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Rookie Blue Round Table: "Homecoming"

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"Homecoming" brought Andy and Nick back home to 15 Division, as Rookie Blue Season 4 continued to throw us, and its characters, plenty of curves.

Below, TV Fanatic Christine Orlando is joined by Rookie Blue fans Kathryn and Dina from Two Worlds Collide: A Sam Swarek/Andy McNally Fan Forum to decide which couple had the best scenes and what "She's not you" really means.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Kathryn: SO many great ones, but the Sam/Andy shootout, hands down. That just ROCKED on so many levels!! Closely followed by Sam's interrogation scenes.

Dina: That’s a hard one to narrow down. I’m going to have to go with the scene at the Black Penny after shift. Noelle’s engagement speech was heartwarming, the looks being shared between Sam and Andy were heart wrenching, and the introduction to Chloe’s character was lighthearted. A perfect combination to show the camaraderie of the bunch, and just a few highlights as to why we love them all so much.

Christine: For me it was Sam and Andy in the truck. They were finally honest with one another and although they didn't end up back together at the end of it, at least it gave me hope that they'll get there.

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Should Gail have accepted Nick's offer to live together?

Kathryn: No. They have way too much to work through to move in together right now, but I love that she showed without hesitation how excited she was that he asked. Plus, I'm really looking forward to Gail sniping at Chloe when's she at the apartment with Dov.

Dina: No. I think she did the right thing, and her reaction was perfect. While she was thrilled that he seems to want to move forward with her, she is not at that level of trust with him yet, as evidenced by all of her comments about him leaving throughout the episode.

Christine: I agree. They're just not there yet but Gail's enthusiasm was very sweet. She really likes this guy. We'll see if they manage to pull it all together this season or not.

Best couple of the episode: Frank and Noelle, Sam and Andy  or Nick and Gail?

Kathryn: McSwarek always and forever, even as messed up as they are right now. I just love them truly, madly, deeply. Drop that couple into any show, and I wouldn't be too upset if all the rest of TV went away. BUT Frank and Noelle gave them a run for their money in this episode, and Gail's romantic mood swings are always entertaining.

Dina: Although they aren’t technically a couple anymore, I’m going to have to go with Sam and Andy for this one. The way they worked so seamlessly together on the case and their playful banter reminded me of happier times. Also, the looks that they were giving each other throughout the episode spoke volumes. Clearly, those two are from being over.

Christine: As much as I love the Sam and Andy moments, I've got to give this one to Frank and Noelle. His proposal was perfect, as was her toast later that night. Like Gail, I just wanted to give them a huge hug (minus the bloody mouth).

Why is Shaw such a Sam and Andy shipper?

Kathryn: Because he's AWESOME!! I think it's because he's a romantic, has so much affection for both of them, and just thinks they're right for each other and will be good for each other if they can get past their respective hang-ups.

Dina: He knows that they’re meant to be. As Sam’s best friend, he knows how in love Sam is with Andy, and how she challenges him on a personal level, which is what he needs in order to grow. Oliver’s looks, advice and attempts at matchmaking were probably my favorite things about the episode overall.

Christine: I just wanted to hug Ollie all night. He's a good friend to both of them and sees that they are happier together than apart. And with his own love life hitting such a rough patch, maybe seeing the possibility of happiness for his friends gives him hope.

Is Chris moving to Timmons for the right reasons?

Kathryn: Setting aside wanting Travis onscreen, I have mixed feelings. Chris always had a love/hate feeling about Toronto and big city life and clearly loves Christian. But I think he's going to find it hard to go back, and he really doesn't seem to be clicking with Denise. If he sticks with it, I think he'll become middle aged before his time.

Dina: He thinks he is. Chris is putting his own desires on the back burner by trying to do the best thing for his son, which is what any good parent would try to do. Yes, it’s the right move for Chris, who’s always been a stand-up, respectable guy.

Christine: I understand him wanting a safe, normal life for his son but I keep thinking that Christian will know that his Daddy is miserable. Kids pick up on those things whether we want them to or not.  If he loved Denise things might go better but it's obvious he doesn't. I don't see happy times ahead for Chris.

When Sam told Andy, "She's not you" concerning Marlo, what do you think he meant by that?

Kathryn: Ooooh, there was so much loaded meaning. It was a rather bold disclosure for Swarek, yet still cryptic enough that he wasn't laying himself completely on the line again. I think it was both a compliment and admission of how much she unsettles him in both good and bad ways.

Dina: I think that statement was mean to be open ended. Either of the words “but” or “because” would’ve fit perfectly before that statement. Even though Marlo’s “smart, fun, and not complicated”, he’s not turned inside out by her like he is by Andy, which is both a good and bad thing. Andy smiled because she understood that, seeing how she felt the same when she was with Luke.

Christine: Without coming out and saying it directly, I think Andy is the love of his life and Marlo certainly isn't that. But that also means that Marlo doesn't have the power to break his heart and maybe he's craving that safety right now.

Now it's your turn, Rookie Blue Fanatics. Pick your favorite scene from "Homecoming."

 


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

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Cuál es el secreto de Marlo? Es infiltrada de Anton Hill ?

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Response to Vickie: I totally agree with you endgame Sam & Andy, but I also want to see along the way a development between Nick & Andy. Although I think that it's Andy that gives him fireworks and Gail is comfortable. He's known Gail for a long time so he should be comfortable with her. Andy is new to him and he knows that she's still hung up on Sam. So he choose the safer route thanks to the advice of the banker's wife though she went back to her first love and that is what Gail is for him his first real love. Besides I bet that Gail winds up with Dov. Also I think that Chris will move back to Timmons there won't be any room for him with Chloe and Nick around.

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Best scene for me was a happy Frank and Noelle, they have not been this happy since the end of season two. I like Gail and Nick, but he needs to prove himself to her, he has left her twice, I don't think she should move in with him. I want to see a happy Chris moving does not make him happy, and he no longer in love with Denise

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I love Rookie Blue! So glad it's summer! McSwarek fans don't hate me...I'm a true believer of McSwarek forever, but, I am loving the scenes between Nick and Andy. There is something there, it seems, for Nick at least, and a comfort from Andy. Last scene, Nick was sitting at the bar alone, with two glasses of whiskey and he starts to smile when he sees Andy, but then in walks Sam, and that's when he heads to Gail's table. It seems like he chose fireworks (Gail) because comfort (Andy) wasn't available. The opposite of what Darren's (bank manager who was shot) wife said she did. I would like to see what happens with Andy and Nick. There is a true friendship between them, and Gail just doesn't seem to appreciate Nick. She (and I love her) acts like a child and Nick is a man. And Sam is with Marlo, although there is no chemistry between them AT ALL. We all know McSwarek belong together, but Nandy (?LOL!) could help move both of these couples we love forward in the future. THOUGHTS? (Don't hate me! LOL!) (Can't wait for this week's ep!!)

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Voted shootout all the way. Great answers!

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What a fab episode! It had it all, lingering looks from McSwarek, McSwarek bantering, McSwarek working seamlessly together, McSwarek being more honest with each other than we have seen in any of the seasons. All we need now is for them to truly work through their problems and get back together again. Unfortunately I think we are going to be made to wait a while though! Great job again by the three reviewers - love reading their insights into the latest episodes.

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Hands down one of the best episodes for Rookie Blue! It was like classic S1 type of stuff! Loved every second of it
Favourite line though of the episode, "Your Andy McNally you DON'T give up!"

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Is Chris moving to Timmons for the right reasons?
I can see him wanting to move as he thinks it is the best for his son, however people grow up in Toronto (and other places) all the time where bad things happen BUT if you have a strong foundation and loving parents then the chances are Christian will be just fine where ever they live. So I think he should stay! When Sam told Andy, "She's not you" concerning Marlo, what do you think he meant by that?
The Sam and Andy shipper in me, thinks he meant that she is just a rebound and that Andy is the woman he wants to be with forever!

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
There were many great scenes: If I had to pick my favorite it would be: Sam and Andy in the truck, but them walking through the door at the same time was funny. I also loved the Ollie and Andy scene at the end. Should Gail have accepted Nick's offer to live together?
I guess I am in the minority but I think Yes! She thought he did not know what he wanted and she harped on him about it and now that he knows and asked her to move it and take it to the next level, she said no. Yes she was happy that he asked but still. Best couple of the episode: Frank and Noelle, Sam and Andy or Nick and Gail?
Sam and Andy. I really hope they get together FOR GOOD this time.
Frank and Noelle were great too though, her speech was sweet. Why is Shaw such a Sam and Andy shipper?
He has know Sam a long time and he sees that Andy is the perfect match for him! Is Chris moving to Timmons for the right reasons?
I can see him wanting to move as he thinks it is the best for his son, however people grow up in Toronto (and other places) all the time where bad things happen BUT if you have a strong foundation and loving parents then the chances are Christian will be just fine where ever they live. So I think he should stay! When Sam told Andy, "She's not you" concerning Marlo, what do you think he meant by that?
The Sam and Andy shipper in me, thinks he meant that she is just a rebound and that Andy is the woman he wants to be with forever!

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Love reading the thoughts for the latest episode! I think all the Sam/Andy moments were some of the best. And I just loved Frank finally proposing to Noelle! It's nice to see one couple moving forward and being happy on Rookie Blue. I also loved Noelle's speech, so I was torn between that and the shootout scene. And it took me a couple of viewings of the truck scene to see the positive and negative side to the "she's not you" comment, but I like it because Sam/Andy have lots to work through on their own before they can be together again. I think it sets up the rest of the season as well. He needs simple right now so he can realize that he's not living life to its fullest. Also, the Nick/Gail stuff shows us how unstable their relationship is even though they may want to be with each other. And Chris's decision should be interesting too. These round table discussions are very fun to read!

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