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Rookie Blue Round Table: "Cold Comforts"

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"Cold Comforts" featured the aftermath of Jerry's funeral, and everyone at 15 Division dealt with the loss in their own way... some better than others.

In this edition of the Round Table, TV Fanatic staffer Christine Orlando is joined by Kathryn, Nathalie, and Jo. L from the Rookie Blue Two Worlds Collide Fan Forum, as they share the best memories of Jerry, debate the best quote of the night and decide whether Sam was justified in breaking Andy's heart.

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What was your favorite scene?
Jo. L: The scene in the Black Penny, where Traci reads Jerry's wedding speech with assistance from Gail to their 15 Division family.

Nathalie: It's a tie again between Sam/Andy at Dale's apartment and Gail/Luke at the hospital (when Luke gets there). It had the tidbits of humor that were very much needed in that emotional episode.

Kathryn: Every single frame was pretty much perfect, but the Traci/Gail hospital talk, the speech reading, the McSwarek break-up, and the final toast really killed me.

Christine: For me it was Gail and Traci at the hospital. They're both in such pain and Gail's honesty and Traci's fortitude made it a very powerful moment.

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Is Sam justified in breaking up with Andy?
Jo. L: I think so. Since they are both police officers - their lives are at risk every time they go on shift. After losing his best friend & he sees Traci dealing with the aftermath, he can't stand to lose the woman he 'ultimately' loves. So I see it as his way of dealing with grief and to prevent heartbreak.

Nathalie: No, he's clearly taking it out on her. I get what he's saying and he's not wrong but instead of running (for once, Andy's not the runner) from what he's (and they all are) going through, he should face it and deal with it.

Kathryn: I can't give him that, and I think he's going to regret it. The most generous I can be is to say his reactions were partially understandable. But I don't get the way he seemed to flip a switch between being entranced by pretty much everything she did to seeming like almost everything about her drove him crazy. He's clearly being crushed by guilt and pain, but there's more to it than that, and he's got me pretty baffled. I have a few theories, but I really don't know what's going on with my favorite TV character, so I hope the writers shed some light on that soon.

Christine: He's in a great deal of pain and people don't always think clearly when that happens but he just blindsided Andy and she's in pain too. If he had told her he needed time and space to process everything, that I'd understand but dumping her and walking away after everything they've been through was just cruel.

What memory of Jerry did you like the best?
Jo. L: There are quite a few that stood out - My favorite memory was the photo from his desk that Chris found: Sammy, Oliver and Jerry.

Nathalie: What Oliver said about Jerry buying him underwear, I cracked up at that one!

Kathryn  Ooh, they came up with so many great ones. Probably the pedis with his mom and the underwear intervention for Oliver. Gotta love a man who gets rid of tighty whities.

Christine: Traci saying, "Jerry, who proposed to me by engraving it on the back of a knife." It hurt and made me laugh all at once.

There were so many great Rookie Blue quotes from this episode. What was your favorite?
Jo L: Traci's "Please everyone, and uh just raise a glass to my husband."

Nathalie: From Jerry's speech "Until the day I die, you hold the key to my heart". Traci will hold the key to his heart forever.

Kathryn: Another really tough choice. Tie between Oliver's "You're not going to be one of those lactavists, are you? " and Andy's "Just a girl looking to buy some wood pallets. Nothing weird here."  I also really loved the timing of the whole cynic/gullible exchange between Sam & Andy and Sadie asking for Sanctuary. she's a riot.

Christine: Oliver's "Tomorrow we're going to wake up and the world's going to expect it to be like any other day." Because it's so true.

The show had some really great pairings in this episode but which of them made you cry?
Jo L: Sam and Andy. The scene outside in the rain totally made me bawl, as I've been there before.

Nathalie: And as much as Andy crying after Sam broke up tore my heart apart, Traci & Gail made me cry (Gail at the hospital, when she couldn't look at Traci, opened the way for my tears until the end of the episode).

Kathryn: Traci/Gail and Sam/Andy were the ones who made me cry. The former because I felt like they truly needed each other to not completely fall apart. Gail needed absolution and Traci needed to believe Jerry's sacrifice wasn't for nothing and that Gail would recover. Sam and Andy made me cry because they're in so much pain and at such an impasse. I really don't know how the writers our going to right my favorite ship; and if they don't, I'll be truly heartbroken. Good thing they're more clever than I am. ;)

Christine: Traci and Gail broke my heart but it was Sam and Andy who made me cry. It was the heartbreaking, helpless look in Andy's eyes when she realized there was nothing she could do but let Sam walk away.

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

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What ebonee said all the way. Andy might have a lot of empathy for other people but she shows NONE for Sam, ever. When she came out, again, even though he asked for space, and all she can do is go on about work and that no matter how many times she's wrong she will never change the way she thinks, that was the death-knell for their relationship, not what Sam did. I hope they never get back together and that they introduce a new character for Sam that will truly love him OR that Andy gets her head out of her --- and starts treating him right.

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My take on the break up. I don't think Andy really knows how to be there for Sam. Sam always has her back but she rarely has to help him thru a hard time. She was not very empathetic in this episode. She was borderline antagonist. It wasn't until the speech that she got why Sam was taking it so hard. He has grief n guilt to deal with.he wasn't there for Jerry. N how can he be happy n in love when Jerry died n didn't get his happy ever after. This is his way of punishing himself. Plus he was with Jerry in his last moments. I understand Andy is hurt but honestly Sam is in too dark of a place to be in a relationship Right now n he has no idea how to deal with all of his emotions. He just once to be alone honestly the division should force him to go to grief therapy n he should be on suicide watch. He is hurt. If he was just blaming her we would see more yelling from him but he was calm n at peace with his decision. He knows he can't be what Andy needs and he doesn't know if he will ever be especially now. Hopefully it works out But don't think it's all poor andy.if she loves him She knows he is not trying to be a jerks. But I think we will see a Sam break down just don't know who will help him thru.(maybe Chris )

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4. There were so many great Rookie Blue quotes from this episode. What was your favorite? When Traci told Gail that Jerry died for something important and his death meant something.
5. The show had some really great pairings in this episode but which of them made you cry? Traci/Gail at the hospital, Sam/Andy breaking up and Dov/Chris cleaning up Jerry's desk together. Great questions by the way.

Martinelli

1. Fav. scene: Gail and Traci at the hospital. It was a really great gesture of Traci to go to Gail, must have been really difficult for her and it was really nice of Gail to show her human side.
2. Is Sam justified? This is a difficult question, BUT, there is always a but. I've seen movies, where police force members are not allowed to have relationships with each other because once you care for another police officer, you tend to protect him/her instead of acting rationally. I don't know how o explain this but in Sam's case, he preferred to listen to Andy instead of Jerry and as we all know, Andy was wrong and Jerry died. Maybe if they were not in a relationship he might have acted differently. I think that's what is bothering him, that's why he said he can't be a cop and be with Andy.
3. What memory of Jerry did you like the best? I don't know .. all.
4. There were so many great Rookie Blue quotes from this episode. What was your favorite? When Traci told Gail that Jerry died for something important and his death meant something.
5. The show had some really great pairings in this episode but which of them made you cry? Traci/Gail at the hospital, Sam/Andy breaking up and Dov/Chris cleaning up Jerry's desk together. Great questions by the way.

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For the record, it really bugged the hell out of me that when Andy chased after Sam, she started in by babbling about that idiot Dale's BS story. Seriously? I almost wanted to scream myself at that point. I guess what I didn't understand is why Sam let it seem so final instead of just saying, "I can't make a decision about this right now. I just need you to back off right for a while." The WAY he layed into her earlier, followed by what Jerry said in his speech, should have been enough for Andy to guess that maybe just the sight of her inflamed all the guilt roiling around in him. But she really did't seem to get it. So maybe that's what led him to believe anything less definitive wouldn't sink in with her.

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Favorite Scene: Gail with Traci in the hospital and Traci reading Jerry's letter in the bar.
Because of his relationship with Andy, Sam was almost killed on his undercover assignment, they were both suspended (and almost fired) and Jerry ended up going alone to the killer's apartment. So in many ways, I do believe that Sam's ability to think like a cop has been affected by his feelings for Andy. However, putting the blame on Andy was completely unfair (she didn't force him to do anything) and the way he broke up with her was awful. Plus, if he wanted to preserve their relationship, they could have worked out a way to work less closely together.
Great pairings: Gail and Luke, Traci and Gail, Oliver and Jerry's drink (The last two almost made me cry).

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What memory of Jerry did you like the best?
That he was fostering a child! There were so many great Rookie Blue quotes from this episode. What was your favorite?
Lots of great ones but I agree with the Andy line about buying pallets.
Traci/Gail and Sam/Andy. I cried as well during Traci's (well Jerry's) speech.

Sarah-silva

What was your favorite scene?
Once again too many great scenes to choose from, the start when they were at the grave and Andy said we can stay here all day, the wedding speech scene, Gail and Traci at the hospital....another stellar episode!
Is Sam justified in breaking up with Andy?
I do not think he was justified. I know he is devestated and feels guilty about Jerry but he took it out on Andy. I think Sam feels it is better to shut her out then let her all the way in and I hope we learn why he is like that. He is one of my favorite tv characters as well. He will regret dumping Andy but it will be too late....I think that Sam and Andy will get together in the end but not for a long time!