|Dr. Fernando Morales|
|Name||Dr. Fernando Morales|
|Rank||Deputy Medical Examiner|
|Affiliation||Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner|
|Family|| Eduardo Morales (Father)|
Four unnamed brothers
|Played by||Jonathan Del Arco|
|First appearance||The Round File|
Dr. Fernando Morales is a Deputy Medical Examiner for the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner. He consults with the MCD on cases of suspicious or unknown death, and is responsible for determining whether an individual died by natural causes, or whether the death was accidental, a suicide or a homicide. He is also responsible for determining cause of death. According to his interview on Identity, he is an immigrant from Uruguay; his father visited in “Dead Drop”. Morales is one of five brothers and the only one who didn't become a police officer like their father.
He is occasionally seen at social occasions related to one of the squad or a victim. In one such case, Morales attends Alice Herrera's memorial service in “Jane Doe #38” along with everyone else who was deeply affected by her death and the fact that they couldn't identify her. He is also at Provenza's wedding in “Hindsight, Part 5” which is a small intimate affair with only Provenza and Patrice's close friends in attendance.
In “White Lies, Part 1”, he is present in the courtroom when Dwight Darnell opens fire. After Assistant Chief Russell Taylor is shot, Morales rushes to his side in an attempt to save his life. He ultimately fails and Taylor dies despite his efforts. As much affected by the tragedy as the squad, he still aids them in protecting Doctor Joe Bowman by officially declaring him dead to prevent further attempts on the man's life.
In “Dead Drop”, he is visited by his father, a retired detective from Uruguay, Eduardo Morales. During phone calls to his family, he has greatly over-exaggerated his involvement in the investigations conducted by the Major Crimes Division, letting his father believe he is a part of the division and that he has a somewhat of a leadership role in the investigations. At first, it was noted that his father spoke and understood very little English and because of this, Fernando had to translate a lot of conversations to him. Buzz, being fluent in Spanish, also spoke to him exclusively in his own language. Eduardo later spoke with Capt. Raydor and Lt. Provenza and revealed that he speaks English more than his son knows. He also noted that Fernando must have a lot of good friends in America, considering they are willing to lie for him, revealing that he knew that Fernando was not usually a part of their investigations.
Morales is sarcastic, blunt and has a sense of humor, even over dead bodies. But he is also sensitive and clearly shows pain for victims, especially the younger ones. He is openly gay and sometimes serves as a resource on the gay community. He is good at his job, but little else is known about his background. His first name is rarely given in the show.
In “Dead Drop”, its shown that due to his going in a different direction than his family of police officers, he's desperate to make his father proud to the point of lying to him about his role. However, during his time in the investigation, Morales proves to be a competent if nervous detective whose keen observational skills help solve the case. Morales' father later states privately that his son was always different than the rest of his family, but does not see it as a bad thing. During his interactions with his father, Morales' eagerness to please the man leaves him blind to the fact that his father clearly understands more than he lets on and to underestimate his father's skills of observation, despite Eduardo being a former police detective himself.
During cases involving children, Morales is shown to get as emotionally involved as any of the detectives. After two little children are murdered in “Flight Risk”, Morales has a hard time giving the autopsy results due to the emotions it brings out and notes that the only good thing is that they didn't suffer. He also can't bring himself to explain how he knows the time of death, stopping himself partway because of how hard it is for him.
|The Closer Characters|
|Brenda Leigh Johnson • Sharon Raydor • Fritz Howard • Will Pope • Russell Taylor • Louie Provenza • Andy Flynn • Michael Tao • David Gabriel • Julio Sanchez • Irene Daniels • Buzz Watson • Dr. Fernando Morales|
|Major Crimes Characters|
|Sharon Raydor • Louie Provenza • Andy Flynn • Michael Tao • Julio Sanchez • Amy Sykes • Wes Nolan • Camila Paige • Buzz Watson • Rusty Beck • Russell Taylor • Leo Mason • Fritz Howard • Dr. Fernando Morales • Andrea Hobbs • Kendall|