective team.
* OhCrap: Induced in a particularly irritating LVPD detective with two lines of dialogue.
-->'''Raydor''': This might be a good time to tell you that I've spent almost my entire career in InternalAffairs and I am ''this close'' to calling your department and starting an inquiry into your conduct.\\
''*the detective looks at Flynn*''\\
'''Flynn''': She ain't kiddin', pal.
* OldCopYoungCop: Provenza and Sykes are paired together more and more frequently as the show goes on.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. Captain Raydor discovers a little too late that Rusty's mother is also named Sharon.
* ParentalSubstitute: Sharon is a desperately needed mother figure for Rusty.
* PassedOverPromotion: Provenza has a lot of sour grapes over anyone but himself serving as head of the department.
-->'''Provenza:''' After all I've given to the L.A.P.D., anyone else besides me sitting in that office is an insult. And it's not fair.\\
'''Raydor:''' You have been a homicide detective for how long, [[GenreSavvy and you're still expecting life to be fair?]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: In the sting operation to find the man threatening Rusty, the police observers consider a regular at the chess park to be suspicious. The regular gains Rusty's trust by [[ImpersonatingAnOfficer impersonating an undercover cop]] and keeps the observers from finding out by playing his radio, covering up the sound for the wire. While he does tell Rusty not to let the police know, telling Rusty that he (the supposed cop) would get in trouble with his boss for blowing his cover, the observing cops never mention to Rusty that they've singled out that man, or ask him to ask the man to turn off his radio so they can listen in. Rusty was also never familiarized with any of the members of the undercover team, making the regular's story easy for him to buy.
* ProductPlacement:
** A truly bizarre and blatant version. The Silver Mercedes S-Class . . . it's perfect for all your hooker-murdering needs!
** Sanchez mentions Kelly Blue Book by name when looking up information on a suspect's car.
** Nearly every laptop, tablet and phone used by the main characters is an Apple product.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Sykes was this early on. She even waited to express her beliefs on a case until after Raydor stated hers. Provenza calls her out on it.
-->'''Sykes''': I could go either way.\\
'''Provenza''': Raydor, you need to voice your opinion before Sykes can make up her mind.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Inverted. Lt. Provenza is a Quickly Demoted Man; he's in charge of Major Crimes for one week, before Raydor takes over command.
* RapeAsDrama: Rusty insists that prostituting himself on the streets to survive was just a choice he made. His therapist, Dr. Joe, gets him to begin to acknowledge that he was a victim in that situation. Since he was underage, Dr. Joe points out, all sex with older men was rape.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Joe [[spoiler:Rusty's therapist. He is kind and perceptive enough to help Rusty. And when Raydor tried getting him to spill the confidential information Dr. Joe knows, first by being an officer of the law and then his legal guardian, Dr. Joe politely states the exact legal requirements to force him to break confidentiality (getting a court order and Rusty's written approval, respectively) and then leaves before Rusty might get the wrong idea about what they were talking about - but not before suggesting that Raydor simply ''talk'' to Rusty]].
** Raydor also tries to be this, balancing out reasonableness with following the book.
* RecurringCharacter:
** DDA Andrea Hobbs, a prosecutor who works with the squad on a regular basis.
** Brenda may no longer be in charge of Major Crimes, but her husband Fritz remains in the FBI and thus still collaborates with the crew from time to time.
** Also, DDA Emma Rios, who alternates with DDA Hobbs in Season Two.
* RulesLawyer: Raydor again. Provenza tries to outdo her on this several times and doesn't win once.
* RushedInvertedReading: Played with. Raydor attempts to hide the fact she was eavesdropping on Rusty and Kris's conversation by reading an empty file.
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: Averted in "Boys Will Be Boys". The abuse Michelle receives from her classmates is considered heinous. The cast even produced [[http://majorcrimestv.net/video-major-crimes-cast-produces-anti-bullying-psa/ an anti-bullying video]] released online the same day as the episode.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "Year-End Blowout" [[spoiler:when working with S.I.S., the undercover task force, Rusty is approached by a man who knows there are cops around, tells him to turn off his mike and go to his car without signalling he was in distress or Rusty's mom would be killed. Panicked and scared, Rusty does this, and in doing so breaks all the protocols he agreed to. When he gets to the car, Sykes grabs him from behind, bitches him out for failing to check the back of the car before entering, and screwing up his exam]].
* ShutUpHannibal: When DDA Rios starts complaining about Rusty seeing [[TheShrink Dr. Joe]], Raydor shuts her up with one sentence:
-->'''Raydor:''' [[spoiler: "I have all the legal rights and responsibilities of a mother, and I do not need your permission to seek medical attention for ''my son''."]]
** Rusty does this to Rios as well, after getting fed up with her over his safety, he calls her out on how he would be safe if she only took the Death Penalty off the table and made a deal with Stroh.
* TheShrink: Dr. Joe comes in during the fall part of the second season. An amicable man who speaks with a soft spoken way, carefully analyzing and regarding his patients, priming them for the next ArmorPiercingQuestion. He will use any means to connect to his patients, from singing, to cards, to chess. [[spoiler:To be allowed to participate in a sting to catch his stalker, Rusty must see him and be evaluated. Rusty finds the sessions, and playing against a stronger chess player, very enjoyable and helpful]].
* StalkerWithoutACrush: In season two, Rusty starts receiving letters from someone threatening to kill him and his loved ones. The summer finale [[spoiler: has Sharon starting to receive threats as well.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: As noted earlier, [[spoiler: Raydor attempts to get Dr. Joe to breach confidentiality on his sessions with Rusty, first as the police officer in charge of his safety, then as his legal guardian. Dr. Joe shoots her down on both approaches, and suggests a simpler approach - just talk to Rusty and ask him how he's doing with Dr. Joe.]]
** Rusty also does this. Stating they could avoid this entire trial and his life being in jeopardy if the lawyer just take off the Death Penalty.
* TagAlongActor: Jason Andrews, the writer/producer of [[ShowWithinAShow a television cop show]], tags along with Tao for research.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: The VictimOfTheWeek in "Cheaters Never Prosper" is an out-of-town cop who is killed when his drink is spiked with antifreeze.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. They do have some, but Rusty is dead set against going to one [[spoiler:until "Pick Your Poison" when Sharron gets him to agree to see one. His one provision is the therapist can play chess. He can and is ranked as one of the best amateur chess players]].
* ThickerThanWater: In "Pick Your Poison" [[spoiler:this is averted between the murderer and his brother an attorney. The brother-attorney was first brought in to defend his sister-in-law where he learned she did sleep with one of the underage victims but didn't kill them with Molly mixed with cyanide. The attourney knows his brother has been mixing chemicals and always been a bit off. He tells him straight out he will defend his sister-in-law but cannot defend his brother because it would be a conflict of interest and is seriously angered by his brother's evil actions]].
* TranquilFury: When [[spoiler:Daniel, Rusty's "sperm donor", hits him]], Sharon, and later the entire squad, enters into this when he comes before them. Sharon even notes they are resisting the urge to arrest him then and there.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Amy Sykes.
* VehicularSabotage: In "There's No Place Like Home", the killers cut the brake lines as a back-up plan on the victim's car in case their first attempt failed. Finding the sabotaged car is what clues the detectives in that the death is not a suicide as it first appears.
* VigilanteExecution: [[spoiler: Alfred Torres shoots the man who molested and killed his son Matty in "The Deep End".]]
* VigilanteMan: [[spoiler: Alfred Torres]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Raydor gives a very calm, but vicious inquiry to Father Healy in "The Ecstasy and the Agony". On Rusty's first day at a private Catholic school, he tells some students his place as a protected witness and would be key to taking down a serial killer with his testimony. Some bullies mocked him and started a fight. Rusty fought back and won. The good father wanted Rusty kicked out for lying and fighting, but Sharon tells him Rusty was being truthful and within his rights to fight back. Upon learning the other boys would only receive a minimal suspension for their conduct, Raydor points out the hypocrisy of this and how the father and school's actions are very far from what Christ's teachings. In the end, Rusty got to stay in school.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Sharon gives Jack the opportunity to work as an attorney for a suspect in "Rules of Engagement". [[spoiler: He immediately begins belittling her authority in front of her team and DDA Rios.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Sykes is attacking a crazy gun nut's trailer with only Sanchez for back up, and suddenly she's ''Amy.''
** This also seems to be going on for Raydor and Flynn - she calls him Andy to calm him down or get his attention, and he's started to privately call her Sharon to comfort her after they [[spoiler: attended his daughter's wedding together. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It wasn't a date.]]]]

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->''You have been a homicide detective for how long, and you still expect life to be fair?''
-->-- '''Captain Sharon Raydor''' to Lt. Provenza, "Before and After"

An AfterShow of TNT's ''Series/TheCloser'', ''Major Crimes'' premiered August 2012, starring MaryMcDonnell as Captain Sharon Raydor, alongside much of the parent Major Case Squad. Raydor takes the helm of the MCS after the departure of KyraSedgwick's Brenda Leigh Johnson, the heroine of the parent show.

With Captain Raydor taking over the squad, the focus changed from getting confessions to getting plea bargains, which are not nearly as dramatic but which save the city millions in trial expenses. The delicate balance between getting criminals put away even at a reduced sentence and pursuing true justice is a running theme of the series, as is the tension between the squad and their new boss, who, as an InternalAffairs veteran, is not exactly trusted. And finally, the series opens up new insights into its lead character's personal life, mostly through her relationship with FosterKid Rusty Beck.

Even before producing a single episode, the show developed a small but devoted fan following, both from ''The Closer'''s existing fanbase and from fans of Mary [=McDonnell=], many of whom turned up [[JustHereForGodzilla because Mary is in it]].

TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Crimes has more information]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Rusty's mother let her boyfriend beat him up. [[spoiler:Daniel, Rusty's "sperm donor," also hit him in a moment of anger. Sharon's threat of arresting him for abuse is enough for him to sign away his legal rights to Rusty.]]
* ActingUnnatural: After eavesdropping on Rusty and Kris's conversation, Sharon has a tough time appearing innocent when Rusty leaves the room to ask her a question.
* AfterShow: To ''Series/TheCloser'', taken to the literal extreme -- it premiered ''immediately'' after that series ended.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: According to [[https://twitter.com/TheRustyBeck/status/322583614896361472 Twitter]], Sharon Raydor has a thing for shoes, most of them high heels. Given that she can be accurately described as a fashionista -- her clothes are almost exclusively designer, or at least high-end department store -- this isn't much of a stretch.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Rusty is still trying to figure out his identity, though there are many hints that he is probably gay. Though he does take offense when the Defense Attorney accuses him of being gay on the stand.
* AmicableExes: Sharon and her husband Jackson are separated but they still have a semi-civil relationship.
* AmoralAttorney: Zigzagged - there are some who're in it for the money, and some attorneys, like David Ahmed, who are genuinely motivated by a sense of idealism and principles. There's also one lawyer who, upon realising that his brother killed two kids with poisoned drugs and framed his wife, immediately calls him out and refuses to help him.
** Phillip Stroh or course.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: After the numerous times that ''TheCloser'' screwed itself over with 6th Amendment violations, this has changed in ''Major Crimes''. The way they get around it now is usually with the interrogated person saying some variation of "Maybe I should call a lawyer,"(without actually saying "I want a lawyer") whereupon Sharon tells them they ''can'', but this is their last chance to make a deal before going to trial.
* AssholeVictim: Chad Raber [[spoiler: raped a dozen young women and forced them to film endorsements of his gym. No one is too upset that his wife killed him.]]
** One murder victim was a rapist who was released on parole. [[spoiler: And was planning to engage in sex/likely rape once again, telling his own father who discovered his intentions to "mind his own business"]]
** A corrupt ICE agent who managed to steal a retirement home away from its residents by contesting a will. Major Crimes can prove ''conspiracy'' to commit murder, but they can't actually prove the ''murder'' because of how everybody did it, and the DA's office settles for a plea of Manslaughter, with a sentence of house arrest (mind, the residence is an apartment complex with pool and other simple luxuries). Raydor and Provenza aren't too bothered, when all is said and done. It also helped they were quite old and any amount of jail time could have become a life sentence.
* BadassAdorable: Sharon Raydor, given her actress. Don't let those [[PuppyDogEyes big eyes]] fool you. Cross her or hurt someone she cares about, and she will screw you over six ways from Sunday without batting an eyelash or so much as messing up her hair.
* BadassBureaucrat: Raydor again. The feats of badass she can accomplish with a pile of paperwork are truly remarkable.
* BaitAndSwitch: In "Pick Your Poison" Rusty agrees [[spoiler:to see a therapist provided he can understand him. Sharron thinks he means whatever his sexual orientation is. She is stunned when Rusty wants a therapist who can play chess]].
* BerserkButton: Harming Rusty is a ''really'' good way to get Sharon Raydor pissed off at you. This does not qualify as a smart plan. Regarding [[spoiler:Rusty's biological father who hit Rusty a few times,]] Sharon says the below.
-->'''Sharon''': ...we are now at the "please don't let me drive over to his house and shoot him in the head" phase.
* BlindWithoutEm: Doris Roberts played an elderly woman who is like this. [[spoiler:She is so blind, she cannot even tell Flynn isn't Sanchez at a reasonable distance.]]
** Provenza is not ''quite'' blind without his glasses, but he did keep missing all his targets until he borrowed the above elderly woman's glasses (at which point he got a perfect score). He now wears his own glasses whenever he has to drive or shoot.
* BotheringByTheBook: Raydor's specialty. She's incredibly adept at wielding her extensive knowledge of laws and rules to get the results she wants. Including [[spoiler:purposefully refusing to answer Rusty's father's phone calls because she cannot record the conversation without a warrant, but voice mail is legal evidence. Him talking to her and her openly holding out a recorder and asking him in front of her and his dismissive affirmation is permissible]].
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: How Provenza permanently puts Rusty's stalker away.]]
* BodyOfTheWeek: Naturally. The Major Crimes Unit investigates homicides.
* ButtMonkey: So far, Buzz has done little but be kicked around by the other characters.
* ByTheBookCop: Raydor, of course. That said, she isn't above using loopholes to get what she wants; see BotheringByTheBook and RulesLawyer.
* Callback: In "Return to Sender, Part 2", Provenza makes one to his perfect qualification score in "There's No Place Like Home."
* CarpetRolledCorpse: Some college kids scrounge a rolled-up rug that was left out for the trash, only to discover a body inside when they unroll it.
* CharacterDevelopment: It's taking awhile, but Rusty is definitely showing signs of caring for things other than himself. Like Sharon, for instance.
** Sharon was slowly shown to have good sides on ''Series/TheCloser'', and that's only gotten clearer now in Major Crimes due to her having to actively earn the trust of the team ''and'' deal with Rusty. It's also becoming evident that not only did she learn a thing or two from having to monitor Brenda and her crew for three years, but she's also beginning to take on some of the very same characteristics that she'd once found so exasperating.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Well, Sharon Raydor is.
* ColdSniper: The team chase one in "Long Shot".
* ConflictingLoyalty: Like at the beginning of ''Series/TheCloser'', the old boss/new boss issues are in full effect.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Rusty's father had a good reason, he didn' even know Rusty existed.
* DawsonCasting: Sixteen year old Rusty is played by Graham Patrick Martin, who is 20.
* DeadMansChest: The body of a a young man is found in a barrel labeled "Hazardous Waste" at a recycling center. The killers know that the owner ships the barrels labeled hazardous up north to a landfill without opening them, were they are to be buried for a thousand years. Had their plan been successful, the body would never have been found, but unfortunately for them, while the barrel is still at the recycling center it's accidentally tipped over and the lid comes off, thus exposing the body.
* DeadpanSnarker: Provenza. Flynn. Sanchez. Morales. Even Buzz! But the Queen of Snark on this show is Sharon Raydor, who can skewer people on the end of her biting wit and does so on a regular basis. The snarkier she gets, the more furious she is.
* DeathGlare: Raydor's got one that could fell an ox at fifty paces. The rest of the squad have them too, and deploy them toward [[spoiler:Daniel Dunn]] in 1x09 with ''very'' good reason.
* DietEpisode: Flynn has an unexpected health kick in Season 2. [[spoiler: Because of a high blood pressure diagnosis and his daughter's upcoming wedding.]]
* DisappearedDad: Rusty never knew his father because his mother said he ran off before Rusty was born. [[spoiler: Once the team finds Rusty's father, however, he explains that he had no idea Rusty existed and expresses an interest in getting to know his son.]] Also happens with Sharon's kids, as their father is largely absent from their lives [[spoiler: (he didn't speak to them in five years and only did so because she forced him to)]] and she pretty much raised them as a single mother.
* DiscretionShot: When Sharon is finally [[spoiler:told about the threatening letters Rusty has been getting]], we never see the actual conversation, because not even Mary [=McDonnell=] can top whatever is in the audience's mind at that moment.
* EverybodyDidIt: In [[spoiler:"There's No Place Like Home"]], all of the [[spoiler:tenants]] are responsible for the death. As Major Crimes can prove conspiracy to commit murder, but not if the death was actually murder, the killers cop to a collective plea of manslaughter.
* ExactWords: Tao and Sanchez discuss the exact wording of a contract a TV producer signed in "Under the Influence" to follow Tao for research when [[spoiler:they are about to enter into a high speed chase. Tao and Sanchez unbuckle so they can better dodge bullets. When the producer wants to do the same, he is told not to. The contract he signed doesn't include him getting injured if he removes his seat belt. It does include him being shot though.]]
* EyeTake: All the main characters, pretty much. Often crosses over with FacialDialogue, when two characters are communicating their mutual disgust non-verbally.
* FacialDialogue: Mary [=McDonnell=] essentially built her entire career on being able to speak volumes with a facial expression, and she hasn't lost that talent one bit. Raydor has also got quite good at speaking without words to her squad, especially Provenza and Flynn, with whom she can communicate with a mere eyebrow twitch.
* {{Fainting}}: Flynn passes out because of his blood pressure in "I, Witness". It's PlayedForLaughs.
* FirstNameBasis: Raydor tells Rusty that not many people get to call her by her first name but he does eventually call her Sharon.
* FosterKid: Rusty Beck.
* FreudianSlip: Sharon to Taylor about Rusty in "Pick Your Poison."
--> Sharon: [[spoiler:My primary concern as his ''mother'' is--as his guardian--is his safety.]]
** She does it again in "All In":
-->'''Raydor:''' [[spoiler: I do not need your permission to seek medical attention for ''my son''.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: In "Under the Influence" the show lampshades the Patriot Act is fully titled the '''U'''niting and '''S'''trengthening '''A'''merica by '''P'''roviding '''A'''vppropriate '''T'''ools '''R'''equired to '''I'''ntercept and '''O'''bstruct '''T'''errorism '''Act''' of 2001.
* TheGamblingAddict: Jack Raydor had a serious gambling problem in the past. The fact that he was recently living in Las Vegas suggests he might not be over it completely.
* TheGhost: Both Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson and Phillip Stroh. Both of them have not been seen since The Closer's finale, but their influence is still felt, with Provenza asking Fritz to pass along their regards to Brenda, and the preparations for Stroh's trial being a key sub plot of Season 2.
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Amy Sykes can be a sweet, friendly person unless one messes up their job and then she can become tough as nails. [[spoiler:Rusty discovered this when he messed up his undercover training]].
** The S.I.S. department, the ones who do undercover operations and protection, make it very clear to the ones they protect and use in operations, they will not take slack from anyone as a single mistake could lead to plenty of deaths in the field, including civilians. [[spoiler:To test Rusty, they had an officer approach and claim they had his birth mother and she would be dead if he didn't cooperate]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the preliminary trial for the Stroh trial, [[spoiler:because of the lack of solid connection between the sender and Phillip Stroh, the judge rules that the threatening letters cannot be entered into evidence. They cannot even be spoken of if the Defense raises an objection]]. Later, when Rusty is being cross-examined, he, being completely honest, admits to having lied a few times to the police, such as his age back in his 911 call. The Defense lawyer, enjoying this as it hurts his credibility, asks why [[spoiler:he saw a therapist]] and he admits it was because of another lie he told Captain Raydor. The Defense demands to know the lie and Rusty is shaken and unsure to answer. When the Judge orders him to answer, Rusty [[spoiler:tells them it was because of a police operation to catch the man writing threatening letters to him and Sharon. Defense is outraged but the Judge shuts her down as she was the one to open the door here. The letters are back in]].
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Provenza likes to grumble about working for Raydor, likening it to "working for a hall monitor," and has no problem when the rest of the squad joins in -- but God help anyone not on the squad who says a bad word about her.
* IHaveThisFriend: Provenza claims to have a friend who needs some spiritual advising in "The Ecstasy and the Agony" but he's obviously talking about himself.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: The episode "Return to Sender" has Rusty's stalker pretend to be an undercover officer in order to find out the details of Rusty's police protection [[spoiler:and lure him into an easy place to kill him]].
* InternalAffairs:
** The mere ''mention'' that he's facing a woman who spent most of her career in Internal Affairs is enough to get the cooperation of a Las Vegas detective who was proving rather stubborn.
** In the pilot, Taylor points out to Raydor that her entire career has been InternalAffairs, which means that she will need to work at gaining the trust and respect of her team, never mind other cops. This is also why she wasn't promoted to Commander like she was promised.
* IronLady: Sharon. Which makes a great deal of sense.
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** In the beginning, Rusty acted liked this. He even interrupted an investigation because no one acknowledged that he was there. And hasn't gone five minutes on screen without complaining that they are not doing what they promised him. He finally cuts it out a few episodes in, when he accepts that [[spoiler:his mom isn't coming for him and Sharon is the best thing to happen to him in a long time]].
** He gets it from his father who [[spoiler:is more concerned with how Rusty is going to fit into his life and upcoming marriage than the fact he has a son he never knew about, including refusing to contact any of his family to tell them of Rusty. It gets to the point that when he is given a choice between being arrested for child abuse -- as he confessed hitting Rusty to Sharon and a recorder on the table -- and forcing child services to pick through his life as he is marrying into a family with young children, or signing away his parental rights, which would also ruin his chances of marriage, he asks Rusty how it felt to ruin his life]].
--> '''Rusty''': ''[[spoiler:Good.]]''
** Buzz calls Rusty out on this in "Risk Assessment" as though it had lightened up since the first season, Rusty could still be a jerk at times.
* ItsPersonal: Shit gets personal ''fast'' for Raydor during "Citizens Arrest".
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Tom Berenger, who plays Sharon's estranged husband Jackson Raydor, had co-starred with Mary [=McDonnell=] twenty-five years earlier in ''National Anthems'' at the Long Wharf Theatre. They'd played husband and wife.
* JerkAss: Rusty
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rusty, after some serious CharacterDevelopment.
* JusticeByOtherLegalMeans: Unable to properly prosecute [[spoiler: Rosa Vega]], a key member of a drug cartel, because of a lack of evidence Raydor has the culprit extradited to Mexico. [[spoiler: Rosa will likely be killed by her supplier because the heroin stash, valued to be worth several thousands if not a million dollars, was obtained by the LAPD.]]
* KickTheDog: The killer in "Dismissed with Prejudice". [[spoiler:Where Tao just told the man's daughter [[PetTheDog that he accepted a plea to not drag her through a trial]]. His last words to to his daughter were "I should have killed you too!" To make it an extra twist of a knife, he states this at the idea of when [[WouldHurtAChild she was still a little girl]].]]
* TheLoad: Rusty, who for a while did nothing but whine and complain every freaking scene he is in. So much so that in Episode 3 when the mother needed $500 to make it there, the division was happily forking over their own money to get her there.
--> '''Buzz''': She can have it all if that means I don't have to baby sit him anymore.
* LoggingOnToTheFourthWall: [[https://twitter.com/Sharon_Raydor Raydor]], [[https://twitter.com/TheRustyBeck Rusty]], and [[https://twitter.com/AndyFlynn_ Flynn]] have {{Twitter}} accounts, which are updated even when the show isn't currently airing. Said tweets contain references to "camera crews following [them] around", or did when filming started again, which means that apparently, InUniverse ''Major Crimes'' is a reality show.
* MamaBear: Sharon Raydor, for Rusty. Especially in "Cheaters Never Prosper".
* MissingMom[=/=]ParentalAbandonment: Rusty's mother left him at a zoo and never returned. The Major Crimes team finds her, but she doesn't come for Rusty.
* {{Narcissist}}: Rusty, but has grown out of that.
* MyNaymeIs: "I, Witness" features a [[HighClassCallGirl "professional conversationalist"]] named Shampagne.
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours:
** Sharon Raydor's Rule Fu is stronger than ''everyone'''s. Yes, Provenza, including yours.
** Which makes it ironic and hilarious when Dr. Joe calmly {{No Sell}}s her attempts to get him to break privilege and tell her what Rusty's been talking about with him.
* MythologyGag: In the pilot, as Raydor moves into Brenda's office, she opens a drawer, and is briefly thrown off-balance by how ''packed'' it is with snacks. Fritz came in an episode or so with a large bag to collect it.
* NotSoAboveItAll: On episode involves a dead ICE agent who was handling counterfeit designer handbags. DDA Hobbs and Sykes are visibly reluctant to part with the evidence... as is Raydor, who is wistfully regretful at seeing all those nice bags taken away.
-->'''Provenza:''' You two are like little girls outside a candy store.\\
'''Raydor:''' Watching it all being hauled away...
* NotSoDifferent: Rusty realizes that the guy that was trying to kill him had a very similar back story to him. This makes him break down in fear that he could turn out just like him. Raydor manages to talk him out of it.
* NotSoStoic: Sharon Raydor likes to think she is always calm, cool and in control. She's... not. Although she doesn't take it nearly to the extreme her predecessor did -- Brenda's full-on freakout is Sharon's half-sob and teary eyes -- she doesn't ''have'' to when she's played by Mary [=McDonnell=], who is an expert at breaking hearts with unbelievable subtlety.
** An especially feels-infused scene is seen in "Return to Sender, Part 2", where Raydor confronts Stroh's lawyer, and is barely able to keep calm.
* NumberTwo: Resentment or no, Provenza steps up excellently as Raydor's second-in-command, and they make a surprisingly effective team.
* OhCrap: Induced in a particularly irritating LVPD detective with two lines of dialogue.
-->'''Raydor''': This might be a good time to tell you that I've spent almost my entire career in InternalAffairs and I am ''this close'' to calling your department and starting an inquiry into your conduct.\\
''*the detective looks at Flynn*''\\
'''Flynn''': She ain't kiddin', pal.
* OldCopYoungCop: Provenza and Sykes are paired together more and more frequently as the show goes on.
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. Captain Raydor discovers a little too late that Rusty's mother is also named Sharon.
* ParentalSubstitute: Sharon is a desperately needed mother figure for Rusty.
* PassedOverPromotion: Provenza has a lot of sour grapes over anyone but himself serving as head of the department.
-->'''Provenza:''' After all I've given to the L.A.P.D., anyone else besides me sitting in that office is an insult. And it's not fair.\\
'''Raydor:''' You have been a homicide detective for how long, [[GenreSavvy and you're still expecting life to be fair?]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: In the sting operation to find the man threatening Rusty, the police observers consider a regular at the chess park to be suspicious. The regular gains Rusty's trust by [[ImpersonatingAnOfficer impersonating an undercover cop]] and keeps the observers from finding out by playing his radio, covering up the sound for the wire. While he does tell Rusty not to let the police know, telling Rusty that he (the supposed cop) would get in trouble with his boss for blowing his cover, the observing cops never mention to Rusty that they've singled out that man, or ask him to ask the man to turn off his radio so they can listen in. Rusty was also never familiarized with any of the members of the undercover team, making the regular's story easy for him to buy.
* ProductPlacement:
** A truly bizarre and blatant version. The Silver Mercedes S-Class . . . it's perfect for all your hooker-murdering needs!
** Sanchez mentions Kelly Blue Book by name when looking up information on a suspect's car.
** Nearly every laptop, tablet and phone used by the main characters is an Apple product.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Sykes was this early on. She even waited to express her beliefs on a case until after Raydor stated hers. Provenza calls her out on it.
-->'''Sykes''': I could go either way.\\
'''Provenza''': Raydor, you need to voice your opinion before Sykes can make up her mind.
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: Inverted. Lt. Provenza is a Quickly Demoted Man; he's in charge of Major Crimes for one week, before Raydor takes over command.
* RapeAsDrama: Rusty insists that prostituting himself on the streets to survive was just a choice he made. His therapist, Dr. Joe, gets him to begin to acknowledge that he was a victim in that situation. Since he was underage, Dr. Joe points out, all sex with older men was rape.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Joe [[spoiler:Rusty's therapist. He is kind and perceptive enough to help Rusty. And when Raydor tried getting him to spill the confidential information Dr. Joe knows, first by being an officer of the law and then his legal guardian, Dr. Joe politely states the exact legal requirements to force him to break confidentiality (getting a court order and Rusty's written approval, respectively) and then leaves before Rusty might get the wrong idea about what they were talking about - but not before suggesting that Raydor simply ''talk'' to Rusty]].
** Raydor also tries to be this, balancing out reasonableness with following the book.
* RecurringCharacter:
** DDA Andrea Hobbs, a prosecutor who works with the squad on a regular basis.
** Brenda may no longer be in charge of Major Crimes, but her husband Fritz remains in the FBI and thus still collaborates with the crew from time to time.
** Also, DDA Emma Rios, who alternates with DDA Hobbs in Season Two.
* RulesLawyer: Raydor again. Provenza tries to outdo her on this several times and doesn't win once.
* RushedInvertedReading: Played with. Raydor attempts to hide the fact she was eavesdropping on Rusty and Kris's conversation by reading an empty file.
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: Averted in "Boys Will Be Boys". The abuse Michelle receives from her classmates is considered heinous. The cast even produced [[http://majorcrimestv.net/video-major-crimes-cast-produces-anti-bullying-psa/ an anti-bullying video]] released online the same day as the episode.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In "Year-End Blowout" [[spoiler:when working with S.I.S., the undercover task force, Rusty is approached by a man who knows there are cops around, tells him to turn off his mike and go to his car without signalling he was in distress or Rusty's mom would be killed. Panicked and scared, Rusty does this, and in doing so breaks all the protocols he agreed to. When he gets to the car, Sykes grabs him from behind, bitches him out for failing to check the back of the car before entering, and screwing up his exam]].
* ShutUpHannibal: When DDA Rios starts complaining about Rusty seeing [[TheShrink Dr. Joe]], Raydor shuts her up with one sentence:
-->'''Raydor:''' [[spoiler: "I have all the legal rights and responsibilities of a mother, and I do not need your permission to seek medical attention for ''my son''."]]
** Rusty does this to Rios as well, after getting fed up with her over his safety, he calls her out on how he would be safe if she only took the Death Penalty off the table and made a deal with Stroh.
* TheShrink: Dr. Joe comes in during the fall part of the second season. An amicable man who speaks with a soft spoken way, carefully analyzing and regarding his patients, priming them for the next ArmorPiercingQuestion. He will use any means to connect to his patients, from singing, to cards, to chess. [[spoiler:To be allowed to participate in a sting to catch his stalker, Rusty must see him and be evaluated. Rusty finds the sessions, and playing against a stronger chess player, very enjoyable and helpful]].
* StalkerWithoutACrush: In season two, Rusty starts receiving letters from someone threatening to kill him and his loved ones. The summer finale [[spoiler: has Sharon starting to receive threats as well.]]
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: As noted earlier, [[spoiler: Raydor attempts to get Dr. Joe to breach confidentiality on his sessions with Rusty, first as the police officer in charge of his safety, then as his legal guardian. Dr. Joe shoots her down on both approaches, and suggests a simpler approach - just talk to Rusty and ask him how he's doing with Dr. Joe.]]
** Rusty also does this. Stating they could avoid this entire trial and his life being in jeopardy if the lawyer just take off the Death Penalty.
* TagAlongActor: Jason Andrews, the writer/producer of [[ShowWithinAShow a television cop show]], tags along with Tao for research.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: The VictimOfTheWeek in "Cheaters Never Prosper" is an out-of-town cop who is killed when his drink is spiked with antifreeze.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. They do have some, but Rusty is dead set against going to one [[spoiler:until "Pick Your Poison" when Sharron gets him to agree to see one. His one provision is the therapist can play chess. He can and is ranked as one of the best amateur chess players]].
* ThickerThanWater: In "Pick Your Poison" [[spoiler:this is averted between the murderer and his brother an attorney. The brother-attorney was first brought in to defend his sister-in-law where he learned she did sleep with one of the underage victims but didn't kill them with Molly mixed with cyanide. The attourney knows his brother has been mixing chemicals and always been a bit off. He tells him straight out he will defend his sister-in-law but cannot defend his brother because it would be a conflict of interest and is seriously angered by his brother's evil actions]].
* TranquilFury: When [[spoiler:Daniel, Rusty's "sperm donor", hits him]], Sharon, and later the entire squad, enters into this when he comes before them. Sharon even notes they are resisting the urge to arrest him then and there.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Amy Sykes.
* VehicularSabotage: In "There's No Place Like Home", the killers cut the brake lines as a back-up plan on the victim's car in case their first attempt failed. Finding the sabotaged car is what clues the detectives in that the death is not a suicide as it first appears.
* VigilanteExecution: [[spoiler: Alfred Torres shoots the man who molested and killed his son Matty in "The Deep End".]]
* VigilanteMan: [[spoiler: Alfred Torres]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Raydor gives a very calm, but vicious inquiry to Father Healy in "The Ecstasy and the Agony". On Rusty's first day at a private Catholic school, he tells some students his place as a protected witness and would be key to taking down a serial killer with his testimony. Some bullies mocked him and started a fight. Rusty fought back and won. The good father wanted Rusty kicked out for lying and fighting, but Sharon tells him Rusty was being truthful and within his rights to fight back. Upon learning the other boys would only receive a minimal suspension for their conduct, Raydor points out the hypocrisy of this and how the father and school's actions are very far from what Christ's teachings. In the end, Rusty got to stay in school.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Sharon gives Jack the opportunity to work as an attorney for a suspect in "Rules of Engagement". [[spoiler: He immediately begins belittling her authority in front of her team and DDA Rios.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Sykes is attacking a crazy gun nut's trailer with only Sanchez for back up, and suddenly she's ''Amy.''
** This also seems to be going on for Raydor and Flynn - she calls him Andy to calm him down or get his attention, and he's started to privately call her Sharon to comfort her after they [[spoiler: attended his daughter's wedding together. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It wasn't a date.]]]]
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* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend, drugs, bad day or anything else besides her own actions at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].
26th Jan '14 4:59:08 PM Match25
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* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend, drugs, bad day or anything else besides her own actions at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].
* VehicularSabotage: In "There's No Place Like Home", the killers cut the brake lines as a back-up plan on the victim's car in case their first attempt failed. Finding the sabotaged car is what clues the detectives in that the death is not a suicide as it first appears.
25th Jan '14 7:52:43 AM RoseAndHeather
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* TwoferTokenMinority: Amy Sykes
* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend, drugs, bad day or anything else besides her own actions at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].
* VehicularSabotage: In "There's No Place Like Home", the killers cut the brake lines as a back-up plan on the victim's car in case their first attempt failed. Finding the sabotaged car is what clues the detectives in that the death is not a suicide as it first appears.

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* TwoferTokenMinority: Amy Sykes
* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend, drugs, bad day or anything else besides her own actions at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].
* VehicularSabotage: In "There's No Place Like Home", the killers cut the brake lines as a back-up plan on the victim's car in case their first attempt failed. Finding the sabotaged car is what clues the detectives in that the death is not a suicide as it first appears.
Sykes.
25th Jan '14 3:32:56 AM Match25
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* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].

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* TheUnfairSex: Oh boy does Rusty's parents get this treatment. Rusty first treats his father that he hasn't even met yet like he is a complete jerk for never seeing him, despite the fact that said father didn't even know of Rusty's existence until very recently and hardly gives the man any slack for this even when he goes out of his way to try to be a part of his son's life. [[spoiler:Then after said father hits Rusty once because Rusty (who during this time was still a JerkAss)) flat out told his fiance and her two young daughters about his past. Even though the father tries to apologize the police use this to ambush him and make him sign away his parental rights under the threat if he doesn't he will be labeled a child abuser and have a person from Child Services regularly check up on his family to make sure he isn't beating his step-daughters as if he does this all the time]]. On the other hand Rusty's mother regularly abused Rusty, would do drugs so much that she would often forget about her son and kick him out thinking he was an ex of hers, date guys who were clearly bad people and let them beat up Rusty for kicks, flat out abandoned her son to live on the streets with no means of survival, and even when they found her and she required $500 for bus fair, she takes the money and leaves without ever seeing Rusty, every single one of which Rusty makes an excuse for (usually blaming her boyfriend boyfriend, drugs, bad day or anything else besides her own actions at the time). [[spoiler:Even after all this Rusty still considers going with her if she was to return and take him back. Even when talking about her to his psychiatrist Rusty felt like it was wrong to judge her, despite this is all he did to his father without ever having met him]].
22nd Jan '14 9:30:24 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: After the numerous times that ''TheCloser'' screwed itself over with 6th Amendment violations, this has changed in ''Major Crimes''. The way they get around it now is usually with the interrogated person saying some variation of "Maybe I should call a lawyer,"(without actually saying "I want a lawyer) whereupon Sharon tells them they ''can'', but this is their last chance to make a deal before going to trial.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: After the numerous times that ''TheCloser'' screwed itself over with 6th Amendment violations, this has changed in ''Major Crimes''. The way they get around it now is usually with the interrogated person saying some variation of "Maybe I should call a lawyer,"(without actually saying "I want a lawyer) lawyer") whereupon Sharon tells them they ''can'', but this is their last chance to make a deal before going to trial.



* HilariousInHindsight: Flynn's health kick becomes more amusing when you recall Provenza's similar habit in Seasn 5 of The Closer, and how their positions are turned.
18th Jan '14 6:09:07 PM Smalltown
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** One murder victim was a rapist who was released on parole.

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** One murder victim was a rapist who was released on parole. [[spoiler: And was planning to engage in sex/likely rape once again, telling his own father who discovered his intentions to "mind his own business"]]
17th Jan '14 12:19:58 AM SharleeD
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* CarpetRolledCorpse: Some college kids scrounge a rolled-up rug that was left out for the trash, only to discover a body inside when they unroll it.
15th Jan '14 4:13:27 PM Match25
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* NotSoDifferent: Rusty realizes that the guy that was trying to kill him had a very similar back story to him. This makes him break down in fear that he could turn out just like him. Raydor manages to talk him out of it.
15th Jan '14 12:13:08 PM Match25
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** A corrupt ICE agent who managed to steal a retirement home away from its residents by contesting a will. Major Crimes can prove ''conspiracy'' to commit murder, but they can't actually prove the ''murder'' because of how everybody did it, and the DA's office settles for a plea of Manslaughter, with a sentence of house arrest (mind, the residence is an apartment complex with pool and other simple luxuries). Raydor and Provenza aren't too bothered, when all is said and done.

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** A corrupt ICE agent who managed to steal a retirement home away from its residents by contesting a will. Major Crimes can prove ''conspiracy'' to commit murder, but they can't actually prove the ''murder'' because of how everybody did it, and the DA's office settles for a plea of Manslaughter, with a sentence of house arrest (mind, the residence is an apartment complex with pool and other simple luxuries). Raydor and Provenza aren't too bothered, when all is said and done. It also helped they were quite old and any amount of jail time could have become a life sentence.
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