|Title||Boys Will Be Boys|
|Airdate||July 15, 2013|
|Written by||Jim Leonard|
|Directed by||Anthony Hemingway|
|Next episode||Rules of Engagement|
|Episode list||Season 2|
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— Who said it?
When a child with gender dysphoria goes missing, the Major Crimes division scrambles to solve the emotional case before it’s too late. Torn between several suspects, the squad has to be careful as it tries to connect the evidence to a dangerous bully. Meanwhile, Jack Raydor attempts to make up for years of lousy parenting.
- Michelle Brand
- Lewis Gates
- Anne Brand
- John Brand
- Matt Brand
Closing the CaseEdit
Tao discovers an apartment in John Brand's name in Santa Monica as well as an $80,000 withdrawal on the day of Michelle's murder when he was supposedly at the office and stuck in traffic. As John has a temper, Raydor decides to show him Michelle's body as he requested, see his reaction and then ask him about his activities. John breaks down at the sight of his daughter's body and Flynn believes its guilt. When questioned, John explains that after Lewis Gates sexually harassed Michelle, she begged to go to a different school so John got the apartment in Santa Monica to establish residency so she could go to school there. He didn't tell his wife Anne as she thought he babied Michelle and refuses to accept her gender issues. The $80,000 was for hormone replacement therapy to help her make the transition from boy to girl and Anne didn't support it. Provenza and Raydor question Anne about the fact that she has a shovel in her trunk with her fingerprints on it that matches the dirt in the park where Michelle was buried and shoes that have dirt matching that too. Anne claims she used the shovel to put up a sign at a house that borders the park and that's why the dirt matches. When they persists, she insists she's a good mother and asks for a lawyer. Raydor then places her under arrest for Michelle's murder. As Provenza and DDA Rios argue about the arrest, Raydor notices a discrepancy in Michelle's phone records: someone called her a lot and kids don't call each other, just their parents, they text each other. Raydor and Provenza confront Matt Brand, Michelle's older brother about this as he only texted her in the month leading up to Michelle's murder but called her over 100 times before he knew she was missing. They accuse him of calling her phone so much so his mother could track her body where he'd left it and bury her. He called a lot after that they figure just to hear her voice. Matt finally breaks down and admits to the murder: when Michelle called the house to be picked up from the mall, Matt answered and went to pick her up, not their mother. Michelle told him about the apartment and hormone treatments, excited about going to a new school and not caring that it would tear their family apart. This made Matt angry and when he let her out, he chased her into the park with a baseball bat and bashed her head in. He claims he didn't mean to kill her, but Provenza points out he hit her three times so it was intentional. Matt went home and told his mother who went into the park and buried Michelle's body to protect him, wiping her text history and taking her battery in hopes that the police wouldn't find her, leaving John thoroughly horrified by his son and wife's actions. Raydor tells Matt that to clear his mother of the murder completely, he has to give them the location of the bat he used to murder Michelle. After being told where to look in the park, Flynn locates it. While Lewis Gates proves to be innocent of Michelle's murder, he's guilty of sexual battery of a minor for taking off her pants and taking pictures to harass her, the incident that led to the whole problem. Julio reveals to him that they are sending him to juvenile detention for three years until he turns eighteen, considering him to be the true monster in the whole thing as his actions destroyed Michelle's family.
- Tom Berenger as Jackson "Jack" Raydor
- Madison McLaughlin as Kris Slater
- Ransford Doherty as Coroner's Investigator Kendall
- Gail O'Grady as Anne Brand
- Craig Sheffer as John Brand
- Tyler Ross as Matt Brand
- Tanner Buchanan as Michelle/Michael Brand
- Shak Ghacha as Lewis Gates
- The episode title refers to the old adage that "boys will be boys", meaning there are certain things boys (and men) frequently do that society will always expect, and tolerate.
- Gender dysphoria (previously known as Gender Identity Disorder) occurs when an individual identifies as a member of the sex opposite the one to which they are biologically assigned. It generally occurs in adolescence or adulthood, when sexual identity begins to manifest and sexual activity begins, but can occur in children, during the period where gender identity and gender roles are developing. Known as transgender, these individuals are estimated to be three times as likely to be men than women. The disorder is highly controversial, with a proposed range of biological and socio-cultural causes, as well differing opinions regarding whether it is a mental disorder.
Article, from the original source: http://www.thebacklot.com/major-crimes-tackles-coming-out-and-gender-dysphoria-in-tonights-episode/07/2013/