Rookie Blue Review: Plagued By Doubt

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"A Good Shoot" gave actor Gregory Smith the chance to deliver an outstanding performance, as his character, Dov Epstein, went from feeling on top of the world to being plagued by doubts in a matter of minutes.

When earlier this week Smith shared in this exclusive interview with TV Fanatic that this week's case "completely shatters" Dov's existence, he wasn't kidding. Dov walked into that convenience store thinking he had the career he'd always wanted - plus a beautiful girlfriend to go home to. His only worry was whether or not he could track down fresh licorice behind that counter.

What he found in that store changed everything.

Dov Is Devastated

To be honest, I couldn't be sure that Tyler was holding a gun when I first watched that scene. I thought he was but it all happened so fast that it could have been any dark object in his hand. As Jerry said in this Rookie Blue quote:

It could have been a gun in the kid's hand but it could have been a phone. It could have been nothing. | permalink

Of course I hit rewind and played the scene in slow motion to confirm it was a gun but real life doesn't come equipped with a Tivo playback.

Smith did a wonderful job of conveying Dov's emotions, not in words but in expressions. The fear as he realized what he'd walked in on, the haunted look in his eyes after he shot that kid, the panic when he doubted what he thought he remembered... it all played out across his face.

I completely understood why even Dov himself became confused. He had mere seconds to observe and make a life or death decision, followed by hours of being questioned and disbelieved. It was enough to shatter anyone's confidence in what they'd witnessed.

One of the highlights of the episode was the way the team rallied around Dov. From trying to prepare him for the SIU investigation that was to come or tirelessly searching for the facts that would clear him, in one way or the other they all had his back.

On the lighter side we were treated to Sam and a barefoot Andy, who were simply adorable as they bantered back and forth in the car. I loved the way Sam completely supported her belief in humanity, even though he didn't always share it.  Still, he encouraged her with each step she took in the investigation.

It was wonderful to see these two finally looking so happy and it did my shipper heart good to see them smiling and holding hands as they left the station.

Not to be outdone, the bromance between Chris and Dov appeared to be back on track and it was good to see. I've missed these two best friends since their fall out last season.

And in some final notes…

  • Great to see Traci get her rotation with the detectives. She's earned it but did Jerry seem a little hesitant to have her on board?
  • I'm really not feeling this romance with Peck and Collins.  It seems forced and lacks chemistry.
  • As much as I love seeing Noelle on the street, I was happy that she chose to protect herself and the baby. Of course being desk bound will drive her crazy but that might be half the fun.

So did you see the gun the first time you watched that scene? Am I reading something into Jerry's reaction that isn't there? And are all of you SAndy shippers finally happy? 


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


It was such a fantastic episode!!! Gregory Smith, as everyone has already said, was amazing in this episode. I did see the gun, and continued to believe it was there. That may have been due to me loving Dov and refusing to let anything change my belief in him... :-/ I think Peck and Collins have some great potential. Perhaps you're not feeling it because you're rooting for Dov and Gail? I don't think he's going to risk losing Chris's friendship again, I think he's going to steer clear of Gail.


Youre right about Jerry, i saw it in his eyes, i think he's scared that if he works with his girlfriend it wil have consequences for their relationship, just check out next episodes promo were he is yelling at her for making a rookie move.


One other thing that's been on my mind. The only thing that bugged me a little about the procedural end of things is why no one checked Dov's gun clip to see how many bullets had been fired. With the stress, I could see how Dov could have become confused about how many times he fired. But it shouldn't have taken Traci's memory technique and her perceptive attention to the comment about differing sounds to figure out one shot came from another gun.


Oh, I forgot to say I definitely felt like Jerry is nervous about how Traci becoming a detective and working more closely with him will affect their relationship. Melanie Nichols-King (who plays Noelle) and I were chatting about it on twitter last night.


Agree with you on most of this. It was a fantastic episode!!! Gregory Smith really ran with the challenging character arc, and just nailed it. Not a false note anywhere, and I think the continued fallout for him will be a very compelling story line. But I'm digging Gail and Nick more than you seem to be. I like that he throws her off balance a little, yet she still has her quirky bitchiness going, at least for now. So I'm interested how that will develop over time. But it will be good to see more of him paired with other people and struggling to adapt from war zone to city cop beat.


Superb article! I didn't see the gun at first, it all went so fast! Gregory Smith's acting was so great during the whole episode, I was amazed. He portrayed every emotion so well, as you described, not even by talking! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and for once I was glad there were commercials so I could breathe in between acts. I don't know what you'd be reading in Jerry's comments? Maybe that he doesn't believe in Traci as a detective? I don't know I haven't given much thought into that. Finally YES, my McSwarek shipper heart was smiling at all the scenes these two had, with the "climax" at the hand holding scene. I literally screamed out loud "OMG" and it was 4.55am at the time (due to the fact that I live in Europe, GMT+1), but I could care less!


Love the article! I actually saw the gun, but as Dov started to second guess himself, so did I! I don't agree with you about Gail and Nick - I think that there is a lot more to the story and their relationship needs time to develop.

Sarah silva

I also am happy that Tracy got the detective rotation and it was nice to see Gail saying to Tracy she deserved it! I think Gail likes Collins but he really hurt her and I think she still has not recovered.
Jerry really has the funny lines this year and I liked that!
I am glad that Noelle will stay at the station , it is the best move for her and they baby.
I did see the gun the first time.
I think Jerry is worried that them spending all that time together will ruin their relationship


Great review!! I loved this episode!

Sarah silva

This is one of the best shows on tv!
This was a fantastic episode! Dov is a good cop and he did everything right! If it was not for Andy and Tracy's persistance, however they would not have found the gun. At the start of the episode we had Sam and Andy talking about how she always finds the good in people and that works for her! However I loved the look on Sam's face when Andy was interrogating the store owner and she was super tough on him, you can tell Sam was proud. Dov was great througout the whole episode and I liked the start when he and Chris were back to being buddies taking the car for a test drive.

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