As a new, no-nonsense captain takes over, Ben has a moment of weakness during an especially trying shift, while Lydia and her new partner suspect that a convenience store homicide was a revenge murder.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Joel Rucker
Darrell Miller
Officer Anawalt
Officer Jones
Ms. Miller
Woman Harboring Fugitive
Julian C.R. Brentley ...


Tang and Cooper's past physical problems are put to the test when they are attacked by a perp on the street. Lydia and Ruben investigate a convenience store murder, and Lydia uses her typical compassionate charm to collect facts on her suspect from an unassuming grandmother. Ben and Sammy ride with another officer who is prone to small mistakes. And Joel Rucker takes over as the new captain. Written by TNT Publicity

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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24 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Marla Gibbs, who played Ms. "Grandma" Miller in the episode entitled "Underwater" (24 Jan. 2012), starred in 80s TV sitcom "227," also starring Regina King, who plays Detective Lydia Adams. When Ms. Miller first sees Detective Adams at her door, Miller calls her "Brenda," which was the name of King's character on "227." See more »


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All eyes on blue
29 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One criticism I have of "Southland" is the development of Officer Sherman. He was on track to be a good-hearted cop, but eventually becomes a real jerk; and that begins here. The decision to turn him cynical and somewhat bitter kinda comes outta nowhere. BUt his actions here highlight a relevant theme: this is a video and, and police scrutiny is (or has the potential to be) more acute than ever. The silver lining to Sherman's tour in the gangs division is the addition of Officer Jones (Bokeem Woodbine). He is the perfect dose of humor for this show and his one-liners are always pitch-perfect. I wish they'd use him more consistently than they do.

This is another episode in which the characters are more (far more) interesting than the cases. For instance, Lydia and Reuben put down two separate homicides, but neither one is as engaging as their disagreement over how the job gets done.


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