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Leo Mason
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Name Leo Mason
Rank Commander Commander (Major Crimes, Season 5)
AsstChief Assistant Chief
Affiliation Los Angeles Police Department
Division Criminal Intelligence Division
Office of Operations
Gender Male
Played by Leonard Roberts
First appearance Quid Pro Quo

Assistant Chief Leo Mason is the Director of Operations for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Major Crimes from Season 5 finale “Shockwave, Part 2” onward.

During most of Major Crimes, Season 5, he was the Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division.

Character Information Edit

In “Quid Pro Quo”, Mason visited Capt. Sharon Raydor after he was informed by Wescott Global that Thomas Chandler's laptop had been removed from his residence and that it was currently in the Police Administration Building. Reason for that was because his Criminal Intelligence Division was helping Thomas Chandler develop new surveillance technology for the LAPD. Federal authorities allowed him to remove Wescott's confidential files from the computer but left everything else in place. This surprises Raydor because usually when Criminal Intelligence takes possession of evidence, no one ever sees it again. He says that Deputy Chief Winnie Davis is watching him as closely as she is watching Sharon Raydor, and he can't allow for the more classified element of the case throw Sharon off-track, implying he wants Sharon to become the new Assistant Chief.

As Raydor points out that Mason is very much in the running for Chief as well, he remarks that he likes where he is now, like Sharon likes where she is. He also proposes a deal to Sharon, if he is promoted to Assistant Chief he will let Sharon keep Major Crimes, and if Sharon becomes the new Chief, she will let Mason keep Criminal Intelligence. If they want to keep their jobs, they can not allow Chief Davis to be promoted to Assistant Chief as she would most definitely try to restructure the department and they could both be reassigned somewhere else. Raydor also points out that there is Deputy Chief Howard to consider as well, but he remarks that Chief Howard is out of the race as he would already have the job if he was being considered. During “Intersection”, both Mason and Sharon are interviewed for the position and Mason gives Sharon tips based on his own mistakes. He also helps the division in tracking the victim's cell phone during his bike ride to establish the victim's route for the purpose of possibly locating surveillance footage. He also mans the MCD's Mini-RACR for Capt. Raydor during the MCD's surveillance operation as Buzz Watson was providing support for them in the field.

In “Shockwave, Part 2”, Mason is promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief to replace Taylor, a promotion that leaves himself, Sharon and Fritz happy and relieved. Mason allows Fritz to resume his old rank of Deputy Chief in charge of the Special Operations Bureau and surprises Sharon with a promotion to Commander, a promotion that had been promised but ultimately denied to her when she took over Major Crimes. Mason implies that he intends to give her greater responsibility to go with the new rank and sits down with Sharon to discuss changing Major Crimes "into something better."

In “Sanctuary City, Part 1”, Mason declares the disappearance of three boys a "critical missing", despite them having been only missing for a few hours and assigns Major Crimes to the case. Mason coordinates closely with Major Crimes during the case, supplying them with the needed resources but sometimes clashing with Lt. Provenza by implying that Provenza's reluctance to take the case is due to racial differences and later berating Provenza for his impromptu media briefing. While Mason coordinates with Major Crimes in getting them the resources they need and oversees the case, he allows Sharon to take the lead and does not try to control the case beyond assigning it in the first place and berating Provenza's actions. Mason goes as far as to leave the decision about what to tell the media at one point to Sharon rather than removing the decision from her hands and acting on what he thinks is best.

In “Sanctuary City, Part 2”, Mason continues to help with the case of the St. Joseph's Three and reluctantly coordinates with the two hostile FBI agents. Mason follows the squad's lead on the case, making it clear that Commander Raydor has lead on the investigation and keeping from the FBI that they already have wiretaps in place when the squad hides that fact from the agents in front of him.

In “Sanctuary City, Part 4”, after Sharon's collapse, Mason is visibly shocked by Provenza's loss of temper towards the FBI, but ultimately chooses to back him up in kicking the FBI out of Major Crimes. He is also clearly as worried about Sharon's condition as the rest of the squad. Mason is able to negotiate with the FBI to get Ryan Rojas and Miguel Diaz released into LAPD custody and places Provenza in charge of Major Crimes temporarily until Sharon can return to duty. After Doctor Garza is found dead, Mason informs the squad of their new crime scene.

In “Sanctuary City, Part 5”, Mason continues to help with the investigation of the St. Joseph's Three and to coordinate with Agents Vega and Faye. However, Mason is far less cooperative with the FBI agents despite their apologies and shows sympathy for Miguel Diaz's perilous immigration status. After Doctor Alan Redmond is exposed as the culprit, Mason is shocked to realize that everything had happened because of one man and his affair with a married woman.

Mason attends Sharon's wedding to Andy Flynn. During the wedding, Camila comments on how Major Crimes really is like a family, something Mason confirms. Its implied by Mason that Camila is considering transferring to Major Crimes following the closing of the case surrounding the St. Joseph's Three.

In “Conspiracy Theory, Part 1”, Mason coordinates with Major Crimes following the murder of a high-profile lawyer. After the lawyer's son announces her death on TV, Mason notes that he had just made the case "a very Major Crime." Mason is surprised to learn of Michael Tao's work on Badge of Justice and reveals that his mother is a big fan. When their discussion about it is interrupted, Tao mouths to Mason to call him later about it. Mason expresses surprise that Sharon wants him to authorize overtime for the division to attend a restaurant opening, but Sharon is able to make a compelling case and Mason allows it.

PersonalityEdit

In his job, Mason has been shown to be highly intelligent and a capable leader. Mason is self-admittedly ambitious, but he is also patient and willing to let others have the spotlight while he waits for his chance to come. He is practical, recognizing the threat Deputy Chief Winnie Davis posed if she became Assistant Chief and was willing to make a deal with his rival Captain Sharon Raydor and even share tips from his own experiences to help ensure he or Sharon got the job instead.

On a personal level, Mason has a friendly, open demeanor. Even while on the job, he acts in a more casual manner towards those under his command unless the situation requires seriousness. Despite the seriousness of the situation facing himself and Sharon with Winnie Davis, Mason was trading jokes with Sharon alongside tips. Mason is a man of his word as shown with his not only keeping his deal with Sharon about the Assistant Chief's job, but taking the opportunity to expand her own role in the department and work more closely with her. Possibly due to his African-American heritage, Mason is well-aware of racial differences and is not afraid to call people out on perceived racism. Mason states a belief that "its always about race" during cases involving races other than Caucasian.

As Assistant Chief, Mason appears to maintain a much-less stern demeanor than Russell Taylor. Instead of taking command of a situation or interposing himself where he doesn't need to be, Mason appears to be content with acting in a support role and deferring to others, in particular Sharon under whose division the investigation fell. While willing to chastise those under him for their mistakes, such as Provenza holding an impromptu media briefing, Mason doesn't carry on once his point has been gotten across.

While reluctantly coordinating with two FBI agents, Mason made it clear that Sharon was in charge of the investigation, not the FBI or himself. He showed a willingness to trust Sharon's choices and even back her up when she failed to inform the FBI right in front of him of an important fact despite knowing the truth. In the situation with the hostile agents, Mason took on a more pacifying and compromising tone to try to keep the peace between both sides, negotiating something of a deal that satisfied both sides while also not compromising their investigation. Notably, while everyone else was generally frustrated and angry, Mason was the voice of reason and calm despite clearly being as unenthusiastic as everyone else to have the FBI agents there.

Mason can have a stern in demeanor if the situation requires it. He becomes enraged when the FBI fails to share their information that the boys were located in Mexico, knowing the LAPD were conducting a search for the boys on an "epic scale". He also shared insider information with the press in order to shine a light on Father Jonas' possible indiscretions, something he previously berated Lt. Provenza for doing, and referred to Bishop Calhoun a "bastard" after he showed no signs of cooperation with the LAPD.

While shocked by Provenza's actions towards the FBI, Mason chose to back him up. Later, Mason was reprimanding towards Provenza about his behavior, but not overly so. He went so far as to hear out Provenza's complaints before informing Provenza of what he had done to take care of the situation instead of just cutting him off, allowing Provenza the chance to vent his frustration without serious reprimand or interruption. When Sharon collapsed, Mason was as worried about her as the detectives under her command. When paramedics asked for Sharon's name, Mason went so far as to correct himself from calling her Commander Raydor and stated that her name was Sharon.

NotesEdit

  • When in uniform, Mason can be seen wearing four service stripes on his uniform. Each stripe represents five years of service in the LAPD, meaning he has served for 20-24 years.
  • In “Quid Pro Quo”, Lt. Flynn thought that Mason was kind of irritating but rest of the division did not agree with his opinion. The rest of the division thought he was smart and good at his job, and DDA Hobbs even chimed in that he was young, energetic, and attractive. He was also shown to be technologically proficient.
  • Despite their rivalry for the position of Assistant Chief, Mason and Sharon Raydor are shown to possess a friendly relationship, trading tips and jokes in “Intersection”. While Mason admits to being ambitious, he says he can wait and he likes his life the way it is. Following his promotion in “Shockwave, Part 2”, his first act is to promote Sharon to Commander, a promotion she had been long denied, and he appeared interested in collaborating with her to make the LAPD better. During “Sanctuary City, Part 1”, Mason coordinates closely with Sharon and the two appear to have an easy working relationship, far easier than Sharon and Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. Notably, Mason defers to Sharon's command of the situation despite outranking her as its her division and people, acting in a supportive role rather than a command role.
  • Mason made three appearances as the Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division. He was featured in “Quid Pro Quo”, “Intersection”, and “Shockwave, Part 2”, which is the episode he was promoted to Assistant Chief.
  • In a deleted scene for “Intersection” on the Major Crimes Season 5 DVD set, Andy Flynn asks if Mason really wants Sharon for his boss following her departure after he gives her some tips. In the scene, Mason indicates that he does in fact prefer the idea of Sharon being in charge, asking Andy in return "don't you?"
  • In “Sanctuary City, Part 2”, Provenza admits that Mason was right about something and Provenza was wrong. According to Provenza, the only other person Provenza has said that to is his wife, Patrice Perry.
Major Crimes Characters
Sharon RaydorLouie ProvenzaAndy FlynnMichael TaoJulio SanchezAmy SykesWes NolanCamila PaigeBuzz WatsonRusty BeckRussell TaylorLeo MasonFritz HowardDr. Fernando MoralesAndrea HobbsKendall

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