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 so agree with everything that's been said. I LOVE the show but we need a little more PDA between Andy and Sam. Oliver was great as the protective father and I hope his family luck improves soon. Claire and Andy seem to be too friendly too fast--I hope Andy doesn't get hurt. Dov/Crystal storyline is wrong. He needs to break loose from her and get back to his regular friends. Andy shot someone and managed to resolve her issue. Dov needs to do the same . Nick/Gail/Chris is going to get interesting. I like both guys so can't make up my mind who should get Gail. The food fight was so cute--too bad it stopped before it got fun. Claire's timing was so bad.


I thought the episode was fantastic as a whole. But I'm so with you, I've never hated Claire McNally so much as when she interrupted that adorable food fight before we got to see Sam retaliate!! Though Missy was fantastic in that scene with Claire, I too had a little whiplash about how hopeful and needy she's allowed herself to be already. I'm with Sam, I'm fearing some big heartbreak down the road. But it was sweet to see her mom come through so well on the party, so that Andy at least got that. She deserves a parent to fuss over her for a change. I still don't quite forgive her for basically telling Sam to keep his nose out of her family business after dragging him out of bed in the middle of the night for an ill-conceived last minute B-day "party." She seriously needs to make up her mind about how involved with her she wants him to be.


I was SOOOOOOOO Frustrated when the food fight got stopped!!! I have been missing some Sandy action since then end of last season! This had so much potential to be something, ANYTHING!!! Really dont understand how Andy can trust her mom after 4 weeks of being back in her life?? I know she is a trusting character but come on, someone who has caused that much pain should not be given such leeway so early on. Sam is just being protective bec I do think Andy will be hurt in the end. I am 100% confused about the Dov/Crystal story line. I also thought they were going to kiss after there little tiff. I felt like there should have been more confrontation between Nick and Chris, at least on Chris' end. He had so much hostility at the end of last week and beginning of this week that I thought something would come of it.


I'm also a tad confused with the whole Dov and Crystal thing, at the very end was I the only one waiting for her to kiss him after she went on that her little rage? 'Don't go' does that mean she has feelings for him or does she just want him as a friend? I'm just confused right now :/


Episoe was good as usual. I'm confused by the Dov and Crystal storyline. Wher is it really going?


I loved last nights episode. This season has been action packed and great. However, i will admit i am a little disappointed with the lack of heat with sam and andy. They dont even hug or even kiss. I do not blame sam for being cautious of Claire. When they sort of made up at the end i expected something but got nothing. What happened writers? I feel as though luke and andy were more affectionate. I by all means do not want luke and andy back together. I love Gail this season and with Nick.


I loved the episode but I thought Andy giving her mom a key and Nick getting cut loose were both very premature...I don't blame Sam for being overprotective...I just really wish Sam and Andy would talk about things...there is minimal interaction between the two, both physical and verbal and it is getting frustrating!! Overall, though, I just love this show!


Loved this!! There has to be more to the Claire/Andy story line - possibly something that occurred when they first met for coffee that we did not get to see. Food fight - NO, everyone was disappointed! Catch you on the flip side

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Rookie Blue Season 3 Episode 6 Quotes

I swear, working together and dating, it's like I'm his mini me.


Cake's on fire.