Title Present Tense
Series Major Crimes
Season 5
Episode 1
Airdate June 13, 2016
Viewers 3.62 million
Written by Damani Johnson
Directed by Sheelin Choksey
Previous episode “[[Template:Ep/MC423|Template:Ep/MC423]]”
Next episode N.S.F.W.
Episode list Season 5

I think I feel like one of the dinosaurs, watching the meteor from afar.

— Lt. Provenza

Season Premiere.
The Major Crimes squad investigates the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl, who vanished while volunteering at a homeless shelter, while Buzz cracks open the decades old cold case file on the murder of his father and uncle. Andy Flynn considers selling his house.

The VictimEdit

  • Amanda Pond
    • Missing 16 year old girl.
    • Volunteer for Care First Homeless Shelter.
    • Found dead in a crawl space under her childhood home.
    • Cause of death was a crushed windpipe, which was smashed in with bare hands.
    • Killer performed CPR as well as tried to perform a tracheotomy but it was unsuccessful.

The SuspectsEdit

  • Gabe Young
    • Amanda's 18 year old boyfriend
    • Was supposed to be camping with friends at Joshua Tree National Park but was actually partying in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • Ethan Yum
    • Fingerprint found on a Gameboy near Amanda's body
    • Has been previously arrested for sexual battery of a minor as well as illegal sale of firearms.
    • Has been a county lifeguard with emergency medical training.
    • Has been a client of Care First.


Closing the CaseEdit

Guest CastEdit



Episode NotesEdit

Rusty and GusEdit

  • During the episode, Rusty is shown to have some relationship problems with his boyfriend Gus when he freaks out when Gus takes his hand in public. Rusty later writes a letter of apology to Gus who takes Rusty's actions as him being uncomfortable with being gay but the two mend their relationship.


Episode MediaEdit

The Long Shadow Pt04:36

The Long Shadow Pt. 1

Identity by Rusty Beck

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