‘Major Crimes’ season 5, episode 9 review: ‘Family Law’ and Sanchez’s new struggle

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Monday night’s “Major Crimes” certainly takes the cake for having one of the more complicated cases of the season; if nothing else, it is certainly one that forced the likes of Sharon and company to think outside the box to connect a murder to a prostitution ring involving female college students.

We’re not going to pretend that this was our favorite mystery of the season, or even episode for that matter. The entire case felt a little muddy, and not really all that exciting. The father did it, and we feel like we could have just listened to Provenza all along here and we would’ve been just fine.

We found ourselves mostly wanting to move on to some of the other developments, including Andy selling his house or Julio Sanchez try to handle some of his first foster responsibilities. Unfortunately for him, the problem was that he was forced to look after arguably the most racist child in human history. He may have been a little too over-the-top for our liking, even, almost like a cartoon character. We’re not entirely sure why that needed to be sold so hard. Ultimately, Julio’s still trying to give this kid a chance, which further proves his determination.

As for some of Rusty’s actions when it comes to Buzz’s investigation, we get it that he wants to feel useful, and in many ways he is. Yet, sooner or later, doesn’t he have to learn that there are people his actions impact? Sometimes, it does feel like he views them as means to an end for his blog. At least in the end Buzz started to put some partial prints together, and he may be a step closer to getting the answers he so seeks.

In the end, we’d consider this to be an interesting, solid episode in terms of subplots. The main plot just drags it down slightly. Grade: B-.

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