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Major Crimes Review: What's Dunn is Done

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Shoot. I had a bad feeling about Daniel Dunn and his fiance and the situation certainly reared its ugly head in "Cheaters Never Prosper."

Sharon was spot on in her assessment of his nasty behavior. Being "late" by even one hour when your mom dropped you off at the zoo and ran, and later never showing up on a bus paid for by kind strangers, was enough to scare an abandoned child. To be a day and two hours behind was a giant red flag that could not be overlooked.

Can Dunn Be Trusted?

I hated the way Dunn called Rusty a problem, saying he needed him to show up for the sake of his fiance because she held the purse strings in the relationship. What a wonderful influence for an already traumatized young man. An adult male who is afraid of his girlfriend and using her for her money. What a tool. An abusive tool. I pity Daniel Dunn. Did he learn nothing from his dealings with Sharon?

Not only was he a bad kid in high school (can we really believe he didn't know about Rusty now?), he was a horrible father as an adult, as well as an absolute idiot to abuse the ward of an LAPD police woman. His girlfriend must have been a really classy broad. Thankfully, her daughters shouldn't have to grow up with him. I look forward to seeing how Sharon handles what he's done. We better get to see her in action!

The case of the week was meh.

Outside the Rusty situation and the enjoyable scenes of Sharon being a mama bear, the rest of the episode was dedicated to a case that came from outside of town. There wasn't a whole lot of fun and snark involved with the case, and I had a little trouble really caring about it or the victims. 

Even when the cases are boring, we still get some great Major Crimes quotes and it's entertaining watching the team come together, gather the puzzle pieces and solve the crime. I must have been having a (former) blonde moment because I could not connect the link between Rusty's text to Sharon and how she determined the best way to get the thieves out in the open. Was it really as simple as "message?" If so, that woman's got skills I need to learn!

In the end, it was pretty confusing how all the suspects and victims tied together. A stalker cop after a woman with one too many screws left and ended up killing him. Somewhere along the way the squad discovered a multi-monikered professor type who was the actual identity thief and caught him, too. Those are some long, complicated work days. Major Crimes gives me a new respect for both police and teamwork. 

A couple of off-topic thoughts.

  • Hey! Did everyone catch the mention of Pope? I forgot he was even involved with the LAPD. It was a nice little reminder, other than the multiple Farmers commercials that play during the show. I wonder when Brenda will get her nod. They must have to pay Kyra Sedgwick too much for even a minor cameo.
  • The case was initially investigated at 3:30 a.m. All of the guys were in suits and ties. Sykes was in a decent pantsuit, but with a jersey shirt. I don't know anything about the real LAPD. Are they really required to dress like that, even when responding to a call in the middle of the night? If so, pretty impressive. Yet, later Flynn was still dressed to the nines and Sharon had on jeans. Confused!
  • Am I the only one who thinks Daniel Dunn looks a lot like the actor who plays Charlie's supposedly dead dad in Revolution? The two actors need to play brothers, if they haven't already.

Next week is the first season finale of Major Crimes. A roaring success for a spin-off that gave many pause, it's been renewed for a second season. Let's all take a moment and clink our glasses - cheers!! 

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

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I'm just now catching up with Major Crimes, thank goodness for DVR's, is it just me but I can not stomach Rusty. Honestly when the story line turns to him I mute my tv and I hope that it will quickly end. Actually I wish that it would have worked out with his dad just so he would leave the show. Besides being to old for the part he is just annoying. Mary McDonnell I'm trying to like her but I'm just not impressed with her acting abilities.

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The first major crime is that a show as terrible as this makes it on TV. The second crime is Mary McDonnell's terrible acting makes this show as terrible as her arrival on The Closer.

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I love this show. I didn't think I would, I thought I'd miss the Closer. But I don't this is much better. I love the Sharon-Rusty story line and hope that all goes well for Rusty from now on. He doesn't need another tragedy, but this is a drama, and you never know what the writers will do.

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I lately found out that I don't have much casual closes, as I mostly buy shirts and trousers for office... So, I guess, you dress up in a suit, if you have to be fast and there are mainly suits in your wardrobe :)

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Carrisa, I really don't "get" your comment - I was married to a detective and obviously knew many others, and depending on their detail, they were dressed like they are on Major Crimes or casual, as on Law and Order SVU - if you remember the original Law and Order and then Law and Order Criminal Intent, the men were always dressed in suits. But who cares? This is a fantastic show, completely stands on its own without having to be compared to The Closer and I am sorry that the season finale is here already.

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Loved this episode...........the show is really great........I am enjoying the development of the relationships with each character and Capt. Raydor.......I really like her character

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Loved how Major Crimes mentioned my hometown of Missoula, Montana! I about fell out of my chair!

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[Note: this is the end of my earlier comment... I guess I went over the character limit, but instead of warning me it cut off the end.]
On another note, I don't really see a resemblance between Ian Bohen and Charlie's dad played by Tim Guinee on Revolution (I'm very curious why you think he might not be dead - her mom, yes, but he seemed pretty dead in his, er, death scene... I'll have to look to see if you reviewed that episode). Well, maybe a little. They do both fall into a certain "type" - soft-spoken yet masculine looking. I definitely saw a resemblance between him and the actor who plays Rusty, though. Really, really good casting there!

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Love the way the relationship between Rusty and Sharon has grown. That hug put a lump in my throat. When I think back to,kyra sedgwick's flawed relationships, this one seemed so much healthier, based on mutual respect and concern. I always loved the original show for its crimes and it's supporting cast. Now I enjoy the heart of the show as well.

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I wish that at least some of the events with Rusty and his "sperm donor" had been onscreen. I would have loved to have seen his fiance and heard how that conversation went down when Rusty explained about his time as a prostitute. It would have been heart-wrenching and horrible, but more interesting and dramatic than the case of the week. As to the character of Daniel, I have to say I thought that the actor who played him, Ian Bohen, did a great job of mirroring the Rusty character to show a family resemblance. From his first scene he consistently reminded me of Rusty in his mannerisms, speech, and attitude. Even though he turned out to be a villain, I thought it was a very good performance. On another note, I don't really see a resemblance between Ian Bohen and Charlie's dad played by Tim Guinee on Revolution (I'm very curious why you think he might not be dead - her mom, yes, but he seemed pretty dead in his, er, death scene... I'll have to look to see if you reviewed that episode). Well, maybe a little. They do both fall into a certain "type" - soft-spoken yet masculine looking. I definitely saw a resemblance between him and the actor who plays Rusty, though. Really, really good casting there!

Major Crimes Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

I'll be spending time in the breakroom and if Mr. Dunn ever shows up, tell him I'm not spending the weekend with him until he learns to tell time!

Rusty

Tao: You'll be surprised to learn Vegas has a lot of scams.
Provenza: Whaaaaaa....?
Tao: Shocking, I know.

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