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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

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Anthony Ruivivar
As Officer Henry "Hank" Lucero
Dorian Missick
As Detective Ruben Robinson
Gerald McRaney
As Detective Hicks (Special Appearance by)

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

Co-Guest Stars
Mario Cortez
As Munoz
Blanca Araceli
As Bolivian Woman
Connor Rosen
As Young Joey
Exie Booker
As Police Translator #2
Godiva Bevans
As First Grade Girl
Jarrett Worley
As Police Translator #1
John Lee Maucere
As Ray Chavez
Lee Simpson
As Roadrunner
Matthew Perez
As El Flaco
Richard Azurdia
As Mexican Man
Stephen Burleigh
As Lexus Driver
Tyler Corbet
As First Grade Boy
Main Cast
C. Thomas Howell
As Officer Billy "Dewey" Dudek
Michael Cudlitz
As John Cooper
Regina King
As Det Lydia Adams
Shawn Hatosy
As Sammy Bryant
Benjamin 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  |  Andrew M. Stearn
Co-Executive ProducerAaron Rahsaan Thomas  |  Jon Paré
Co-ProducerHeather Zuhlke
Associate ProducerMario Cortez  |  Michael Haro  |  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
HairstylistLisa Buford  |  Yvette Shelton
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 EditorChad Feehan  |  Sara Gran
Stunt CoordinatorPeewee Piemonte
Executive Story EditorZack Whedon
Costume SupervisorPhilip Hayman
Production AccountantLeah Estes
AssistantKristin Martini
Makeup ArtistMark A. Bautista  |  Kim Collea
Supervising Re-recording MixerMatt Vowles
End Credits ThemeMarty Davich
Warning: Southland season 5 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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