Southland (2009–2013)
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Off Duty 

John thinks about life after the LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to Death Row. And Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity after a very public act of heroism.


Regina King


Ann Biderman (creator), Zack Whedon | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Officer Sammy Bryant
C. Thomas Howell ... Officer Dewey Dudek
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Gerald McRaney ... Hicks
Dorian Missick ... Detective Ruben Robinson
Anthony Ruivivar ... Officer Hank Lucero
Lesley Fera ... Sergeant Waters
Annie Monroe ... Brooke Riley
Roxana Brusso ... Detective Alicia Fernandez
Jo Farkas ... Jeanne
John Dennis Johnston ... Eric
Hedy Burress ... Laurie Cooper
Carmen Corral ... Elena Herrera


Ben enjoys his LAPD recruitment poster boy 'star' status. It is equaled less graciously by partner Sammy Bryant, who becomes the 'celebrity' hero of the day while moonlighting as nocturnal pop star bodyguard by accidentally witnessing and preventing a violent kidnapping, but still has a hard time allowing his ex and her new partner even to allow him discussing better custody terms. Cockily pursuing petty thief, Dewey Dudek gets badly hurt but enjoys being a pampered prick patient. Cooper's back injury may be rekindled by his overzealous rookie's charge on a giant suspect. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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After you hang up the uniform, what next?
4 February 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I've always remember the first season for the dark (pitch black) way that it goes out - and takes the show with it - but the best episode (possibly of the whole series) is at the halfway mark. 'Off Duty' has something for every character, giving them substance and tying them into one cohesive story. The writing, editing and direction are superb, and the best scenes happen when the guns are holstered. Profound characterization across the board; Cooper, Sherman, Bryant, Adams, Dewey, all of them.

This episode weighs heavily largely because of Cooper's increasing unease. The rotten corpse in the bathtub, Dewey's heart attack, another back injury, and the presence of his old training officer (Gerald McRaney, perfectly capturing the character's loneliness in retirement) all serve to plunge the character into self-doubt over his future on the job. Nothing bad really happens to him here (the injury will heal)but those are awful questions to have hanging over someone. It's an excellent episode and really starts the show's endgame.


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13 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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