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Cop or Not 

Sammy is now practically adopted as substitute-father by Nate's angelic son Pete, but can't stand his chatterbox patrol partner and dangerously provokes the tough scum from the slum where ... See full summary »

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... Officer John Cooper
... Detective Sammy Bryant
... Detective Lydia Adams
... Detective Daniel Salinger
... Officer Ben Sherman
... Detective Russell Clarke
... Detective Josie Ochoa
... Mariella Moretta
... Billy Stearn
... Detective Burt Wilson
... Officer Jones
... Detective Alicia Fernandez
... Sergeant Terry Hill
Mike Alonso ... Black Jimmy
... Russian Driver (as Dmitri Boudrine)
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Sammy is now practically adopted as substitute-father by Nate's angelic son Pete, but can't stand his chatterbox patrol partner and dangerously provokes the tough scum from the slum where even Nate's informants turned on them. Ben is stoic about being posted in Hollywood, confident the news will glue even criminals to the tube, after hip-hop and movie star Billy Stearn is arrested live on TV for the bloody slashing in their villa of his wife, who however had an affair with the bodyguard, a former Royal Marine. Detective Russell Clarke is back, on the chief's team, stealing the show according to Lidia, who is suspended as suspect for a press a leak from the murder scene. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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8 February 2011 (USA)  »

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Shawn Hatosy (Detective Sammy Bryant) grew a beard and mustache as the character on Southland for "Cop or Not", but appeared on Dexter as Boyd Fowler with the same beard and mustache. Therefore, Shawn Hatosy had the beard and mustache for Dexter in October 2010 and worked it into Southland in February 2011. See more »

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Crippled with doubt and uncertainty
27 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Cop or Not' is notable for Sammy's return to the job, in an effort to get back on the horse and find his partner's killer. But he's rushing things and finds himself emotionally compromised.This is a dark period for Sammy; estranged from his wife, filling the paternal hole in his partner's house, and going off half-cocked on the street. Shawn Hatosy really plays up the brooding intensity.

Regina King also shines as Lydia is suddenly ostracized by the department when leaked photos of a crime scene wind up in tabloid hands. All she knows is how to be a cop and without warning, that future's in jeopardy. talk about being lost at sea.

A low-key episode relative to the rest of the season.

7/10


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