‘S.W.A.T’: What to Know About Season 5 Premiere Episode, ‘Vagabundo’

by Matthew Memrick

The details on the “S.W.A.T.” series “Vagabundo” premiere are starting to come out, and there are a few things you need to know.

Filmbook reported that actor/producer Shemar Moore would reprise his role as Sgt. Hondo, but the season kicks off in Mexico. While Season 4 ended with the character’s life in shambles after deciding to speak out in the press, Season 5 picks up with Hondo as a wanderer, or vagabond if you will, without a job or a purpose.

Hondo hopes to find solace in Mexico, trying to do some soul-searching while salvaging his professional future. While in Mexico, he reluctantly gets involved in a local family’s fight for justice. 

The 51-year-old Moore has played in the lead role of Hondo since 2017. CinemaBlend.com reported that it would open this season with a special two-part premiere with some scenes shot in Mexico.

The regular cast, Alex Russell (Jim Street), Jay Harrington (David “Deacon” Kay), and Lina Esco (Christina “Chris” Alonso), will likely be in the episode. Kenny Johnson (Dominique Luca), David Lim (Victor Tan) and 

Patrick St. Esprit (Commander Robert Hicks) are also poised to return to action.

Billy Gierhart will direct the episode.

‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Back With The Cornhole Fun

Moore and his S.W.A.T. Cornhole league buddies got back to the game recently. In an Instagram post captioned “Happy Labor Day,” Moore laid on one of the Cornhole boards as friends threw bags as part of a challenge.

After the dare, Moore laughed and said: “I am a man,” among other things.

One Twitter user reposted the video and said, “does shemar moore know how funny he is?? like what compelled him to do this lmaoo.”

Though Moore and his friends were having fun, usually they take it seriously.

The “S.W.A.T.” group cobbled together an Instagram page with a bio saying, “Chasing bad guys by day, slinging bean bags by night.” 

In November, Moore told T.V. show host Kelly Clarkson that the game is “serious business at (his) house.” The cast and crew have weekly games.

Moore has advocated for games and talked about ESPN showing them. With Clarkson, he spoke about buying Cornhole boxes and setting them up 27 feet from each other. 

‘S.W.A.T.’ Star Moore Remembers Mom

Shemar Moore took time out to remember his late mother in a funny and memorable way. She was born on Sept. 6, 1943. Last year, she died at 76 on Feb. 8.

The 51-year-old T.V. star described his mom as a person who loved her whole heart. Moore said he got discipline in his life because of her and that she shaped him into the man he is today. 

Moore also told fans his mom had a sweet nickname for her: Momma Dukes.