Rookie Blue Review: Too Much, Too Soon

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How are you supposed to react when a long lost parent shows back up in your life? When Claire McNally made her first appearance in last week's Rookie Blue I completely understood Andy's anger and sarcastic responses.

But in "Coming Home" she seemed to have done a complete 180 and it was a little jarring to watch. Probably even more so for Sam.

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I wasn't a big fan of Claire's to begin with but I liked her even less when she interrupted the food fight between Sam and Andy. That had the potential to be an epic battle and Sam looked ridiculously cute covered in flour. I couldn't wait to see where that scene went next... and then Claire showed up and ended the fun before it had barely begun.

As disappointing as that was, Andy offering her mother her spare key was downright disorienting. As Sam pointed out, the woman has only been back in Andy's life for four short weeks after a 15-year absence. It felt like Andy was putting an awful lot of trust into the hands of a virtual stranger.

Why Claire left and why she's back now are important questions and it felt as though Andy was too scared to really look for those answers.

I understood why Andy was furious with Sam for doing a background check on Claire. He went behind her back, but in part I thought he was just being a good boyfriend. He's being protective and that's not a bad thing because I think sooner or later, Andy's heart is going to get crushed when Claire bounces out of her life again.

Speaking of getting crushed, Oliver can't seem to catch a break these days. His wife was barely speaking to him. He's living in a motel and his daughter was running around with drug dealers.

I wasn't surprised he held the gun to TK's head. Even the sanest person goes a little crazy when somebody hurts their kid. I was also certain that Sam would have his back, no matter what. Would Andy? Thankfully we never had to find out.

The most heartbreaking scene was Oliver and Izzy in the patrol car as he dropped her back off at home. The pain and regret came off of him in waves. There were no easy answers here. Just a broken family trying to hold it together.

Despite Traci letting him off the hook at the end I really thought Jerry was a bit of a jerk. Yes, Traci's a detective in training and of course he gets to treat her as such but more often than not he seemed to completely disregard her input. 

I would understand if she got that treatment from some senior detective she didn't know but Jerry should give her more credit than that and treat her as something more than his coffee fetch. In the case of the teenage witness, he didn't use Traci until he had absolutely no other choice and that's pretty disheartening.

I didn't even know what to think of Dov and Crystal. They are two people in a world of pain and I'm not sure if their strange budding friendship will make that better or worse. 

So is Andy trusting her mother too soon or is Sam being too overprotective? Was I the only one disappointed by the interrupted food fight? Am I wrong about Jerry and Traci? Tell me your thoughts on the latest Rookie Blue.


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I think Andy should be more cautious with Claire ask her more questions just what did she mean by her statement, to Andy about having to come back. Why did she have to come back what happened that made her suddenly pack up and reappear in Andy's life? What happened to the professor she supposedly left Tommy for did the relationship end? I don't blame Sam for trying to look out for Andy yes he went behind her back I realize, but his intentions were good. His heart was in the right place. I am not mad at him for that. I'm sorry Claire interrupted their food fight; I think Sam would have retaliated if given the chance. I don't know how many more episodes Claire is supposed to be in, but I hope she does not hurt Andy in the end, but I have a sneaking suspicion she will. I wouldn't mind a good scene of Sam laying into if she does.


i agree with you 100% . i was so upset when claire came to the door and interupeded them having fun. i wanted them to start a big food fight and then end it with kissing eachother, laughing etc.
i really hope that andy's mom doesn't come between her and sam and that in episode 9 andy and gail are ok and that andy and san are still together because sam wasn;t there. also because of the promo for this weeks episode

Sarah silva

Oh and I also really liked when Sam and Andy were talking near the end and she forgave him for looking into her mom. They worked it out like a real couple does.

Sarah silva

I really liked Nick and Chris bonding! I feel so bad for Oliver, when his wife said Izzy started acting out when he left you could tell he was super hurt as she threw him out HE did not want to leave. I hope this is what they needed to work it out. I used to like Jerry but they are turning him into a jerk. YES Traci is in training but she proved she was a great cop and that is what she got the detevtive rotation and she should be treated like a competent cop! I was hold hope for them but not sure..however them showing up in the same outfit was funny and then Gail calling Traci, Jerry!

Sarah silva

I love this show! This was another great episode! I love any scene with Sam and Andy and I was dissapointed that her mom interrupted and even more dissapointed that her mome bringing DVD's of her childhood seemed to erase all the hurt Andy had. I do not like the whole Cyrstal and Dov situation, he is ignoring Sue's calls and I think going too far with Crystal, I could see it at first but now it looked too close to them becoming romantic and I am not going to like that.


Several themes Andi's and her house warming, finally settling into her home. Oliver was great " daddy Shaw" love the scene of him with Izzy in the car. It would have been great to see the other children
Oliver and Zoe working together to try and find any information on her boyfriend. Jerry and Traci working together seems to be a problem for them. I am not sure how Noelle pregnancy has not been mention, during the parade she had her hand on her tummy, and the bump is pretty big now. No Frank and Noelle scenes, I am not sure on the status of their relationship. Collins getting cut loose, he has been a rookie for about five months now, according to Frank at the academy he was top of his class.


Yes I too was disappointed the food fight was interupted, it could have lead to so much more, there has not been enough intimate scenes with them yet and the relationship is still young so there should be, and yes she is getting to close too soon to Claire, I think Sam is right to be concerned but don't risk his bond with Andy. I thought Jerry treated Traci badly, he should cut her more slack, he did when she was in uniform. I think Andy would have backed Oliver because in doing so she would be backing Sam as well.


I agree with all your thoughts. It's interesting how Sam is rubbing off on Andy and Andy is rubbing off on Sam. I know she said she is just trying not to "over think" why her mom is back, but I agree with you that she is just scared to find out the truth... I hope she does not get hurt, but at least Sam will be there for her if she does get hurt. I was confussed when Andy told Sam that she does not need him to weigh in on everything... That really seemed to contradict all of her previous actions.


Oliver was great. I loved that final scene between him and his daughter. Andy is being way too trusting with her Mom and I have no idea what Dov is doing. I love this show but Sam and Andy need something more. There hasn't been any kissing lately. I want to see more of them being close, then I'll be happy.


Seriously LOVED the food fight that could gotten into a nice sexy moment between the two lol :P but than Claire had to come and interrupt, I kinda thought that it was really weird that Andy was trusting her mom so much especially when the last episode she hated her so much. But I guess if Andy wants her mom back I'm her life and if it makes her happy than I guess we can just deal with it... I just hope that Andy doesn't get hurt. And I just loved all the Oliver parts in this episode especially on the police car at there house and when the 2 started crying, it was just so touching :) and now I can't wait until the next episode because Andy and Sam are for sure having a sexy moment cuz they showed on the promo... And it's that OMG scene that I have been waiting for :D

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Rookie Blue Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

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