List of Southland episodes
Southland is an American drama series created by Emmy Award winning writer Ann Biderman. It began airing on NBC on April 9, 2009. NBC announced that Southland had been renewed for a second season with an initial 13 episode order to begin airing on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm, one hour earlier than its original Thursday time slot. Shortly before its scheduled premiere, NBC moved the opening of its second season to October 23, 2009, citing the need to promote the show more fully. On October 8, 2009, NBC announced that the series had been cancelled.
On November 2, 2009, TNT announced it has purchased the rights to Southland's original seven episodes, as well as six completed episodes from what would have been its second season. Southland began airing on TNT on January 12, 2010. On April 26, 2010 the network ordered 10 episodes for its third season, which began airing on January 4, 2011. A fourth season was ordered on March 22, 2011.
On May 10, 2013, Southland was canceled by TNT after five seasons.
|Seasons||Episodes||Originally aired||Network||DVD release date|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||7||April 9, 2009||May 21, 2009||NBC||January 26, 2010||September 26, 2011||April 17, 2013|
|2||6||March 2, 2010||April 6, 2010||TNT||May 24, 2011|
|3||10||January 4, 2011||March 8, 2011||February 5, 2013||August 12, 2013||August 14, 2013|
|4||10||January 17, 2012||March 20, 2012|
|5||10||February 13, 2013||April 17, 2013||August 13, 2013||N/A||June 25, 2014|
Season 1 (2009)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Unknown Trouble"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman||April 9, 2009||276046||9.86|
|Seasoned police officer John Cooper and his rookie trainee Ben Sherman go on watch for Sherman's first day as an LAPD officer, leading Sherman to question whether or not he has what it takes to become a police officer. Meanwhile, homicide detectives Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke race against the clock in the search for a missing girl who may have been abducted. Southeast Division gang squad detectives Nate Moretta and Sammy Bryant hunt for a witness after an innocent 15-year-old victim (Carlos Knight) is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. One of the witnesses, a teenage girl named Janila (Carla Jeffery), seems unafraid to aid in their investigation, even though her cooperation might prove dangerous. Her information leads to a raid by Sherman and Cooper, alongside Officer Bill "Dewey" Dudek (C. Thomas Howell) and his partner, Chickie Brown (Arija Bareikis), culminating in a shooting when Ben is led to use deadly force against an armed suspect to save Dewey's life.|
|2||2||"Mozambique"||Nelson McCormick||Ann Biderman||April 16, 2009||3X5051||9.58|
|When officers John Cooper, Ben Sherman and Chickie Brown rescue a baby boy found crawling across the middle of a busy Hollywood street, the hunt for his mother begins. Detective Lydia Adams finds herself affected by the search, taking a personal interest in reuniting the baby with his mother. Detectives Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta are unable to find the financial resources to put a juvenile witness in police protection after an attempt on her life and must now convince the District Attorney to place her in a student police program. And back at the station, everyone gathers for a retirement party for Officer Dewey. Meanwhile, both Detectives Sammy Bryant and "Sal" Salinger struggle with their marriages.|
|3||3||"See the Woman"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman||April 23, 2009||3X5052||8.40|
|Ben reveals details of his past to the department therapist and to his partner, John, making the motivation behind his decision to be a cop clear. Elsewhere, Dewey causes a rift in his relationship with his partner when he becomes star struck by Timmy Davis (Tom Sizemore), a famous, self-obsessed actor. When Dewey loses track of the actor, Chickie finds herself questioning her decision to take him on as her partner. Meanwhile, Russell gets sentimentally close to the sister of a rape victim.|
|4||4||"Sally in the Alley"||Christopher Chulack||Angela Amato Velez & Ann Biderman||April 30, 2009||3X5054||6.68|
|Gang detectives Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta have their work cut out for them when an unidentified female is found dead in the middle of a Los Angeles alley, with her body being used for target practice by young gang members. The tension mounts for Nate when his little sister disappears, revealing a secret from his past that blindsides Sammy. Meanwhile, Russell is offended by Lydia’s suggestion that he has been too personal during a consult with a victim’s sister.|
|5||5||"Two Gangs"||Nelson McCormick||Dee Johnson||May 7, 2009||3X5053||6.50|
|After a car accident involving alcohol, Detective Salinger has his gun stolen by gang members in South Central. Sammy and Nate assist in the search for the weapon without calling it in, only to discover the gang in question is equipped with enough assault weapons, bullet-proof vests and military tactics to become a powerful urban street army. Elsewhere, still preoccupied with her personal life, Lydia is caught off guard when a man surprises her outside her home.|
|6||6||"Westside"||Nelson McCormick||Story by: Ann Biderman
Teleplay by: Angela Amato Velez & Dee Johnson
|May 14, 2009||3X5055||4.64|
|Lydia and Russell investigate jewelry thieves who have been violently robbing homes in Bel Air. Ben discovers that he knows one of the home invasion victims and finds himself breaking police policy by becoming personally involved. Gang detective Sammy Bryant decides to ensure the safety of a key witness (Carla Jeffery) in a gangland trial by taking her to his home.|
|7||7||"Derailed"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman||May 21, 2009||3X5056||6.39|
|The day takes a turn for the worse when Officers Cooper, Sherman, Brown and Dewey find a gang member dead in a trunk outside Dodger Stadium. Meanwhile, Sammy convinces Lydia to take in Janila in order to ensure her safety. Sal becomes increasingly frustrated with his growing rift with his teenage daughter Kimmy (Annamarie Kenoyer). Russell is shot and badly wounded while trying to solve a dispute with his neighbors. Dewey Gets turned in because his alcoholism begins to affect his work and gets injured when he flips the car and also injures Brown.|
Season 2 (2010)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|8||1||"Phase Three"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman & John Wells||March 2, 2010||3X5753||2.50|
|Detective Lydia Adams has to adjust to life with a new partner, Rene Cordero (Amaury Nolasco), as they investigate the kidnapping of an elderly man, while Detective Russell Clarke is hospitalized. Chickie Brown ends up in a mini-riot when her new partner, Officer "Slug" Ferguson, accidentally shoots at an unarmed joyriding suspect.|
|9||2||"Butch and Sundance"||Nelson McCormick||Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess||March 9, 2010||3X5751||2.06|
|John and Ben are the first responders to a triple homicide in Hancock Park, where a mother is bludgeoned to death and her daughters are found bound, gagged, raped, and killed. A reluctant Det. Salinger allows Sammy and Nate to join an operation to take down a drug kingpin.|
|10||3||"U-Boat"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman||March 16, 2010||3X5752||1.86|
|Officer Cooper offers to go on patrol with Officer Chickie Brown, where he tells her that she is no longer a "good cop" due to her lack of command presence. Ben winds up in a patrol unit alone for the first time. Among the cases he has to handle on his own are a missing girl and a stalking case.|
|11||4||"The Runner"||Guy Ferland||Diana Son||March 23, 2010||3X5754||2.28|
|Lydia and her new partner, Ray Suarez (Clifton Collins, Jr.), arrive in South Central, where a young SULA student/track star was murdered. Suspicion is placed on a SULA football star. Ben and John visit Dewey in rehab and attend a former police officer's funeral in Indian Wells.|
|12||5||"What Makes Sammy Run?"||Felix Alcalá||Cheo Hodari Coker||March 30, 2010||3X5755||2.07|
|Two gangbangers are killed when gangsters open fire in a crowded night club and the shootings are connected to Moretta's daughter. Tensions rise between Det. Salinger and Det. Puente (Laz Alonso) on the gang task force. Marital problems are exacerbated when Sammy Bryant learns Tammi has been photographing gang members as he tries to prevent a young boy from destroying his life by joining a gang.|
|13||6||"Maximum Deployment"||J. Michael Muro||David Graziano||April 6, 2010||3X5756||2.07|
|Officers Cooper, Sherman and Brown are dispatched as part of a maximum deployment to catch a rapist who is impersonating a police officer. Det. Clarke returns as Lydia's partner to investigate a double homicide. Det. Salinger's wife, Captain Susan Salinger (Denise Crosby), learns of his affair with television reporter Mia Sanchez (Lisa Vidal) through his daughter.|
Season 3 (2011)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|14||1||"Let It Snow"||Christopher Chulack||Ann Biderman and John Wells||January 4, 2011||3X6751||2.11|
|Lydia adjusts to having yet another new partner, Det. Josie Ochoa (Jenny Gago), while her old partner, Russell, deals with having a desk job at the station. The detectives' first case together is of a missing woman who had been assaulted at work and they must find the rapist who was responsible. On patrol, John and Ben respond to an officer down call and wind up in a shoot-out in the middle of the street. Nate and Sammy investigate a double homicide where a local gang leader, Luis Reyes (Emilio Rivera) may be involved.|
|15||2||"Punching Water"||Christopher Chulack||Cheo Hodari Coker||January 11, 2011||3X6752||1.64|
|Shorthanded on detectives, Det. Salinger brings in Lydia and Josie to help Sammy and Nate solve a series of gang-related murders. When a 4-year-old boy gets in the cross-hairs of a drive by shooting, the whole of Southeast Division is out looking for the gang member who shot him. This crime leaves some of the officers questioning why they became cops in the first place, leading Sal to note, "Fighting gang crime is like punching water. No matter how hard you hit, you can't seem to leave a dent." Dewey returns and preaches about being free of alcohol, but his disruptive attitude returns while on patrol.|
|16||3||"Discretion"||Nelson McCormick||Jonathan Lisco||January 18, 2011||3X6753||2.11|
|Ben seeks revenge on his mother's rapist, David Morgan (Matt Eyde) when he is released from prison, but is reprimanded by Sgt. Hill (Jamie McShane) for putting the force at risk when Morgan makes a complaint against him. Lydia and Josie clash over a case involving a bloody chainsaw and wonder if they'll be partners any longer. Sammy deals with Tammi's betrayal by staying at Nate's house and constantly arguing over the phone with her. Russell asks his old partner for a loan after his wife Dina froze their accounts to protect their marital assets.|
|17||4||"Code 4"||Felix Alcalá||Story by: Diana Son and Will Rokos
Teleplay by: Will Rokos
|January 25, 2011||3X6754||2.20|
|Detective Adams investigates the murder of a drug dealer and finds out the man's own nephew may be involved. Ben starts believing too much in his abilities and John has teach him the consequence of his actions. Tammi tries to get a restraining order against Sammy and refuses a DNA test on her unborn child. Later, Nate and Sammy drive by a local gang party, and the situation gets out of control when Moretta is hit in the back of the head and killed.|
|18||5||"The Winds"||Christopher Chulack||Story by: Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess & Healther Zuhlke
Teleplay by: Heather Zuhlke
|February 1, 2011||3X6755||1.82|
|The Santa Ana winds keep everyone on edge, as they recover from the loss of Detective Nate Moretta. Lydia and Josie clash while investigating a complicated rape case involving a rich married couple on the Westside. John bonds with a child abandoned by his parents while preparing to testify at his father's parole hearing.|
|19||6||"Cop or Not"||J. Michael Muro||Cheo Hodari Coker||February 8, 2011||3X6756||1.80|
|A celebrity is murdered and her husband is a suspect, with Adams, Ochoa, and Russell coming to the case. John becomes frustrated with having to spend the entire day directing traffic outside the victim's house. Sammy goes back on the street as a patrol officer and, as he tells Sal, it becomes clear he wishes to avenge his partner's death. Lydia's integrity comes into question when photos of the celebrity's crime scene are leaked to the press. John disobeys his commander's assignment to the celebrity murder and takes another radio call-out, with surprising consequences.|
|20||7||"Sideways"||Allison Anders||Jonathan Lisco||February 15, 2011||3X6757||1.98|
|While suspended over the leaked crime scene photos, Lydia bonds with a man slowly dying of injuries sustained when he witnessed a shootout. Sammy worries that his relationship with Nate's widow has become too close. Cooper's frustrations over an abandoned trailer that's become a haven for drug users and prostitutes leads him to take direct action. Sammy is unable to identify a suspect in Nate's murder and turns to Tammi for comfort. Chickie is haunted by a high-speed chase when Dewey accidentally hits a pedestrian. Russell confesses to Lydia that he sold the photos and she breaks off her friendship with him.|
|21||8||"Fixing a Hole"||Christopher Chulack||Story by: Will Rokos
Teleplay by: Cheo Hodari Coker
|February 22, 2011||3X6758||2.05|
|Lydia and Josie have their hands full while watching an important witness before a murder trial. John and Ben help a malnourished boy believed to be abused by a neighborhood child molester. Sammy tracks down Nate's killer and plans to take him to the desert. But when he gets back, Nate's wife Mariella (Yara Martinez) decides to leave town for good.|
|22||9||"Failure Drill"||J. Michael Muro||Story by: Jonathan Lisco & Chitra Elizabeth Sampath
Teleplay by: Chitra Elizabeth Sampath
|March 1, 2011||3X6759||1.85|
|Cooper's back problems continue to worsen and begin to interfere with his job performance to Ben's anger and concern. Adams and Ochoa are assigned to a murder case where a family becomes caught in the crossfire of the investigation. Later in the day, they are confronted with a mad gunman on a rampage in a factory. Lydia begins dating again, but an awkward discovery about her date is made.|
|23||10||"Graduation Day"||Christopher Chulack||Story by: Heather Zuhlke
Teleplay by: John Wells
|March 8, 2011||3X6760||2.35|
|Ben faces his final day of probation and has to deal with Cooper's addiction to painkillers. Adams and Ochoa try to track down a sexual deviant who fled from his van following a pursuit and collision. Ochoa finds out that Adams has begun dating her son (Maurice Compte), a patrol officer 8 years her junior, making her question if she can continue to work with Adams. Sammy is assigned a new partner, Det. Gil Puente (Laz Alonso) and questions his future as a gang crime detective in the LAPD when a warrant is issued for Nate's killer. After seeing the birth of his son, Sammy asks Sal to transfer him to patrol so he can help train new officers. In the end, Sammy and Ben become partners.|
Season 4 (2012)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|24||1||"Wednesday"||Christopher Chulack||Jonathan Lisco||January 17, 2012||3X6701||1.76|
|John Cooper returns to patrol after having back surgery and is paired up with Officer Jessica Tang (Lucy Liu). They respond to a runaway vehicle and a suicide attempt at a factory. Ben and Sammy pursue gang members in the midst of a shootout through a neighborhood and school, and Ben takes issue with the way the crime scene is handled by Officer Danny Ferguson (Lou Diamond Phillips). Later, Ben is in foot pursuit of an attempted rape suspect when the suspect is hit by a truck. Ben and Danny debate giving first aid to the suspect. Lydia has a former confidential informant show up requesting to be relocated. Lydia takes no pity on her circumstances and tells her to return to Lancaster. The informant is later found dead at the beach. A man walks into the police station with a gun and the ensuing shootout leaves Ferguson and other officers wounded.|
|25||2||"Underwater"||Nelson McCormick||Cheo Hodari Coker||January 24, 2012||3X6702||2.17|
|Tang and Cooper’s past physical problems are put to the test when they are attacked by a perp on the street. Lydia and Ruben (Dorian Missick) investigate a convenience store murder, and Lydia uses her typical compassionate charm to collect facts on her suspect from an unassuming grandmother (Marla Gibbs). Ben and Sammy ride with another officer who is prone to small mistakes. Joel Rucker (Carl Lumbly) takes over as the new captain.|
|26||3||"Community"||Felix Alcalá||Jason Horwitch||January 31, 2012||3X6703||2.11|
|It's Hood Day on the streets of Los Angeles, and Captain Rucker has the department playing hall monitors. Sammy lets old grudges die hard when he leaves a gang territory unattended, only to have a violent gang war erupt throughout the city. Ben's recent mistake continues to haunt him everywhere he goes. Ruben practices his speech for his daughter's quinceañera in the midst of a murder investigation. Cooper and Tang investigate a robbery in a strict Orthodox Jewish home, leading Tang to reveal parts of her past.|
|27||4||"Identity"||Nelson McCormick||Sara Gran||February 7, 2012||3X6704||1.54|
|Tang tries to help a homeless vet get an ID so he will be admitted to a homeless shelter. The situation opens John's eyes to his partner's past. Sammy is determined to save a dog after he accidentally shoots it in the leg. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a man who lent a helping hand to women in need. Ben and Lydia each face big life changes.|
|28||5||"Legacy"||J. Michael Muro||Heather Zuhlke||February 14, 2012||3X6705||1.89|
|John tries to save a suicidal teen in a situation that hits extremely close to home. Sammy convinces a former addict to be an informant, with devastating consequences. Tang gets a visit from someone in her past. Lydia and Ruben investigate a supposed home invasion that appears to have been staged to cover up murder.|
|29||6||"Integrity Check"||Christopher Chulack||Jonathan Lisco||February 21, 2012||3X6706||1.64|
|Sammy tries to make amends after the murder of a young man who agreed to testify in one of his cases. John and Tang find themselves babysitting a documentary film crew. Lydia is ordered to put on her uniform and serve as shift supervisor for the day, but the job could be more than her body is able to handle.|
|30||7||"Fallout"||Allison Anders||Etan Frankel||February 28, 2012||3X6707||1.90|
|Things just go from bad to worse when Jessica is served legal papers in the morning and involved in a shooting in the evening. Sammy holds a grudge against Ben for not backing him up over drug evidence that may have been planted during an arrest. Lydia comes to a decision about her situation.|
|31||8||"God's Work"||Guy Norman Bee||Cheo Hodari Coker||March 6, 2012||3X6708||1.96|
|Lydia and Ruben investigate the death of a young nanny, but first they have to find the kids who were in her care. Ben tries to intervene in the life of a prostitute with a daughter, but his efforts only make things worse. And while Tang gets an update about the boy she shot, John still wants her to come clean about what really happened.|
|32||9||"Risk"||J. Michael Muro||Jason Horwitch||March 13, 2012||3X6709||1.76|
|Ben's day goes from bad to worse as past actions come back to haunt him. Cooper and Tang are called in by FID again and Adams finds herself caught in an extremely dangerous situation that may have more of an effect on her than first thought.|
|33||10||"Thursday"||Christopher Chulack||Jonathan Lisco||March 20, 2012||3X6710||1.69|
|Cooper saves Tang from getting shot and Tang is promoted to Sergeant and watch commander.|
Season 5 (2013)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|34||1||"Hats and Bats"||Christopher Chulack||Jonathan Lisco||February 13, 2013||3X7551||1.16|
|Ideals clash as John Cooper trains a new rookie officer, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan. Detective Lydia Adams struggles to care for her newly born child while simultaneously maintaining a grip on her job, leaving Christopher in her mother's hands while she contemplates informing the father of his baby's birth. Officer Sammy Bryant continues his custody battle over his son with his ex-wife, frustrating him as Tammy uses unconventional methods to win. Officer Ben Sherman is awarded the medal of valor under dubious circumstances, and is letting the commendation go to his head while on the job, as well as bringing Ben into the company of some officers with very dangerous attitudes.|
|35||2||"Heat"||Daniel Sackheim||Heather Zuhlke||February 20, 2013||3X7552||1.21|
|Tensions are high after a drive-by shooting wounds a fellow officer, Officer David Mendoza, resulting in some unconventional investigation by Officer Ben Sherman, resulting in some drastic consequences that may not have been worth the end result of the investigation. Officer John Cooper and his new trainee continue to clash, until a sudden, violent event finally puts an end to the internal conflict. Detective Lydia Adams investigates the death of a man whose body is found in the mountains, and immediately suspects the wife, who is a professional boxer. Upon closing the case, however, a tragedy hits that will change Detective Adams' life forever.|
|36||3||"Babel"||J. Michael Muro||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||February 27, 2013||3X7553||1.18|
|Faced with the recent and sudden departure of his latest rookie officer, Officer John Cooper refuses to train a new boot. He is paired with Officer Henry Lucero, a veteran officer whose methods clash with Cooper's and refuses to be treated like a rookie. The dispatch center goes down, resulting in heavily delayed response times. Sammy tries to talk to his ex-wife, resulting in a confrontation and a subsequent complaint to Internal Affairs. Later, Bryant and Officer Ben Sherman respond to a mass shooting where they exchange shots with the suspect. Detective Lydia Adams plans her mother's funeral while getting her life in order. Adams also tries to get in contact with an old love.|
|37||4||"Under the Big Top"||Felix Alcalá||Sara Gran||March 6, 2013||3X7554||1.51|
|Officer Sammy Bryant faces a financial crisis when a court evaluator finds he needs to make several expensive renovations in order to keep his child. Temptations arise when he and his partner, Officer Ben Sherman, chase a bank robber by car and later into the subway. Detectives Lydia Adams and Ruben Robinson find themselves investigating a missing persons case where a body is discovered dissolved in acid - but the case may not be all that it appears. The father of Detective Adams' son insists on being a part of his child's life, resulting in a major headache for Lydia. Officers John Cooper and Henry Lucero find themselves on the receiving end of some very strange and unusual calls.|
|38||5||"Off Duty"||Regina King||Zack Whedon||March 13, 2013||3X7555||1.72|
|Officer Sammy Bryant becomes a tabloid celebrity and receives unwanted paparazzi attention after he performs a heroic act while working as a private security guard for a celebrity. Officer John Cooper begins to think about what life will hold for him once he leaves the LAPD as he responds to a call which could place his back into danger. Detective Lydia Adams leaves the city in order to convince a death row inmate to tell her the locations of several bodies in murders he is suspected of. Officer "Dewey" Dudek suffers a life threatening emergency during a foot pursuit which lands him in the hospital. Officer Ben Sherman tips off the drug squad resulting in an arrest, making him think about taking the detective exam.|
|39||6||"Bleed Out"||Christopher Chulack||Chad Feehan||March 20, 2013||3X7556||1.45|
|The day’s events bring all of our cops face to face with some of their greatest fears. The death of a baby really upsets Officer "Dewey" and shakes Detective Lydia Adams to her core. Officer Sammy Bryant and Ben Sherman are questioned by I.A. about the altercation with Tammi. Bryant, to Sherman's anger, terminates a vehicle pursuit after losing his nerve. A difficult day on the job causes Cooper to seek solace in Hicks, (guest star Gerald McRaney) but finds no sympathetic ear. Ben becomes more deeply involved with Brooke (guest star Annie Monroe) while continuing to see Elena (guest star Carmen Corral).|
|40||7||"Heroes"||J. Michael Muro||Heather Zuhlke||March 27, 2013||3X7557||1.32|
|Officer John Cooper takes drastic measures to save his former training officer, Hicks, from his own alcoholism. Upon reporting for work, John is confronted by a priest who attempts to convince him to visit his dying father in prison, a request he steadfastly refuses. Detective Lydia Adams searches for a dead John Doe, killed during a robbery, while growing a relationship with her child's father, recently divorced. Sammy's lie to IA about having the video tape weighs heavily on his conscience, resulting in an angry outburst. Ben's relationship with Elena grows more serious.|
|41||8||"The Felix Paradox"||Stephen Cragg||Aaron Rahsaan Thomas||April 3, 2013||3X7558||1.46|
|The funeral of a major drug dealer brings gangsters of all kinds out of the woodwork. Ben Sherman breaks up with the teacher he's been dating after meeting her parents. Sherman doesn't like the fact that they're privileged rich people and just because she works at an inner-city school doesn't mean she really understands. Lydia Adams and Ruben Robinson investigate the drug related murder of Sgt. Hill’s son; they discover police corruption in the process and clash over how to handle it, eventually turning it over to I.A.B. Ben and Sammy find a little girl away from home, they take her back home where they find a lot of drugs. Five guys show up and are mad the cops entered the home, threaten to do the same to them. Ben suspects that Sammy did not destroy the tape of his altercation with Tammi and decides to take matters into his own hands with tragic consequences. Ben has someone break into Sammy's house to steal the tape and make it look like a robbery and vandalism job by the guys from the house they found drugs at earlier that day. The babysitter was home with Sammy's son; the baby sitter was hurt in the robbery. After Cooper's partner, Hank Lucero, is grazed by a bullet that was shot at him they go to eat at his wife's restaurant, Cooper overhears a conversation and finds out that Hank has been separated from his wife and hasn't seen his wife or kids in one and a half years but is telling Cooper and everyone he goes home to them every day. John sinks further into his loneliness; he tells his ex-wife that he now wants to have a baby with her to raise together, even though they wouldn't work out romantically.|
|42||9||"Chaos"||Christopher Chulack||Zack Whedon||April 10, 2013||3X7559||1.59</ref>|
|Chaos prevails in the City of Angels when Cooper and Lucero are ambushed on a call, kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of meth addicts. All of the LAPD cops join the frantic search to find their brothers in blue before it is too late. Cooper and Lucero are brutalized by the kidnappers, who eventually murder Lucero with his own service weapon and force Cooper to bury the body before leaving him for dead. Cooper is able to escape and get to a public area where he breaks down in grief. Sammy searches for Strokeface and pursues him into a construction site, where Strokeface jumps to his death. Ben tries to throw Sammy off the trail of his planned break-in while simultaneously dealing with an increasingly irrational Brooke (guest star Annie Monroe). (The Cooper-Lucero segment portrays a re-imagined version of real-life events that took place in The Onion Field.)|
|43||10||"Reckoning"||Christopher Chulack||Jonathan Lisco||April 17, 2013||3X7560||1.83</ref>|
|Sammy closes in on the real robbers. Ben makes his girlfriend's brother, Cris, who broke into Sammy's house leave town. He also has Cris' car towed so the helicopter patrol won't spot it. Sammy finds the tow records and ties it back to Ben. After confronted with this Ben admits what he did but justifies his action because he lied for Sammy but Sammy wouldn't destroy the tape. They end up in a physical altercation. Lydia continues to pursue John’s kidnappers. They eventually corner him and the SWAT team kills the suspect when he won't surrender. Lydia's relationship with her former partner, Russell (special guest star Tom Everett Scott), grows. Ben's previous girlfriend, the school teacher, continues to bother him; she shows up at Ben's current girlfriend's house that she found by installing a location finder application on his phone. John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping but doesn't want to admit he's having a difficult time. He's currently on desk duty which he's upset about. It doesn't help him when his ex-wife, who he has been staying with since his kidnapping, tells him she no longer wants to have a child with him. All his stresses come to a head when the neighbors John suspects of growing marijuana call him a pig for turning off their loud generator. John disarms one of the neighbors and uses his gun to beat the other neighbor. The police show up and shoot John twice when he stands up, gun in his hand even though it's at his side. However, because he ignored the officers' warnings to put the gun down, he stood up anyway. The episode fades out before it is known if John lives or dies.|
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