Major Crimes starts with the nightmare scene of a large SUV swerving in traffic before crashing into a crowd of people waiting to get into a club. Video footage from bystander’s phones show the driver stumbling out of the car and being beaten by the crowd before a bouncer stops it. Provenza (G. W. Bailey) tells Buzz (Phillip Keane) to stop the video. He asks if the paramedics smelled any alcohol on the driver’s breath, but that seems a no go. There is a handbag in the car, but it’s zipped. Flynn (Tony Denison) suggests that maybe it spilled its contents in the crash, but as three people were killed and nine were injured, Provenza says they should do things by the book and declare dÃ©tente with Raydor (Mary McDonnell) considering the seriousness of the case.
Provenza decides that he, Tao (Michael Paul Chan) and Sykes (Kearran Giovanni) will deliver the bad news to the families. No one looks thrilled. Flynn gets a warrant and Sanchez (Raymond Cruz) and Buzz go to the hospital.
Flynn arrives at the hospital with the warrant and the bag and he and Sanchez go through it. They discover the driver is Dr. Leslie Nolan. There are no drugs nor alcohol in the bag. Raydor arrives with Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) in tow. Rusty is unhappy about being up at 6 in the morning, but no one cares. Raydor and Sanchez go into talk to Leslie.
Leslie has no idea what happened. She says she doesn’t remember anything after getting her car from the valet after leaving her boyfriend. As they are pressing her, the door opens. It’s her boyfriend Tom (Gil McKinney) and the lawyer he hired for her (Erich Anderson).
The hospital somehow screwed up the blood work, and now it’s been several hours since the accident. Raydor has them do it anyway and to do a tox screen as well.
While all this is going on, Raydor expects a call from the Reno P.D. about Rusty’s mom. The call comes through. Rusty is ecstatic to finally talk to his mom. Before she can come back, she demands $500 for the ticket and to pay back her boyfriend, the one for whom she abandoned Rusty in the first place. Buzz starts a collection because he never wants to babysit Rusty again. Everyone pitches in. Rusty is so happy and tells Raydor that he and his mom will absolute pay them back. Flynn is going to pick the mom up and take her and Rusty out to dinner. Raydor has to tell Rusty that he won’t be able to live with his mom right away because of the abandonment. He’s upset, but there’s not much to be done. He’s very grateful his mom has been found. He leaves the school application Raydor had him filling out since he won’t need it now.
After going through Leslie’s phone, the squad calls in her new boss (David Starzyk). The doctor is all sorts of sleazy as Sykes finds out when she discovers that he has had a couple of sexual harassment claims against him, but he clams up after telling them that his relationship with Leslie was strictly professional.
Tom comes in to tell them that Leslie only had one drink, but the bill shows six drinks. He tells them that he bought the couple next to them drinks and that he might have ordered one more for her, but she didn’t drink it.
The blood work comes in and Leslie had Ambien and Vicodin in her blood. Based on that, they get a warrant for all her prescriptions and it turns out that she prescribed a lot of Ambien and Vicodin and the like. They are all phoned in and paid for with cash. A fourth victim dies from his injuries.
Raydor brings that to Leslie and the DDA (Anthony Ruivivar) is involved. They want to offer manslaughter. Leslie is shocked. She tells her attorney she wants to tell them what happened.
Tom comes to the hospital and they tell him that Leslie wasn’t having an affair and that she’s taking a plea deal. He rushes into her room and asks her what is going on. Raydor walks away and goes to another room. They set up a camera in Leslie’s room. Tom phoned in the prescriptions. He has all the drugs in his locker at the club where he is a pro. He also drugged Leslie so that she would fail her mandatory drug test the morning after they had drinks. He thought he was losing her and crazily drugged her to prevent that from happening. Instead he killed four people. Leslie is sickened. She screams at Tom. He tries to strangle her, but Sykes runs in and clocks him.
Flynn waits with Rusty for the bus to come in. The bus does, but no mom. It turns out that she got off in Bakersfield and that her boyfriend picked her up. Flynn turns back to Rusty but he’s gone. Back at headquarters, Provenza tells Raydor that he and Flynn will stay until Rusty has been found. Flynn apologizes, but Raydor hushes him, telling him that he’s not to blame. She tells everyone good job on the case and leaves.
She seems very fragile. When she gets home she turns on the lights and goes to the kitchen to grab some wine. She is startled when Rusty pops up to say she’s late. He’s filled out the applications. He doesn’t want to talk about his mom. Raydor asks him why he ran from Flynn. He tells her he doesn’t cry in front of people. Raydor calls Provenza to tell him that Rusty came home. The show is a little heavy handed trying to show that there’s a reason for Raydor and Rusty. So far it’s not that successful. McDonnell is a great actress but the show is really rushing all this.
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