Rookie Blue 5×10 has some great moments in it – things bound to make you squeal with joy (I did!). At the same time, there are some things that go down in “Fragments” that may cause you to yell at your television set, or throw things. If you were watching, you know what moments I’m talking about. For this Rookie Blue 5×10 recap and review I’ll being going over the good, the bad, and the down-right infuriating!
“Fragments” is an excellent title for Rookie Blue 5×10. It’s an episode that takes pieces from nearly all the storylines we’ve been watching and gives viewers pieces of information that have been missing: like where certain characters have been or what’s been going on behind the scenes in their lives. As a result things some things come together and others break apart. Unlike some shows that reintroduce storylines like anvils dropping from the sky in those old roadrunner cartoons, Rookie Blue gives us a reasonable connection between the events of the past and what’s occurring now.
First things first, right? Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) are happily still together:
What the heck, Andy?! Who turns down the key to the guy’s place? Especially after all you’ve gone through to get bad together with Sam? The scene was going so well until then! It’s early in the episode – the very first scene . Before I start ranting about artificial roadblocks I figure I should wait and see where this goes.
So, I’m already grumpy when the show moves to the next scene. It’s with officers Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) and Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia ). Chloe’s got a fistful of colorful swatches and is harassing Nick to help her decide what color she should get her dress in for the Police Officer’s Gala that Friday. (The one Andy and Sam were discussing before the key mess.) All I can think is if they end up hooking up Nick and Chloe I may break some things. What happened to the nice woman he met last week? You know, the one not someone else’s girlfriend at 15 Division? Nick deserves his own girlfriend!
Things go from bad to worse when the morning meeting starts. Staff Sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon) is reminding the officers that they are all expected to be at the big police gala that Friday when Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) walks in. Yes, that Duncan Moore: the coward who turned off his radio and left McNally trapped in a house trying to protect a kid from a gang-banger.
Now, we knew he’d be back at some point. Duncan’s step-father is the police commissioner and slimey Inspector Jarvis (Oliver Becker) backed Oliver in a corner on this. In order to keep Andy out of trouble not only did he have to take the staff sergeant job, but he had to take Duncan back when he was ready. Since Andy knows none of this, she’s shocked to see him.
Once Oliver explains that Duncan really is back, he drops an even bigger bombshell. Duncan wants to “bury the hatchet” and requested to ride with her. Andy immediately says no (with good reason!), but Oliver starts making the case that she’s going to have to deal with him eventually. Luckily, Andy’s ex-boyfriend Nick still has a soft spot for her.
I like that this moment isn’t easy for Nick. He can’t even look at her at first. Meanwhile, Andy’s surprised and relieved, while Olivier…he has to know what this is costing Nick. Sure, Nick’s working to move on from loving Andy, but it still hurts.
Regardless though, Nick and Andy were friends first. Both the friendship, and his love for her, make it difficult for him to let her suffer with Duncan. Now that we know more about Nick’s past, his need to do try to always do the right thing makes real sense. A motto of “keep an open heart” means you don’t hold a grudge. As such he takes Duncan and makes it no big deal, warning Andy that she’s going to get stuck with Chloe – who talks so much Andy may want to kill her before the shift is over. (Another reason not to put Nick with Chloe! )
Rookie Blue tends to have very tight scripts and “Fragments” is no exception. Most of the story pieces come together around the central case. The only one that doesn’t is this meeting between officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) and Holly Stewart (Aliyah O’Brien) meeting.
Finally we get to a piece of good news…like, really good news. It looks like Holly and Gail are getting back together! The only question is what is the mysterious meeting Gail has that afternoon. It must be important if she’s making Holly wait a day. I mean, Gail was not playing hard to get!
The morning patrol assignments being switched provide some opening tension and amusement at the same time. First, Duncan is a total ass with Nick. He actually suggests he and Nick should bond since they both have issues with Andy. What?!
Yep. Duncan equates his being unfit to be a police officer, nearly getting Andy killed and then sneakily playing on her sympathizes so he could stab her in the back to Andy leaving Nick for Sam. Seriously, I can not convey how much I cannot stand Duncan’s character. However, I must say that the actor makes this jerk totally believable. It’s not easy to play a character that isn’t deliberately mean or evil, but nevertheless totally is. Duncan is clueless about how he comes off to other people. I don’t know how long Duncan is going to be around. I honestly can’t think of anything that could make him a likeable character. Sooner or later he’s got to be permanently kicked off the force.
Andy gets her share of being uncomfortable as well, albeit in a different way. In the squad car Chloe immediately senses that something is up with Andy. Being Chloe she pesters until Andy spills the issue. Chloe’s thrilled to hear Sam gave Andy the key to his apartment – until Andy tells her she didn’t take it. Why? Because she’s so happy with the way things are that she’s afraid any changes will screw it up!
Andy: What, is that crazy?
Chloe: No, it’s stupid.
This is one time I appreciate Chloe’s just blurt out what you’re thinking style! When Andy (naturally) gets defensive, Chloe backtracks and explains the issue in gentler terms.
It sounds to me you are still holding on to a past experience that has made you superstitious. But if you don’t let this go? You’re going to be the one who blows it apart. Look, happy is good. Happy should not make you nervous. And everyone knows…you always take the key.
Chloe may drive people on the show (and me) crazy, but she’s also intuitive and smart. On this issue she’s dead on it!
There’s not much time for them to discuss the topic further because a light blue car – a hatchback comes roaring out of a private parking garage. The owner runs after the car yelling and throws a large sign at it. The car is long gone, but Andy and Chloe have a chat with the garage owner. He’s furious because people aren’t paying their parking fee because of a broken gate. The officers make him go pick up the sign and are still talking to him when there’s a loud, but muffled “Boom!” from somewhere in the garage! Upon investigation they find that a car exploded and one seriously injured woman.
Within the next few minutes there are a bunch of moments, (there’s the ” Fragments” again) that seem inconsequential, but aren’t. From 15 Division Andy and Chloe have been joined by – Oliver, Nick, Duncan, Sam, officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Detective Traci Nash ( Enuka Okuma ) and ETF Sergeant Bailey (Jim Codrington). For clarity’s sake I’ll group these moments by person
Sirens blaring, Oliver rolls in. After Chloe briefs him she’s put in charge of containing the scene. She’s happy to do it, even though it’s a thankless job. (More points for Chloe in Oliver’s eyes).
Her ex-husband Wesley “Wes” Cole (Clé Bennett ) shows up from his division, they’ve been sent to help out. He apologizes for kissing her when signing the divorce papers. They shake hands.
Chloe’s boyfriend, Dov sees talking and doesn’t like it – but also sees the handshake. Nevertheless he comes over later to see what that was about. Chloe assures him it was nothing.
“Look, if any weirdness happens, I will tell you, okay?”
Liar-liar, Chloe! Weirdness has already happened. Last week he kissed you – and it was caught on tape, which you then erased. This is so going to end badly!
Nick and Andy:
Nick sees Andy getting her hand bandaged and comes over to joke about getting her hand tattooed – to cover the scar. Andy laughs. He then asks what she saw right before the explosion. Soon the two have fallen into the solid working cops rhythm they’ve always had. However, Nick is really working to make things normal between him and Andy – like they were before. Andy is taking their work relationship as a given. I don’t think Andy realizes that for Nick there’s a level of…work…he has to do to so that they can have that. It’s clear he’s not completely over her – but he’s trying. Duncan’s stupid talk in the car certainly didn’t help.
Duncan and Andy:
The short version of this is Duncan tries to make nice with McNally – and she tells him off. The scene tells a lot more:
In terms of Duncan, if this was supposed to garner some kind of sympathy for him it’s a fail. He’s still a self-centered spoiled brat – and not a bright one at that. Instead, my heart goes out to Andy. Peregrym is spot-on in her performance. The levels of anger, hurt, and disbelief directed at Duncan emanate from Andy in waves of raw emotion -even as she tries to reign it in. It’s one of my favorite scenes of the episode.
Traci and Sergeant Bailey:
Sergeant Bailey has been in a few episodes here and there – he’s no stranger to Traci and the team at 15 Division. He was on the team that went in and rescued Oliver in the season four finale. Call it a vibe, but Bailey and Traci have some chemistry. It may be nothing, but with Traci estranged from Detective Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald) it could also be the seeds of something more.
What Sam and Traci figure out about the car bomb is that it was a targeted attack meant for Aidan Kelly ( ). The woman Chloe and Andy found was his daughter Brianna. She’d borrowed his car to attend a yoga class. They’re feeling pretty good about understanding what’s going on – until Oliver and ETF come tearing out the parking garage. There’s been another car bomb explosion! This one’s downtown – and has causalities.
Everyone meets back at 15 Division for a briefing. The second bomb wounded six and killed one. The person killed was Michael O’Neil – cousin to Aidan Kelly and the second in command of the Irish mob. Looks like Traci and Sam’s theory still holds. Either someone is trying to kill Aidan Kelly – or they’re going after the Irish mob in general.
After Oliver and Sam address have updated the group, Detective Steve Peck comes in to give whom is the prime suspect – for now. The bomb material points to the head of a rival mob family (Russian) because their company uses the same kind of of explosives for building demolition and had recently been outbid by Aidan Kelly in a number of big city building contracts. Including a big housing project. Plus the two have had issues for years.
As soon as Andy hears the name of the housing project a light dawns and she looks at – Nick. Once the briefing is over she makes a beeline for him. Excitedly she tells him that she thinks she remembers where she saw the car. It was the day they were moving people. Nick reminds her they’d had on the body cams that day. The two grab Dov so they can look at the footage from that morning.
It’s obvious where this is going. It’s been so since last week when she deleted the footage instead of just telling Dov what happened. Dov sees that half of Chloe’s footage is missing and asks her if she’d deleted anything. She tells him yes.
“Chloe, you can’t erase anything, otherwise all the evidence is compromised.”
Poor Dov has no idea what’s coming. He’s thinking it’s a usual Chloe mishpat and he’ll just cover her mistake by using a recovery program. With no choice left, Chloe stammers through telling him that Wes had kissed her. Even though she swears “it didn’t mean anything.” Dov walks off angry. Who can blame him?
Meanwhile, Traci goes to the hospital where Aidan Kelly is at his daughter’s side. Traci suggests that he would be safer somewhere else, but he’s not about to leave his daughter’s side. She goes with plan b – put a protective police detail on his daughter’s room.
Despite the issues with the footage, Andy is able to get what she needs – the early morning videos from when she and Chloe first arrived. She’s looking through the stuff from her own cam when Duncan shows up at her desk with a cup of coffee. Hasn’t he heard the phrase no means no? She ignores him.
His next approach is to be defiant.
“Like it or not, I got my badge and my gun back. Which means I deserve to be here just as much as you.”
The boy just just doesn’t get it! Andy has no problem setting him straight.
“That’s the thing. You don’t. You’re here because of your father. If anyone else did what you did, they’d be gone. So please, come in here every day, collect your paycheck, hand out your stupid little business cards, but do not think that makes you a real police officer.
Booyah! With that Andy goes back to her footage. Sure enough the blue car is there. Excitedly She zooms in for the license plate number. Duncan, who sat down at the desk next to her, asks what she’s found. Andy’s so into her work she answers him. Duncan is thinking maybe things will be okay, but when he offers to run down the information on the license plate she freezes him out – she does not want or need his help. Besides she’s already on the phone making the call to motor vehicles.
Motor vehicles says they’ll call her back with the information, so Andy gives them her desk number. As she reviews more footage the car’s driver appears. She gets Dov to use Chloe’s morning footage and is able to get a clear shot of the driver. It’s the guy who went ballistic last week over his stolen orange bike!
When she heads to the printer for a copy of the guy’s face, Nick is there waiting for a 100 page document of all the people who lived in the housing complex. (So, yes, he was helping Andy.) From that list they can see who has a driver’s license and the copy of the photo, cross-checked against that information will give them the ID. Still 100 pages will take a while. Andy confides in Nick she’s rather hang out at the copier because Duncan is trying to make friends with her. Nick sort of chuckles and says Duncan had tried that with him as well.
Nick: He said he and were kindred spirits
Andy: Oh interesting. How?
Nick: We both have unresolved issues with you. Because of the way things ended with us.
Before Andy can respond the printer runs out of paper and Nick leaves to get more.
Nick puts on a nonchalant air through that exchange, but there’s also the sense that there’s some truth underneath it. Mooney plays that balance perfectly! Andy’s reaction to this information is surprise and concern. It seems like the first time she’s thought that Nick might not be totally fine with how they ended.
I have to admit, I’m glad Andy gets a wake-up call about this and that the show hasn’t acted like the whole Nick and Andy thing never happened. They invested a lot of time in setting up Nick falling for Andy, so acting like the breakup was no big deal on his part wouldn’t feel right.
Don’t get me wrong. Sam and Andy were always endgame, but unlike when she and Detective Luke Callaghan (Eric Johnson) were together there was no murkiness about Nick’s feelings for her. Had Sam and Marlo not imploded she was willing to be happy with Nick. When she got back with Sam, Nick made it easy for her, basically giving her his blessing, even though it really did hurt him. Except for that one night at the boxing ring, Nick being a good guy and okay with things is something she has taken for granted. As such, I’m glad she’s now having a little angst over the idea that her ex – who happens to also be a great friend – could be hurting over what happened. I think the results of that entire situation is worthy of a bit more concern from her.
Duncan, once again, is about to cause a whole bunch of trouble for the officers at 15 Division – so much so that he gets his own section in the case! He is sitting at the desk he’d been sharing with Andy when a call comes in with a “tip” about the case. Duncan takes down the information, and decides to follow up on it, by himself and without telling anyone about it. Instead, when Andy comes back to the desk he tells her he’s just going out for air, since there are enough, “real cops” to handle things. What an idiot. A real cop would have at least said where he or she was going.
Naturally, Duncan quickly gets in over his head.
Duncan, you are so not a real cop! You don’t question a dangerous murder suspect and tell him what you’re bringing him in for – not to mention doing the questioning on your own. He got no witness to anything the guy says, and no one watching his back, which of course, is why the guy is able to knock him out. In fact, when Duncan’s coming to and begging not to be killed, the guy points out that he gave Duncan all the verbal signs and opportunities to back off – but Duncan didn’t take them. His little speech also shows he hates cops and is on the scary side of crazy.
Back at 15 Division Nick’s list of tenants pays off. The suspect’s name is Theodore McDonald. Andy calls back about the plate and learns the car had belonged to Theo’s mother. She asks Nick to come with her to check out the mom’s place. Nick agrees, noting that Duncan is nowhere to be found. Andy and Nick both figure he’s just blowing off work and head out.
Of course they get to the house and find the cruiser sitting empty – and still no answer from Duncan. With no sign of a fellow officer Andy calls in “a possible 1033” which, in case you haven’t been watching cop shows forever, means an emergency situation. When they cautiously enter the garage they find a bloodied Duncan handcuffed inside an old car sitting up on blocks. Andy goes to open the door – but Nick stops her just in time. There are wires stuck in the door and a quick look beneath the car shows they are attached to a bundle of dynamite. It’s a bomb!
While Andy is calling in the bomb squad, Nick is still looking at the bomb. There’s more bad news. There’s a timer – and it’s got less than eight minutes left! Duncan, who’s clueless about the situation doesn’t get why they don’t “just open the door” and let him out. That’s right, the boy goes after a suspect who’s detonated two car bombs that day but can’t figure out that if his fellow officers haven’t let him out the car yet it’s probably because being handcuffed inside a car was more than a convenient storage spot. He did take a nasty blow to the head though. Should I should give him some slack? Nope! If he couldn’t get the dangers of going to question Theo, concussion or not he wouldn’t get this either.
Andy is all set to call in and have the bomb squad walk them through defusing the bomb but Nick tells her to leave and clear the area around the house from civilians because he has experience dealing with explosives. Once she’s gone Duncan asks if it’s true. Nick doesn’t answer. Underneath the car, on the phone with Oliver and Seargeant Bailey on the line you can see his hands shaking. He totally lied to Andy to get her outside to safety.
As Nick is working on defusing the bomb and Andy is clearing people out of the area, Duncan calls her on the two-way radio. He wants to talk about what happened between him and Andy. She brushes him off with “later” but is stopped in her tracks by Duncan’s reply:
There may not be a later.
Andy really is a softie, because you can tell she’s feeling badly for saying he wasn’t a real cop. Andy, he’s not! It’s great that he’s apologizing and acknowledging not only that what he did was wrong, but that he’s not cut out for this job. It’s all true, and there is Andy, looking like she’s the one who’d done something wrong. Granted the situation of him sitting on a bomb is heavy, but it’s also what it took to get him to admit this stuff. This wasn’t the conversation he was trying to have with her before. If this conversation is supposed to make Duncan more sympathetic it’s a total fail. All it makes me think about is if there’s anyway his confession could have been recorded by dispatch so Andy could be exonerated.
The way that they cut from Duncan to Nick is like showing the difference between night and day. Nick is everything a cop should be: brave despite fear, concerned more for his fellow officers than himself, and smart under pressure. Damn smart. Following Bailey’s instructions he separates the detonation from the explosives, but the wire it’s attached to is too short to pull it far enough away to be safe. Oliver tells Nick to get out of there because there’s only a couple of minutes left before it blows. Oliver is fine with Duncan getting blown up, he’s not about to lose Nick for this guy – but quick-thinking Nick asks Bailey if it’s possible to insulate the detonator so that when it sparks it won’t set off the explosives. It is possible, and as Bailey describes what he’d need to try and do it – tape, foam or rubber – Nick improvises by slicing a piece of bicycle tire, placing it around the detonator and wrapping the entire think up in duct tape. He finishes with seven seconds left…and it works! (I’m telling you, in season six, he will so be getting a promotion!)
Afterwords Andy comes over to Nick because she knows he lied about knowing how to defuse a bomb. It bothers her because she feels he may be doing it because of how he feels about her. It’s a fair call. Hell, the last time they really talked about it was after Nick put himself in a boxing match that he knew he’d get pummeled in. That will never be one of my favorite scenes. In terms of something that feels like real closure on that story, I like this short conversation much better!
While I liked that this episode made Andy sweat it out a bit around her breakup with Nick, I’m also glad that it’s now truly resolved. She knows that she hurt Nick, but that he’s not the’s not the type to hold a grudge. Now Nick and Andy can continue being friends in a way that doesn’t feel like Nick is pining for Andy and we can all stop wondering if he’s risking his life because he’s still in love with her, or because he’s just a darn good cop. Being that he also seriously put himself in jeopardy to save Duncan from being blown to bits, the latter option is the more likely choice.
I’m looking forward to Nick having a girlfriend that’s really just into him – and not the ex of someone he works with. That is one of the things about Rookie Blue…it gives the song, “It’s a Small World” an entirely different slant. Case in point: Officer Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril).
After Andy and Nick’s talk, Duncan comes over and thanks Nick for saving his life, and apologizes, again for being the jerk who went to check on a case without telling anyone. Andy, who apparently has learned nothing from the ordeal she went through with him, tells Duncan that maybe he wouldn’t have done it if she’d let him apologize before.
Anyway, the three of them are standing there when another car rolls up on the scene. Andy tells Nick it’s from the intelligence division. What she’s not expecting is to see Marlo Cruz get out of the car. (Like I said, “It’s a Small World” on Rookie Blue!)
“Seriously? Come on, man!”
I think the entire audience had the same reaction Andy did! You mean after all the damage she did, they are letting Sams’s bipolar ex-girlfriend back on the force? Actually, by law in Canada and in the U.S. you can’t always just fire someone who has a mental illness. I’ll give you the links so if you want more specifics you can read up on it. Marlo being in intelligence probably keeps her off the streets – where she’s basically unsupervised and carrying a gun. At the same time her tendency towards obsessive thinking can be put to good use. (U.S. Laws, Canadian Laws)
The Wrap Ups
While Andy is have to deal with ex’s – Chloe’s about to become one. At the end of the day Dov tells Chloe he was able to get the footage back, but he didn’t look at it. He’ hurt, angry and has no patience for her explanations of, “It didn’t mean anything.” His reply to Chloe is that if it hadn’t meant anything she wouldn’t have tried to hide that it happened. When she plays the “You have to trust me card, he loses it.
“Trust you? You’ve been lying to me for months and then you turn around and do this? …I can’t trust you.
With that Dov turns and walks away! Are Chloe and Dov over? I’m not sure, but if the “three strikes you’re out” rule applies, Dov’s through with her. It’s the third time she’s lied to him.
Gail’s appointment turns out to be with a social worker named Lauralee. The reason? Gail wants to adopt Sophie, the little girl whose mother Gail found bleeding to death back in episode four! She’s been visiting the child practically every day since. Laura Lee tells her adoption isn’t easy and it’s slow.
This is important to Gail. That smile when she looks at Sophie is incredible! I don’t think we’ve ever seen such pure love and joy on her face. Let’s just hope the adoption people aren’t homophobic! I would hate for Gail to feel like she has to choose between Sophie and Holly.
That blissful morning Sam and Andy had that started the episode…I should have known it was too good to last!
I suppose one could argue that Andy shouldn’t be upset that Marlo’s around because Sam has to deal with seeing Nick every day. The thing is, Nick’s actions didn’t get Oliver kidnapped and Sam shot. Marlo’s did. She’s caused a lot of trouble for the division all around and for Andy not just personally, but professionally. Of course, in terms of staking a claim on Sam, I’ll bet Andy wishes she’d taken that key to his apartment!
The other thing that this ending does is set us up for the finale. We know that Theo is still out there – and still wants to blow things up. Looks like we’re going to have an explosive finale!