Southland (Season 4)
4.01 – Wednesday
aired on January 17, 2012
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Jonathan Lisco


John Cooper returns to patrol after having back surgery and is paired up with Officer Jessica Tang. They respond to a runaway vehicle and a suicide attempt at a factory. Ben and Sammy pursue gang members in the midst of a shootout through a neighborhood and school, and Ben takes issue with the way the crime scene is handled by Officer Danny Ferguson. Later, Ben is in foot pursuit of an attempted rape suspect when the suspect is hit by a truck. Ben and Danny debate giving first aid to the suspect. Lydia has a former confidential informant show up requesting to be relocated. Lydia takes no pity on her circumstances and tells her to return to Lancaster. The informant is later found dead at the beach. A man walks into the police station with a gun and the ensuing shootout leaves Ferguson and other officers wounded.
4.02 – Underwater
aired on January 24, 2012
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Cheo Hodari Coker


Tang and Cooper’s past physical problems are put to the test when they are attacked by a perp on the street. Lydia and Ruben investigate a convenience store murder, and Lydia uses her typical compassionate charm to collect facts on her suspect from an unassuming grandmother. Ben and Sammy ride with another officer who is prone to small mistakes. Joel Rucker takes over as the new captain.
4.03 – Community
aired on January 31, 2012
Directed by: Felix Alcalá | Written by: Jason Horwitch


It’s Hood Day on the streets of Los Angeles, and Captain Rucker has the department playing hall monitors. Sammy lets old grudges die hard when he leaves a gang territory unattended, only to have a violent gang war erupt throughout the city. Ben’s recent mistake continues to haunt him everywhere he goes. Ruben practices his speech for his daughter’s quinceañera in the midst of a murder investigation. Cooper and Tang investigate a robbery in a strict Orthodox Jewish home, leading Tang to reveal parts of her past.
4.04 – Identity
aired on February 7, 2012
Directed by: Nelson McCormick | Written by: Sara Gran


Tang tries to help a homeless vet get an ID so he will be admitted to a homeless shelter. The situation opens John’s eyes to his partner’s past. Sammy is determined to save a dog after he accidentally shoots it in the leg. Lydia and Ruben investigate the murder of a man who lent a helping hand to women in need. Ben and Lydia each face big life changes.
4.05 – Legacy
aired on February 14, 2012
Directed by: J. Michael Muro | Written by: Heather Zuhlke


John tries to save a suicidal teen in a situation that hits extremely close to home. Sammy convinces a former addict to be an informant, with devastating consequences. Tang gets a visit from someone in her past. Lydia and Ruben investigate a supposed home invasion that appears to have been staged to cover up murder.
4.06 – Integrity Check
aired on February 21, 2012
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Jonathan Lisco


Sammy tries to make amends after the murder of a young man who agreed to testify in one of his cases. John and Tang find themselves babysitting a documentary film crew. 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.
4.07 – Fallout
aired on February 28, 2012
Directed by: Allison Anders | Written by: Etan Frankel


Things just go 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 an arrest. Lydia comes to a decision about her situation.
4.08 – God’s Work
aired on March 6, 2012
Directed by: Guy Norman Bee | Written by: Cheo Hodari Coker


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.
4.09 – Risk
aired on March 13, 2012
Directed by: J. Michael Muro | Written by: Jason Horwitch


Ben’s day goes from bad to worse as past actions come back to haunt him. Cooper and Tang are called in by FID again and Adams finds herself caught in an extremely dangerous situation that may have more of an effect on her than first thought.
4.10 – Thursday
aired on March 20, 2012
Directed by: Christopher Chulack | Written by: Jonathan Lisco


Cooper saves Tang from getting shot and Tang is promoted to Sergeant and watch commander.