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Title Shockwave, Part 2
Series Major Crimes
Season 5
Episode 21
Airdate April 12, 2017
Viewers 2.89 million
Written by Duppy Demetrius
Directed by Michael M. Robin
Guests Keegan Allen
Previous episode Shockwave, Part 1
Next episode Sanctuary City, Part 1
Episode list Season 5


Season Finale. After discovering the identity of the bomber her division has been searching for, Sharon Raydor and the Major Crimes squad struggle to determine his next target as Major Crimes heads for an explosive season finale.

The VictimEdit

  • Albert Luna
    • Former MS 13 gang member
    • Shot twice in the face at close range
    • Worked as a locksmith
    • Father-in-law of Cristian Ortiz
  • Un-named LAPD patrol officer
    • Wounded in the blast which killed Haley Williams and fell into a coma.
      • Presumably survives as Ortiz states he only killed one police officer in the bombing.
  • Albert Luna's family
    • Targeted with a bomb at Luna's internment, unharmed.
  • Bomb Squad's Lieutenant Capra, and several other police officers
    • Bombed at the graveside, all survived
  • Fritz Howard
    • Bombed at the Major Crimes murder room, survived
  • Liseth Ortiz
    • Ortiz's ex-wife
    • Murdered Joseph Euley
    • Bombed at the graveside and Major Crimes murder room, survived both murder attempts
  • Joseph Euley
    • Murdered by Liseth Ortiz after breaking up with her
    • Murder pinned on Cristian Ortiz who served eleven years in prison on a manslaughter deal
  • Cristian Ortiz
    • Framed by his wife for the murder of Joseph Euley
    • Spent eleven years in prison for a crime he didn't commit

The SuspectsEdit

  • Cristian Ortiz
    • Former Marine Lieutenant
    • Stole up to ten pounds of C4 from Camp Pendleton
    • Served eleven years in prison for manslaughter after killing Joseph Euley, his wife's lover
    • Claimed to his cellmate Lewis Wilks that he was innocent despite taking a deal until the day of his release
    • Son-in-law of Albert Luna
    • Told Lewis Wilks that his wife murdered her lover and framed him
    • Wants revenge on both his wife and the system that did him wrong
  • Franklin Dwayne Pearl
    • Arrested in 2009 for armed robbery, released six months before
    • Left a partial fingerprint on the vase containing the cemetery bomb
    • Unknowingly sold Ortiz dozens of objects from his thrift store that could be turned into bombs
  • Liseth Ortiz
    • Murdered her lover Joseph Euley for breaking up with her
    • Framed ex-husband Cristian Ortiz for the murder
    • As a result of her actions, Cristian spent eleven years in prison on a manslaughter deal

EvidenceEdit

  • Fragments of the vase containing the cemetery bomb
  • Partial fingerprint on the vase from Franklin Dwayne Pearl
  • Information from Pearl and Lewis Wilks
  • Autopsy review of Joseph Euley by Doctor Morales
  • Information from Liseth Ortiz
  • Cell phone cases recovered from Ortiz's storage locker

Closing the CaseEdit

Guest CastEdit

  • Keegan Allen as Aiden Reed

RecurringEdit

LocationsEdit

Episode NotesEdit

  • This episode was the 200th of The Closer and Major Crimes combined.
  • While considering calling Cristian, Sharon says that the last time she called a suspect they jumped off a balcony. This is a reference to the events of "Moral Hazard".

PromotionsEdit

  • Commander Leo Mason is promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief and promotes Sharon Raydor to the rank of Commander.
  • After the promotions, Mason sits Raydor down to discuss changing Major Crimes "into something better."

Rusty and GusEdit

  • Gus declines his promotion, but is angry with everything in their relationship being focused on Rusty.
  • Rusty visits Gus' boss and learns that his suspicions are correct that the man's actions are due to a romantic interest in Gus who has repeatedly rejected him due to his relationship with Rusty. He suggests Rusty is holding Gus back.
  • At the end of the episode, Rusty encourages Gus to take the Napa job, though he will remain in LA. While Rusty promises to maintain a long-distance relationship with Gus, he privately seems to believe that its the end for them.

TriviaEdit

  • Two of the items seen to be recovered intact from the bombed murder room are Provenza's money jar and a bobble-head of Provenza. After seeing the latter, Julio jokes, "Roaches, rats and Provenza. They can survive anything."
  • The promotion scene of Sharon Raydor to Commander somewhat mirrors the promotion of Commander William Adama to Rear Admiral in the SyFy series Battlestar Galactica. Both promotions are unexpected for the character who both admit to having long since lost hope of receiving them and both scenes include Mary McDonnell who plays both Sharon Raydor and President Laura Roslin on Battlestar Galactica. In the case of Battlestar Galactica, McDonnell's character was the one giving the unexpected promotion instead of receiving it.

Episode MediaEdit

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