Southland: Season 3, Episode 9

Failure Drill (1 Mar. 2011)

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Back pain and excessive painkillers render Cooper insufferable even for Ben and a danger to the public, as is an ancient driver. Sammy is back on the job and forced to color-coordinate a ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Gago ...
Officer Jones
Zoran Korach ...
Detective Manheim
Pastor Blake (as William C. Mitchell)
Mr. Estrada
Martin Estrada


Back pain and excessive painkillers render Cooper insufferable even for Ben and a danger to the public, as is an ancient driver. Sammy is back on the job and forced to color-coordinate a nursery if he wants to see his unborn child. Mr. Estrada is arrested prime murder suspect without proof but his dying wife's last words, but they were bitterly divorced and his firstborn martin swears father's innocence, mainly fearing separate foster care for him and two kid siblings. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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When the detectives are going into the factory for the employer check near the end of the episode, there is a Whelen siren control box under the dash of the unmarked cruiser, with the PA mic hooked to the dash. When the shooting starts, the detective uses the PA mic for a radio, to advise dispatch of their location. See more »


Officer John Cooper: That's how you stop a fucking car!
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References Animal House (1978) See more »

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One of the Best...****
2 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Terrific next-to-the-last show of the current season. It really summed up what the police are and have to go through in their daily lives directly on the job.

We see the effects of the pills taken by the drug-addicted officer to supposedly cure his back pain. We see the dangers of the job when Regina King's partner takes a bullet during a wild factory shootout and we also see the idea that the social service agencies aren't really the best place to put brothers and sisters into because they will invariably be separated from each other. We see the oldest of 3 children lie to the authorities regarding the culpability of their father in the murder of their mother so that the children will not be divided up. Regina King steals the episode by her approach to the older son to come clean regarding his father. It is absolutely heartbreaking.

I hope this worthwhile series continues.

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