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This episode of Major Crimes was an action packed thriller showing the LAPD's various units and our favorite FBI agent doing what they do best. And, could a spin-off to this spin-off be in the works?

The episode begins with the discovery of an elderly couple dead in their home, shot execution style. A neighbor tells the detectives that the couple's grandchildren were visiting. So begins a hunt for the missing children. Are the children's widowed mother and her boyfriend involved, or are they victims?

We see not only the Major Crimes Unit, but other agencies of the LAPD working together as a well-oiled machine. The viewer is right there with the first-responders as the SWAT team searches the house, knowing that a killer may be behind the next door. (Or maybe it's just a cat closed in the bedroom.)

Back at the station, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) is working with the Chief of Police (Robet Gossett), FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) and a new face, Deputy Director Ann McGinnis of the Strategic Operation Bureau (SOB), played by Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead).

SOB brings all their tech toys to the game and Buzz (Phillip P. Keene) sets up a command center to rival the White House War Room. While the higher-ups lead from the command center, the Major Crimes Detectives, SOB officers, and SIS (Special Investigation Section) supervisor Chuck Cooper (played by the wonderful Malcolm-Jamal Warner), are all on the field getting the job done.

I won't give away the plot twist or the ending, but know that everybody has their job to do and does it well. From the police officer in a helicopter directing the officers on the ground, to Det. Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz) who saves the day with the help of an ice cream man. Even Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) has the important job of holding the stinky, angry cat as Tau (Michael Paul Chan) scans it for a microchip that will break the case.

The only part of the team who came out looking bad was the DA's office. DDA Gloria Lim (Lindsay Price) was more concerned about liability than catching the killer.

Near the end of the episode Chief Taylor tries to talk Agent Howard into retiring from the FBI and becoming Director of SOB, working with Deputy Director McGinnis. Fritz turns him down, explaining that his wife, Brenda, has accepted a job in Washington D.C. and he plans to transfer there. Still, the door is open. Could this mean that Jon Tenney may be joining the cast of Major Crimes full-time? Or maybe "Two Options" was a back-door pilot for Major Crimes: S.O.B.

If this episode was any indication of what the new show will be like, I'll be watching.

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Jul 29, 2014
Now that's how you negotiate in a hostage situation, was amazed to see simple common sense in a modern series.
Jul 27, 2014
This was one of the best episodes yet. Great to see Jon Tenney again. Love his character. He seemed to have more backbone this time.
Also good to see Laurie Holden. Miss her since her untimely death on Walking Dead. And sorry if that was a spoiler, you need to get netflix and get off your bottom.
I would like to see a spin off! SOB has some great toys.
Jul 27, 2014
The spin-off was announced back in May (http://www.tv.com/shows/major-crimes/community/post/tnt-major-crimes-spinoff-140062059423/) - with episode 7 being identified as the back-door pilot.
Jul 26, 2014
Am I the only one that enjoys this show? Pretty good throwaway show for those sleepless nights.
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