The Southland Premiere
Det. Adams has gotten a warrant on kiddie-porn guy Wayne. She asks Det. Clarke, who to this point has been in two or three scenes but not uttered one single word, to take the freaked-out mom to get some coffee and away from the potential of kiddie-porn arrest. She also has to tell Clarke that he should try and get the mom to call people in her support system. Is he new on the job like Ben? Or just stupid? Wait, he said two words, "Yeah" and "Okay". Profound. The writers must love working on dialogue for this character.
There's a bad smell somewhere, and John and Ben are on the case. John thinks it might be a DV and has Ben call in that they'll cover it. But then John puts his detecting skills to work, to figure out why Ben is really here. Just sitting and biding his time until he gets a better offer in the political realm? Ben says he's a cop, same as John. Cooper (not Jimmy) says that Ben has 90210 written all over his face. Nope. That's a little bit of The O.C. still stuck to him. Give him time, he'll outgrow it.
Det. Bryant gets a call from his wife, who wants him to come home and make a baby with her. Stat. She's being played by Emily Bergl, who doesn't look nearly as cute here as she did on Men in Trees. He says that being in love with her isn't as simple as it used to be, she yells about the badge bunnies. He says there is no one else, and she wants to know why they aren't close any more and why they don't have sex. He tells her he's got to leave, to do that thing called a job. She gets annoying and weepy and says that she's keeping the dog... even though she hates it. It is amazing that any work gets done at this place with super-needy detectives' wives around.
Bryant goes out and sees three teenage girls sitting and waiting to talk to him. They witnessed the shooting. One girl insists that she's not going to talk because her mom said not to. Janella is the only one willing to help him, provided she doesn't have to go to court. She's sold once he says he'll give her a code name. That would sway me too, frankly.
John and Mike pull up at an apartment complex where an angry landlord is waiting for them. He swears he didn't turn off the electricity but the place stinks to high heaven. And the guy has dogs, a fact the landlord conveniently forgot. Ben puts out a call to Animal Control for help with the riled-up pooches.
Det. Clarke is sitting in a diner with the mom. She asks him for info, he's got nothing, but he swears he's not going to lie to her. An easy thing to promise when you hardly ever speak. He tries to reassure her, but with his limited vocabulary he has some trouble.