Raymond Cruz and Mary McDonnell

Living well may be the best revenge, but murder is running a very close second.  Ask police detectives about homicide's  "blue chips," and right up there with divorce, greed and psychopathy, they will mention "getting even" as one of their highest performers. In fact, if you factor in gang violence, mob hits and war zones, retaliation isn't only a celebrated motive for murder, but also the prime mover behind the deaths of millions of men, women and children around the globe.

Add to this cheery observation that civilization doesn't seem to be getting any easier to maintain, and that the expectation of privacy has pretty much ceased to exist, and you have the toxic recipe for tonight's victim, a purveyor of a particular form of on-line harassment known colloquially as "revenge porn." Imagine a website where men post nude or compromising photos of their ex-wives, former girl friends and unsuspecting one-night-stands. Yes, it's every bit as awful as it sounds and, unfortunately, every bit as real. Though some states have tried to outlaw this practice, the "sexting" craze has meant that one unguarded moment in a young woman's life can lead to a permanent display of naked vulnerability on the internet.  Not everyone takes this betrayal lightly.

Enter Major Crimes, as Lts. Provenza, Tao and Flynn, Dets. Sanchez and Sykes and their intrepid documentarian, Buzz, walk through a beautifully designed loft with an imposing view of MacArthur Park, over two thousand square feet of living space and a dead man sprawled on the floor missing a shirt and half his face. The division's discovery of an FBI warrant draws in Special Agent Fritz Howard, who is about to retire from his job at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to become the Deputy Chief of SOB.  His last case as an FBI Agent puts his career in perspective (and cranks up the stress) as he transitions from a national law enforcement organization to a command position inside the LAPD. Meanwhile, Sharon Raydor contends with snipers, new age blackmailers and a visit home from her son, Ricky,  a dot.com entrepreneur determined to weigh in on the adoption of "the little brother I never wanted."

Sharon has her work cut out for her in this episode. Though our expectation of privacy has diminished over the last decade, the supposition that what we lose in terms of personal discretion is made up for increased safety comes under direct attack. And the Captain of Major Crimes finds herself facing a mysterious sniper at work and potshots at home. Adam Belanoff writes a family drama inside a family drama, and David McWhirter directs us from dinner table interrogations to our final scene with Lt. Michael Tao and Special Agent Fritz Howard, where an important secret is shared, and a solemn vow of confidentiality is requested. As the weeks unfold, we will see if privacy is a dead letter, or merely dependent on those to whom we bare our souls.

Before closing, I should mention what a great thrill it has been for the cast and crew to see Major Crimes appear so many times as the top rated scripted show on cable. We know that's entirely due to our loyal viewers, and we have never felt more grateful for this expression of your continued interest. We hate to leave next week, but we will reappear on the Monday after Thanksgiving, as we join you for the Christmas holidays and through the beginning of the New Year.Before that, however, we hurtle toward next week's summer finale. Prepare for the return of Laurie Holden as Commander Ann McGinnis, as she passionately ignites a turf battle with Major Crimes over the search for an abducted cop, and the reappearance of Ever Carradine, as the two Sharons in Rusty's life prepare for an inescapable confrontation.

Until then- James Duff