LIVIN' THE DREAM - With Stacey K. Black


How many times did you rewind that scene where Sykes got beaten to a pulp by Bones? I personally watched it over and over, and could not believe how brutal it was! And Sanchez, coming to her rescue? Kicking the s#*t out of that dude? I was holding my breath, sitting on the edge of my seat, and it was awesome! Because it was all make-believe.

I abhor violence in my real life.

Rick Wallace, our Executive Producer and Director of this episode, is a master storyteller. As I have said before in my blogs for The Closer, he is always very generous with his knowledge, schooling DMac, Sheelin, and moi for our directorial debuts (and beyond… WAY beyond), but there's no way he could teach me how to pull off an episode like this one. That comes from experience, steadfast trust in yourself and those around you, and the strongest ability to troubleshoot and problem solve, on the spot. I'm trying to get all of that but it takes time, y'all!

This episode had so many layers! Rusty and his palpable fear of abandonment, Sharon's innate maternal sensibilities, Sanchez's heroic nature, Sykes's unshakable sense of duty, Director of Photography Ken Zunder screwing a GoPro camera on Kearran's stunt double's head, and the list goes on and on.

The other very important thing this episode had was the "First Annual Major Crimes Cupcake Wars." Our illustrious judges included Writer/Producer/Cop/All Around Tough Guy Michael Berchem, and remember Neelie, one of our "Prop Tarts" on The Closer? Well she went off and is now making her business, "choc brownies" a giant success, so we were without her antics this season on the show. But she did make a guest appearance to judge our cupcakes.

Oh! I almost forgot, she is also our undefeated Prom Queen! If I forget to mention that, Neelie will hunt me down and kill me.

And as we all know, no violence in my real life please!


Stacey K. Black has been burnin' hair on Hollywood TV and Film sets since 1996. She is a two-time Emmy nominee for Outstanding Hairstyling on the series "GLEE."

Her other hairstyling credits include the feature films "THE STEPFATHER," "RUNNING WITH SCISSORS," "THE MINUS MAN," and TV series "NIP/TUCK," "JAKE IN PROGRESS," "THE D.A.," "EZ STREETS," "PROVIDENCE," "CSI:NY," "TOTAL SECURITY," and TNT's "THE CLOSER." She is now enjoying season 1 of "MAJOR CRIMES" as Department Head Hair Stylist.

Stacey also made the unconventional jump from Hairstylist to Director during season 6 of "THE CLOSER" on the episode "Last Woman Standing," and since the episode didn't suck, she was handed the reigns again for her second episode "Star Turn," this time during season 7. She somehow snowed the powers-that-be into letting her direct an episode of "MAJOR CRIMES" during season 1, which will air on October 8, 2012. Her methods of persuasion remain a mystery.

She also enjoys making movies and music, and tomato/avocado/goat cheese/basil salad.

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