As the critically acclaimed crime drama enters its sixth season, Brenda and the team, face unexpected challenges, including a change in location as the LAPD moves into new headquarters. As the team tries to adjust to their new surroundings, all the while taking on new and horrific cases, a bureaucratic shakeup ignites competition in the ranks. Who will wind up top dog?
After a man is murdered while taking pictures of the stars from his balcony, the squad suspects the crime is somehow connected to the woman with whom he was having an affair. But their investigation is hindered by a missing murder weapon, as well as the difficult adjustment of moving into a new office.
Capt. Raydor (special guest Mary McDonnell) accompanies Brenda on an investigation involving the disappearance of a nanny working for close friends of the mayor. Meanwhile, Raydor’s real purpose in taking part in the investigation could have big career implications for Brenda.
While investigating a suspicious suicide, the squad wades into a nasty child-custody dispute between a dying man and his meth-addicted ex-wife. Meanwhile, Pope applies for the police chief job, but Brenda might have something to say about whether or not he gets it.
Provenza once again finds himself in a professionally embarrassing situation when he discovers a dead body in the condo of a flight attendant he picked up while extraditing a prisoner.
At the request of Detective Mikki Mendoza, the squad becomes involved in investigating a series of brutal murders that indicate a Mexican drug cartel may have moved into the city.
After a parole board member is viciously murdered during a panicked phone call with Sgt. Gabriel, Pope announces an overreaching plan to boost the police department’s image. His plan, however, hinges on Brenda first being able to solve the crime.
A familiar gang of thieves only leaves more questions unanswered after a security guard is found dead and the most puzzling question is why this didn't fit their usual pattern. Pope finds out if his chances are good at becoming the next police chief.
In a case that could carry national security implications, three soldiers are gunned down outside an LA club two days after returning home from duty in Afghanistan. Brenda’s investigation puts her on a collision course with Major Edward Dorset (guest star Gary Cole), a military liaison officer.
Brenda’s squad picks up a case from Hollywood involving the brutal murder of an aspiring actress who made a date through an online service. But her investigation is forced to take second fiddle while she prepares for an interview with the mayor to become the LA’s next Chief of Police, a job Brenda’s still not sure she even wants. Special guest star Mary McDonnell returns as Captain Raydor.
The murder of two paramedics leads the LAPD and the FBI on separate investigations on a case that could be the precursor to a major terrorist attack. But Brenda fights to remain a step ahead, even though she's forced to work with the counter-terrorism unit's Chief Tommy Delk, who happens to be one of Brenda's fellow finalists for the job of Chief of Police.
One of Brenda's detectives is ambushed on the street, and the main clue to figuring out the motive behind the attack is a garbage bag containing more than $37,500. The investigation then turns into a race to clear the detective's name over allegations of witness tampering. Guest star Mary McDonnell returns as Capt. Sharon Raydor.
Chief of Police Tommy Delk (guest star Courtney B. Vance) assigns Major Crimes a seemingly minor case involving the armed robbery of several medical marijuana dispensaries. But when one of the robberies turns into a murder, the case becomes a test of Brenda's readiness to move up in the department.
A long-brewing feud leads to a stabbing on Christmas Eve and the accidental death of a patriarch in a case that threatens to derail everyone's holiday plans. Brenda is especially put out, since her parents (guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) are in town, and they have a very special announcement. Guest star Mary McDonnell returns as Captain Raydor.
A blood feud within a refugee family from Kosovo results in another victim, forcing Brenda and her team, along with Captain Raydor (guest star Mary McDonnell) to continue their investigation on Christmas Day. But Brenda's attention is then diverted when the RV her parents (guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) drove to Los Angeles is robbed, and all the holiday gifts stored inside stolen.
The routine arrest of a crack addict exposes a questionable rehab facility and leads Brenda and her squad on a race to find a missing young woman. The case leads Gabriel to question Brenda's judgment and Fritz to reveal to Brenda the some ugly truths about his past.