Perhaps no single trait builds character more than the capacity to forgive. Compassion for those who have offended us can be hard to learn. Yet this is the curious paradox found near the center of the human heart: those who ...
Perhaps no single trait builds character more than the capacity to forgive. Compassion for those who have offended us can be hard to learn. Yet this is the curious paradox found near the center of the human heart: those who hurt us the most, are usually the ones most in need of our sympathy. Still, how to pardon an injury that can never be redressed? And what happens to us when we can't?These are the questions behind tonight's episode, which also features the first appearance of an experienced psychologist with a big challenge on his hands. Bill Brochtrup from NYPD Blue begins his evaluation of Rusty's mental status as, totally unplanned, another NYPD alumni, Esai Morales, plays a Sheriff's Deputy in trouble with the LAPD. One is an expert in compassion; one cannot find it. They are yin and yang, both deeply affected by young people unable to completely absorb the trauma to which they've been exposed.Speaking of Rusty's mental evaluation, some viewers have asked me why Sharon has worked so hard to get Rusty to see a therapist in the first place. Actually, she has answered that question herself: there are some issues the boy isn't comfortable discussing with her that, never-the-less, he needs to air out with someone who can help him come to terms with the emotional and physical exploitation from which he's suffered. And he is not the only one recovering from a period of abuse.As we being tonight's episode, Major Crimes receives a notification from yet another psychologist that a paroled rapist under therapy (and house arrest) reports "trigger urges" similar to those that led him to sexually assault several young girls. Worse, when Provenza and company land at the parolee's family home, his parents confess that their son ran off with one of their cars after they caught him in the house, visiting with a young girl he had met on-line.A body is found, inspected by a tipsy pathologist and a twisty, curvy mystery envelops the squad as, once again, we are reminded that witnesses are both the most necessary and most vulnerable elements in our demanding justice system. Mike Robin directs a script by Ralph Gifford and Carson Moore that combines danger, pathos and humor, as well as some stunningly good performances from our series regulars. And Bill Brochtrup, as the cheery and relentless Dr. Joe, proves that the police are not the only ones capable of cornering a difficult subject and making a deal. The surprising manner in which our two stories eventually dovetail, demonstrates not only why forgiveness is so hard to learn, but, also how it is very often the first step in finding compassion for ourselves.Next week, the grimly determined Andy Flynn struggles to find the right way to square a lie he's told his family, and properly deploy an extra ticket they've given him to...The Nutcracker. Until then - James Duff
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