Rookie Blue Round Table: "Every Man"
On this week's Rookie Blue, it was "Every Man" for himself as SIU launched an investigation that could destroy one rookie's career.
In this edition of the Round Table, TV Fanatic staffer Christine Orlando is joined by Kathryn, Nathalie, and Heather from the Rookie Blue Two Worlds Collide Fan Forum, as they contemplate who was really to blame and whether Andy is finally done with Sam. Jump in to the discussion now!
What was your favorite scene?
Heather: This episode had a lot of great moments with some powerful performances from Travis as Chris especially when the sniper shot the suspect. I loved the Andy and Nick friendship parts, but my favorite moments were the two brief glimpses of McSwarek that gave me hope that they are SO not over.
Nathalie: The guy holding a gun in the cell being shot. It was so unexpected at that moment and well filmed, I even held my breath for a few seconds.
Kathryn: Probably the sniper shooting because it was so startling. But everything with Chris just killed me, one way or another. Travis Milne really rocked this episode!! Andy and Nick were very cute together too, even if that was probably the most lame brained cover up plan ever. ;)
Christine: The shooting scene in holding was great but since it's been mentioned twice I'm going with the scene where Sam says he wanted to make sure Andy was okay and she responded that it wasn't his job anymore. I was proud of her for walking away from him after what he's put her through.
Do you think Gail confessed because it was the right thing to do or because she felt she'd be protected because of her family ties?
Heather: I love Gail. She is a powerful character and has been through a lot and I think has shown a lot of growth and more team spirit, but I really think she felt that she would be safe as a Peck and that is why she "took one for the team." I think she thought they would go easier on her. I do think she forgot to pat down the guy so I'm glad she told the truth.
Nathalie: Because she thought she'd be protected, the look on her face after Dov says "I wish I was a Peck" says it all.
Kathryn: I think she did it mainly because she miscalculated that she would be protected, given the way agent Mills was acting all day and the conversation with her Dad. But I think it also had a lot to do with it looking like Chris was going to be the one to take the fall for everyone. If not for those two things, I'm not sure her conscience would have led her to step up and do the right thing or not. Gail still has a pretty strong selfish streak.
Christine: I think it was because she knew she hadn't searched the suspect properly and she thought she could protect her fellow officers by taking the fall, all the while believeing that being a Peck would protect her. Looks like she may have miscalculated the power of her family name.
Who was really to blame for the incident?
Heather: I think, like a lot of tragedies, that a lot of little things added up that resulted in the incident and so in part, they all should bear some of the blame. Even Frank could have prevented it if he had searched the guy he found in the car. I don't think anyone should lose their job over it.
Nathalie: If the blame was really to be put on one person, I'd say Dov. I can understand where he's coming from, being provoked and all, but he lost it with the guy in blue.
Kathryn: They all were, but I think Gail's mistake seemed the most critical given what she said about how primary responsibility is drilled into them at the academy. But I don't know enough about police procedure to judge beyond that.
Christine: Everyone. No one followed protocol and if only one person had this incident may have been avoided. It wouldn't surprise me if Frank takes a hit for this. They are all under his command and every one of them failed to follow procedure, including Frank himself. As the person in charge, that reflects poorly on him.
Should Chris get a paternity test for Christian?
Heather: Yes! I respect his desire to just be a good dad, but he should have the facts and then go from there. He can choose to help Denise even if the kid isn't his, but he and the child both deserve to have that truth known, whatever it is.
Nathalie: I don't think he should. Denise has no reason to trick him into this, it's not like he's rich or something so I believe she's genuine about it.
Kathryn: It depends on whether he stills feels the same way about wanting to act like Christian's dad regardless of the outcome once the shock and the emotions of the day he just had subside. If he really does still feel that way, what's the purpose? I think the bigger question is whether he can forgive Denise or not and how he wants to interact with her going forward.
Christine: Yes, because even if he really wants to be the child's Dad, what happens if he's not and the real daddy turns up in the future. That could mean a world of heartache for both him and Christian. It's always better to have the facts whenever possible.
Is Andy done with Swarek?
Heather: An emphatic NO! And Swarek is SO not over Andy. I'm disappointed that Sam has handled things the way he has, but I look forward to seeing what is next and how he re-builds what he has damaged. Sam and Andy belong together and I so want more!
Nathalie: She's not. She's just trying to protect herself by acting all "I don't care" to Sam's face but she's still hurting from their breakup and still seeing him around doesn't help.
Kathryn: I don't think so. I'm not sure how she'll react to the declaration from Sam we saw in the previews, but I don't think this is over at all. The question is how much time and what changes will be needed for things to work out better for them the second time around. I change my mind daily about how I think the writers will handle that.
Christine: No, but Sam should have to jump through some serious hoops to get Andy back. I'm glad Andy isn't acting like the lovesick girlfriend around him.