Kinty Tamble (Mary McDonnell) is the go-getting head of Detroit’s Murders, Manslaughter and Prank Phone Calls Department. She’s as comfortable in heels as in a blood-caked forensics outfit, or so it says on her match.com profile. Permanently stoned on Oxycontin, Rohypnol and Lysterine. “It’s the only way I can relax,” she says in episode one. “That and red-hot lesbian sex.” Doesn’t like to talk about her sexuality, as she explained in the Crime Scene Now Magazine article: “101 Reasons Why I Am A Lesbian”. Season two tagline: “If you think her private life’s a mess, you should see her Brazilian.”
(Now rest of Major Crimes cast clockwise from far left)
Bieber Tamble. Her estranged son, who lives with her. Talked his way into an internship at the department, where he fills his days restructuring the entire Detroit PD.
Devon Cornwall. Head of lab, this is one bad mother you can’t trust, as indicated by his snarl. As Kinty says in episode four, “a man who’s not afraid to wear a jumper with a suit isn’t afraid of jack”. Spoiler: is dying of slow allergic reaction after accidentally crossing lycra and velcro in the lab.
Jackson Springs. The self-described “your worst black nightmare” is head of accounts and the force’s Jane Austen Appreciation Society. Skills: folding arms.
Chen Jones. Head of Scepticism. Likes to kick doors in first and ask questions second, a hangover from his days at FedEx. Skills: Leaning. Fiddling suspiciously in his pocket. Baldness.
Jason Mandible. Kinty’s number two is her best ally but isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, like “My grandson is about as many days as my son is weeks, and my grandson is as many months as I am in years. My grandson, my son and I together are 160 years. Can you tell me my age in years?”. Has risen through the force effortlessly thanks to self-starting hair.
Hud Standish. Grizzled head of forensics sees everything in terms of World War Two analogies.“We didn’t take Hill 102 at Anzio with a lesbian and we ain’t gonna start now.” So right wing that he joined the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 “to get a good early start”.
Wendell Grilps. Entertainments officer, Internal affairs. Spent many years as “moustache curious” until coming out in 2009.
Ked Shifter. Heads up the Obvious Clues Department. Skills: Squinting. Standing at the back.
Diez Manana. The so-called “Sexy Mexy”. Is trying to counter negative sterotypes about Mexicans by sponsoring a Drugs Baron of Tomorrow scholarship.
Bobby Snickers aka Bobby Marathon. The best “dead body outline chalker” in the business. Came third in national finals. Also has an NVQ in crime scene tape placement.
Amber Storm. Head of Compliance. Was expected to be rapidly promoted but has never worked out what compliance is. Skills: jackets. Sitting down.Tweet