From the previews of the season shown at the conclusion of the episode, many of these subplots look to be continuing arcs for the season. I supposed Ray will get new cases every week, too.
I agree that there were an awful lot of stories going on here. And that pushy starlet modeled on Brittney Spears has already exhausted her good will with me. Sadly, she looks to be a continuing irritant.
Yes, from the creator/show runner of Southland, and I certainly saw that multi-part plotting that was a Southland mainstay.