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Failure Drill 

Back pain and excessive painkillers render Cooper insufferable even for Ben and a danger to the public, as is an ancient driver. Sammy is back on the job and forced to color-coordinate a ... See full summary »


James M. Muro (as J. Michael Muro)


Ann Biderman (creator), Chitra Elizabeth Sampath (teleplay) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Cudlitz ... Officer John Cooper
Shawn Hatosy ... Detective Sammy Bryant
Regina King ... Detective Lydia Adams
Ben McKenzie ... Officer Ben Sherman
Jenny Gago ... Detective Josie Ochoa
Emily Bergl ... Tammi Bryant
Maurice Compte ... Officer Rodrigo Morales
Bokeem Woodbine ... Officer Jones
Zoran Korach ... Detective Roche
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Detective Manheim
Jamie McShane ... Sergeant Terry Hill
William Charles Mitchell William Charles Mitchell ... Pastor Blake (as William C. Mitchell)
Lombardo Boyar ... Mr. Estrada
David Del Rio ... Martin Estrada
Shannon McLemore


Back pain and excessive painkillers render Cooper insufferable even for Ben and a danger to the public, as is an ancient driver. Sammy is back on the job and forced to color-coordinate a nursery if he wants to see his unborn child. Mr. Estrada is arrested prime murder suspect without proof but his dying wife's last words, but they were bitterly divorced and his firstborn martin swears father's innocence, mainly fearing separate foster care for him and two kid siblings. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

1 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the detectives are going into the factory for the employer check near the end of the episode, there is a Whelen siren control box under the dash of the unmarked cruiser, with the PA mic hooked to the dash. When the shooting starts, the detective uses the PA mic for a radio, to advise dispatch of their location. See more »


Detective Sammy Bryant: No. No no, I-I am a Gangs Detective. I cannot have a fucking "Find My Friend App" on my phone.
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References National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) See more »

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Heroism and self-destruction
27 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Failure Drill' features one of the series' finest shootouts (not that the show relies on them), chiefly because it makes exceptional use of the show's documentary style camera-work; ad it's Lydia in full hero cop mode. Prior to that, she and Josie are saddled with a case of a murdered mother and the broken home she leaves behind. It's decent material, but tends to drag on.

What really makes this episode hard to stomach is its portrait of Officer Cooper spiraling out. The man's literally useless, zonked out on painkillers with his trainee left to handle the day's watch. It's hard to fathom his situation getting any worse - it will - but it's not easy to watch his life heading towards certain doom.

Yet it's undeniably engrossing.


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