Major Crimes Season 3 Press Release and Episode Synopses

2.13-72-flynn hobbs raydor sanchezTNT has revealed the title and descriptions of the first three episodes of Major Crimes season 3, as well as upcoming guest star casting information and we have your first look at what’s coming up for the Major Crimes Division. 

Jon Tenney, Tom Berenger, Bill Brochtrup and Malcolm-Jamal WarnerReturning to Guest-Star in Season Three of TNT’s Major Crimes

Top 10 Cable Drama Also Set to Feature Andrew Daly, Azita Ghanizada, and Recurring Guest Stars Kathe Mazur and Ransford Doherty

TNT‘s hit drama Major Crimes will welcome back several recurring guest stars when the show returns for its third season this summer, including Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Jon Tenney (The Closer, Scandal), Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Tom Berenger (Platoon, Hatfields & McCoys), Screen Actors Guild Award® nominee Bill Brochtrup (NYPD Blue, Shameless), and Emmy® nominee and Image Award winner Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show, Malcolm & Eddie). The roster for season three also includes recurring guest stars Ransford Doherty (The Closer, Caribe Road) and Kathe Mazur (The Closer, Alias); Andrew Daly (Silicon Valley), reprising a role he played on The Closer, and Azita Ghanizada (Alphas, X’s & O’s). Major Crimes, which is slated to kick off its third season on Monday, June 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), is headed by Oscar® and Emmy® nominee Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Graham Patrick Martin, Jonathan Del Arco with Robert Gossett.

Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. In the series, McDonnell stars as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, who heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes. Her team of investigators includes G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes and Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson. Robert Gossett plays Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, Raydor’s boss, while Jonathan Del Arco plays Dr. Morales, the medical examiner. And Graham Patrick Martin is Rusty Beck, a formerly homeless teen who has been taken in by Raydor.

This summer on Major Crimes, Jon Tenney will return as Agent Fritz Howard, who serves as the main liaison between the LAPD and the FBI. He also happens to be the husband of the former head of the squad, Brenda Leigh Johnson. Tom Berenger will be back as Jack Raydor, Capt. Raydor’s estranged but endearing husband who doesn’t always play by the rules. Bill Brochtrup will return as Dr. Joe Bowman, Rusty’s therapist who used chess as a way to get through to his client. And Malcolm-Jamal Warner will be back as Lt. Chuck Cooper, an undercover officer who helped hunt down a killer who targeted Rusty.

Ransford Doherty will return this season as Coroner’s Investigator Kendall, who often handles the initial crime-scene examinations of victims in the squad’s cases. And Kathe Mazur will be back as DDA Andrea Hobbs, the no-nonsense prosecutor who handles the legal side of the squad’s cases. Also this summer, Andrew Daly will return as Richard “Dick” Tracy, the eager wannabe detective he originally played in the fifth season of The Closer. And Azita Ghanizada will play Angela Soames, who works for a potentially shady cryogenic facility.

Cases the squad will be called upon to investigate in season three of Major Crimes include the disappearance of two kids and their father, the death of the defendant in a rape trial and a complex case involving arranged marriages and diplomatic immunity. In addition, one of Sanchez’s old cases will resurface when it turns out a man he put away for manslaughter might be innocent. And Provenza and Flynn will be drawn to a ritzy estate to investigate the murder of a dog, but they’re going to have to solve the case with unwanted help from an amateur sleuth they’ve encountered before. On the home front, Sharon Raydor will try to help Rusty put his turbulent past behind him, a goal made far more difficult when a member of the young man’s biological family returns, threatening Rusty’s hard-won stability.

 TNT’s Major Crimes launched in 2012 and finished its first season ranking as basic cable’s #1 new series of the year. In 2013, the drama was one of basic cable’s Top 10 series of the year, averaging 6.8 million viewers for its second season. Among key demos, Major Crimes drew more than 2.1 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million adults 18-49 in season two.

Created by James Duff, Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television. Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter serve as executive producers.


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Major Crimes- Winter Season Episode Descriptions

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Winter Episode Descriptions

“Pick Your Poison” – Monday, Nov. 25, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
After a bad batch of drugs claims the lives of two brothers, the race is on for the squad to find the dealer before more of their fellow high school students are threatened. Feeling smothered by his new around-the-clock security detail, Rusty faces a big decision.

Directed by Steve Robin
Written by Jim Leonard
Created by James Duff

“Jailbait” – Monday, Dec. 2, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-14-DLV
When a newly released prisoner misses two back-to-back parole meetings, the squad is called in to track him down after the suspect’s therapist expresses concerns over his mental state.  Meanwhile, Sharon invites therapist, Dr. Joe Bowman (guest star Bill Brochtrup), to the office to evaluate Rusty over a game of chess. Esai Morales also guest stars.

Directed by Michael M. Robin
Written by Ralph Gifford & Carson Moore
Created by James Duff

“All In” – Monday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) –TV-14-DLV
When a body turns up at a posh country club in a quiet neighborhood, the squad’s investigation leads them down a money trail full of surprises. Flynn is noticeably distracted on the job, and Emma’s actions have Rusty questioning her intentions, causing him to distrust her even more.

Directed by Anthony Hemingway
Written by James Duff & Mike Berchem
Created by James Duff

“Curve Ball” – Monday, Dec. 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Christmas vacation is interrupted for the Major Crimes Division when a baseball scout is found dead in his RV. The squad works through the murder case, unfolding a complicated kidnapping scheme. Meanwhile, Rusty opens up to Dr. Joe (guest star Bill Brochtrup) about his mom.

Directed by Jon Tenney
Written by Michael Alaimo
Created by James Duff

“Risk Assessment” – Monday, Dec. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
When a well-off graduate student gets shot to death in a gang-riddled neighborhood, the Major Crimes Division must work with the FBI, including Fritz Howard (guest star Jon Tenney) to find his killer. Throughout the investigation, it is revealed how each member of the unit became interested in joining the police force.

Directed by Stacey K. Black
Written by Duppy Demetrius
Created by James Duff

“Year-End Blowout” – Monday, Dec. 30, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

A year-end blowout sale becomes literal for a used-car lot after one of its owners is killed when a bomb explodes. While the squad tries to find who is responsible, Rusty dons a bullet-proof vest under the watchful eye of Lt. Chuck Cooper (guest star Malcolm-Jamal Warner), a SIS (Special Investigation Section) supervisor, in an attempt to catch the person responsible for threatening his and Sharon’s life.

Directed by David McWhirter
Written by Leo Geter & Ralph Gifford & Carson Moore
Created by James Duff

“Return to Sender” – Monday, Jan. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The squad must work quickly to track down a serial killer before he strikes again. Meanwhile, things get dangerous over a game of chess.  Malcolm-Jamal Warner guest stars.

Directed by Rick Wallace
Written by Michael Alaimo
Created by James Duff

“Return to Sender Part 2″ – Monday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The Major Crimes unit draws closer to finding a dangerous serial killer.  Rusty faces his biggest challenge yet when he bravely takes the stand against Phillip Stroh. Complicating the case further, the team goes head to head with Linda Rothman (guest star Jeri Ryan) a tough, powerful attorney who doesn’t let morals stand in her way of winning a case.  Jon Tenney also guest stars.

Directed by James Duff
Written by Adam Belanoff
Created by James Duff


Season 1:
(Click on the title for more information and photo galleries for each episode)

101- Reloaded
102- Before and After
103- Medical Causes
104- The Ecstasy and the Agony
105- Citizen’s Arrest
106- Out of Bounds
107- The Shame Game
108- Dismissed With Prejudice
109- Cheaters Never Prosper
110- Long Shot

Season 2: 

201- Final Cut
202- False Pretenses
203- Under the Influence
204- I, Witness
205- D.O.A.
206- Boys Will Be Boys
207- Rules of Engagement
208- The Deep End
209- There’s No Place Like Home
210- Backfire
211- Poster Boy
212- Pick Your Poison

213- Jailbait
214- All In
215- Curve Ball
216- Risk Assessment
217- Year-End Blowout
218- Return to Sender, Part 1
219- Return to Sender, Part 2

Season 3:

301- Flight Risk
302- Personal Day
303- Frozen Assets
304- Letting It Go
305- Do Not Disturb
306- Jane Doe #38
307- Two Options
308- Cutting Loose
309- Sweet Revenge
310- Zoo Story
311-  Down the Drain
312- Party Foul
313- Acting Out
314- Trial by Fire
315- Chain Reaction
316- Leap of Faith
317- Internal Affairs
318- Special Master, Pt 1
319- Special Master, Pt 2

Season 4

401- A Rose is a Rose
402- Sorry I Missed You
403- Open Line
404- Turn Down
405- Snitch
406- Personal Effects
407- Targets of Opportunity
408- Hostage of Fortune
409- Wish You Were Here
410- Fifth Dynasty
411- Four of a Kind
412- Blackout
413- Reality Check
414- Taking the Fall
415- Jumping Off Point