Rookie Blue Review: The Border Collie Bites Back

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"The Kids Are Not Alright" was full of surprises, the worst of which was delivered at the very end.

But we'll start at the beginning….

Got His Suspect

Andy was having a lousy day. Her awkward run-in with Sam where she complimented his clothing and had to be dragged away by Traci and Gail before she made a bigger fool of herself? Yeah... that was bad. 

It even left Andy muttering that it has to get easier, right? Not necessarily. Because before she knew it she was face to face with Sam's ex, Monica. Talk about a bad day getting worse. 

Andy and Gail's case was a heartbreaker, although it did give Andy the opportunity to show off her awesome lawn chair ninja skills. 

I guessed that Alex was really a girl who wanted to be a boy early on. What was horrible was how completely alone he felt. His own parents had abandoned him and his only friend's brother beat him up and threw him in the trunk of a car. 

It didn't surprise me at all that young Alex attempted to kill himself. Andy was great with him in the hospital. As bad as things were, they could certainly get better, but Alex had to be alive to get to the good part.

One of the things that impressed me was how confident Traci seemed in the role of detective. She's come a long way since her first missteps as a trainee last season.

Sam has slipped into the detective role with ease. I felt nothing but sympathy for Cesar as Sam read him those texts. He expected the gang to turn against but not his own family. Thankfully, Sam was able to convince him continue down the path he'd started on when he'd left the gang life and not look back.

Chris' life was still such a mess. He and Denise have nothing in common. The only reason they are together is because of Christian. Will that ever be enough?

But perhaps Ollie was right. Chris won't be able to live with himself unless he knows he's done everything he can to make that relationship work for his son. It might work out, or it might implode, but Chris has to give it his all.

I loved how Dov changed the camping trip to a rooftop party to include his best friend. He even set up a tent for the kids. That was really sweet.

What wasn't sweet was the conversation between Chloe and Gail.  

One of the things I've always liked about Gail was that even when she's being snarky, she's being honest. Chloe showing up on Dov's doorstep and following him around like a little border collie was desperate bordering on stalkerish. Leave it to Gail to call her out on it. So I didn't think twice about it when the conversation got a little heated in this Rookie Blue quote…

Chloe: You're like a terrible person.
Gail: Like I haven't heard that before. | permalink

But the border collie bit back by telling Gail that she was the exact opposite of boyfriend Nick, who was a great guy and…

Chloe: No wonder he's falling for Andy. | permalink

Ouch! The look on Gail's face as she turned to see Nick and Andy practically canoodling on the stairs was painful.  After their undercover operation, the fear of having her best friend and her boyfriend getting a little too close must have always been in the back of her mind.

Gail just pushed it front and center.

So is Chloe a conniving witch or was she simply defending herself from Gail's tirade? And will Andy be moving on from Sam with Nick? Thankfully we only have one week to wait until the next Rookie Blue


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What is away this season 4 RB S1 and S2! Complicity, joy and fears of the rookies! Does it conform to its new activity, adapting to its officers (those must-see dialogues between Oli and Dov, Sam and Andy), solidarity and solidity of friendships created, (Andy-Gail) now break it by an alleged infatuation of Nick with Andy? I think that the course has been lost. It is a series that after 4 eps. rather than catch your attention, invariably it is made otherwise. The writers said that this was the best season? Sorry, must have tastes and different perceptions. Except for some scenes, entertaining and fun, nothing good so far


Loved all the work parings in this episode! Biggest plus was the way poor Alex's story was handled. But there were nice little moments between each of the pairs that we don't see all the time. I especially enjoyed Chloe & Nick together, Dov getting to do something really solid for another struggling officer (only after a lot of persistence, but good on him for sticking with it, Marlo seemed to really need someone), Oliver and Chris's scenes have been fantastic all season, and I liked the turn from annoyed real talk in 403 to sympathy and solid advice last night.


Very boring episode! Nick and Andy? Please! What did they think?


Awesome Awesome show! I i don't mind a Nick/Andy hook up they look cute together.. Let's get some drama in the division! Case with Alex was really well writen, sad The roof top camping was a grwat idea of dov, really great guy!


Awesome Awesome show! I i don't mind a Nick/Andy hook up they look cute together.. Let's get some drama in the division! Case with Alex was really well writen, sad


Also, am I the only one that noticed the Afganistan jar? I love it, makes me think of New Girl.


Nick and Andy


I hate that they're going down the Nick/Andy road. I love them as friends but not them together, and I hate what it'll do to all the friendships. My only hope is that Andy doesn't reciprocate Nick's feelings and it doesn't affect Gail and Andy's friendship too much. I'm kind surprised that everyone likes Chloe.. Count me in the Gail camp on this one. She's amusing sometimes but she's more annoying than anything.


Ugh. Poor Gail. She is one of my favorite characters. I mean, Gail was mean to Chloe but she was mean to McNally and Nash season 1. Chloe expects people to be nice and friendly at first sight and that's just not everyone's style. And I love NIck and Gail. And I love Gail and Andy's friendship. And I love Andy and Nick's friendship. And now I'm just sad. Oh and poor Chris. Trying to do the right thing. Denise was his high school sweetheart, but I guess things change. I love Oliver trying to stick up for him though. Um I liked Dov trying to bond with Marlo. Marlo isn't that bad. It's just that she is dating Sam. Oh well. I also liked the cases this week.

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