Created by: James Duff
Directed by: Michael M. Robin, David McWhirter, Steve Robin, Rick Wallace
Written by: James Duff, Kendall Sherwood
Produced by: James Duff, Michael M. Robin
Other cast: Tony Denison, G.W. Bailey, Graham Patrick Martin, Michael Paul Chan, Phillip P. Keene, Kearran Giovanni, Raymond Cruz, Jonathan Del Arco, Robert Gossett
Premiere date: August 13, 2012
Episodes: Appeared in all episodes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Running time: 42 min
Following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson from the Los Angeles Police Department, Captain Sharon Raydor is selected as the new head of its Major Crimes Division.
→ Major Crimes. Major Convictions.
→ Leading with convictions.
→ Spin-off from The Closer, in which McDonnell played as guest actor and then in a recurring role as Captain Sharon Raydor.
→ Lieutenant Chuck Cooper is played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner. He and McDonnell previously worked together in Three Ways Home.
→ Among the many guest stars on the show, in episode 4×03, we meet Jamie Bamber in the role of Malcolm Rich. He and McDonnell played in Battlestar Galactica together.
♦ 1×01 – Reloaded
I put a murderer away for life in less than 48 hours, which is not the usual routine around here; so, yes, I feel excellent. Thank you for asking.
♦ 1×04 – The Ecstasy and the Agony
Right now, you’ll be a stranger no matter where you go. The longer you avoid sticking in one place, the harder it’ll get.
♦ 1×09 – Cheaters never prosper
We are past the apology stage of our relationship with Mr. Dunn, and we have moved on to the “please don’t let me drive over to his house and shoot him in the head” phase.
♦ 1×10 – Long Shot
If it’s any comfort to you, Daniel, yesterday I was reminded just how much good fathers are willing to sacrifice for their children. You’re not cut out for the job.
♦ 2×01 – Final Cut
One of the nice things about me, D.D.A. Rios, is that when I’m really unhappy about something, people never have to ask.
♦ 2×05 – D.O.A.
A man can change his face, he can change his name, but changing your nature is very hard. And changing your fingerprints is next to impossible.
♦ 2×07 – Rules of Engagement
You are the one who takes this relationship for granted, Jack. As you’re about to see.
♦ 2×08 – The Deep End
That is MORE than enough. There is no pressure from me to do anything else except be kind and be safe.
♦ 2×10 – Backfire
And I am sure that Chief Johnson could have done that, too. On the other hand, she never would’ve reported to you, and as it so happens, I intend to begin our second investigation by following through on this 911 call.
♦ 2×11 – Poster Boy
[Rusty finds Raydor holding his stash of blackmail letters] Whatever happens next… know I love you.
♦ 2×13 – Jailbait
No, neither did I, but then I had to keep reliving the experience in depositions and in pretrial hearings and in court, because the justice system puts extraordinary pressure on witnesses. And it’s so unfair, because the victim and the witnesses and the officers have to relive the crime again and again until they tell their story in open court, and even then you may not be done, because the trauma of being a witness can revisit you again and again, long after you thought it was over. And when one is subjected to that kind of pain, sometimes a doctor can help – but you’re not in therapy. You’re just being evaluated.
♦ 2×16 – Risk Assessment
Oh, I had no intention of being a police officer. I only took this job so that I could help pay Jack’s way through law school, then Jack was gonna help pay my way through law school, mm-mm. Hm.
And then I got pregnant, then I got pregnant again, and then… and then Jack left, and to be entirely honest with you, by then I liked the law a lot better than I liked the lawyers. And then there’s the idea of saving people from bad things. I liked that, too.
♦ 2×18 – Return To Sender Part 1
This is not a negotiation, Lieutenant Cooper. I want to hear what’s going on; otherwise, this undercover operation will be suspended and we will go back to a much more visible security detail.
♦ 2×19 – Return to sender Part 2
Rusty, what you are… is who I love, and all of you is coming home.
♦ 3×07 -Two Options
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.
♦ 3×09 – Sweet Revenge
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
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.
♦ 3×14 – Trial by Fire
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.
♦ 3×18 – Special Master: Part One
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.
♦ 4×12 – Blackout
Well, don’t give up hope, Jack. Maybe when you learn to do your job as well as we do ours, these things might stop happening to you.
♦ 4×21 – Hindsight, Part 3
Buzz Watson: How do people stay married when they don’t get along like this?
Sharon Raydor: I asked myself that for years.
♦ 4×22 – Hindsight, Part 4
What do you think would be worse for me? Getting rid of the person who is threatening you, or finding out too late…
♦ 5×03 – Foreign Affairs
Not being wrong is not the same as being right.
♦ 5×12 – White Lies Part 2
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been three weeks since my last confession, and in that time, I have lied four times. And I-I’ve begun cohabitating with a man to whom I am not married. […] I committed a mortal sin. I killed a man. The Bible says, “Thou shalt not kill.” There is no guilt. There is no remorse. There is no compassion for his soul.
♦ 5×13 – White Lies Part 3
Rusty Thomas Beck, you are not supposed to be following murderers around.
In Mary’s words…
I think that we all have an antagonist and a protagonist in us at any moment. And quite often we will be perceived as an antagonist by others, but they’re only seeing us at a very specific moment in our lives, or seeing a specific action. They don’t know us at all. And we’re very quick to judge people. I wanted the opportunity to take “Darth Raydor,” as the characters called her, and open her up so people would go: “You know what, I was pretty quick to judge that woman and I didn’t know a thing about her.” And that’s what happened. And I’m thrilled with that. [from “A conversation with Mary McDonnell” by K. Tempest Bradford]