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The PHD finds themselves in the middle of a Hollywood-type case when they are forced to deal with a man who claims to have murdered seven people, but who refuses to identify himself.
Progress in Brenda's personal life comes in the form of house-hunting with Fritz.
Brenda's team gets a new name, the Major Crimes Division, as they try to stop terrorism which seems to have started with the death of a teen. The MCD finds that this case is way too close to home.
Provenza plays the role of a hit man, going undercover to get to the bottom of a murder for hire. Things quickly spiral out of control when the contract victim turns up dead and the evidence is stolen with Provenza's car. The team must act quickly to figure out what happened to save Provenza and his job.
When the bodies of two women are discovered, the homicides contain the hallmarks of a well-known serial killer, who murders three times, branding his victims in the order they are killed. Now the PHD is up against the clock as the comb the beachfront in order to save another woman's life.
Meanwhile, Brenda learns her preliminary diagnosis, which results in a surprising response from Fritz.
When a PHD member's loved one is shot and killed, the entire team takes it up a notch to solve the crime before the team member does.
Meanwhile, Brenda must tame her temper when her nemesis, reporter Ricardo Ramos, accuses the PHD of working only on high-profile cases.
Once again, the PHD finds themselves wading through suspects in the murder of the star witness in a capital punishment case.
When Estelle, Pope's angry ex-wife, spills the beans about Brenda to her team, Fritz begins to wonder how she really feels.
Season Premiere. Originally called in to assist with crowd control in a burned out Griffith Park, Brenda and the PHD switch gears and take control of a murder investigation when a woman's body is discovered amid the chaos.
The temperature is rising in Brenda's personal life as she and Fritz get under each other's skin while living temporarily in the close quarters of an apartment.
Season Finale. Brenda and Fritz have a hard time agreeing who is in charge when an informant's wife and an FBI agent are both murdered. Brenda discovers that she and the PHD must work quickly when the leading witness in the case is scheduled to testify against a powerful mobster.
When the killer's identity is uncovered, the PHD finds themselves under attack; an attack that takes someone down.
Things are not as they seem when Brenda and the team investigate the accidental murders of three college students caught in the middle of a gang shootout.
Brenda must also continue her attempts at keeping her relationship with Fritz under wraps while her mother remains in town.
Brenda finds herself involved in a cover-up of her own when she helps the PHD investigate a non-priority case. Why? Because the deceased woman was found in Provenza's garage.
Once again, the team finds themselves racing against the clock before the LAPD brass discovers what they're up to. Will Brenda be able to protect her team and their hard-earned trust?
The funeral of an former police colleague of Flynn and Provenza takes an unexpected turn when the casket is dropped, revealing not only their friend's body, but that of a nude, blonde woman, about whom Flynn and Provenza might know more than they realize. As Brenda investigates, she must also tangle with an irate bride who believes Brenda ruined her wedding.
Brenda and Fritz' efforts to find a house gain momentum.
After shooting a serial killer, Brenda is removed from active duty by the department psychiatrist. Instead, Brenda must take a journalist doing a story on the LAPD on a ride-along that turns deadly when the car she is in becomes the target in a shooting. As the key witness to the incident, Brenda must solve her own case while tolerating unwanted round-the-clock police protection.
Meanwhile, Brenda's parents come for a visit, and Fritz meets Brenda's father for the first time. But Brenda's not sure she wants to share one important piece of news with him just yet.
In another brush with fame, Brenda and the team must investigate the movie set murder of a hairdresser.
In the meantime, Brenda tries to get her parents out of her hair when they come to town and work her into a lather over her yet-to-be-planned wedding.
The third season opens with a 3:00am roll-out that sends the PHD to the scene of the brutal triple murder of a couple and their preteen daughter. As the team processes the crime scene, they discovery the couple's teenaged son, Eric, still alive and on drugs in the attic. At first Eric seems to be their likely suspect but, as the investigation proceeds, the dead man's mysterious business partner, a psychologist named Dr. Reichter and his connection to Eric's father may hold the key.
Meanwhile, a financial crisis in the LAPD forces Brenda to face the loss of a detective. At home, Fritz tires of having no place for his belongings and decides he and Brenda should get a bigger house. When Brenda resists, he finds a creative way to make his point.
When a juror in the trial of an infamous mobster is found dead, Brenda and the Priority Homicide Division find that their involvement in solving the case may be affecting the jury's final decision.
Complicating her personal life, Brenda faces another new challenge: a surprise visit from her mother.
Special Episode. Glad to be back with her team, Brenda focuses on finding a terrorist-linked suspect. Working with the CIA, who also wants their hands on this suspect, Brenda realizes that she was given false information, and wonders if she's been set up.
To prevent herself and the PHD from falling prey to a sinister plan, Brenda must untangle a web of lies to determine who she can trust - before it's too late.
When a girl is found dead of a suspicious suicide, the well-connected classmate previously accused of raping her immediately catches Brenda's attention. As the team digs for the truth, they uncover some disturbing skeletons in the school's closet.
Brenda must decide how to handle a missing teen case when the evidence brings to light his tumultuous past. The deeper the PHD gets into the case, the more sinister is becomes, making everyone wonder if the potentially murdered boy may himself be a murderer.
Brenda and the PHD investigate the murder of a personal trainer in a restaurant parking lot. Their prime suspect is the possessive, short-tempered husband of the woman with whom the victim was involved. Complicating the investigation: their only witness is the restaurant's frightened parking valet, who has OCD.
At the same time, Pope's budget constraints means the PHD must complete anti-terrorism training in order to receive additional funding from the federal government. This makes work a challenge when they must all don haz-mat suits and simulate an emergency drill.
When the drowned bodies of a mother and daughter are found by fishermen, Brenda and the team must determine if the apparent suicides are more than that. Following a strange coil of discoveries, the most surprising revelation that surfaces is one about the killer.
Brenda again tangles with Times reporter Ricardo Ramos when he manages to scoop the murder of a man wearing a hidden wire. Adding another twist to the case, the victim was investigating a drug ring which blurs the line of jurisdiction between Brenda's PHD and Fritz's FBI.
Season Premiere. Things don't add up when an LA cop turns up dead. Brenda and her team race against the clock to get to the truth, while tension increases between the Priority Homicide Division and the Robbery-Homicide Division.
In the meantime, Brenda's relationship with Fritz elevates to a whole new level.
When a few body parts of an "adult film" star are found in a dumpster, Brenda and the team must scramble for more pieces to solve this puzzle. Once they begin putting things together, the suspect list seems to get longer.
Adding more questions to her life, Brenda also finds herself making a potentially life-altering discovery.
Still experiencing the strain of her case, Brenda finds herself under another time crunch when she must disprove a questionable alibi within 48 hours to prevent the investigation from falling flat.
As Brenda searches for the truth in her case, she discovers some inside information that may have an unfortunate effect on her relationship with Fritz.
Leaving the scene of an accident to get to a multiple homicide scene, Brenda finds herself unable to drive the streets of L.A. which she worked so hard to learn.
Once she gets to the crime scene, she and the Priority Homicide Division are faced with another challenge: the murdered bodies are nowhere to be found. In order to solve this case, they must first search for the victims before they can hunt for the killer.
Brenda faces a potential mess when the bodies of two south-of-the-border detectives are found dead in the back of a truck.
Brenda and the team must determine if a murder was revenge or mere coincidence when a recently released murderer turns up dead, the victim of a hit-and-run.
As usual, Brenda's personal life isn't much better: she must deal with a recently incapacitated Fritz.
When Provenza's card is found on the body of a missing teenaged gang member, it appears the boy may have tried to contact Provenza about a shooting, but disappeared before he could. As a result, Brenda soon put a priest, whose life's work centers on reforming teens involved with gangs, in the middle of her investigation, and finds he has an unexpected defender: Sgt. Gabriel.
Back at home, Brenda must now deal with her father, who knows that she and Fritz are living together.
When a young boy blames himself for the death of his friend, Brenda must tread lightly to get to the bottom of the case. Complicating matters is the deceased child's mother, who offers up accusations of her own.
Brenda and the team find themselves wading through a long list of suspects when a celebrity photographer takes a fatal fall from his hotel room balcony. Once the cause of death is determined, the motive points to a big time actor with something to hide.
In the meantime, Brenda starts to feel like Fritz is behaving strangely, making her realize that superstars may not be the only ones who have secrets to keep.
Brenda and the FBI battle for jurisdiction over a case when a woman is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The woman, an accountant for the Department of Homeland Security, was in Los Angeles to run an audit on the LAPD. She is found without her encrypted cell phone and laptop, making the case the FBI's but Brenda and her team want to keep the case in the PHD.
The PHD must deal with a case of mistaken identity in order to get to the bottom of an investigation.
While they're busy with the case, Brenda is involved in a different case: Pope's divorce. After being called to testify, Brenda finds that both her career and reputation are on the line.
Racing against the clock, Brenda and the PHD search for a missing 8-year-old girl who disappeared before making it home from school.
While concentrating on a sex predator, Gabriel takes drastic action to solve the case, putting his career and the investigation on the line.
Special Episode. Resulting from the showdown in the murder room, Brenda finds herself taking some involuntary time off. When she is asked to help a friend solve a murder that is linked to a terrorist group, Brenda works to find the killer and still keep it under wraps.
Meanwhile, Commander Taylor jumps at the chance to break apart the PHD while Brenda is away.
Brenda and the PHD investigate a high-profile case when a woman is brutally murdered at L.A.'s trendiest restaurant.
On the home front, Brenda tries to keep a low profile as she closes in on her 40th birthday.
Brenda and the team get involved in a seemingly simple case when the Medical Examiner believes that a suicide is actually homicide.
Brenda's home life is complicated once again when her parents visit, this time pushing for a wedding date.
Gang tensions run high when two Latino gang members are murdered. Making the PHD's case more difficult is one victim's cousin who takes on the role of vigilante when he suspects the murderer is from an African-American gang. Can the PHD solve the crime before an all-out gang war results?
Adding to Brenda's stress are her continuing health problems.
When a Chinese woman who owns a tour company escorting a group of Chinese diplomats is found murdered in one of her own tour busses, Brenda and the team must examine the woman's business practices in their search for the killer.
Also, with Brenda back at work, it's Fritz' job to entertain her parents, and that includes a visit to Parker Center.
Brenda and the PHD are under the microscope while getting to the bottom of a case involving a high-profile divorce attorney who was found dead in his swimming pool.
Brenda and Fritz are still learning to combine their lives and find trouble combining their finances when Brenda uncovers a secret that may make her think twice about moving forward.
Brenda finds an opportunity to visit home when she attempts to track down a witness who disappears to Atlanta. Unfortunately, once she finds the witness, her holidays with family take on a whole new meaning.
Returning to L.A. proves to be a challenge when Brenda's witness remains hesitant, causing her to be creative.
The fallout leaves Brenda's parents picking up the pieces while Fritz becomes buried underneath all the stress.
Brenda and her squad are asked to investigate the disappearance of the nanny of the Diskins, close friends of the mayor. When the nanny turns up raped and murdered, suspicion initially falls on the mayor's friends.
Meanwhile Capt. Raydor, who is questioning Brenda in embarrassing detail about her history with Chief Pope, ostensibly as background for his application for Chief of Police, joins Brenda in the investigation shadowing her every move, but her deep interest seems unusual.moreless
While extraditing a prisoner on a flight, Lieutenants Flynn and Provenza connect with two flight attendants. When Provenza returns to his date's apartment, instead of romance he finds a dead body in the bathtub and lands Major Crimes in the middle of two of murders and a connection to a drug trafficking ring. The drug angle has the FBI, in the form of Fritz, trying to 'wheedle' in on the case.
Meanwhile, Brenda makes a career decision and ends up telling Chief Pope about it.moreless
The team must work in reverse when they find the unusually decomposed body of a large man in a car trunk. Now, Brenda and the gang must solve the bulk of the mystery in order to determine the victim's cause of death.
Brenda's investigation into the shooting of three soldiers at a club in Los Angeles just days after they returned from active duty in Afghanistan brings her up against a military man whose agenda threatens the investigation of not only the three murders, but two others recently committed at a neighborhood convenience store.moreless
As he is leaving an AA meeting, Lt. Flynn is attacked and badly beaten, but manages to fatally wound his attacker. Both Brenda and Capt. Raydor investigate when a death row inmate, arrested by Flynn 12 years earlier, files a serious complaint against him.
Season six starts us off with the investigation into the murder of a man who loved to take pictures of star constellations from his balcony. Brenda and her squad think there maybe a connection a woman who the victim was having an affair with. There is one problem Brenda might not have anticipated; a missing murder weapon.
Meanwhile, moving into a new, technologically state of the art office tower proves to be a challenge to the team.
A familiar and non-violent gang of thieves, know as the Dear Jane Robbers, leave more questions than answers after a security guard is killed and they thieves depart in a barrage of automatic weapons fire. The most puzzling question is why this one crime did not fit their usual pattern. Brenda finds Fritz that has a wealth of information and is also showing an unusual amount interest in the crime. She and the team are shocked to discover the reason why.
Meanwhile, Brenda and Chief Pope find out if their chances ay becoming the next Chief of Police when the short list of candidates is released.
Brenda's next case has her and the team investigating the brutal murder of an actress who was dating through an online service. Unfortunately the case takes a back seat when Brenda, under the guidance of Captain Raydor, must prepare for her interview with the mayor for the Chief of Police position. While Brenda still has second thoughts about whether she'd like the job, she manages to juggle the preparation with keeping a hand in the case, which was handed over to Commander Taylor.moreless
Detective Mikki Mendoza requests the help of Major Crimes when a series of savage murders suggests that a drug cartel is active in the city. When the investigation leads in a different direction, an even more disturbing scenario emerges.
Meanwhile, Provenza lays down the law with a distracted Sanchez who continues to appear more interested in Ruben than his professional duties. This results in a more defiant Sanchez and a decision by Provenza to resolve the situation for good.moreless
Sergeant Gabriel is an unwitting witness to the murder of a parole board member when he answers a misdialed call for help. Pope—ever mindful of the upcoming choice for Chief of Police—decides to take the case over from Brenda and launches Operation Swift Justice, taking over Major Crime's offices in the process. When all is said and done, Chief Pope may end up with a different outcome than he had hoped.moreless
After Robbery/Homicide gets nowhere with a series of armed robberies at medical marijuana dispensaries, Chief Delk turns the investigation over to Major Crimes. The team is not sure why they are handed the case, but when the next robbery includes a murder, Chief Delk is proven right in his decision to have Major Crimes lead the investigation.
Meanwhile, Brenda is left to consider a possible promotion.
Brenda, her the entire team and Captain Raydor's holiday plans change suddenly when a man is attacked by a knife-wielding assailant who is accidentally run over and killed by the police officer responding to 911 calls. The investigation takes a dramatic twist when it turns out the man's dead attacker is his estranged father.
Meanwhile, Brenda & Fritz receive a huge surprise for Christmas from Brenda's visiting parents.
Brenda and her squad investigate the shooting deaths of seven people at the home of rap record label owner Antwone Decker. When it turns out that one of the dead men was the label's #1 star and that he was shopping himself to other labels, suspicion immediately falls on Decker. Sergeant Gabriel, who knows two of the victims through his church, becomes incensed when the team assumes them to be gang members, a theory further supported by the find of $750,000 in the house.
Meanwhile, Chief Delk is preparing to announce his reorganization plans and Brenda's past actions are called into question when they are the focus of a lawsuit filed against the LAPD, Major Crimes and Brenda herself.
Provenza recruits Flynn and Buzz to earn some "easy money" by serving papers for a lawyer who called him. Immediately after serving the man, who insists he's not the person they are looking for, he plummets to his death and lands on Buzz's car. When Fritz arrives on the scene, he informs everyone that the dead man was convicted of massive fraud and was awaiting sentencing. Suspicion soon falls on the dead man's wife, who had discovered that in addition to his criminal behavior, he was having an affair.moreless
The team has another murder victim, the first victim's sister, which stretches the case through Christmas Day and raises more questions about the involvement of Armand and Joan Marku.
In the middle of the investigation, Brenda gets a panic phone call from her parents when their RV is robbed of all their Christmas gifts as well as its microwave.
The family of a prominent minister could find itself in big trouble when they withhold information from Major Crimes in the hopes of keeping the pastor's dark secret from church members.
Meanwhile, Brenda's efforts to keep the Turell Baylor lawsuit to herself end when the entire team, except for Gabriel, is subpoenaed by the plaintiff's lawyer who disguises himself as a process server. The fact that Gabriel was the only one not subpoenaed causes tension and infighting which could get in the way of solving the case.
Major Crimes investigates the death of a beloved cancer doctor forcing Brenda to deal her feelings around her father's own struggle with cancer. Meanwhile, David Gabriel surprises everyone by arriving at the crime scene with his girlfriend, a law student who offers unsolicited advice to the investigation.
The team investigates the mysterious death of a Sheriff's Deputy who, with his partner, was investigation a ring of car thieves. Meanwhile, a major decision is made in the civil suit against Brenda and the L.A.P.D.
As they are leaving Chief Delk's memorial service, the team is called to investigate the death of a young lady who was house sitting for a vacationing family. Suspicion immediately falls on one of the dead girl's professors, a man with a history of inappropriate behavior with his students. As the team digs deeper, it turns out that the robbery is one of a series and has a connection to the son of the vacationing family.
Meanwhile, the fallout from the civil lawsuit continues as Captain Raydor is ordered to broaden her investigation and interview everyone on Brenda's team by Interim Police Chief Pope, who seems mostly interested in getting the job permanently.
When a priest in found murdered, the investigation leads to an apartment leased under his name and containing many pictures of girls from the elementary school where he teaches. Brenda's heavy-handed tactics land her in hot water with not only the Church, but with Chief Pope whose orders she directly disobeys.
Meanwhile, Brenda's parents have arrived and the treatments Clay is receiving from Dr. Parr are having a positive impact on his health.moreless
Brenda and Gabriel visit an inmate who tells them that he has information about a drug cartel hit that is planned for the next day, but only gives Brenda a Case Number before he is murdered in jail. Despite Chief Pope's insistence that the case be handed over to the D.A.'s office, the team continues the investigation with the help of Capt. Raydor, who finds a creative way to help out.
Meanwhile Brenda's lawyer, Gavin Baker, re-interviews each team member in an effort to find the leak in the Division.
Brenda and Fritz again find themselves at odds when the chief suspect in a local murder turns out to be a man under FBI surveillance and suspected to be the lynchpin behind a multimillion dollar interstate burglary ring. Meanwhile, Brenda's parents arrive for a brief, spontaneous visit and come bearing not only gifts but life changing news.moreless
When a young man calls 911 to report seeing someone being buried in Griffith Park, police find not only her remains, but those of several other women who were kills as far back as two years ago. Brenda immediately suspects Philip Stroh and, despite departmental restrictions, sets out to finally tie him to the murders. Meanwhile, the witness who called 911 makes Brenda look at her life and future.moreless
As a professional courtesy to a Detective from Phoenix, Brenda's team looks into the death of her daughter, who was working as a prostitute and was found dead in a hotel room from a heroin overdose. The mother is convinced that her daughter never did drugs and when the team digs deeper, they discover that a piece of information the Detective did not share may provide another motive for murder.
Meanwhile, Captain Raydor continues to seek information regarding the death of Turell Baylor and when she obtains a piece of evidence critical to the investigation, Brenda is left in a position of having to make Detective Sanchez available for another interview in exchange for the evidence. In the end, a dramatic conclusion is reached.
The team investigates the shooting death of a decorated war veteran who was found on the street near an empty house frequented by a teenage girl and her boyfriend. Captain Raydor discovers the source of the leak in Major Crimes.
The squad deals with more suspects than they know what to do with when a body found under a partially-constructed retaining wall turns out to be that of a registered sex offender.
Meanwhile, Brenda's sticker shock over attorney fees means Fritz may have to give up some luxuries he holds dear.
Brenda and her team investigate what led to a father's disappearance, just as his daughter's single was about to rocket to the top of the charts. Brenda has an opportunity to make her lawsuit disappear by settling with the family who brought it against her, but the deal may not be as good as advertised.moreless
The potential legal trouble for Brenda escalates as Captain Raydor's interview questions about the Turell Baylor murder intensify, along with a suggestion that Brenda does not like.
Meanwhile, the team's next case, that of a missing nine year old boy, hits very close to home for Lieutenant Tao because the missing boy goes to the summer camp where the Lieutenant's 16-year old son works. Because of the connection, he ends up as the lead investigator on the case.
The death of a high school principal who had been trying to raise test scores at his school to prevent it from being closed causes Brenda and Fritz to fight over who has control of the case because an already existing FBI investigation causes the cases to overlap.
Meanwhile, an underappreciated Capt. Raydor continues to document Major Crimes' every move. Worn down after two months of following them around, she begins to think about her role and its value to the LAPD.
Brenda and her team look into a hit and run accident in which a teenage girl riding her motorbike was killed by a hit and run driver. The investigation soon uncovers that the crime was committed using the Police Commissioner's wife's car, which she reported stolen.
When a crack addict is arrested on Skid Row, Commander Taylor passes the file to Major Crimes so that they will appear busy. When Brenda interviews the addict she empathizes with him, much to the frustration of David Gabriel, for whom the facts in the case, specifically a set of keys the addict threw away during his arrest, don't add up. He tries desperately to get his point across to Brenda eventually going over her head to both Chief Pope and Fritz, who shares a terrible secret from his alcoholic past to help her see what addicts can be capable of.moreless
Brenda thinks she may finally be able to convict Philip Stroh of rape, but when her testimony in the trial of his client, George Harris, results in a mistrial and infuriates the prosecutor, she gets in even more trouble with Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Fritz helps track down Natalie Gilbert, a rape victim from three years ago, who Brenda hopes will identify Stroh as her rapist.moreless
In Provenza's latest embarrassing situation, he tries to help his first ex-wife get her wedding ring back after she sold it to a not so reputable gold buyer and gets into more trouble than he expected.
Brenda and her team, with the help of Buzz' visiting sister Casey, must figure out who sabotaged a zip line leading to Santa Randy's death as he was making his entrance into a Christmas Village. The investigation focuses on Santa Jack McBride as well a stash of drugs and cash that were found at the Village.moreless