Southland “Heat” Season 5 Episode 2 airs Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT.
Episode Synopsis: After Mendoza (guest star Chad Michael Murray) is injured in a drive-by, Ben takes it upon himself to solve the case, much to Sammy’s dismay. Lydia regains her footing as a detective while investigating the murder of a female boxer’s husband. Tensions between Cooper and Steele (guest star Derek Ray) finally come to a head during a traffic stop-gone-sideways.
Show Summary: In Southland, Cudlitz plays Officer John Cooper, a recovering addict who, this season, starts to wonder what he has really accomplished after more than 20 years on the force. Hatosy plays Officer Sammy Bryant, a detective-turned-beat-cop facing a whole new set of problems from his estranged wife. King plays Detective Lydia Adams, who meets probably the biggest challenge of her life – becoming a mother. And McKenzie is Officer Ben Sherman, whose growing maturity as a cop brings a darker attitude and increased tension between him and his partner, Sammy.
Now a series regular, four-season veteran Howell plays Officer “Dewey” Dudek, a recovering alcoholic who revels in his unpredictable behavior and off-color remarks. Missick reprises his recurring role from last season as Detective Ruben Robinson, who provides some experienced parental insight for his partner, Lydia. Bergl will return as Tammi Bryant, who has brought nothing but trouble upon her soon-to-be ex-husband, Sammy. And Caldwell will return in her recurring role as Lydia’s caring but sometimes intrusive mother.
New this season on Southland, Murray is set to appear in a two-episode arc as Dave Mendoza, a likable cop who is a bit of a loose cannon and whose off-duty behavior may not always be the best influence on Ben. Ruivivar will play Lucero, a veteran cop who was born in Mexico and raised in East L.A. And Monroe will play a new love interest for Ben.