In the season finale, John copes with the aftermath of his kidnapping, while Sammy closes in on the real robbers and the pressure builds on Ben. Meanwhile, Lydia continues to pursue John's kidnappers and becomes more intimate with Russell (special guest star TOM EVERETT SCOTT).
Chaos reigns in the City of Angels when Cooper and Lucero are kidnapped and held hostage by a pair of "tweakers." All of our cops join the frantic search to find their brothers in blue before it is too late. While Sammy searches for Strokeface (guest star MARCELLO THEDFORD), Ben tries to throw him off the trail…while simultaneously dealing with an increasingly irrational Brooke.
The funeral of a major drug dealer brings gangsters of all sorts out of the woodwork. But even with chaos in the streets, our cops learn that sometimes the greatest threats come from within. Investigating the drug related murder of Sgt. Hill's son, Lydia and Ruben discover police corruption in the process and clash over how to handle it. Ben suspects that Sammy did not destroy the tape, and decides to take matters into his own hands with tragic consequences. John sinks further into his loneliness.
John takes drastic measures to try to save Hicks while being confronted with demons from his past. Sammy's lie about the tape weighs heavily on his conscience. Lydia and Ruben track down a John Doe. Ben's relationship with Elena becomes more serious.
The day's events bring all of our cops face to face with some of their greatest fears. The death of a baby shakes Lydia to her core. Sammy is questioned by I.A. about his altercation with Tammi. A difficult day on the job causes Cooper to seek solace in Hicks (guest star GERALD McRANEY) but finds none. Ben becomes more deeply involved with Brooke while continuing to see Elena (guest star CARMEN CORRAL).
John is forced to think about what life will hold for him once he leaves the LAPD. Lydia connects with a man she sent to death rowearlier in her career. Much to his chagrin, Sammy becomes a tabloid celebrity for the day after a very public act of heroism. Benmakes a dubious decision to get a drug dealer arrested. And a foot pursuit puts Dewey in danger.
Lydia and Ruben track the killer of a man whose body was slow cooked down to the bone. John and Lucero settle into their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls. Ben and Sammy respond to an insane bank robbery call in which the suspects throw cash out into the streets as they make their escape in a getaway car.
A breakdown in the LAPD's dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops – all of whom are already grappling with communication issues. Lydia, in a moment of weakness, reaches out to her old flame, Terrell (guest star MICHAEL JACE). John is assigned a new partner, veteran cop Henry "Hank" Lucero (special guest star ANTHONY RUIVIVAR); Ben and Sammy's partnership is strained just as Ben makes a romantic connection on the job with Brooke Riley (guest star ANNIE MONROE).
After Dave Mendoza is injured in a drive-by, Ben takes it upon himself to solve the case – much to Sammy's dismay. Lydia regains her footing as a detective while investigating the murder of a female boxer's husband. Tensions between Cooper and Steele finally come to a head during a traffic stop-gone-sideways.
In the fifth season premiere, Officer Cooper clashes with his new "boot" – Gary Steele (DEREK RAY), while Lydia Adams tries to balance detective work with motherhood.
How do you stay sane with so much chaos around you? In the fifth season of the acclaimed police drama, Officer John Cooper, a recovering addict, starts to wonder what he has really accomplished after more than 20 years on the force. Officer Sammy Bryant, a detective turned beat cop, faces a whole new set of problems with his estranged wife, and tensions increase with his partner, Officer Ben Sherman, due to Sherman's darker attitude and maturity as a cop.
It's the last day on patrol for Tang, as she prepares to move to another precinct as sergeant. But first she wants to tie up some
loose ends on the beat. Lydia is pressured to make a decision about the extent of her police duties during the rest of her
pregnancy. With Sammy recovering from injuries, Ben and Dewey are partnered together. But Ben is bent on tracking down the
prostitute he's been trying to help and then getting her and her daughter away from the abusive pimp controlling their lives.
Ben finds himself heading down a slippery slope as he attempts to help the daughter of a prostitute – putting him in hot water with the woman's pimp. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a gang-banger who may have been killed over a graffiti tag. Tang faces more questions about her shooting of an innocent bystander, which could ultimately determine whether she gets promoted to sergeant.
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.
The day just goes 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 a recent arrest. And
Lydia comes to a decision about her situation.
Sammy tries to make amends after the murder of a young man who agreed to testify in one of his cases. John and Jessica find
themselves babysitting a documentary film crew. And 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.
A raw and authentic look into the Los Angeles crime scene, Season Two goes even further inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families - where new challenges, personal and professional, await the law-men and law-women of SOUTHLAND.
In the fifth season of the acclaimed police drama, John Cooper starts to wonder what he has really accomplished after more than 20 years on the force. Sammy faces a whole new set of problems with his estranged wife, and tensions increase with his partner, Ben Sherman, due to Sherman's darker attitude and maturity as a cop. Plus, Lydia meets the biggest challenge of her life - becoming a mother.
From the beaches of Malibu to the streets of East L.A., this fast-moving drama takes viewers inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. John Cooper (Band of Brothers' Michael Cudlitz) is a seasoned Los Angeles cop assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (The O.C.'s Ben McKenzie).
In SOUTHLAND's third season, Lydia Adams's relationship with her mother and new partner forces her to consider her own life as a single woman. Meanwhile, Ben Sherman continues to come into his own as a cop, but he feels increasing pressure to intervene in John Cooper's addiction. And Sammy Bryant and his wife face a major life change that could have devastating consequences for their marriage.
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