Southland

Season 4 Episode 1

Wednesday

1
Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 2012 on NBC
8.5
out of 10
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55 votes
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Detective Lydia Adams is assigned a new partner, Ruben Robinson, a former Marine, as she confronts a former confidential informant. Officer John Cooper's successful back surgery allows him to return to the job after his treatment for drug addiction. Cooper learns he has been teamed with a new partner, Jessica Tang. No longer a trainee, Officer Ben Sherman is partnered with Sammy Bryant, who continues to struggle with the loss of Nate Moretta.

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  • Excellent,, Realistic.

    10
    Season 4 start off with a very engaging and well done episode. This show was moved from NBC to TNT due to its realistic portrayal of minority street gangs, apparent (although I still cant find any excessive) violence, and raw 4 letter word (Shxt) language. If you look PAST that--you have a riveting show with excellent characters, realistic police officers and realistic street scenes. just TRY and get the scene where the officer runs into the backyard of what appears to be an entire gang of black hoods on NETWORK Tv and see how many civil rights do gooders protest. Meanwhile this show is showing REALITY. This show seems to be a hit with real police and not much from the general public who prefer glamour and priced stars over gritty , dirty streets of South Central. This was an extremely engaging and well done episode. My only complaint is I was actually annoyed they didn't show any actual blood impact gunshots in the last 10 minutes where a psycho brought a shotgun into the station house it owuld have been better but....I think TNT has a BAN on "blood squib" impact shots ((as does ABC, and NBC) I dont think I have seen any on this show.. Fox and CBS do not have that ban any longer. Other than that, a Solid 10.



    PS--I have a complaint to TNT--the episode clocked in at 40:21 including opening credits..in a 60 minute time slot. TV series from the 50's through the early 90's used to clock in at about 49 minutes per episodic hour. To shorten this down to 40 minutes to add additional commercials is REALLY pushing the limits of what a viewer will tolerate. Other networks now air hour long episodes at about 43 min and 40 seconds ...TNT is lowering that to a scant 40 minutes which means exactly 1/3rd of the hour is commercial advertisements. Ridiculous.....moreless
  • Wednesday

    7.2
    While this show is overhyped because it is not "the finest hour of television" this is still a raw and gritty program at its best and we saw that tonight. Lucy Liu fit in well, and they aggressively introduced her with racial commentary and a hostile backstory.

    From the shootout, to the chase, this is about as action-packed as you could ask for. Southland eliminates the timewasting scenes most cop shows have and as you saw today just gives us the ones we want.moreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Officer John Cooper

Shawn Hatosy

Shawn Hatosy

Officer Sammy Bryant

Regina King

Regina King

Det. Lydia Adams

Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie

Officer Ben Sherman

Lou Diamond Phillips

Lou Diamond Phillips

Officer Danny Ferguson

Guest Star

JoNell Kennedy

JoNell Kennedy

Danell

Guest Star

Dean Cameron

Dean Cameron

Mr. Milsap

Guest Star

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

Officer Jessica Tang

Recurring Role

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek

Recurring Role

Dorian Missick

Dorian Missick

Det. Trainee Ruben Robinson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Sammy and Tammi named their son Nate as a tribute to his fallen partner, Nate Moretta.

    • The first assistant director of this episode, Milos Milicevic, guest-starred as the large man who is brutalizing Officer Jessica Tang in the YouTube video.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Cooper: Why'd you get the crap detail... babysitting the guy just back from humping the pine?
      Jessica: I requested you.
      Cooper: Yeah, why's that?
      Jessica: Got tired of being hit on. Heard you wouldn't be a problem.
      Cooper: Really?
      Jessica: Yeah. Knew you were squared away. You plan on groping my thigh?
      Cooper: Maybe. (chuckling)

    • Angry Mother: (to her son Tyrell) It's gonna take Jesus and two more white folks to keep me from kicking your ass.

    • Opening Voiceover: Cops wake up every morning different from the rest of us. Our worst nightmare is just their Wednesday.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jessica: (to Cooper) Gonna shoot out the tires, T.J. Hooker? T.J. Hooker was a character portrayed by William Shatner in the drama series of the same name (1982-1986). Shatner's character was described as a tough-as-nails veteran police officer who was partnered with rookie Vince Romano.

    • Ben: (to Sammy) What's it like living in The Truman Show?

      The Truman Show (1998) was a film starring Jim Carrey in which an insurance salesman learns his entire life is actually a TV show.

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