2009, 5 seasons to date
Crime / Drama / Thriller
By Ann Biderman
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Ben reveals details of his past and why he chose to be a cop to Cooper. Meanwhile, Dewey's friendship with a burnt-out actor causes a rift in his partnership with Chickie.
When an unidentified female body turns up in an alley, Gang Detectives Sammy and Nate have their work cut out for them. Nate searches for a missing relative, and reveals a secret.
Ben Sherman finally gets to drive his own patrol car when mentor Cooper acts instead as partner for a female colleague, whose shocking incompetence he demonstrates and scolds mercilessly. Ben is shocked but powerless when he sees a bully father 'punish' his gentle son for being a 'sissy victim' of street rabble by imposing front garden chores in female underwear. Ben smartly questions a Korean couple and their young son Matthew whose sister is missing and learns enough to find her. Cordero told Lydia not to be allover recovering Russell, but she only believes it when ...
Bean graciously volunteers to accompany Cooper on a visit in rehab to Dewey and afterward to the funeral of John's former partner, who got addicted to alcohol. Lydia Adams's vindictive prejudices and mean attitude are all over the place when she and her new partner must investigate the death near her parents' home of a student and college athlete from a dead-end Afro-American ghetto. She had an affair with a football star, but also turned to drugs from street dealers, wasted her studies, got pregnant and has a disastrous rapport with her ambitious parents and elder ...
Ben learns the importance of discretion the hard way. Twice. Nate and Sammy try to track down a missing witness. Lydia and Josie butt heads over a weird case involving a chainsaw.
Ben is still confused after his mother's incident and Cooper can't resist exposing his 'rookie failures', yet he manages to star arresting a dazed man by reciting a karate mantra. Sammy is still so frustrated by his unfair divorce that Nate can't rely on him, while Mrs. Morietta feels he's overstaying his welcome, so he'll end up accepting an invitation from fellow ex-husband Sal. They investigate the shooting of Manuel 'Manny' Garces while he's buying a birthday cake for son Rafael. The only decent witness is unwilling to talk. Their likely suspect, small drug dealer...
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 publicly 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.
Lydia finds out she's pregnant as she tracks down a 15 year old female killer, Sammy tries to come to the rescue of a dog that he accidentally shot, and Tang and Cooper try to help a homeless Marine.
A breakdown in the dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops. Lydia reaches out to her old flame (MICHAEL JACE) and Cooper gets a new partner.
John and Lucero settle into their new friendship during a day filled with strange calls. While Ben and Sammy respond to an insane bank robbery call.