Rookie Blue Review: Worth the Risk?

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There were a lot of risk takers in tonight's Rookie Blue - but who would be rewarded with a happy ending and who was swallowing a "Poison Pill" was something we will probably have to wait until season's end to find out.

Rookie Blue Outbreak

Gail was making herself absolutely crazy. Now that Chloe opened her eyes to Nick's possible feelings for Andy, every look, every touch, every laugh between the two friends was magnified. Was she making too much of it or finally seeing the signs?

I'm afraid it will end up being a bit of both. Nick obviously cares for Andy and the two got very close while working undercover. But will Gail's worries become a self-fulfilling prophecy because her craziness is destined to push Nick away?

Of course the nail in their relationship coffin was Gail's conversation with Blackstone. Finding out that Nick could have come home during those six months but chose to stay away hurt her in a way that no other words could. 

If Gail was going to end things with Nick, I only wish she had faced it head on. Picking up Blackstone in the bar made me cringe.

I found it amusing that Dov and Gail always seemed to gravitate towards one another during their relationship troubles. They've always had a unique friendship. I wish we got to see more of it.

Dov once again couldn't figure out what he wanted from Chloe. First he asked her out, then he worried she's bi-polar and bailed on her. Chloe had every right to be angry. We'll have to wait and see if Dov makes amends and tries again. 

I had to admit that the more I learned about Marlo, the more I liked her. She kept her cool about the Anthrax and although it annoyed the heck out of Andy, I found it an admirable trait in a cop. I also appreciated her conversation with Andy in this Rookie Blue quote

Marlo: You know what I hate most in the world.
Andy: Kittens? Laughter?
Marlo: Two girls standing in a room shouting about a guy who's not even there. | permalink

I had to agree. It was kind of pathetic and with the way Sam's been acting this season I can't say he's worth all the drama.

The shock of the episode was finding out that Marlo was bi-polar. No wonder she preferred to keep her emotional distance from everyone, even Sam. She's been hiding a huge secret.

Although Marlo kept insisting she was handling it, hiding it was a huge risk to her career and the people around her.  Bi-polar disorder is a treatable mental illness but keeping that secret from the people who care about her, such as Sam will eventually do more harm than good.

I'd guess that this bombshell will explode towards the end of the season and Andy's knowledge of Marlo's condition will come to light one way or another. What type of trouble that will mean for her, Marlo and Sam is anyone's guess.

The anthrax laced heroin was a great story. When Dov mentioned that the husband was a veterinarian, I knew that was going to play into the mystery somehow. I just never expected that he'd laced the drugs himself to get rid of his wife's ex-lover. 

As soon as Chris asked Shaw if he could drive, I guessed that it was his final shift. And the way Chris handled Cedric the junkie had me missing the big guy before he'd even left.

So it looks like Chris is gone from 15 Division but Luke returns. If you had your choice, which would you choose to stick around long term?


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I do not know if it is a hope on my part but I found that when A and M reach the station and Sam are on the phone, for a second, Sam looks to the left (position Andy), then hang up and go to Marlo . It was an illusion?


My McSwarek heart may be broken if Nick and Andy do get together. As a couple, they don't have any of the chemistry and depth of feeling that Sam and Andy has. I am just hoping that it will be a moment in time and they will both realise that they are better off as friends. Also hate to think that Andy and Gail's friendship is lost because of a hook up with Nick. Sam and Andy need to get back together and soon


I really liked the case. One thing that I like about this season is that the episodes that don't have as much personal/relationship content that I actually find enjoyable rather than a turn off (404 & 405) have compensated by having really great, interesting cases and strong guest performances. That kind of helps me "hang in there" while characters are in phases and relationships I don't dig.


Gail was both obnoxious and entertaining in this episode, but I totally felt for her. Not buying the platonic relationship between Nick & Andy. I don't believe in guys having a girlfriend and being best friends with another woman. What woman wouldn't be insecure under those circumstances? Neither Nick nor Andy is entirely innocent here. I hated that we had absolutely no Sam & Andy scenes. I realize the show isn't exclusively about them, but good grief. Let's not forget the biggest draw for this show. I cringed when Sam called Marlo on her cell (not Andy) and when he ran to greet Marlo (not Andy). Was certain the writers would throw fans a bone by having Sam quietly on edge about Andy being in danger . If I had to choose between Luke & Chris, it would definitely be Luke. I've never been much of a Chris fan. However, I think it's most exciting when they bring Luke back for cameos in two or three of the episodes per season.


Great review. I agree, I wish Gail had dealt with her Nick situation head on! She has always been so frank and direct that it disappointed me greatly. Also Andy's freak out about the drugs seemed a bit OOC to me.


I am all for McSwarek but WHY DIDN'T SHE COME HOME to Sam during the undercover mission. I absolutely understand why she left but she could of gone back to him after a couple of months, yet she choose to stay with Nick.


This week, Sam in session: "Not being able to be the person I needed to be for the person I Care about the Most" Sam Great! Now I wonder how their behavior contradicts their words and feelings and ... until when Sam?


Gail will regret the Blackstone affair, mark my words !!!!


Liked last night's episode a lot. The heroin drug plot was interesting. I even enjoyed Dov and Chloe until he falsely accused her without any facts. Chloe is goofy, but Dov is attracted to her.
Please move on Andy-she's continually making herself look like a sappy loser. I suspect things are not going to turn out well for Marlo hiding her illness.
Andy & Nick would be a cute couple, but if that happens,-I suggest they not turn their back on Gail. Not a fan of her tuft girl facade either - she has deep seated issues.
Chris & Oliver saying goodbye was a touching scene.

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This was a fantastic episode, I love every episode but I think this was one of my favorites.
I liked every scene with Andy and Marlo. I still want Sam and Andy together but I think we all do.
I am totally on board with Andy and Nick as a couple for the time being as it looks like Marlo and Sam are going to be a couple for awhile, I kept hoping he would call Andy's cell before Marlo or see how Andy was doing first as that would give an immediate hope for them but alas he did not so we will be in for lots more of Sarlo.
I cried at the end when Chris said it was his last shift, you can tell that Oliver was not expecting that and it made sense why Chris wanted to drive that day.
Never thought I would say this but I felt bad for Chloe!
I strongly believe that nothing sexual happened between Andy and Nick while undercover but typical Gail, rather than confront Nick she sleeps with Blackstone! I wanted to yell at her!

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Rookie Blue Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Nick: Well if my goal this morning was to gross you out and then disfigure you...
Gail: You are doing so good.

Dov: You know that guys a fireman, right?
Chloe: So?
Dov: You're in a room full of cops and you're talking to a guy who basically operates a hose for a living.