Title Medical Causes
Series Major Crimes
Season 1
Episode 3
Airdate August 27, 2012
Viewers 5.74 million
Written by Michael Alaimo
Directed by Paul McCrane
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Next episode The Ecstasy and the Agony
Episode list Season 1

There turns out to be more behind a car accident that killed four people outside a nightclub than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Rusty's mother is tracked down.

The VictimEdit

The SuspectsEdit

  • Dr. Leslie Nolan, the driver
  • Tom Ross, her boyfriend


Closing the CaseEdit

Leslie's tox screen comes back positive for massive amounts of prescription drugs in her system and Tao is able to find over 120 prescriptions of the drugs made out by her under various names, meaning that she was apparently self-medicating and took too much, causing her blackout. The squad approaches Leslie with the evidence who quickly starts to cooperate, telling her lawyer that she needs to tell them what she thinks happened. As a result of what Leslie tells them, the ADA apparently offers her a deal of 20 years in prison and her boyfriend Tom asks to speak to her alone. Unknown to Tom, he is the real suspect and Buzz has put cameras in Leslie's room and has given her a wire and a radio earpiece so they can communicate directions to her. Leslie tells Tom, who she had been working on breaking up with for awhile, that if the drugs aren't found she could get involuntary manslaughter and 2 years in prison. Tom promises to take care of hiding the drugs and admits that he called in the prescriptions for a back problem he's been having so he could sleep and tells her that they are in his locker at a local golf club. On Raydor's prompting, Leslie asks Tom about the drugs in her system and he explains that he didn't want to lose her so he drugged the one drink she had at the bar (meaning she was not drunk afterall), thinking it wouldn't affect her right away and it would cause her to fail a mandatory drug test at her job at the hospital, causing her to lose her job and come back to him. However, he crushed up one of the drugs, the one that was supposed to be time activated causing it to activate much earlier than it should have. A horrified and disgusted Leslie reveals the deception and calls in the police causing Tom to try to strangle her before Sykes subdues him. Leslie reveals that she figured out what he did after seeing the prescriptions as they are all made out to his friends at the golf club. As he's led away, Tom demands a deal. Later, the police recover the drugs from Tom's locker and have enough to charge him with 4 counts of murder two as they can't prove premeditation. Leslie is cleared of all charges and Tao is able to save her job.

Guest CastEdit

  • Erin Cummings as Dr. Leslie Nolan
  • Gil McKinney as Tom Ross
  • David Starzyk as Dr. Ralph Tolson
  • Erich Anderson as Defense Attorney James Corbett



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