Rookie Blue Review: All the Time in the World

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Rookie Blue made its summer return with "Surprises" - and it may may just have been the show's best premiere to date. 

It's been six months since the Season 3 finale... and Nick and Andy certainly look cozy. They've spent their undercover assignment infiltrating a drug ring, as a couple. For a moment I began to wonder how intimate they'd actually gotten.

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That said, I honestly think they spent their cohabitation taking turns sleeping on the sofa. 

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Still, these two have certainly formed a bond and Nick obviously had his own opinions about how Sam dumped Andy last year.

Andy seemed different. I think it was that she exuded a confidence we've never witnessed before. The kind of attitude that a long term undercover assignment can produce. 

Although I wanted to yell at her as she was walking outside the drug dealers house. She started asking about warrants while talking on the phone and had no idea who might be on the other side of that fence or who could have been listening from a second story window. It felt like a rookie mistake.

I guess her biggest error, though, was not thoroughly clearing that house before she started snooping. Assuming you're alone is dangerous, especially for a cop.

No one was more shocked than I was when Nick pulled that trigger. I suddenly had all these questions about the things we don't know about Nick. His explanation made sense given his background, but I'd guess this is something Andy will hold over his head for quite a while. Maybe forever.

I couldn't believe Andy picked up the phone and called Sam while she and Nick were hiding out. Obviously she still remembered his number but 911 could have worked too.  Wait, do they have 911 in Canada?

Perhaps she could have skipped the small talk and gotten right to the heart of the matter. Like telling him to trace the call and send in the cavalry before they both got shot.

When Sam finally did ride to the rescue, their stilted conversation was almost painful. All I wanted was for him to grab her and hold her... or her to fly into his arms. But that wasn't meant to be.

However, that's exactly the reunion that Nick received after Gail socked him in the jaw. Let's face it, though, he had that coming.

Speaking of Gail, the girl may have gone all zen but she certainly hasn't lost her snarky humor. I couldn't believe she lied to Chris about the letter. Actually, I could completely believe it. That was so cruel... and funny. That's why I've always loved Gail.

So now Chris has a decision to make: Stay at 15 and risk his relationship or head to Timmons and be professionally bored to tears. Honestly, Chris has never been a favorite of mine so even if he left I wouldn't be heartbroken. Yet I am interested to see how the show resolves this personal/professional crossroads.

Only Dov would announce to his friends and coworkers that he's been celibate for six months. Personal and professional boundaries don't really exist at the 15th.

As if to solidify that thought, Andy walked in on Sam kissing Officer What's Her Name. Yes, Andy's the one who walked away six months ago and Sam had the right to move on... but I hate Officer What's Her Name anyway. 

And, no, I stubbornly haven't learned her name. I'm guessing I'll have to, but that can wait until next week. I'm too busy hating her now to be bothered.

The look on Andy's face was the epitome of wearing one's heart on their sleeve. Her expression was one of raw hurt that she couldn't hide. As she said in this Rookie Blue quote...

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I think she's about to get plenty of both.

But this was only episode 1. We have 12 more to go, which gives us all the time in the world to get Sam and Andy back together. Welcome, Rookie Blue season 4. Bring it on.


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I am glad to see the chemistry between Sam and Andy is still so good, they won’t be able to resist each other for to long. I love that Andy and Luke relationship, I don’t see that going further than a deep friendship. Andy would never allow that because of Gail. Plus that would make our leading lady a bit of an office trap if she were to date another cop from the precinct. Yes Noel is coming back; you saw that in the pre-view, she is going to marry the chief. What I am curious about is Deactivate Callahan, I want him back I love seeing the love triangle. Plus he is so good to look at! I hope that this season:
1. Sam and Andy get back together
2. We see the cops outside of work more
3. Sam and Andy get back together


Sometimes I can not believe how obsessed I am with this show. I love this show and I am so happy it is back! I know all the interviews say this is a season on “change or die�, but I need Sam and Andy to figure there shit out and get back together. Andy’s face when “what’s her name� was kissing Sam was priceless, not words were needed. So I need some back story on “what’s her name� and Sam’s relationship, how long have they been dating, how did they meet. If Sam really loved Andy, though he has the right to move on when Andy diapered, I would still think that would mean that he did not jump right into another relationship; he too would have needed time to heal. Unless “what’s her name� is just a rebound girl, but you typically don’t tell the rebound girl about the last girl.

Sarah silva

Yes they have 911 in Canada. :)
Andy calling Sam was just to prove that she is still in love with him and earlier in the episode when Nick asked if she still knew Sam's number and she brushed it off, her calling Sam was an automatic reaction. Very telling that she is still in love with him.

Sarah silva

So happy to have one of my favorite shows back on tv for another thrilling summer!
This was a great premiere.
I am team Sandy and I would like them to get together again, however I know Andy will be super hurt that Sam is now seeing someone, when one of the reasons they broke up is that he can not be a good cop and be in a relationship with a fellow cop.
Nick was as hot as ever! My fellow Winnipeger Peter Mooney is fantastic!
I am looking forward to this season.


@mcswarek! You are probably right, just hoping that jerry would come back because the show isn't the same without him. Jerry, oliver and sam were real close and they both changed with jerrys death.. Maybe, the writers can work something out if the fans keep asking for jerry back.. :) worth a shot..


To Marisa1983, No insult intended. It's just that I've never had the pleasure of visiting Canada and it seemed presumptuous to assume that you had the same system we have here in the US. I had no doubt Canada has an emergency response number, but I figured there was the possibility it could be something other than 911. And FYI, I have read that Noelle will be back this season.


@Mariana - I don't know about that... I think at the end where Jerry's phone is ringing is just really a moment that takes us back to reality. The fact that the lights are off, the phone is ringing, and there truly is no one there to pick it up. By the way, in my opinion the show just hasn't been the same without Jerry. I noticed it in 3.10 right after he died. I miss his personality and attitude that he brought to the show.


I'm just so happy this show is back!! I just love love love Rookie Blue. It feels like it's getting better every episode!! I'm so excited for the next 12 episodes!!


I recently got hooked on this show and started to watch from the start. I finished watching the last episodes from season 3 yesterday right before the season premiere. Anyways, i noticed on the episode after jerry died, that while dov/chris were clearing out jerrys desk his phone rang a few times but what I found weird was that right before the episode ended, its back to jerry office were the lights were off and then his phone begins to ring again.. I may be wrong, but I think that last minute of the episode meant something, but that made me think that jerry is alive and just went undercover during this time (yes, sounds unlikely but still hope that was the case).. Did anybody notice that? What are yours thoughts?


The moment that sam realized that andy was part of the undercover team and that she was MIA he didn't stop until he found her. The look they gave each other when that door opened was priceless, they were trying hard not to jump in each others arms. How about the look of pure jealousy on 'whats her name' face when sam and andy were talking? And her talking to sam about andys return only means that she is fully aware who andy is and sams feelings toward her.
Can't wait for next week.. :)

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