[WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR "THE ECSTASY AND THE AGONY"]
I’m not going to lie. There’s only one reason why I wanted to check out the latest episode of TNT’s Major Crimes and that’s because of a certain guest star moonlighting from TV’s number one scripted drama. So let’s get right to the Guest Star Goodness, shall we?
The Synopsis for “the Ecstasy and the Agony”: A homicide case involving the Israeli mob and a self-proclaimed “intuitive life strategist” leads Major Crimes to partner with the FBI. Provenza opens up to a suspect in a rare display of vulnerability. And Rusty’s first day of school doesn’t go as planned.
Major Crimes Role: Thorn, an intuitive life strategist. Just don’t call Thorn a life coach. It makes him really upset. This guy had it all figured out. He was helping the lonely wife of an Israeli drug dealer figure out her life. After the hubby was murdered, Major Crimes interrogated him. The guy seemed suspicious considering he had 60,000 in cash, he was trying to get out of town and it turns out he was sleeping with many of the women who hired him for his special brand of advice-giving.
The Actor: First of all, for NCIS fans everywhere — and more importantly for fans of Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo — you have to see Michael Weatherly in this Major Crimes role. It’s very different from what he plays on the CBS hit drama. While he normally sports a designer suit, his Thorn character has a more laid back California style. We all know Weatherly has some seriously awesome comedic chops. Well, he uses them in this Major Crimes episode. He was the best part of “The Ecstasy and the Agony.” Watching his scenes with series regular, G.W. Bailey, was worth the price of admission. Besides NCIS, Weatherly’s other TV credits include Dark Angel, where he played Logan Cale/Eyes Only; he played opposite Christina Applegate on the NBC sitcom Jesse; he was Theo’s college roommate in an episode of The Cosby Show; and on the daytime front, he was rich hottie Cooper Alden on a soap called Loving. Plus, if you ever get to see Michael appear on a talk show do so. He’s always entertaining.
Major Crimes Role: Roma Strauss, the wife of the Israeli drug dealer, who turned to Michael Weatherly’s Thorn for life advice and, let’s just say, comfort.
The Actress: I watched the entire episode of Major Crimes and couldn’t figure out where I had just seen Zadegan. It turns out she’s going to be on the CW’s upcoming Fall TV medical drama Emily Owens M.D (series premiere: October 16 @ 9/8c). She plays the oh so icy Dr. Gina Bandari, the world famous cardiothoracic surgeon who knows her stuff, but is tough on the residents. Necar has had stints on The Event and 24 and has done episodes of NCIS, A Gifted Man and Harry’s Law.
Major Crimes Role: Avi Strauss, son of Roma and the one who ended up killing his dad. They were supposed to go into witness protection (and reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma). Avi didn’t want to have to pay for his dad’s crimes. So he offed him. He saw no other way out.
The Actor: Minnette recently played the son on NBC’s short-lived series Awake. He also was Jack’s son in the sideways timeline, on the late great series, Lost. And he was Clay Norman, the son of Grace’s late sister, Mary Francis, on TNT’s Saving Grace. He played the young version of Michael Scofield on FOX’s Prison Break and was in a season 4 episode of Supernatural called “Family Remains.”
Major Crimes is a spin-off of TNT’s The Closer, a show that recently went off the air after seven seasons. Major Crimes airs on Mondays at 9/8c.