Southland (Season 3)
3.01 – Let It Snow
aired on January 4, 2011
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Ann Biderman, John Wells

Lydia adjusts to having yet another new partner, Det. Josie Ochoa, while her old partner, Russell, deals with having a desk job at the station. The detectives’ first case together is of a missing woman who had been assaulted at work and they must find the rapist who was responsible. On patrol, John and Ben respond to an officer down call and wind up in a shoot-out in the middle of the street. Nate and Sammy investigate a double homicide where a local gang leader, Luis Reyes may be involved.
3.02 – Punching Water
aired on January 11, 2011
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Cheo Hodari Coker

Shorthanded on detectives, Det. Salinger brings in Lydia and Josie to help Sammy and Nate solve a series of gang-related murders. When a 4-year-old boy gets in the cross-hairs of a drive by shooting, the whole of Southeast Division is out looking for the gang member who shot him. This crime leaves some of the officers questioning why they became cops in the first place, leading Sal to note, “Fighting gang crime is like punching water. No matter how hard you hit, you can’t seem to leave a dent.” Dewey returns and preaches about being free of alcohol, but his disruptive attitude returns while on patrol.
3.03 – Discretion
aired on January 18, 2011
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Jonathan Lisco

Ben seeks revenge on his mother’s rapist, David Morgan when he is released from prison, but is reprimanded by Sgt. Hill for putting the force at risk when Morgan makes a complaint against him. Lydia and Josie clash over a case involving a bloody chainsaw and wonder if they’ll be partners any longer. Sammy deals with Tammi’s betrayal by staying at Nate’s house and constantly arguing over the phone with her. Russell asks his old partner for a loan after his wife Dina froze their accounts to protect their marital assets.
3.04 – Code 4
aired on January 25, 2011
Directed by: Felix Alcalá | Written by: Diana Son, Will Rokos

Detective Adams investigates the murder of a drug dealer and finds out the man’s own nephew may be involved. Ben starts believing too much in his abilities and John has teach him the consequence of his actions. Tammi tries to get a restraining order against Sammy and refuses a DNA test on her unborn child. Later, Nate and Sammy drive by a local gang party, and the situation gets out of control when Moretta is hit in the back of the head and killed.
3.05 – The Winds
aired on February 1, 2011
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Healther Zuhlke

The Santa Ana winds keep everyone on edge, as they recover from the loss of Detective Nate Moretta. Lydia and Josie clash while investigating a complicated rape case involving a rich married couple on the Westside. John bonds with a child abandoned by his parents while preparing to testify at his father’s parole hearing.
3.06 – Cop or Not
aired on February 8, 2011
Directed by: J. Michael Muro | Written by: Cheo Hodari Coker

A celebrity is murdered and her husband is a suspect, with Adams, Ochoa, and Russell coming to the case. John becomes frustrated with having to spend the entire day directing traffic outside the victim’s house. Sammy goes back on the street as a patrol officer and, as he tells Sal, it becomes clear he wishes to avenge his partner’s death. Lydia’s integrity comes into question when photos of the celebrity’s crime scene are leaked to the press. John disobeys his commander’s assignment to the celebrity murder and takes another radio call-out, with surprising consequences.
3.07 – Sideways
aired on February 15, 2011
Directed by: Allison Anders | Written by: Jonathan Lisco

While suspended over the leaked crime scene photos, Lydia bonds with a man slowly dying of injuries sustained when he witnessed a shootout. Sammy worries that his relationship with Nate’s widow has become too close. Cooper’s frustrations over an abandoned trailer that’s become a haven for drug users and prostitutes leads him to take direct action. Sammy is unable to identify a suspect in Nate’s murder and turns to Tammi for comfort. Chickie is haunted by a high-speed chase when Dewey accidentally hits a pedestrian. Russell confesses to Lydia that he sold the photos and she breaks off her friendship with him.
3.08 – Fixing a Hole
aired on February 22, 2011
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Will Rokos, Cheo Hodari Coker

Lydia and Josie have their hands full while watching an important witness before a murder trial. John and Ben help a malnourished boy believed to be abused by a neighborhood child molester. Sammy tracks down Nate’s killer and plans to take him to the desert. But when he gets back, Nate’s wife Mariella decides to leave town for good.
3.09 – Failure Drill
aired on March 1, 2011
Directed by: J. Michael Muro | Written by: Jonathan Lisco, Chitra Elizabeth Sampath

Cooper’s back problems continue to worsen and begin to interfere with his job performance to Ben’s anger and concern. Adams and Ochoa are assigned to a murder case where a family becomes caught in the crossfire of the investigation. Later in the day, they are confronted with a mad gunman on a rampage in a factory. Lydia begins dating again, but an awkward discovery about her date is made.
3.10 – Graduation Day
aired on March 8, 2011
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Heather Zuhlke, John Wells

Ben faces his final day of probation and has to deal with Cooper’s addiction to painkillers. Adams and Ochoa try to track down a sexual deviant who fled from his van following a pursuit and collision. Ochoa finds out that Adams has begun dating her son, a patrol officer 8 years her junior, making her question if she can continue to work with Adams. Sammy is assigned a new partner, Det. Gil Puente and questions his future as a gang crime detective in the LAPD when a warrant is issued for Nate’s killer. After seeing the birth of his son, Sammy asks Sal to transfer him to patrol so he can help train new officers. In the end, Sammy and Ben become partners.