We have certainly seen Sharon and the team on “Major Crimes” tackle many a difficult case before, but there was something about Monday night’s new episode entitled “Foreign Affairs” that was different. It had a different scale beyond just the city of Los Angeles, and it explored not just potential issues of terrorism, but also the complicated way in which you classify cases and how much caution needs to be taken.
The first challenge was simply that you were dealing with a vast crime scene in this case, and dealing with that environment proved to be difficult. Meanwhile, Sharon and the team also had to take on the bureaucracy of it all and that sometimes, it really is better to work independently of an organization like the FBI. We assume that many out there were not too surprised to see her utilize a little bit of trickery at one point with the FBI to get what she felt she needed to get the job done.
In terms of guest stars, the big winner tonight is of course Jon Tenney, who is really welcome on this show in our mind anytime he wants to do it.That’s also why we are bummed that the once-discussed spin-off never quite materialized.
Aside from this case, the most intriguing subplot tonight came courtesy of Rusty, who is trying to deal still with the news that his mother is having another child. He did the right thing in seeking out help, but at the same time these discussions didn’t go in the way we thought they would. We know that there are some out there who don’t enjoy the Rusty storylines as much as others, but we felt like this was one especially important to show that just because his life is in some ways better than it once was, those scars still remain. They don’t go away, and this was as a result powerful stuff.
In the end, we appreciated the scale and the stakes this week enough that we’ll remember “Foreign Affairs.” Sometimes with an episode early in the season, that is all you can ask. Grade: B+.
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