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Rookie Blue Review: Not Just Any Other Day

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Tonight Rookie Blue walked us through the aftermath of Jerry's death, and although some fans were furious that the show killed off a beloved original character, I honestly can't complain. Not when it's followed up with what I consider to be the very best episode of the show's three seasons.

"Cold Comforts" struck the perfect balance between heartbreak and humor, as everyone remembered their friend and they struggled just to make it through the day.

Andy, Chris, & Dov Mourn

As Oliver said in this Rookie Blue quote

Tomorrow we're going to wake up and the world's going to expect it to be like any other day. | permalink

But everything had changed and everyone dealt with the loss in his/her own way.

Starting with Traci. Enuka Okuma gave a wonderfully understated performance as she held back tears for most of the day. Yet the quiet torture of every breath and every step she took - knowing that her fiance would never come home - was heart breaking.

Oliver was once again a standout, swinging from overwhelming sadness to humor and back again, remembering his dear friend. The moments at the Black Penny between him and Noelle couldn't have been better. On one hand, Oliver was saving Jerry's seat and his Scotch and admitting that he never got to tell Jerry what a good man and a good cop he thought he was. On the other, he was joking with Noelle about her newborn and asking about breastfeeding while telling her:

I love you, Noelle, I just don't want to see your boobs. | permalink

Gail was so traumatized she could barely leave her hospital room. It was great to see Nick trying to help her. It drove home that he really does care for Gail, but he was ill equipped to deal with her guilt over Jerry's death.

The only person who could help her through that was Traci and it proved to be one of the most remarkably touching scenes of the series.  Gail couldn't meet Traci's eyes as she confessed on a quiet sob:

Now every time you look at me you are going to be reminded of why your fiance died. | permalink

Traci's response spoke of her character's fortitude in the face of such crushing grief.

I'm going to be reminded that his death meant something and that he died for something important. | permalink

And while Traci reading Jerry's wedding speech had me fighting tears, Sam's declaration to Andy was when I lost the battle.

You could see right from the funeral. Sam was distancing himself from Andy in every way possible, as though being in her presence was simply too painful.

Where everyone else joked or cried or lashed out, Sam internalized all of his grief and anger. And then it all came spilling out when he told Andy if he had only not listened to her his dear friend might still be alive.

Was the accusation fair? Of course not - but Sam's being swallowed up in his own despair. He's building a wall to protect himself and leaving Andy on the outside. The devastation in Andy's eyes as the love of her life walked away from her was what did me in.

There were so many outstanding moments in this episode that there's no way for me to list them all, but here are a few more things worth mentioning.

  • It seemed right that Chris and Dov bonded together to box up Jerry's things. It simply solidified an already stellar bromance.
  • Dale's mullet was amazing. Did he step out of a time machine from 1991?
  • Every time we get a scene with Oliver and Noelle together, I'm just left wanting more and more and more.
  • I want to know the baby's name?!?  Why are they torturing me?
  • Please tell me Sam and Andy will come back together by the finale.  If not it's going to be a long, tortuous wait for next summer.

Jerry is gone but Division 15 will continue. Nothing will ever be the same but I still can't say I regret this turn of events. It's made for some great TV.

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

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Who is calling Jerry's phone?

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I forgot to mention: Shout out to Christine Orlando --- what an awesome review!!! Nice touch with the great quotes. Also:
JUST WHEN ANDY THOUGHT SHE WAS SAFE blurting out "I love you" ---- she gets her heart broken!! (btw- how adorable was that scene? She was so giddy and his facial expressions were as amusing as his silly comments (ok, put the key in-- drive, Andy). Sucks how short lived that romance was (for now anyway) especially after the 3 little words were put out there! Yeah, yeah - we know Sam is grieving and fear has set in (annoyed that he didn't say it back but hopefully he will declare his love for her once he's afraid he's going to lose her) but that timing was just wrong! I'm not complaining -- all the things we've been talking about is why we love the show, right? :) I can hardly wait for the next episode!

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Im another one who just cannot get enough of Rookie Blue. I, too, cried my eyes out after Jerry was killed (the music made it more dramatic-uuuuuggg-way to drive it in) and during/after the reading of Jerry's wedding speach.
I, too, noticed Jerry's phone was ringing at the end. When the boys were cleaning out his desk his phone was ringing but it made sense as it was too soon for the news to have spread to everyone. However, I also think there was a reason it was ringing "off the hook" this time. I really hope they don't make him look bad by having skeletons come out of his closet. I love the personalities of all of the Cops (even Gail) and so enjoy their bond. It was a real bummer that right after Jerry's heart wrenching murder that Sam ended it with Andy. What the.....:( and we just knoooow Luke is staying now right?!?!) Ahhhh what a great show!! XO

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In addition to what others have written, I feel Sam had to end the relationship for two reasons,
1. He loves Andy, and he doesn't want her to be devastated when he dies, but he can't pass the message across
2. He is selfish (which MAY be understandable), so he doesn't want to be heart broken if Andy happens to die in the line of duty.
This is one amazing show and this episode was classic. It shows life as it is... very realistic. Keep it coming. Shalom.

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For heavens sake, we had to wait for ever for Andy and Sam to get together. Please just give us just a crumb that they will be together next season. You get us all hyped up an then it happens. And poof, in one minute you break it off again. Feed us a few crumbs that gives us an idea that it's not over for these two!

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@michaela - I did. That means something. I think we are going to find out more secrets about Jerry and not good things I'm afraid. @imjustafan - Gail always thought she's superior, which I don't understand. She's the daughter of a couple of white shirts, she's judged for that and instead of trying to be nice, normal and make friends, she's a bitch most of the time. I was surprised to see the human side of her when Traci went to visit her at the hospital. I'm curios to see if she hooks up with Luke and also feel sorry for Collins. He's a nice guy, he deserves better.

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This show has been my favorite since day one, and this episode is why. These people are a family and pull you in to care about them. Just like life though, we can't choose who we like the least and say that's who should've died. It was a tragedy, and we wouldn't be raving about the episode and the acting if it was a character we didn't care about. Jerry will be missed. As for Sam and Andy, his walking away was just so heartbreaking especially after that conversation on the tailgate of his truck a few episodes ago when she told him to fight for their relationship and just don't walk away. Sigh we knew the road wouldnt be smooth the whole way, but that one hurt. Hoping we see some kind of reconciliation very soon. I think they do belong together but just have to figure out how. I'll be watching and waiting! Love, love, love you Rookie Blue!!

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This whole episode was really sad! I am a huge fan of Sam and Andy so it left me feeling depressed. I agree with Ms. Alex above, I think it will be a while before they get back together unfortunately. Andy seems really bitter and Sam has shut down. Although the preview shows Sam getting a talk from Luke, something in me says that Andy is not going to accept anything from Sam right now. I think this will have to be drawn out for a while. Every show does this and it drives me crazy. They center so much of the drama on relationships and then you get hooked and then they break them up for like two seasons.

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I love this show soo much and I'm really sad that Jerry had to leave it. I did cry in the last bit when at the bar with Traci reading the wedding speech and I thought that the writers did an amazing job showing how everyone in division 15 was there for each other and had their own way of grieving the loss of Jerry:(
Did anyone notice how the phone kept ringing????? what's up with that?!

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Carolyn, I really think Jerry left the show because he is on another show. I saw him. For the likes of me I can't remember what show it was. If I remember, i'll write it in.
Whats with Sam and Andy? Was it Andy who got Jerry killed, or did Andy have something to do with it?

Rookie Blue Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Tomorrow we're going to wake up and the world's going to expect it to be like any other day.

Oliver

Jerry, who proposed to me by engraving it on the back of a knife.

Traci
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