When an unidentified female body turns up in an alley, Gang Detectives Sammy and Nate have their work cut out for them. Nate searches for a missing relative, and reveals a secret.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Chickie Brown (credit only)
Officer John Cooper (credit only)
Officer Ben Sherman (credit only)
Enid Adams
Karen Campbell
Phyllis Applegate ...
Mrs. Miller


When an unidentified female body turns up in an alley, Gang Detectives Sammy and Nate have their work cut out for them. Nate searches for a missing relative, and reveals a secret.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller






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30 April 2009 (USA)  »

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In this episode, Lydia and Russell are told that they will not be able to get a rape kit analyzed (and possibly find out who the rapist is) because there is such a large backlog of forensic materials in the lab waiting to be analyzed that some of the waiting cases are over ten years old. This is taken straight from a true scandal of Los Angeles law enforcement: in March 2009, the organization Human Rights Watch released a report revealing that at that time, there was a backlog of over 12,600 untested rape kits in storage facilities; over 450 of those were over 10 years old; and many of those were evidence in cases for which the statute of limitations had expired. See more »


The white numbers on the trunk lids of LAPD cars represent the area of assignment; for example, 1 is for Central, 2 is for Rampart, 3 is for Southwest, etc. The radio calls patrol units get also use the same numeric indicator. For example, 1A11 would be a two-officer patrol car assigned Central Area, 3L50 would be a single supervisor car assigned Southwest Area. The trunk lid numbers on Southland vehicles are marked 21 but the officers are using area 6 as their radio code. 6 represents Hollywood Area and there should be a white 6 or 06 on the trunk lid. The number on the roof represents nothing but the last three numbers of the vehicle number. However, the changes may be deliberate, as the characters uncharacteristically shift from one area of assignment to another in order to depict events in different areas of the city using the same characters. See more »


Corbin Nelson: ...Is my mom dead?
Det. Russell Clarke: [reaching to turn off the TV] You mind if I turn this off here?... Yeah... she is... I'm really, really sorry.
Corbin Nelson: ...She was a whore.
Det. Russell Clarke: [taken aback by the blunt remark] She was your mom... Look - I know you're always gonna remember this night, how awful it is, but... you can build good memories, too... Y'know, you gotta do that, you gotta focus on that. Try and remember the nice things about her.
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A change of pace
17 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Sally in the Alley' is a departure from the typical "Southland" in that it's all detectives and no patrolmen. This doesn't happen often (ever again?) and for that I'm actually relieved. The balance between uniform and plain-clothes is part of what sets this show apart. For one thing, the absence of Cooper and Sherman is striking, but it also means we're left with the cookie-cutter cop show material (waiting on lab results, pivotal plot points coming in via last-minute phone call, you get the idea).

That said, the writers keep these clichés to a minimum and succeed in showing that the investigative side of things can be just as grueling.


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