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Southland: Babel

A breakdown in the LAPD's dispatch system makes a difficult job even harder for the cops, all of whom are already grappling with communication issues. Lydia, in a moment of weakness, reaches out to her old flame, Terrell. John is assigned a new partner; Ben and Sammy's partnership is strained just as Ben makes a romantic connection on the job.

Source: TNT

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x3
Production Number: 3X7553
Airdate: Wednesday February 27th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Nine Network) Aug 18, 2013
NZ (ONE) Aug 12, 2014

Special Guest Stars
Anthony RuivivarAnthony Ruivivar
As Officer Henry "Hank" Lucero
Dorian MissickDorian Missick
As Detective Ruben Robinson
Gerald McRaneyGerald McRaney
As Detective Hicks (Special Appearance by)

Guest Stars
Annie MonroeAnnie Monroe
As Brooke Riley
Emily BerglEmily Bergl
As Tammy Bryant
Jamie McShaneJamie McShane
As Sergeant Hill
Lesley FeraLesley Fera
As Sgt. Waters
Bunny LevineBunny Levine
As Old Lady
Diarra KilpatrickDiarra Kilpatrick
As Mrs. Jones (as Diarra Oni Kilpatrick)
Erin LeShawn WileyErin LeShawn Wiley
As Excited Woman (as Erin Wiley)
Kim HawthorneKim Hawthorne
As Yvette
Page KennedyPage Kennedy
As Katrell

Co-Guest Stars
Mario CortezMario Cortez
As Munoz
Blanca AraceliBlanca Araceli
As Bolivian Woman
Connor RosenConnor Rosen
As Young Joey
Exie BookerExie Booker
As Police Translator #2
Godiva BevansGodiva Bevans
As First Grade Girl
Jarrett WorleyJarrett Worley
As Police Translator #1
John Lee MaucereJohn Lee Maucere
As Ray Chavez
Lee SimpsonLee Simpson
As Roadrunner
Matthew PerezMatthew Perez
As El Flaco
Richard AzurdiaRichard Azurdia
As Mexican Man
Stephen BurleighStephen Burleigh
As Lexus Driver
Tyler CorbetTyler Corbet
As First Grade Boy
Main Cast
C. Thomas HowellC. Thomas Howell
As Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek
Michael CudlitzMichael Cudlitz
As John Cooper
Regina KingRegina King
As Det Lydia Adams
Shawn HatosyShawn Hatosy
As Sammy Bryant
Benjamin McKenzieBenjamin McKenzie
As Ben Sherman


The episode begins at a crime scene where an Asian woman is in tears and is questioning Sherman. Sherman looks lost. Cut to 13 hours earlier, Lydia clears up the house after the funeral. Cooper is assigned his new partner, Henry. Cooper behaves very coldly with Henry. Henry seems to be a smart guy and he is able to counter Cooper’s comments. He tells Cooper that he heard about his former partner; and he tells Cooper that he is nothing like him. Sammy and Sherman are at a school and they give a lecture to the kids on “Stranger Danger”. Sammy is not very comfortable with explaining things to the kids; but Sherman handles it really well. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnn Biderman
Executive ProducerJohn Wells  |  Christopher Chulack  |  Jonathan Lisco
Co-Executive ProducerAaron Rahsaan Thomas  |  Jon Paré
Co-ProducerHeather Zuhlke
Associate ProducerMichael Haro  |  Mario Cortez  |  Tom Flores
Production DesignerMaxine Shepard
EditorRussell Denove
CastingMelanie Burgess  |  John Levey
Unit Production ManagerPhillip M. Goldfarb
First Assistant DirectorDerek Johansen
Second Assistant DirectorKatey Wheelhouse
Costume DesignerLyn Paolo
HairstylistYvette Shelton  |  Lisa Buford
Key GripMichel Barrere
Set DecoratorJoanne Baker
Location ManagerAlison Taylor (2)
Transportation CoordinatorVic Cuccia
Property MasterJim Zemansky
Construction CoordinatorDwayne C. Franks
Production Sound MixerGeorge Flores
Script SupervisorLori Doherty Bee
GafferDayton Nietert
Director of PhotographyJ. Michael Muro
Story EditorSara Gran  |  Chad Feehan
Stunt CoordinatorPeewee Piemonte
Executive Story EditorZack Whedon
Costume SupervisorPhilip Hayman
Production AccountantLeah Estes
AssistantKristin Martini
Makeup ArtistKim Collea  |  Mark A. Bautista
Supervising Re-recording MixerMatt Vowles
End Credits ThemeMarty Davich
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