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Ben Sherman and his partner get the case in posh Bel Air of a robber who physically terrorized villa owner David Milliard and his daughter Daisy, an old acquaintance, who is surprised to ... See full summary »


Nelson McCormick


Ann Biderman (creator), Angela Amato (teleplay) (as Angela Amato Velez) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Alejandro ... Detective Nate Moretta
Arija Bareikis ... Officer Chickie Brown
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Michael McGrady ... Detective Daniel Salinger
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott ... Detective Russell Clarke
Emily Bergl ... Tammi Bryant
Susan Blakely ... Linda Sherman
Billy Brown ... Talib
John Heard ... Ben Sherman Sr.
Ally Walker ... Dr. Merrill Matthews
Lori Alan ... D.A. Deborah Janowitz
Roxana Brusso ... Detective Alicia Fernandez


Ben Sherman and his partner get the case in posh Bel Air of a robber who physically terrorized villa owner David Milliard and his daughter Daisy, an old acquaintance, who is surprised to see him on the force. Their friendship blossoms into a sexual affair, but that's against LAPD rules with a victim. By checking in on his mother, who often forgets the alarm, Ben discovers to his fury his scumbag father bought her home and is back in her life. Detective Russell Clarke moves out from his insanely jealous wife to a friend's security firm's client's guest house. The neighborhood suffers a wave of daring robberies, some of which and brutally bloody. All are traced to a cocaine-addicted jeweler and her dealer's ruthless colored gang. Officer John Cooper hides his back ache and is desperate for painkillers without prescription. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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[Tammi has called Sammy, trying to talk him into buying a downtown loft]
Det. Sammy Bryant: Are you in front of a window?
Tammi Bryant: Yeah; I am next to an enormous, beautiful window. Yes.
Det. Sammy Bryant: What do you see? Do you see a school, a supermarket? Do you see a newsstand? No, you do not. You see homeless people, junkies, and concrete.
Tammi Bryant: I hate where we live. It's killing me creatively.
Det. Sammy Bryant: [he laughs derisively] Creatively!
[Tammi hangs up]
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Affluent break-ins and plummeting spirits
17 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Westside' reminded me of that "Miami Vice" episode, 'The Home Invaders'. Lydia and Russell enlist the help of other squads while a rash of violent burglaries is going on, and it felt very similar. Not a bad comparison, but I just found it amusing.

Anyhoo, that's the main plot, but the real drama is in the other story lines. Put simply, Neither Cooper nor Sherman is having a good day. The former's painkiller addiction is getting beyond his control, while the latter's facing his own demons when his estranged father walks back into the house.

Cooper's situation is especially heartbreaking. It's going to get worse - much worse - but to see a proud, morally superior officer (a good one) at the end of his rope and asking around for meds is a bitter pill (no pun intended). Copper insists he's in control, and even his partner doesn't buy it. It's just an epic case of denial and those are never easy to witness.


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Release Date:

14 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital


Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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