Southland (2009–2013)
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Ben learns the importance of discretion the hard way. Twice. Nate and Sammy try to track down a missing witness. Lydia and Josie butt heads over a weird case involving a chainsaw.


Nelson McCormick


Ann Biderman (creator), Jonathan Lisco | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Alejandro ... Detective Nate Moretta
Arija Bareikis ... Officer Chickie Brown (credit only)
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Tom Everett Scott ... Detective Russell Clarke
Jenny Gago ... Detective Josie Ochoa
Susan Blakely ... Linda Sherman
Yara Martinez ... Mariella Moretta
Jamie McShane ... Sergeant Terry Hill
James Sutorius ... Steve Velaski
Fabian Alomar Fabian Alomar ... El Flaco
Carlos Ayala Carlos Ayala ... Cholo
McCready Baker ... Waitress


It's Copper turn to control Ben's overstressed temper when the man he got convicted for assaulting his lush mother at home is released early and hanging around. However Ben also has to earn she kept her part even from him. Nate has a hard time preventing Sammy's anger over his greedy ex leading to transgressions which would jeopardize his career. Written by KGF Vissers

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vandalism | fight | abuse | bully | beating | See All (5) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

18 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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23 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Ben Sherman is one of my favorite characters, and this is a huge reason why. Just as he's showing great promise as a street cop, he lets his emotions get the best of him during one bad day. 'Discretion' is that day. It's here that he's brought face-to-face with his mother's rapist from so many years beck - and now with a gun and badge, we find out he's still just a scared little kid underneath. It's a hard lesson in, but the performances by Michael Cudlitz and Ben McKenzie here are superb.

But 'Discretion' isn't all heavy. Sammy's meltdown over Tammi's (ugh) extramarital shenanigans is hilarious. That, and a few dick jokes during a cock fight lend a nice bit of mirth for the harder stuff. It's fantastic television.


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