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Ben finds himself heading down a slippery slope as he attempts to help the daughter of a prostitute, putting him in hot water with the woman's pimp. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder ... See full summary »


James M. Muro (as J. Michael Muro)


Ann Biderman (creator), Jason Horwitch | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Officer Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Lucy Liu ... Officer Jessica Tang
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Dorian Missick ... Detective Ruben Robinson
Karina Logue ... Amber
Angel Laketa Moore
Valerie Azlynn ... Jen Miller
Lea Coco ... Richard
John Livingston
F.J. Rio ... Detective Larry Schuman
Erin Anderson ... Paola
Jon Baggio ... Golf Ball


Ben finds himself heading down a slippery slope as he attempts to help the daughter of a prostitute, putting him in hot water with the woman's pimp. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a gang-banger who may have been killed over a graffiti tag. Tang faces more questions about her shooting of an innocent bystander, which could determine whether she gets promoted to sergeant. Written by TNT Publicity

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

13 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Motorist: [Motorist is being pulled over by Cooper and Tang for dropping a banana peel out his car window onto the road] What did I do?
Officer John Cooper: Licence and registration please. You were splitting lanes. Sir, you can't eat breakfast behind the wheel.
Motorist: I'm late for work. What am I supposed to do, just pull over?
Officer John Cooper: I'm also citing you for littering.
Motorist: A banana?
Officer John Cooper: That's right.
Motorist: It's biodegradable.
Officer John Cooper: So why don't I come on over to your house and take a shit on your pillow. Would that be okay, since it's biodegradable?
Motorist: [...]
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The stakes go up
1 February 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Risk' is the penultimate fourth season episode, and you can sense it. Feels like the sun's about to set on the arcs for Sherman & Bryant and Tang & Cooper. And as buildup to the finale, this is excellent TV.

I have to admit it's frustrating that Lydia's not accepting the reality of her pregnancy. Clearly, he's her job that defines her (obviously can't bear a child while carrying a gun and wearing a bulletproof vest) but she can't have it both ways. And here we have a scene where she's attacked by a knife-wielding gangbanger (awful scene, very intense). Yeah, she's complicated, but you just want to slap her.

The situation with Sammy, Ben and Ronny the evil pimp has certainly darkened, culminating in the shock ending (series trademark); so has the partnership between Cooper and Tang (the latter of whom is inching toward a promotion while doubling down on her false statement to the review board). The scenes with Cooper make it clear: there's no going back with these two.

It's not all doom and gloom; there's actually some great humor here, between the angry sushi chef and the drunk-n-disorderly dressed as a golf ball. The lighthearted moments happen just when they need to.


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