Major Crimes (Season 3)
3.01 – Flight Risk
aired on June 9, 2014
Directed by: David McWhirter | Written by: Michael Alaimo

The team uncovers a family’s secrets when a father and his two young children go missing. Meanwhile, Raydor must trust Rusty when he starts to venture out on his own.
3.02 – Personal Day
aired on June 16, 2014
Directed by: Rick Wallace | Written by: Duppy Demetrius

A self-proclaimed innocent man is found murdered after his release from prison. The seventeen-year-old murder case is reopened. Rusty admits to Raydor his reason for the suspicious visits.
3.03 – Frozen Assets
aired on June 23, 2014
Directed by: Paul McCrane | Written by: Adam Belanoff

The murder of a dog that was left a 20-million-dollar estate by his deceased owner, an heiress, forces the team to suspect foul play in the owner’s death. Wannabe detective Jonathan “Dick Tracy” Baird, the estate caretaker and head of security assists Major Crimes with the case.
3.04 – Letting It Go
aired on June 30, 2014
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Jim Leonard, Damani Johnson

An alleged rapist’s murder prompts an emotional investigation of suspects. Meanwhile, Rusty questions his mother’s motives when he catches her in a lie.
3.05 – Do Not Disturb
aired on July 7, 2014
Directed by: Sheelin Choksey | Written by: Ralph Gifford, Carson Moore

A foreigner is found murdered in his hotel room, and the squad must quickly find the killer before an Indian diplomat’s involvement in the case causes international repercussions. Meanwhile, Rusty must decide on how to share a secret with the squad.
3.06 – Jane Doe #38
aired on July 14, 2014
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Michael Alaimo, Kendall Sherwood

When a young runaway is found murdered in a trash can, the team is doubly tasked with learning her identity and finding her killer. Meanwhile, Raydor and her husband Jack discuss Rusty’s future.
3.07 – Two Options
aired on July 21, 2014
Directed by: Michael M. Robin | Written by: James Duff, Mike Berchem

SWAT officers discover an elderly couple shot dead in their own home. Major Crimes teams up with the Special Operations Bureau (SOB) and FBI Agent Howard to find the killer, who also took hostages from the home. Howard is suggested for consideration as the new Deputy Chief for SOB.
Rusty Beck: Yeah, if… if I ever end up in a box like this, I’d like to know that there’s at least one person out there who’d go look for me.
Sharon Raydor: Oh, I would look for you, and I would find you.
3.08 – Cutting Loose
aired on July 28, 2014
Directed by: Roxann Dawson | Written by: Duppy Demetrius

Lt. Tao has double duty when the star of the failing cop show on which he consults becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a stalker-fan.
3.09 – Sweet Revenge
aired on August 4, 2014
Directed by: David McWhirter | Written by: Adam Belanoff

The team investigates the murder of an entrepreneur with questionable morals and possible mob connections. Meanwhile, Rusty tries to win over Raydor’s son Ricky who comes home to visit, and Fritz Howard prepares to assume command of the Special Operations Bureau.
It’s clear what you’re pointing out. Now I’m pointing out to you… if you don’t develop a little human compassion for this young man who grew up with none of the advantages you took for granted every day of your life, then I’m gonna leave here wondering where I went wrong… as a mother.
3.10 – Zoo Story
aired on August 11, 2014
Directed by: Michael M. Rouibin | Written by: Leo Geter, Jim Leonard

A female police officer, with a physical resemblance to a series of kidnapped girls, is abducted from an under-21 night club. Rusty’s biological mother is arrested for shoplifting and asks Rusty to help bail her out, even if it means returning to his old ways. Newly appointed Deputy Chief Howard suffers a cardiac event and must secretly wear a pacemaker, if he wishes to continue working.
Oh, dear. Allow me to point out you’re the one wearing the blue jumpsuit surrounded by guards and I’m getting up to go home.
3.11 – Down the Drain
aired on November 24, 2014
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Duppy Demetrius

The body of a young, recently pregnant woman is found in a storm drain and it’s discovered that she had been working a surrogacy scam on three families; the team must figure out who murdered her and find the baby. Rusty tries to find a way to tell his mother about his upcoming adoption.
3.12 – Party Foul
aired on December 1, 2014
Directed by: Rick Wallace | Written by: Michael Alaimo

The bloody bodies of a first-year college student and her murdered boyfriend, stabbed with the same pair of scissors, are found in the garage during a raucous, crowded birthday party; Provenza tries to get answers from the girl, in critical condition at the hospital, and her grandmother. Rusty becomes interested in a colleague.
3.13 – Acting Out
aired on December 8, 2014
Directed by: Sheelin Choksey | Written by: Adam Belanoff

A former child star, trying to make his comeback in an indie film, is found dead on the streets, where he was researching his role as an addict. Flynn’s daughter has the wrong idea about her father and Sharon’s relationship.
3.14 – Trial by Fire
aired on December 15, 2014
Directed by: Stacy K. Black | Written by: Ralph Gifford, Carson Moore

Soon after a gang member who killed an innocent boy in a drive-by is found not guilty because a witness was too scared to testify, the accused’s body is found burned in the trunk of his car. The team investigates but must deal with Jack, the lawyer for one suspect, and Deputy Chief Howard’s concerns about a gang war.
The law’s not about right or wrong. It’s about resolving conflicts in a civilized manner. If we want the justice system to work, we have to stand beside it when it doesn’t go our way.
3.15 – Chain Reaction
aired on December 22, 2014
Directed by: David McWhirter | Written by: Kendall Sherwood

One bad Santa takes advantage of a Kris Kringle flashmob right outside to rob a bank; alerted too late, the security guard shoots and kills the wrong Father Christmas in the Claus-chaotic getaway. Rusty’s uneasy about Sharon’s son and daughter, home for the holidays, keeping a secret from her.
3.16 – Leap of Faith
aired on December 29, 2014
Directed by: Jon Tenney | Written by: Damani Johnson

After Flynn stops a man from jumping off an overpass, he discovers the body of a girl with autism under a tarp in the back of the man’s truck and the team learns that he’s a registered sex offender. Rusty is asked to write a victim impact statement.
3.17 – Internal Affairs
aired on January 5, 2015
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway | Written by: Michael Alaimo

Just hours after Sanchez attacks his mother’s caregiver, believing he stole from her, the man is found dead. As Sharon does her best to help Sanchez with Internal Affairs, Rusty finds Jack drunk at her condo.
3.18 – Special Master (Part One)
aired on January 12, 2015
Directed by: Steve Robin | Written by: Mike Berchem, Ralph Gifford, Carson Moore

Philip Stroh, via his special master (who ensures the former lawyer is not breaching past attorney-client privilege), arranges for a new deal by telling DDA Rios that three women will soon die. After the first is found dead in a burned-down house, the team tries to uncover who the next will be and how Stroh knows about these murders even as Rusty, per a term in the new deal, must endure an interview with Stroh.
Do not try and do our job for us. Don’t ask questions. Don’t try and engage in dialogue about this case. If you feel concerned for your safety, you walk out that room. Stroh is really smart. He will try to manipulate you. He will try to make you feel small and unimportant. Do not let him talk you into crossing over to his side of the room.
3.19 – Special Master (Part Two)
aired on January 12, 2015
Directed by: Leo Geter | Written by: Mike Berchem, Leo Geter, Jim Leonard

After the team barely escapes a house rigged to go up in flames, their search for the serial rapist and murderer they dub “Burning Man” narrows when Sharon realizes that Philip Stroh hasn’t been communicating with the culprit but has detected the pattern of his killings, numbering at least 15 over 12 years. With the LAPD spread thin searching for Burning Man, Stroh kills the Special Master and escapes. Julio catches Burning Man, then ignores commands to stop beating.