Thursday, January 31, 2013

SouthLAnd Intro Contest!




Win SouthLAnd prizes with the first of two contests before the Season 5 Premiere!

Below is a list of episode intros from all four seasons.  Below that are the answers to choose from.  However, to make it a little more difficult; there are more answers than intros.

In order to enter, email us at Southlandfirst@gmail.com with your answers.  Put Intros Contest in the subject line. Simply put the number of the intro and the letter of its matching episode.  Ex:  1-z, 2-y, 3-x, etc.

If there is more than one entry with all the correct answers, the winner will be selected in a random drawing.

Contest runs until midnight, Eastern time zone, Saturday February 2nd.

Prizes:  Season 1 DVD, a pen and magnet from the LAPD police academy gift shop, a signed promotional picture of C. Thomas Howell, and an initialed promo picture signed by Michael Cudlitz. 

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1.  The city of Los Angeles is made up of over one hundred separate and distinct ethnic, racial, and religious communities.  LA cops have to navigate all of them if they want to survive.

2.  Officer John Cooper knows, and Ben Sherman will learn, that sometimes you see things as a cop that nobody should see.


3.  Police officers often find themselves frustrated by the limitations of the legal system.  Sometimes cops have to improvise.


4.  Holiday weekends are notoriously busy for the police.  Our officers had made plans for the weekend, but they were derailed.

5.  All cops have to make judgment calls they hope they won’t regret.  No cop ever bats a thousand.


6.  The average street cop in Los Angeles makes $75,000 a year.  It’s not enough.

 7.  Three officers started out the day thinking they had nothing in common.  By the end of shift, two of them found out this was not true.

 8.  Every victim has a story.  Detective Lydia Adams has seen this one before.




A.  Derailed 
B.  Mozambique
C.  See the Woman
D.  Two Gangs
E.  Phase Three
F.  Butch & Sundance
G.  Maximum Deployment
H.  The Runner
I.   Punching Water
J.  Discretion
K.  Sideways
L.  Let It Snow
M.  Identity
N.  Community 
O.  Legacy
P.   Integrity Check















Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Southland Timeline - Season Four


Season Four

There is a new and improved Officer Cooper.

Cooper’s new partner is Officer Jessica Tang (Lucy Liu).

Ben and Sammy are now partners.

Lydia has a new partner, Detective Ruben Robinson (Dorian Missick).


Lou Diamond Phillips guest stars as Ferguson; a jaded, cynical, patrol officer.

Lydia has some problems with a former CI.  The CI was moved out of town for her own safety, but keeps coming back for drugs.

Shootout at the Alvarado Division station.  Ferguson is wounded and the station is shot up.

While trying to clear out some teenage kids from a parking lot, Ben is hit and spit on by a couple of teenage girls.  Ben, in turn, hits one of the girls with his fist.

Lydia:  “Guilt never surprises me; only innocence does."

A man gets overheated in an adult XXX store and runs out of the store on fire.  Tang, Cooper, and Dewey investigate.  Dewey can’t hold back.  He tells Cooper and Tang his preferences:  BBWs with “tig ole bitties” and compares them to mopeds, “They’re a lot of fun until someone sees you on one.”

A child molester complains to Cooper and Tang that his neighborhood is harassing him.

It’s Hood Day and Captain Rucker wants all his police officers to observe only and no dinky arrests.

A man is taking advantage of Jewish families and burglarizing their homes on Saturday.

Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a Hispanic lawyer who is doing fraudulent loan consolidations for her local Hispanic community.

Ben, Sammy, and 2 other patrol officers eat at El Siete.

Sammy keeps trying to get Ben to move to Castaic.

Lydia is pregnant.  And from here on out, every storyline that she’s involved with revolves around kids or pregnancies.

Cooper and Tang help a homeless Marine.

Ben chases a suspect and Sammy shoots a dog, thinking it was the suspect.

Sammy, Ben, Dewey, and one other cop have lunch at El Siete.

Tang and Cooper investigate a body on the railroad tracks.  The county is arguing that the city is responsible and Cooper is arguing that the county is responsible.  Meanwhile, Tang is arguing on the phone trying to get the homeless Marine some help.  Seeing and hearing Tang on the phone, the county officers decide they would rather take care of the body.

Cooper says he wants to retire with six stripes (30 years) plus one day.

Ben and Sammy trade pranks throughout the episode.

Tang and Cooper talk to a woman on the side of the street who flags them down.  Mary says her son J.C. has been abducted and she doesn’t know where he’s been taken. “Your son is Jesus Christ?  You must be very proud.”

Cooper tries to talk down a gay teenage possible jumper.  Cooper tells the kid that he himself is gay and encourages the kid, “It gets better.”  The kid jumps anyway, but Cooper catches him by one leg, and with the help of Tang and others, he manages to pull the kid back onto the roof.


Cooper:  “I got a lot of problems kid.  Being gay isn’t one of them.”

Despite Cooper’s strong displeasure; Tang and Cooper have a documentary crew riding  around with them.

Dewey, Cooper, and Tang respond to a woman in a van arguing with her husband.  When they get there, the husband is pulled aside, and the woman bumps the patrol car with her van.  Dewey tries to get the woman out when she jumps out with a knife in her hand.  She brandishes the knife and Tang tackles her.  Unfortunately the knife is caught under the woman and impales her stomach.

After chasing a suspect, Lydia collapses in an alley.

Ben accuses Sammy of planting evidence.


Cooper is severely injured when a suspect jumps him and tries to eat through his neck.

Tang shoots an innocent kid who was playing with a toy gun with an orange tip.  As she assesses the kid, she removes the orange tip from the gun.

Cooper suspects that Tang removed the orange tip, but he didn’t see it; so frustratingly  there’s nothing he can say or do.  This weighs on Cooper heavily.

Since Ben accused Sammy of planting evidence, Sammy has given Ben the cold shoulder.  Ben is frustrated with this and asks Sammy when he’s going to stop the cold shoulder treatment.

The weight of not being able to correct Tang’s mistake is causing Cooper a lot of stress and he wants to turn back to drugs.  But he talks to his AA sponsor, who helps to calm him down.  

Ben gets involved with trying to help hooker Amber and her teenage daughter, Daniella.

Ben beats up pimp Ronnie.

Cooper:  “An asshole with a small carbon footprint is still an asshole.

Lydia is attacked while searching an abandoned house.


Cooper and Tang have to go back before the FID when the kid that Tang shot wakes up.     Cooper is sure that Tang is guilty of removing the toy gun’s tip; but she still tells FID it wasn’t there.  They are both silent in the patrol car afterwards.

Pimp Ronnie pulls up beside Ben and Sammy’s patrol car and starts shooting.  Ronnie chases them, shooting all the time.  Ben and Sammy slide into an intersection where another car T-bones them on Sammy’s side.  Ronnie drives away.

Ben visits Sammy in the hospital.  Sammy is afraid of what Ben will do with the whole Amber/Daniella/Ronnie situation and pleads with him to not go back to patrol yet.  But Ben is determined to save Daniella.

With Sammy in the hospital, Ben is paired up with Ferguson.

Ben takes Daniella to Children of the Night.

Ferguson begins to see that Ben is on a mission.

Ben goes to Amber to get her to tell him where Ronnie is.  He tells her he has Daniella and if she doesn’t tell him where Ronnie is...Amber says, “What? You’ll hurt her?  You’re a cop.”

Lydia goes to the hospital to interview a small girl who has burns over most of her body and probably will not live.  This really affects Lydia and makes her realize she doesn’t want to expose her baby to a lot of things that cops do.  She takes a letter from her doctor to Fernandez stating she is to stay home for the duration of her pregnancy.

Tang and Cooper go to a car wash where a robbery is in progress.  Tang proves again that she is reckless and Cooper has to cover her.  Not that Tang sees it that way.

Ben puts Daniella on a bus to Corpus Christie.

At the bar where Tang’s promotion party is being held; Tang and Cooper have it out ending with Tang throwing the orange tip she removed from the gun at Cooper while yelling, “Who the fuck are you? God?”

Lydia tells Terrell that her baby is his.

Ben chases Ronnie on foot and shoots him.  The shooting takes place off camera and lets the viewer decide what happened.  When other officers arrive on the scene, Ferguson backs up Ben even though he didn’t see what happened.  “Asshole pulled a gun.”

Ben goes to Amber and tells her that Daniella is on a bus to Corpus Christie.  And he advises her to do the same.


Tang reports to her job as watch commander.

Cooper has a new boot.

Monday, January 28, 2013

TNT has released new press kit materials for SouthLAnd season five

Press release:


"Few series about police officers have been as realistic and as emotionally gripping as TNT’s Southland. This February, the critically acclaimed series set and shot on the streets of Los Angeles is back for its fifth season. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and John Wells Productions, Southland stars Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King and Ben McKenzie. Joining the ranks as a series regular this season will be former recurring guest star C. Thomas Howell.

Season five of Southland is slated to premiere Wednesday, February 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TNT. In addition to the regular cast, Dorian Missick, Emily Bergl and L. Scott Caldwell will return as recurring guest stars, with Chad Michael Murray, Anthony Ruivivar and Annie Monroe set to guest-star in multi-episode arcs during season five.

Since premiering in 2009, Southland has redefined the police drama with its raw, authentic look at the lives and work of Los Angeles detectives and beat cops. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Southland captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.

In Southland, Cudlitz plays Officer John Cooper, a recovering addict who, this season, starts to wonder what he has really accomplished after more than 20 years on the force. Hatosy plays Officer Sammy Bryant, a detective-turned-beat-cop facing a whole new set of problems from his estranged wife. King plays Detective Lydia Adams, who meets probably the biggest challenge of her life – becoming a mother. And McKenzie is Officer Ben Sherman, whose growing maturity as a cop brings a darker attitude and increased tension between him and his partner, Sammy.

Now a series regular, four-season veteran Howell plays Officer “Dewey” Dudek, a recovering alcoholic who revels in his unpredictable behavior and off-color remarks. Missick reprises his recurring role from last season as Detective Ruben Robinson, who provides some experienced parental insight for his partner, Lydia. Bergl will return as Tammi Bryant, who has brought nothing but trouble upon her soon-to-be ex-husband, Sammy. And Caldwell will return in her recurring role as Lydia’s caring but sometimes intrusive mother.

New this season on Southland, Murray is set to appear in a two-episode arc as Dave Mendoza, a likable cop who is a bit of a loose cannon and whose off-duty behavior may not always be the best influence on Ben. Ruivivar will play Lucero, a veteran cop who was born in Mexico and raised in East L.A. And Monroe will play a new love interest for Ben.

The fourth season of Southland averaged more than 2.9 million viewers. The show grew its delivery of adults 18-49 by +3% over the previous season to 1.3 million. The show also averaged 1.4 million adults 25-54, a +2% boost over season three."


Episode synopsis for "Hats and Bats" :

“Hats and Bats” – Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
In the season 5 premiere of Southland, Officer John Cooper clashes with his new boot, Gary Steele (guest star Derek Ray), a vet from Afghanistan. Lydia struggles to balance detective work and motherhood. Ben Sherman falls in with a sketchy crowd of cops (Chad Michael Murray guest stars), while Sammy Bryant is trapped in a hellish custody battle with Tammi (guest star Emily Bergl).

Directed by Christopher Chulack
Written by Jonathan Lisco
Created by Ann Biderman


Link to advance photos for episode one:

Season five promotional photos
















Thursday, January 24, 2013

Southland Timeline - Season Three


Ben, Chickie, Cooper, and Chickie’s boot are involved in a shootout after a bank robbery.

Lydia has a new partner, Josie Ochoa.


After confronting a gang boss and having to back off; Nate tells Sammy, “Better live pussies than dead heroes.”

Laurie refuses to give Cooper any drugs and asks him to seek rehab help.

Tammy is pregnant.

Dewey is back from rehab and partnering with Cooper.

Dewey and Cooper discover a “sticky situation” at a motel.

Quinceanera drive-by shooting.

Lydia smacks Dewey.

Dewey spews angry comments to Cooper over Lydia’s smackdown.

Cooper steals Ben from Chickie and leaves Dewey behind.

Tammy has a boyfriend.

Josie and Lydia argue over how to perform police work.

Ben’s mom’s rapist is released from prison and Ben tracks him down and confronts him.

Lydia and Josie eat at El Siete and decide they no longer want to be partners.

Sammy and Nate go to a cockfight to find El Flacco leading to many funny statements about cocks.  “Suspect is running with his cock in his hand.”

Ben makes a lot of mistakes - wrong death notification; doesn’t handle a woman in a domestic violence situation and she throws grease at her boyfriend; loses a suspect.

Ben, Cooper, and 2 other patrol cops eat at El Siete.

Ben calms down a man in his underwear who has been tazed several times to no effect.  The man later jumps out of an ambulance onto the hood of Ben and Cooper’s patrol car.

As Nate and Sammy drive through a gang neighborhood, a bottle is thrown.  Nate gets out to confront the person who threw it.  The gang starts to close in and one of them hits Nate in the back of the head with a metal pipe.  Nate is rushed to the hospital where he is pronounced dead.

Hung vs hanged - “Google it, Boot.”

Lydia and Josie investigate a rape.

Cooper testifies at the parole hearing of his Dad.  “My father should stay in here until the day he dies.”


Sammy goes back to patrol work.

Lydia and Josie investigate a celebrity double murder.

While eating at El Siete with Officer Jones, Sammy receives a call telling him that he is the father of Tammy’s baby.

Lydia is suspended for leaking photos of the celebrity murders.

Dewey:  “Blow jobs can save lives.”

Lydia stays at the hospital with a dying man who witnessed a murder.

Cooper:  “I find it novel, Dewey, every once in a while to give a shit.”

Dewey hits a pedestrian during a car chase.

Russ confesses to Lydia that he was the one to leak the photos.

Lydia and Josie have to babysit an alcoholic witness to a murder.

Cooper:  “I’ve got a Ph.d in street.”

Josie and Lydia’s witness escapes their lunch to “get her swerve on.”

Sammy tries to bury Nate’s killer, Leprechaun, in the desert.

Lydia gets some help and advice from a cop at the shooting range.

Cooper tosses his pills down a toilet, but later has to buy more.

Cooper and Ben investigate a break-in at a woman’s house.  What did they steal, Ma’am?  My uterus.

Ben has to give information on car seats at a community center because Cooper is too zonked on drugs to get out of the car.

The cop from the shooting range asks Lydia out.

Josie and Lydia get involved in a factory shootout.  Lydia takes the advice of the cop at the shooting range, and kills the shooter with a two to center mass and one to the head.

Ben confronts Cooper about his lethargy.

Lydia discovers the guy who asked her out is Lydia’s son.  She gets involved with him anyway.

Roll call on the last day for boots.  Ben is assigned to Alvarado division.

Chickie also gets a new assignment in Metro.

Tammy has her baby.

Josie discovers her son is Lydia’s new boyfriend.

Ben chases a suspect up on to the roof of a building and follows him when the suspect jumps over to another building. Ben and the suspect fight and then the suspect tries to jump back to the other building, fails, and falls to his death.  Cooper with his bad back has slowly followed Ben and just now makes it to the roof.

Back on the ground, Ben angrily gives Cooper an ultimatum:  go to rehab tonight or take a drug test at work.


Ben drives Cooper to the hospital.  The nurse gets Cooper’s history and he tells her he takes, Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet.  When she asks about illegal drugs, Cooper says, “No. I’m a Cop.”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Southland Timeline - Season Two


Season Two

Ben passes into Phase Three.

Lydia has a new partner, Rene Cordero.


Chickie and “The Slug” Ferguson face a riot in a neighborhood called “The Jungle”.

Cooper, Ben, Lydia, and Rene cover a triple homicide in Hancock Park.
Cooper hooks up with his drug dealer.

Ben is on his own in a U-Boat for the first time.

Chickie rides with Cooper.  He tells her she was once a good cop, but she no longer is.  As the shift goes on, he finds more and more problems with her.

Chickie asks a man to get out of the car repeatedly. When he refuses to comply, Cooper steps up and gets the guy out.  Then he tells Chickie, “Ask ‘em.  Tell ‘em.  Make ‘em.”

Cooper calls in a favor from the fire department to get a pair of sneakers off an overhead line.  As he and Ben sit on the curb watching, Cooper tells Ben a story from his past that applies to the current situation; “You can’t save everyone.”


Lydia gets a new partner, Detective Ray Suarez.

Cooper and Ben visit Dewey in rehab, where Dewey has a new addiction - coffee.

Cooper tells Ben that he’s gay.

Sammy befriends and mentors Casper - a kid who has yet to join a gang.

Cooper and Ben observe a man on an escalator taking video up a woman’s skirt.  Cooper grabs the IPOD and while cheerfully discussing what was wrong with what the suspect was doing, tears the IPOD apart with his bare hands.


Casper shoots someone and Sammy is sad, heartbroken, and angry with what Casper did.

Ben and Cooper discover guns and millions of dollars in cash when they search the house of a domestic violence call.

Cooper in boxers.  That is all.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Southland Timeline - Season One


Season One

FTO Cooper lays the law down to new boot Ben.  “Look sharp.  Act sharp.  Be sharp.”

Dewey says inappropriate things from his first appearance.

Ben faces his first dead body call and has trouble making it through.

Tammy aggravates Sammy with numerous phone calls.

Janilla witnesses a gang shooting and is willing to testify.

At the scene of an unknown trouble call, a banger shoots Dewey; then Ben shoots the banger.

Cooper gives his Greatest Show on Earth speech and questions Ben on whether he really wants to be a cop.

Ben comforts the sister of the boy who got shot.  The sister asks Ben if he’s a cop.  Ben hesitates, thinking about what Cooper said and says, “Yeah.  Yeah.”

As Cooper, Chickie, and Ben are patrolling; Ben sees a burglary in progress.  He jumps out of the car and runs off by himself.  He confuses the store owner with the burglar and releases the wrong man.  Fortunately Cooper is waiting outside to catch the burglar and to point out Ben’s errors.

Cooper, Chickie, and Ben find a baby crawling in the street.

Retirement party for Dewey.
Sal is having an affair with a reporter.

Gang members shoot up the house of Janilla’s grandmother.

Lydia visits her (now married) ex-boyfriend Terrell.

Sammy and Nate take Janilla and her grandmother to a hotel.

Cooper warns Ben the he must always know where they are.

Movie star Timmy Davis (Tom Sizemore) is held at gunpoint.



Ben chases men who were trying to extort money from a shop owner.  When reporting in, he states he’s at 132 1/2 Genessee; making a point to Cooper.

Cooper gives fighting couple a divorce.

Cooper and Ben go to rescue Dewey, who is handcuffed to a bed at Timmy Davis’ house.

Cooper and ex-wife Laurie meet for dinner; but it’s just a means for her to give him drugs.

El Siete makes its first appearance of many with Nate and Sammy.

We find out Nate’s sister is actually his daughter.

Sal has a wreck and his gun is stolen.


Cooper and Ben go on numerous “garbage calls”.

Sal breaks up with the reporter.

Ben becomes involved with Daisy.

Lydia starts a relationship with Talib.

Cooper buys drugs at the gay club.

Chickie attempts to turn in Dewey (for being drunk on the job) and Dewey drives to the LA River and crashes.

When Janilla is staying at Lydia’s house; gang members make an attempt on Janilla’s 
life and shoot up Lydia’s house. 

Janilla is placed in witness protection.

Russell is shot when attempting to invite an arguing couple to the neighborhood cookout.