02/14/2012 04:07 pm ET

'Southland' Sneak Peek: Ben McKenzie's Prank Leaves Shawn Hatosy Without Clothes Exclusive (VIDEO)

How insane has "Southland" been this season? For a show that I've watched, loved and championed since day one, I'm still surprised by how they continue to raise the stakes for all the officers and detectives of the LAPD. Season 4 (Tuesdays, 10 p.m. EST on TNT) has been non-stop, heart-thumping action, and it doesn't look this things are slowing down.

In tonight's episode, titled "Legacy," the more physically and emotionally strenuous scenes belong to officers John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) and his new partner Jessica Tang (Lucy Liu), while Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie) and Sammy Bryant (Shawn Hatosy) finally get a much-deserved breather.

New partners Ben and Sammy have been through quite a bit already -- and according to McKenzie and Hatosy, things are only going to get more intense (read more about that on HuffPost TV soon) as the season continues -- so some levity is definitely in order.

"There's a little bit of a humorous break this week with Sammy and me pulling pranks on each other ... and it's really, really funny," McKenzie said.

"I can tell you this: The first scene in the script for us, I end up with no clothes on. And it's because of Ben pulling a prank," Hatosy admits. "It spirals into this one-upmanship, and we have a lot of fun. Last season, at the end of every episode, I was crying, and now this season, at the end of most of the episodes, we're laughing. It's pretty entertaining -- as a viewer and as a participating member of the cast!"

Watch the clip below for a little sneak peek and tell us: Are you digging the new partners on "Southland"?