The Southland Premiere
At the station, an irate mother is there, mad that Bryant and Moretta are interviewing 14-year-old girls without a parent around. She gets even more ticked off when Moretta suggests that they could always move her. Janella says they can call her if they have more questions, which causes the mother to drag her out of there.
A call of unknown violence calls in, John tells Ben that it could be funky. Ben responds anyway.
They go see the bus driver at her house. Despite seeing the entire crime shake down and getting a good look at the perps, she's not willing to say squat. She says that everyone loses people and everyone bangs around there. The detectives walk away with no info, but then Bryant gets a call from Janella. She wrote down the license plate. He tells her she'll make an awesome cop.
The plate? Coincidentally the same as the one that is sitting in front of the house had the unknown violence complaint. John and Ben run the plates, just as Moretta and Bryant discover that the car belongs to a guy named Zig Zag, who just got out of jail and they've been on a spree of "ABGs", or Any Body Goes. Moretta puts out a broadcast.
Ben and John go in, they've got backup from Billy and Chickie. Billy thinks they should call SWAT, but John just chalks the scene up as "a bunch of drunk cholos." The Moretta broadcast clearly didn't reach the crew in time. John advises Ben to cuff the guys and then search them for weapons. There are a lot of barking animals and loud music playing, and the three shooters are sitting in the backyard with some drunk girls, to boot. The cops get to arresting them. Ben cuffs one guy, but doesn't get to pat him down, before Billy tells him to take him to the car. When Ben argues that he needs to search him, Billy screams about being his superior officer and then hauls off the arrestee himself. Ben follows after him, down a set of stairs. Billy and the handcuffed guy trade verbal barbs for a while, then Billy leans him against the car. He turns around for a split second and the guy reaches into this waist band and shoots at Billy. From the stairs, Ben shoots the perp multiple times in the chest.
At the hospital, Moretta and Bryant are with the mother of the teenager who got shot. They tell her that they know who did it, and it is kids in a gang who just got out of jail. She goes off on the senselessness of gang violence and sends her daughter off to see her brother, who is hooked up to all kinds of tubes.
Det. Adams is talking to reporters about the missing girl situation. She tells her crew that she's taking a ten-minute break to check on her mom. She tells Mr. Davis, aka the grieving dad, that they are going to stay on his daughter's case as long as it takes, then she gives them her card.