Pope becomes interim chief after Delk's death, but he doesn't cancel Raydor's investigation into Brenda. Meanwhile, Major Crimes tackles a case involving a housesitter who was killed while the family who hired her was on vacation.
An escort appears to have died from an overdose, but her mother, a Phoenix police officer, insists it's not true. Meanwhile, Raydor's continuing investigation makes Brenda comes to terms with a shocking reality.
A Christmas village Santa is killed in a zip-line accident, and the village's other Santa comes under suspicion. Meanwhile, Brenda's lawyer informs her that his retainer has run out and she needs to pay him $25,000.
Brenda and Fritz come to blows when it appears that the FBI is sabotaging her murder investigation because the suspect is under FBI surveillance, and Brenda's parents come to town for the holidays with some bad news.
When Major Crimes finds Peter Goldman's card on a murdered witness to Terrell Baylor's death, new questions and suspects emerge in the Baylor case, and could ultimately prove Brenda's innocence in the civil suit against her.