The Southland Premiere
We're then at the scene that opened the show, with Ben staring at a dead body. He's still in stunned silence, when John drags him away to sit down. John wants to know where he got his stellar aiming skills. He tells Ben to be totally honest when the detectives come to ask him what happened. Ben says that taking a life is a big deal. John retorts with the question: "What the hell did you think the gun was for? Show and tell?" Valid. Then he gives him a fantastic speech about how Ben needs to suck it up, go through whatever training they send him to, and then come back and put his gun on and do it all again. It is relentless, but every once and a while they can take a bad guy off the streets for good. He tells him he's either a cop, because he doesn't know how to be anything else, or he should just call it quits. Then he hands him his daily book and storms off. Love John Cooper! Love him.
Det. Adams gets to her house. There are ants everywhere. Her mom, who we don't get to see, yells that there was a dead cockroach and they just swarmed. Dun dun dun.
At the station, there's a quick shot of Mad Men guy writing "RIP" next to a picture of the shooter that Ben took down, as Zig Zag walks by and sees it.
Det. Adams is back on the scene, she's checking out those mystery ants, who lead not to kiddie porn's house, but to the house next door. But she gets knocked out before she can call for help. She wakes up inside the house of Arsham, the helpful guy from before. He's got her gun and he's crying. He didn't mean to hurt the little girl, it was an accident, she started screaming and he smothered her to shut her up. While he's confessing, Det. Adams takes the gun away from him and then cuffs him. Billy could learn a lesson from her. She calls for backup, and heads into Arsham's house and opens a closet where she finds the dead girl. (Though we're not shown the body... thankfully). She looks appalled. Arsham's mother walks in and starts screaming/crying.
Ben goes to the hospital to check on Billy. He ends up sitting next to the teenage girl, the one who formerly owned the pink phone. Is there only one hospital in all of South LA? And if so, is it really this eerily quiet? Anyway, girl is reading Beloved and Ben strikes up conversation and tells her that he likes that book as he read it for a black studies class. She tells him that her brother got shot, but they say he'll be okay. He asks if he can do anything or check with anyone for her. Instead of walking away from the chatty older male stranger, she asks if he's a cop, because he has that haircut. He was hoping it was because he looked mean. It's sorta sweet that these stories intersected, even though they never realize that he killed a guy who shot her brother. It's actually better that they don't bring that up. Slightly more subtle.