Major Crimes: Letting It Go
June 30, 2014 9:09 PM - Season 3, Episode 4 - Subscribe

The violent murder of an alleged rapist gives the squad the emotional task of questioning possible suspects. Meanwhile, Rusty begins to question his mother's motives as he catches her in a lie.
posted by oh yeah! (2 comments total)
We paused a couple of times just to catch a breath watching that. The Rusty scenes were wonderful, and the actress playing his mom was really good at the abrupt turns and cruelty and seemingly-true emotional affection. I like that they didn't spell out all the implications of what his mother said, or show Rusty discussing that with Sharon, just gave the scenes room to breathe.

Ditto for the last scene not resolving the question of whether Sykes got the confession or they let the case hang.
posted by viggorlijah at 12:51 AM on July 1, 2014

Yeah, I had to skip ahead of episodes 2 & 3 to get this one submitted (copied the summary from, meant to delete the 'alleged', sorry), because, holy fuck the Rusty & his Mom scenes were gut-wrenching. The case-of-the-week was awful too, but I don't know what there is to say about it and I'm kinda burnt out on misogyny for the week thanks to SCOTUS.

But that last scene at rehab. The way she turned his own words against him, the way she tried to blame her addiction on him. So awful, and so clear that this was the pattern of their relationship - her bouncing back and forth between being cruel and being loving, and Randy always doing everything he could to get Nice Mom back.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:44 AM on July 1, 2014

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