|Title||The Fifth Dynasty|
|Airdate||August 10, 2015|
|Written by||Kendall Sherwood|
|Directed by||Michael M. Robin|
|Previous episode||Wish You Were Here|
|Next episode||Four of a Kind|
|Episode list||Season 4|
Summer Finale. After Major Crimes identifies a murder victim as the son of State Superior Court Judge known for being tough on criminals, the squad hunts through her current case load, which involves an Aryan motorcycle gang and, much to their surprise, connected to the disappearance of a thirteen-year-old boy.
Closing the CaseEdit
The Search for Alice HerreraEdit
- Flynn's search for Paloma bears fruit as he locates her in a crime report for a group of girls shoplifting. Paloma had been placed in a foster home monitored by Rusty's old case worker Cynthia who states that it is a good home and Paloma is happy there. However, if Gus identifies Paloma, she will be taken from the home and returned to her mother and step-father or placed in another home in Las Vegas. Gus states that the girl in the picture he's shown could be Paloma, but refuses to positively identify her unless he sees her in person.
- Rusty speaks to Raydor about the dilemma facing Gus, especially since Paloma is in a good home that wants to adopt her. Raydor suggests that Rusty get Gus to consider what Mariana would want for Paloma rather than what he wants, especially as he's not in a place to take care of her himself.
- A funeral is held for Mariana with the squad and Rusty in attendance and Gus has made a deal in exchange for his testimony in Mariana's murder trial. As part of that deal, he can't see Paloma until she's 18 at which point his seeing her won't be a threat to her new life. He is displeased with this turn-out, stating that while he doesn't want her to lose everything she has gained, he still wants to see her and finds it unfair that he can't. Sykes tells him that Mariana has been laid to rest and he knows Paloma is alright which Tao points out is rare for people to hear about their loved ones. Gus wonders if leaving Paloma with her new family is what the state wants for his sister or what the squad wants as a result. Rusty suggests that its what Mariana would want since she loved Paloma very deeply and Paloma now has a chance at a new life with a family that loves her. Provenza tells Gus that while its hard, sometimes older brothers have to make sacrifices to protect their younger siblings, which Gus seems to reluctantly accept.
- Despite having a resolution in his search for Alice's real identity, Rusty is still not happy, telling Raydor that while he's found Mariana's (or Alice as she will always be to him) real name and they ensured she has had a proper burial, he can't tell Mariana that he found her sister and she is alright or that her brother is here with her or how much Mariana meant to him. Raydor suggests that while he can't do that now, he can share those details with other people and one day he can come back with Paloma to tell Mariana the whole story. Rusty wishes he could've helped Mariana, but Raydor assures him that he did with everything he did for her in the end.
- A week after Mariana's funeral, Rusty visits her grave for his final vlog entry, and considers what might have happened to her if things had gone differently for her.