Southland (Season 1)
1.01 – Unknown Trouble
aired on April 9, 2009
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Ann Biderman

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 is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. One of the witnesses, a teenage girl named Janila, 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, culminating in a shooting when Ben is led to use deadly force against an armed suspect to save Dewey’s life.
1.02 – Mozambique
aired on April 16, 2009
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Ann Biderman

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.
1.04 – Sally in the Alley
aired on April 30, 2009
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Angela Amato Velez, Ann Biderman

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.
1.05 – Two Gangs
aired on May 7, 2009
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Dee Johnson

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.
1.06 – Westside
aired on May 14, 2009
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Ann Biderman, Angela Amato Velez, Dee Johnson

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 in a gangland trial by taking her to his home.
1.07 – Derailed
aired on May 21, 2009
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Ann Biderman

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. 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.