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 Hindsight, Part 5
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 Pt

The Long Shadow Pt. 1

Identity by Rusty Beck