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Rookie Blue Review: Walking Targets

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All of 15 Division was "Under Fire" on this edition of Rookie Blue - and no one was immune to the consequences. 

It all start innocent enough... well, maybe innocent isn't the right word.

Finding the Shooter

Nick and Andy were perfecting their version of morning exercises and their technique didn't involve the risk of shin splints. I know all of the McSwarek fans hate it but every week these two become a more appealing couple. They're honest with one another. They seem in sync emotionally and they have fun. 

On the flip side, Sam and Marlo were anything but in sync. Marlo was pulling back as she took her leave of absence and was staying with her sister. She needed the space to pull herself back together. And in an odd sort of role reversal, Sam was pushing her to stay connected. 

The shooting in the park was truly frightening. One moment Chloe was joking with Andy about her secret relationship with Nick. I couldn't help but laugh when in this Rookie Blue quote Chloe told Andy…

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Only Chloe could make a line like that sound oddly sweet. 

When Andy slowly turned around to find Chloe still standing in front of her with blood seeping through the fingers around her neck, it was a truly horrifying moment. The fact that Chloe didn't simply fall unconscious after the gun shot, that she was talking and bleeding and terrified... it made it feel all the more real. 

Andy stepped up in those moments. As scared as she was she kept her head, called it in and pulled Chloe to safety all while they continued to take fire. 

To find out later that Chloe has a husband was a definite surprise. I didn't see that one coming any more than Dov did. But hearing how she and Wes wed impulsively during a weekend at Niagara Falls sounded completely in character. 

I know it was an awkward situation, but Chloe and Wes were obviously separated, or at least how he said, I must still be her emergency contact, certainly gave that impression. I wish Dov had told Wes that he and Chloe were dating. 

Dov was blindsided but I hope he mans up and decides to fight for Chloe. They're just too darn cute together. 

Speaking of cute, once again Steve Peck won me over. He was worried about Traci going out on the street to search for the sniper but he respected her job and didn't try to dissuade her. Instead he offered to team up. 

Then he said exactly what was on his mind. He asked Traci why she didn't want him to meet Leo and then he made it clear that he was serious about her. Not only was it incredibly sweet but it was so completely refreshing to have a character be so direct and honest about their feelings without hesitation. If Traci's not a little in love with Steve Peck, I think I am. 

And wasn't it great to finally get some sort of follow up on Noelle? I've really missed her this season and now that she's officially cancer free, I hope we get to see a lot more of her in season five.

The only surprise about Gail and Holly's kiss was that Gail initiated it. I really would have thought it would have been the other way around. It was fun to see how off kilter they both were from the experience It will be intriguing to find out where this couple goes from here. 

The last half of the episode had me wondering who was going to get shot next. When Celery showed up frantic after her encounter with Kevin Ford, I immediately hated the thought of him targeting Oliver. 15 Division would lose its heart without Shaw.

Then it looked like Ford's focus was on Marlo. As she walked in her bare feet across the wood floor in nothing but her bathrobe, I had my heart in my throat. It felt as though I was walking beside her. All I could think during those few agonizing seconds was where is her gun?!?

Thankfully it was Sam and Andy at her door. Those two had had quite a day. 

Sam was completely focused on the case and protecting Marlo. The one thing that definitely got his attention was watching Andy kiss Nick before he went out on patrol. If Sam was unclear about Nick and Andy's relationship, he certainly isn't now. And if the kiss wasn't enough, the fact that Andy shared all of the behind the scenes details of the Kevin Ford case with Nick showed just how much she trusts her new boyfriend.  

The question is, now that Sam knows how serious Andy and Nick are, will he do anything about it?

Of course the other side of that question is, will he have the chance?

Now that Ford has Oliver and is still gunning for 15 Division, is anyone safe? What's your guess on who will live, who will die, and who will still be a couple as we head into the Rookie Blue season 4 finale?

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

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    I liked Gail and Nick together I thought they were fun
    Why did the writers split them up and what were they
    thinking having Andy sleep with her girlfriends EX?
    This is the first season I channeled surfed during
    the episodes. I hate what the writers did this season
    and if it wasn't for the last 15 minutes of the final I
    probably wouldn't be tuning in next season.
    All the characters are GREAT but Andy and Sam
    are the reason I got me hooked on Rookie Blue

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    Great episode with a lot of awesome suspenseful moments. Loved how they filmed the shooting scene. This is the first season when I'm really enjoying most of the couples on Rookie Blue: Traci and Steve, Nick and Andy, Gail and Holly, Oliver and Cellery. Exceptions would include Dov and Chloe and Sam and Marlo, but I actually really like Marlo...I just don't see much chemistry with Sam. But I disagree with anyone who says that Nick and Andy aren't serious. They may have a light banter, but to me, they have terrific chemistry and an awesome relationship built on friendship.

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    This was such an intense episode!
    I never thought I would like Chloe but I do and I do not want her to die!
    Sam was so sad when he saw Sam and Andy kissing, yet he has not told her what he told Oliver, that he wants to be with her! We have one more episode left this season and I think Andy and Nick will still be a couple as we go into next season.
    I kept yelling at the TV as to why Nick and then Oliver were responding to Marlo's house alone, they should have had a partner with them! I was so sure Nick was a goner then I new Oliver was going to be in trouble! I really hope no one at 15 dies this season.
    I really like Steve and Tracy.

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    I know I'm biased but I just can't see Andy and Nick as an appealing couple.
    I'm trying to understand what story the writers are trying to tell this season. Tassie put so much meticulous care into building Sam & Andy into this epic couple, lots of heart and depth. And I have faith in Tassie and McSwarek. Till the edge of doom. So I'm hoping that at some point things will start to make sense again.
    I love Sam to death and have seen so much growth in him. But he's been put through the emotional wringer ever since Jerry died and I hope they will cut him some slack S5. And I'm hoping for more lightheartedness and lots and lots of screentime for Sam and Andy, together next season.
    If the season finale just gives us a little tangible hope for McSwarek to tie us over the long hiatus, I'll be "happy" considering how gut-wrenching this season was for us.

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    Parade15 I love everything you just aid Thank You.

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    sorry for the three posts below to complete my thought. I did not know there was a character limit. I hope it all made sense....

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    Nick on the other hand is just as loyal and really did not have a problem with what Sam asked Andy to do because he would have done the same thing for any one of his Army buddies or anyone in 15. However, his treatment of Gail really bothered me. I liked those two together and I felt he really toyed with her emotions. He left her at the altar once and vanished to the war. He then comes back and starts at 15 where he eventually gets Gail back, only to vanish on a 6 month undercover op shortly after Gail went through her kidnapping ordeal and needed him. He then starts having what I consider to be an emotional affair with Andy that ends up breaking Gail’s heart. Something Sam would never do.

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    darn character limit...but he is extremely loyal to the people he cares about and will break rules to protect them. He broke rules for Andy when they thought her dad killed someone, He helped her track down a witness she lost, and he also was about to look the other way when he found out his TO accidentally killed someone. All of which are wrong, but she did not have a problem with. This is who he is and part of the reason Andy loves him. In the episode prior to this last one, it was her decision to tell Sam that Marlo was in trouble instead of telling Callaghan, right? Asking Andy to add a log entry to protect Marlo should not have been a surprise to her since she knows Sam better than anyone else and knows firsthand just how far he goes for people. I do not think it was him being selfish to ask for her help, he would have done the same thing for anyone else in 15. I think she was more upset with herself for keeping Marlo’s bi-polar secret in the first place. Nick on the other hand is just as loyal and really did not have a problem with what Sam asked Andy to do because he would have done the same thing for any one of his Army buddies or anyone in 15. However, his treatment of Gail really bothered me. I liked those two together and I felt he really toyed with her emotions. He left her at the altar once and vanished to the war. He then comes back and starts at 15 where he eventually gets Gail back, only to vanish on a 6 month undercover op shortly after Gail went through her kidnapping ordeal and needed him. He then starts having what I consider to be an emotional affair with Andy that ends up breaking Gail’s heart. Something Sam would never do.
    I think by the end of this season we will be left wondering if Sam will make it after being shot and wondering if Andy will stay with Nick or be with Sam. Since each season starts with a 3 -6 month time lapse, Season 5 will open with Sam okay but still recovering and us finding out who she chose. We will see…




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