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"Major Crimes" There's No Place Like Home (2013)

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Major Crimes: Season 2: Episode 9 -- DDA Hobbs (KATHE MAZUR) gets involved in a case concerning the suspicious death of a customs agent. Provenza avoids discussing a sensitive issue with Raydor. Guest stars abound.


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Original Air Date:
5 August 2013 (Season 2, Episode 9)
After a landlord is killed, Major Crimes' investigation quickly focuses on his elderly tenants, who all worked together on a 1970s detective TV program. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Mary McDonnell ... Sharon Raydor

G.W. Bailey ... Louie Provenza

Tony Denison ... Andy Flynn

Michael Paul Chan ... Mike Tao

Raymond Cruz ... Julio Sanchez

Phillip P. Keene ... Buzz Watson

Kearran Giovanni ... Amy Sykes

Graham Patrick Martin ... Rusty Beck

Jonathan Del Arco ... Dr. Morales

Tim Conway ... Howard Gray

Paul Dooley ... Larry Murdock

Ron Glass ... Clayton Carter

Doris Roberts ... Vera Walker

Marion Ross ... Pauline Allen

Kathe Mazur ... D.D.A. Andrea Hobbs

Madison McLaughlin ... Kris Slater

Steve Tom ... Judge Craig Richwood

Cornelius Smith Jr. ... Rangemaster R. Morton

Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Karaoke Singer

Paul McCrane ... Agent Mark Evans
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Whitmore ... Dead ICE Agent (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Leo Geter 
Writing credits
James Duff (created by)

Duppy Demetrius (written by)

Produced by
Michael Alaimo .... co-executive producer
Adam Belanoff .... executive producer
Mike Berchem .... co-executive producer
Sheelin Choksey .... producer
Ronald Chong .... producer
Giampaolo Debole .... co-producer
Duppy Demetrius .... co-executive producer
James Duff .... executive producer
Gil Garcetti .... consulting producer
Leo Geter .... co-executive producer
Jim Leonard .... consulting producer
Paul Orehovec .... co-producer
Michael M. Robin .... executive producer
Andrew J. Sacks .... co-executive producer
Greer Shephard .... executive producer
Rick Wallace .... executive producer
Original Music by
James S. Levine 
Cinematography by
David A. Harp 
Film Editing by
Michael Hathaway 
Casting by
Bruce H. Newberg 
Production Design by
Paul Eads 
Set Decoration by
Kristin Peterson  (as Kristin V. Peterson)
Costume Design by
Greg LaVoi 
Makeup Department
Stacey K. Black .... hair stylist department head
Liz Briseno .... makeup department head
Jody Burton .... hair stylist
Silvina Knight .... key makeup artist
Viola Rock .... makeup artist
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ronald Chong .... unit production manager (as Ronnie Chong)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David McWhirter .... first assistant director
Lindsay Moorhead .... second second assistant director
Anna Notarides .... second assistant director
Chad Silver .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jeanne Bueche .... assistant prop master
Jeanne Bueche .... assistant property master
Christopher Redmond .... property master
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer (as Mindi Toback)
Mamie Young .... art department coordinator
Mamie Young .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Patrick Hogan .... supervising sound editor
Bob Lacivita .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Lacivita .... supervising sound editor
Steve Weiss .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Matthew Merkovich .... visual effects (as Matt Merkovich)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunt coordinator
Spike Silver .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Heath .... key grip
Chris Hood .... camera operator
Darren Michaels .... still photographer
Benjamin Shurtleff .... utility camera
Randy Shanofsky .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ani Avetyan .... casting associate
Michelle Beatty .... extras casting
Brent Hagata .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terry Salazar .... costume shopper
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... on-line editor
Lauren Carraway .... post-production assistant
Jessie S. Marion .... assistant editor (as Jessie Marion)
Keith Ponschock .... post-production assistant (dailies)
Jeremy Sawyer .... colorist
Location Management
Andree Juviler .... location manager
Music Department
Andrew Johnson .... assistant to composer
Zamp Nicall .... music editor
Josh Klein .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Julia Blanford .... set production assistant
Shea E. Butler .... script supervisor
Richard Clark .... computer and video supervisor
Chris Cortez .... medic
Pete Diamond .... assistant to producers
Ralph Gifford .... story editor
Chris Jorie .... dramaturgic consultant
Carson Moore .... story editor
Daly Parker .... production coordinator
Michael L. Rosenfeld .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Zara .... writers assistant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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DistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

42 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Much like the characters they are portraying in this episode, Doris Roberts and Ron Glass really did costar on another crime show - they both played characters on the 70s show, Barney Miller.See more »
Detective Amy Sykes:Welcome to Lost Horizon, also known as the land that time forgot.
Detective Julio Sanchez:Hope we get in and out before the place falls down.
Buzz Watson:If I close my eyes, I can hear the bulldozers.
Lt. Louie Provenza:Hey, just because something's old doesn't mean it's not serving a good purpose.
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Movie Connections:
References Lost Horizon (1937)See more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The One Where Past-His-Prime Provenza Meets Past Prime Time TV Stars., 16 August 2013
Author: A_Dude_Named_Dude from USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The episode starts with Provenza dealing yet again with the problems of getting on in years: his inability to shoot straight at the target range. (One could make this into some kind of Freudian thing but I won't go there.) If Proenza can't qualify with his gun then he'll be stuck at a desk which, for him, is as good as being retired. The impending case will reinforce this theme but will also help him find a way out.

The murder of an apartment landlord leads the team to a run-down apartment complex populated with the people who are retired from the TV business. The name of the complex, Lost Horizon, (which the residents also call Shangri-La) is from the movie of the same name and is no accident, since it fits in with the theme of Provenza's problem. (Interesting note: Sykes says that the victim had moved from "Carthay Circle" before moving into the complex. I don't know if it was intentional but that name is awfully close to Cathay, the ancient name for China, the place the people in Lost Horizon were traveling from when they found Shangri-La.)

And just in case we don't have enough TV and movie references as it is the residents provide many, many more. They are the retired crew members of a fictional TV series from the 1970s called "Prognosis: Homicide" (a show that sounds an awfully lot like the old "Quincy M.E."). They include (I'm mentioning them for anyone who hasn't seen the show) many a famous actor from years gone by: Marion Ross from Happy Days; Doris Roberts from Everybody Loves Raymond (an annoyingly insipid show - did it really take viewers NINE years to get tired of that family of incessant backbiters?); Ron Glass from the old Barney Miller show, where he played a pretentious detective who once wrote a book called "Blood on the Badge", a title I'm surprised no one has used for a movie title; Tim Conway, a hysterically comedic performer from The Carol Burnett Show; and Paul Dooley, someone who never really worked a lot on TV, preferring instead to work on stage and in movies.

Anyway the victim (who was initially presumed to have been a suicide but was actually poisoned) was the landlord of this complex. Since this is now a murder case they now have to figure out whodunit. The residents are the obvious suspects but they keep talking about someone they call Scarface (not a reference to the movie - just an apt description of him). When it turns out he has an alibi (a rather embarrassing tape of him in a karaoke contest) the attention goes back to one of the residents. (In a minor mistake the copy of his karaoke gig is on a DVD instead of something on YouTube. There is simply no way the sponsors of the contest would have produced a DVD like you buy in the stores in just a couple of days. I know, I know, it's creative license - but I can't help noticing little things like that.)

I won't give away the ending but I will make say something on another couple of things. When Tao looks at the "antique" video camera from the apartment's surveillance system, he says,"If you look through this lens you could probably see Barnaby Jones," a reference to another classic TV detective show from the 70s. When Dr. Morales provides vital evidence to the case he says he feels like Quincy "without the subtitles," because he grew up in Uruguay. As it turns out Jonathan Del Arco grew up in Uruguay and probably also watched the Quincy there, presumably with subtitles.

And yes Provenza does solve his problem, but in a somewhat unexpected way. You just can't keep a good man down.

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