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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…

 Nick's great. I mean, if I wasn't climbing Dov mountain I would be all over that. | permalink

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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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I was going to comment, but "Kelly" basically said everything I was thinking and summed up the episode perfectly. I really hope the RB writers are paying attention! "Katie5
September 6th, 2013 10:57 AM I love this show and hate for the season to end. It's hard enough waiting a whole week for another episode much less months. I started late and caught up on the first two seasons in a short time - now I hate waiting! I know that Nick and Andy are growing on you - yes they are healthy and happy and supportive but Sam is the man! Nick is Andy is male form. There just isn't anything there to create any chemistry. Great moment with Celery - she obviously really cares about Oliver and since we love Oliver that's awesome. My favorite couple is Traci and Steve - love every moment they are together. Season finale looks good - glad we have another season to look forward to."

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Obviously, we see that Sam is shot in the next episode, but I think that Ford will turn the gun on Nick and shoot him if Nick doesn't shoot Ford first. If both Nick and Sam are shot this will cause Andy to confront her current feelings for Nick and the feelings she has hidden away for Sam. I think that creates a cliffhanger for the next season and if the past is any inclination for the future, every season ends with a Sam and Andy cliffhanger.

Jeca

i was such a fan of mcswarek but after the breakup,gary's dead and marlo, i like to see andy with nick,is just lighter,happier and fun ,i'm very sad for dov,he has just happy with chloe ,he never gets the girl,for once he had her,and she is marry,hope she stays with him and around, as for marlo, my prediction is that she will kill herself ,the guilt of chloe,sam and oliver will be too heavy for her and sam will tell andy to be with nick or something,because she is happier around nick,she deserves it ,but probably by the end of next season they will get another shot,is just relationships dont last long, so we have a chance for more mcswareck.

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I have not been a fan of this Season (but watched every Episode). I agree with most, that Nick & Andy are cute - but do NOT have the Sam / Andy heat. That being said, I also agree last season when Sam & Andy were together SUCKED!!! They had maybe 3 or 4 scenes where they were actually a couple?! WTH?!
@Emily - I agree, why have Steve & Gail not even spoken or had a scene? I like him a lot!!! How can you not love how he treats Tracy!
I think Dov will shy away from Chloe, but eventually will fight for her!

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This episode was major intense. I loved every nailbiting moment of it. At the beginning of Season4, I was upset that Sam had a new gf and that Andy would be hooking up with Nick but I have really enjoyed how the season has played out. The writers know what they are doing, allowing these characters to evolve. It's obvious that Sam and Andy belong together and hopefully we will see some kind of declaration of how they truly feel in the finale next week.
As much as I loved Jerry, I'm warming up to Steve. He seems to genuinely care for Traci and I hope their relationship continues to develop. Tho I am perplexed that Steve and Gail have yet to have one scene together all season. That really doesn't make sense esp considering everything Gail has been through the last few months.
In the preview for next week, you can see that Kevin Ford is dressed as a cop which would explain how he would be able to sneak into the building undetected and how he has a gun. It's already been said that officers were coming from other divisions to lend a hand so it would be easy for Ford to sneak in. I predict that since since Oliver's kidnapping is a diversion, there won't be anyone up in the balcony waiting to shoot, rather Ford is already at the police station looking to exact his revenge, thereby Oliver is rescued without incident. Of course, it will be extremely hard to watch Sam get shot, just watching the preview made me cringe. But there would be no RB without Ben Bass so I'm pretty confident hewill recover. It will be agonizing waiting until next summer tho and I am so glad RB was renewed.

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Look...I love Sam Swarek as much as the next Rookie Blue fan...but I think that his chemistry with McNally is only good when they're pining for each other and shooting longing glances across the station. When they were actually a couple, I just wasn't a huge fan of their chemistry together. McNally and Collins? I'm a big fan. Plus, I'm sorry...Peter Mooney is gorgeous. Let's be real about that. So why are we hating on poor Collins? I'd like to see McNally get to be happy for a change. Same with poor Dov and Chloe. Why can't one damn couple on this show be happy for more than 2 episodes at a time? Surely there are other stories to tell than yet ANOTHER love triangle. Sigh.
Finally...take note, Rookie Blue writers...if you harm Oliver Shaw in any way...I WILL END YOU. Fair warning.

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Are Nick and Andy that serious? A month in? I highly doubt that considering both do not want to define what they're doing and it's a friends with benefits thing (which Chloe pointed out). I think Nick is more into her, but she's only hanging with Nick because Sam is still with Marlo (and hasn't spoken his truth to Andy yet). Gail and Holly are really good together. Gail opens up and I feel like she's showing her true self around her. Yes, Traci and Steve are flirty and adorable together. Steve isn't pushing her to do anything, just letting things go along. I'm terrified for Oliver! He's the glue of Rookie Blue!

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Every scene with Nick and Andy I am cringing. They just aren't meant to be. I knew Sam was going to see them kissing and it killed me! Watching Sam get shot next week is going to be hard. My prediction is that Sam is going to tell Andy how he feels in the end but she is not going to say anything and Sam is left in critical condotion at season end. He then is going to fight for her at the beginning of next season once he realizes life is to short not to be with the one you love! God a week is going to be so long and the having to wait till next summer is going to SUCK!!!

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Really Nick and Andy are getting very boring - Sam is the man for Andy - put him and her back together - let there be some fire, some spark, and not quite so boring as Nick. If Sam and Andy do not get back together, I will be one viewer who says Goodbye Rookie Blue!

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I love this show and hate for the season to end. It's hard enough waiting a whole week for another episode much less months. I started late and caught up on the first two seasons in a short time - now I hate waiting! I know that Nick and Andy are growing on you - yes they are healthy and happy and supportive but Sam is the man! Nick is Andy is male form. There just isn't anything there to create any chemistry. Great moment with Celery - she obviously really cares about Oliver and since we love Oliver that's awesome. My favorite couple is Traci and Steve - love every moment they are together. Season finale looks good - glad we have another season to look forward to.

Rookie Blue Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

People don't press me for details. I'm lucky that way.

Sam

The king of the dorks has found his queen. The nerd empire can rejoice.

Gail
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