The Rookie Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Safety

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While some on The Rookie Season 2 Episode 7 were happy to help with community policing, others had to have it thrust upon them.

Officers Bradford and West appeared to be having the most fun with their assignment, which was playing football!

Community Policing Project - The Rookie

They definitely got off easy if you don't count the molotov cocktail being thrown their way. 

But even more fun than the community football during work hours was Tim's brief interruption as he tried to watch a game at home on his night off. 

It was downright comical how calmly he got up, grabbed his radio to call in that he'd be assisting, then got in his car and backed into the street to block the fleeing vehicle, only to pull back into his driveway a moment later and make it back inside to watch the end of the game.

The scary part was in contemplating what could have occurred if the other driver hadn't stopped but slammed into Tim's driver side door at full speed. 

Thankfully, that never happened. 

Ready to Play - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 7

The moment AJ mentioned that his mother's ex-boyfriend was trying to pull her into being the getaway driver for a heist, I knew it was going to end up being Angela's security detail. 

Lopez was the perfect person to be paired with Mingus Kemp. He was obnoxious, arrogant, and was always trying to push his boundaries.

Lopez was having none of it.

What was most entertaining was how unimpressed she was by his money and his diamonds and how easily she shut him down.

Mingus: By the end of today this will be filled with two million in diamonds, Angela. Ever seen two million before?
Lopez: Saw ten times that in a drug raid at a cartel stash house but it had a bunch of brains scattered across it though.

Angela Looks Amused - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 5

The only downside of Angela's off-duty adventure was that we didn't get a glimpse of Wesley while he was recuperating from his wounds, but it was good to hear that she had taken time off from work to help care for him. 

Elsewhere, Officer Chen got paired with Det. Nyla Harper. 

I can see why Harper dreads community policing meetings. After being undercover helping to take down drug cartels, hearing about neighbor complaints such as feeding squirrels and abandoned cars on roads must seem intolerably boring. 

But sometimes, the little things lead to much bigger issues.

We are about to go fishing in the armpit of Los Angeles, full of the complete hepatitis alphabet not to mention rats. You first.


Chen Looks Concerned - The Rookie Season 1 Episode 20

Chen and Harper's foray into the LA sewer system led to a more important discussion. 

Harper didn't believe that Lucy could handle being a cop on the street, and I don't completely blame her for forming that opinion in the short time she's known Chen. 

Lucy often seems unsure of herself, and that can make her an easy target. Although she's stepped up successfully on more than one occasion, she still has a lot to learn, and Harper could be the person to teach her. 

If you are going to survive on these streets as a 5’6” woman, and one of color no less, you better learn what these boys don’t know to teach.


Officer Chen is both intelligent and brave, but Harper was right in the fact that Bradford can't teach her what it's like to be a female police officer.

Mekia Cox as Officer Nyla Harper - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 4

Like anything else, it can be both a positive and a negative, and Harper can help her navigate the challenges. 

Harper is the type of person who has to see things for herself to believe them, and I doubt anything Tim would have said as Lucy's training officer would have changed Harper's mind.

The only thing that helped sway her opinion was witnessing Lucy's guts and resourcefulness in navigating a floor rigged to explode and taking down the bomber. 

It takes a lot to earn Nyla Harper's respect, but Lucy now appears to have it.

Don’t be me. I don’t even want to be me.


Finally, Jessica had some surprising news for Nolan.

Nolan Is Shocked - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 5

It always astounds me when a woman on a TV shows up and makes the big announcement that they think they might be pregnant. 

An at-home pregnancy test costs about $15, can be bought at any pharmacy, and takes just a few minutes. Why not just take the test before getting everyone agitated or excited?

But I suppose then there would be very little drama surrounding the answer, and TV needs drama, which is the only reason I can think of for Jessica not stopping and buying a test before running into Nolan's home and announcing she was three days late.

I've been expecting Nolan and Jessica's relationship to come to an end sooner rather than later, but I didn't expect this to be the reason for its demise. 

Testing the Waters - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 3

That Jessica has a thick skin when it comes to how she views the job has been a sticking point between her and Nolan since the beginning of their relationship, so it was a bit surprising that it wasn't Jessica that had changed Nolan's point of view but the other way around. 

Nolan has shown Jessica that it's okay to have hope and to see the good in people, and that, coupled with her pregnancy scare had her looking at the world differently. 

She wasn't pregnant, but to her shock, she found that she wanted to be.

Unfortunately, she and Nolan are at very different places in their lives right now.

Jessica's career is long established, while Nolan's is just getting started. 

Nolan Stands Guard - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 3

And Nolan has already raised a child who is now a young man. Nolan's education and career got derailed when Henry was born. 

Nolan adores Henry. He's said multiple times that his son is one of the best things in his life, but it is finally supposed to be the time for Nolan to find his own path. 

Starting a new family isn't a priority for Nolan right now, but for Jessica, it is. 

As difficult as it was, Jessica was right to break up with Nolan. If she ended up not being able to have a child because she waited too long in the hopes that Nolan would change his mind, she would resent the hell out of him. 

But will this be the last we see of Jessica? Will work still have her crossing paths with Nolan?

Grace Is All Smiles - The Rookie Season 2 Episode 5

And does this breakup open the door to the possibility for a romance with Dr. Grace Sawyer?

What do you think TV Fanatics? 

Will you miss Jessica or are you glad this relationship is over?

Do you want Det. Harper working with Nolan again, or would you like to see how she'd get along with Jackson, Lopez, or Bradford?

Check back in for my review of The Rookie Season 2 Episode 8, and until then, you can watch The Rookie online here at TV Fanatic.


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The Rookie Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

Chen: Do you have any advice on how to get on her good side?
Nolan: I actually don’t know that she has one, so good luck.

Nolan: What is a challenge coin?
West: How do you not know that? It’s a medallion bearing an organization's insignia given only to those deemed worthy. They’re used to show respect or settle minor disagreements.