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'Southland' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

by Sharon Knolle, posted Mar 2nd 2011 6:15AM
'Southland' S03/E09['Southland' - ''Failure Drill']

This last episode before the 'Southland' season finale felt like a bit of a placeholder. Yes, there was a shootout, and Ben got in John's face telling him flat out, "You have a problem," but you know they're holding the big stuff for next week's season ender.

'Failure Drill,' the episode title, was explained on the police shooting range where Lydia had gone to brush up on her skills.

Another officer explained it's a sequence of shots -- "two to the body, one to the head" -- designed to bring down a suspect. If the first two shots don't drop the suspect, he's wearing a vest and you've got to take him out with a head shot, advice that Lydia employed before the episode's end.

The shootout was good TV and a great moment for Lydia to play the hero. It also strengthened the bond between her and her partner Josie, who was injured.

Too bad, then, that Rodrigo, the handsome young officer who asked Lydia out at the range earlier that day, was the same one who turned up to visit Josie in the hospital. That's right, the first guy to ask Lydia out in ages is her partner's son. That angle's veering into soap opera territory, and it's hard to believe that Lydia, lonely though she may be, would let herself be talked into such an awkward situation, especially since her rapport with Josie took so long to establish. And Rodrigo sure doesn't seem young enough -- or Josie not quite old enough -- to play son and mom.

Back to the John front: Last week, he proudly flushed his pain pills, but this week he caved and called his dealer. You know you've got a problem when even your dealer tells you not to take so many at once, but John shrugged him off. It's always been hard for Ben to stand up to his training officer, but tonight he confronted him about dozing off in the car.

"Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp," Ben snapped at him. "Do you know who told me that? In nine days I am off probation and you can torture another boot. Until then, don't bring your personal b.s. to work." John calmly listened, and then told him, "Get in the car."

John's glass-smashing breakdown, as teased in last week's preview, was nothing more than him trying to get a clueless elderly driver to stop. He's been on the verge of a huge breakdown all season, and now, with Ben days from graduation, he's about to lose a big part of his support system.

The less said about the uninvolving other storyline -- a man murdered his wife, and his oldest son attempted to cover for him -- the better. We already know Lydia has a heart.

Much more amusing (and briefer): The woman who called 911 to report that someone, probably a policeman, had stolen her uterus. Ben's reaction was priceless and John's solution was genius: He faked a call that another crime was in progress with the same perp.

Sammy and Tammy mended fences as they agreed to co-parent their baby. He even brought over the abandoned swing set from the Morettas to set up in his old backyard, with help from Tammy's lover. That's progress for Sammy, but how many viewers would have preferred to see him, and the swing set, stay with the Morettas?

'Southland' airs Tuesdays, 10PM ET on TNT.

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"Rodrigo sure doesn't seem young enough -- or Josie not quite old enough -- to play son and mom"

You think teen pregnancy is a recent phenomenon? In Josie's cultural background, she could have been married before 20, and Jenny Gago is a 57-year-old actress playing a probably 50ish character. The more interesting question is why Rodrigo is attracted to older black women.

March 02 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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