Southland

Season 1 Episode 2

Mozambique

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2009 on NBC
6.6
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212 votes
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Episode Summary

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An investigation is opened when Officers Cooper, Sherman, and Brown find an abandoned baby in the middle of an intersection. However, the case proves to be too close to home for Det. Adams, whose involvement with the investigation forces her to deal with past issues. Meanwhile, Detectives Bryant and Moretta find themselves in a difficult situation when they can't seem to gather sufficient funds to place a teenager under police protection for her safety.

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  • Forgettable

    6.5
    A low key episode that attempts to keep our focus on the key personal issues faced by the members of the main cast. Instead of focusing on one key plot to provide the foil for all the characters, the writers have opted to use several shorter sub-plots and one or two that look like they will linger into episodes beyond this one. In this respect the only real worth to be found is in the characterisation, which keeps this episode from being downright average.



    Most scenes unfortunately never register beyond a level of averageness, though a couple of action scenes do their best to raise the pulse to keep the pace moving forwards. However, the short scenes provide a sense akin to that of the impulses of a heart monitor, in that we know that very shortly the path of the teleplay will change to something else. This actually works very well in ensuring you will retain your focus on proceedings rather than being bored and switching over.



    Dialogue is perhaps the only aspect of this particular tale that is consistently better than average throughout.



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  • The episode's two main stories deal with Detective Adams resolving the baby case along with Officer Sherman's continued development. Officer Cooper continues to play the veteran mentoring the rookie.

    9.0
    The Good:

    -- Acting is strong. -- Storylines are believable and highlight problems we continue to ignore as a society in the inner city.

    -- Accurately portrays how the police have to put the puzzle pieces together to solve cases.



    I found the Cooper storyline to be a bit forced. Would even a rookie rush into a robbery alone? Sure, he has to be mentored by the veterans but I'd have liked the writers to have him make a not so obvious error.



    The stronger storyline was the one with Adams. It shows how issues in our own lives often motivate us to take issue with things at work.



    Enjoying the show. And, for the record, I like the bleeped out cursing. I might be in the minority here but if they were cursing left, right, and center it would limit when I would watch it. I've heard it all before and don't need it broadcast through my house. If they want to keep it in the dialogue for 'realism' ok, but bleeping it out is fine by me.



    Until next week,

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Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro

Det. Nate Moretta

Arija Bareikis

Arija Bareikis

Officer Chickie Brown

Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Officer John Cooper

Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy

Det. Sammy Bryant

Regina King

Regina King

Det. Lydia Adams

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Det. Daniel "Sal" Salinger

Lisa Vidal

Lisa Vidal

Mia Sanchez

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan

D.A. Deborah Janowitz

Guest Star

Ronnie Gene Blevins

Ronnie Gene Blevins

Barry

Guest Star

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl

Tammi Bryant

Recurring Role

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler

Kenny No-Gun

Recurring Role

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (after Kimmy spies Mia Sanchez making out with her father)
      Kimmy Salinger: Dad, she's so cool.
      Sal Salinger: What?
      Kimmy Salinger: She's so beautiful. I've seen her on the news.
      Sal Salinger: You're being disrespectful towards your mother.
      Kimmy Salinger: Mom's a bitch!
      Sal Salinger: Shhh. You will never talk that way about your mother, you hear me?

    • Cooper: (after Sherman misreads a situation and cuffs the wrong man) You may be a great shot, but you still know [bleep] about being a cop.

    • Officer #2: (interrupting Cooper's explanation of the Mozambique to Sherman to congratulate him on his takedown on the last shift) They don't put you up for the medal for this? Something's wrong.
      Sherman: (abashedly chuckling) Thank you.
      Cooper: Yeah, for the whole 30 seconds he's been on the job he definitely deserves the medal of valor.

    • Opening Voiceover: Detective Lydia Adams, at the end of a very long day, had to give up a baby. It wasn't the first time.

    • Sherman: You know who my father is, right?
      Cooper: Scum bag defense lawyer, Ben Sherman.
      Sherman: Yeah... Yeah. My father represented this drug dealer, guy's brother went to jail. Dealer was pissed, thought it was my dad's fault. Had some people over to, uh, visit our house. Only problem was, that my dad had already walked out, left us. They were pretty pissed off. I was ten. After that, this kid I was in school with, his, uh, his dad thought I should learn to defend myself. So, he took me and his son to the gun club every Saturday. Taught us both to shoot.

  • NOTES (2)

    • As part of the lead up to the second season, TNT rebroadcast the first season. This episode re-aired on TNT on January 19, 2010.

    • The music heard in this episode was "Born to Be Wild (Easy Rider Version)" by Steppenwolf and "Tears Dry on Their Own" by Amy Winehouse.

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