Rookie Blue season 6 is finally here America! Thank you, ABC! I know after watching Rookie Blue, “Open Windows” a few fans might want to run for the door – but don’t! Rookie Blue 6×1 is just the beginning of the season. This Rookie Blue recap and review of the season premiere is going with the premise that is always darkest before the dawn – that’s what makes good drama!
SPOILER WARNING: This contains spoilers for Rookie Blue 6 x 1
The Rookie Blue season 6 premiere is setting up a whole lot of things that an invested viewer could get panicked about, but the writers have done a good job in building these stories, so I’m willing to tumble down this rabbit hole with our favorite rookies as they are given whole new worlds to navigate. As the saying goes, “When God closes a door, he opens a window – but it’s up to you to find it!” (by Jeannette Walls) Let’s take a look at these new challenges!
Everything starts out really lovely. Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) are really happy hanging out at the vacation cabin of Staff Sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon). Proof that it pays to be friends the boss!
It doesn’t take long to figure out that everyone has been on vacation for the last three weeks and that certain things have developed. For one, Officer Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) now considers officer Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) her only friend because she thinks everyone else has sided with her ex, officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith). Hence, when she learns the reason Nick has been training so much is because he wants to join the Emergency Task Force (ETF) squad she’s not thrilled. He playfully suggests she start training so she can move with him. Just watching Chloe trying to do a pull-up makes it clear this is an idea that’s never going to happen – for Chloe. ETF does seem like a perfect fit for Nick though.
Dov apparently skipped his vacation to hang out at 15 Division with intelligence analyst Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril) and take a shot at trying to solve the Ted McDonald bombing case. When Marlo tries to hold back on some information she’s recieved, Dov reminds her that she’s good at keeping secrets, namely that she’s pregnant with Sam’s kid. Marlo then lets Dov in on the intelligence secret: the bomb that blew up the evidence room was not the same kind of device that McDonald used in his other bombings.
Dov and Marlo must have gotten kind of chummy over this time, because he also encourages her to tell Sam the truth, and that any guy would would want to know. He even knows that Sam and Andy are coming back that night and meeting up with their friends at the Black Penny. Marlo isn’t so sure she wants to tell Sam thought….
More news that we missed over the last three weeks comes out at the Penny. Detective Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) has started seeing Detective Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald) again! Hooray! It’s going so well that Andy is going to stay at Traci’s place that night and watch her son Leo so Traci and Steve can have a night alone together at his house! Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) being the ever-loving sister that she is gleefully lets Traci know that Steve can’t cook. Dov meanwhile is awkwardly flirting with the bartender who wonders where Dov’s usual sidekick Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) is.
Diaz is theoretically at 12-step meeting, but actually he’s outside of the meeting and apparently just did something illicit with a woman named Jamie (Cindy Sampson) in the program. He’s a bit worried when he sees his sponsor coming out with the rest of the meeting, but this woman, who seems to be older and more sophisticated, tells him not to worry about it. The Mrs. Robinson vibe I’m picking up from the scene is validated when she informs him they can’t go to her place because her husband is there. She doesn’t let him contemplate what is clearly new information to Chris – with Chris straddled beneath her in her car, she starts kissing him again!
Right after this bombshell is dropped, Sam gets hit with one back at the Penny. Marlow meets up with him and after some awkward small talk about his vacation and the Ted McDonald case, she tells him that she’s pregnant.
Right after she tells him, she tries to make it very business like, suggesting they could talk about it tomorrow, or never.
I do believe that Marlo would have left 15 Division without telling Sam if it weren’t for the Ted McDonald case and that she had no intention of trying to break up Andy and Sam. However, circumstances have changed…let’s hope it doesn’t change Marlo’s thinking about Sam and Andy! Not that I think Sam would leave Andy for Marlo, but being that the news of him having a kid with Sam will be bad enough, I hate to think of how messy it could get if Marlo decides she wants Sam back.
Sam is shell shocked by this information, but to his credit, and as a credit to how far he and Andy have come, the first thing Sam does is call Andy. Unfortunately, when he does, he hears Andy being physically attacked on the phone! We get to see it happening. Some guy in all black and a ski mask snuck into Traci’s house through the, wait for it…open window! The two of them tussle, and Andy is able to sock him one in the face, but the attacker does end up getting away.
Sam gets over there fast and is walking Andy through what happened. Andy is naturally upset and shaken up. Not completely though. In typical Andy fashion she gets annoyed with Sam for calling Traci and telling her what happened.
“But she had one night. One. We had three weeks together and got to get away. I just want her to have one night, Sam!”
This is not the time to tell her about Marlo. Traci and Steve come back and Andy is being apologetic for ruining their night!
Andy blames herself for leaving the windows open, but Traci says she does the same thing because the air conditioner is broken. Steve’s not thrilled to hear that, but lets it go. The important thing is that Andy is okay – and they are totally going to get this creep!
Day 1 – New Dynamics
The next day at 15 division has Nick getting some new information on things. The first is that Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) is back, and is still a clueless jerk. He tells Nick that the vacation made him realize that he needed a male buddy – and he’s picked Nick. (What a prize, right?). Far more interesting is the arrival of a new officer. It’s the woman who ran away from Nick when she found out he was a cop! Her full name is Juliette Ward (Erin Karpluk) – and she does try to explain herself:
I knew that I was starting work in a month and I didn’t want to get involved with another cop.
Judging by how flustered she gets and how easily Nick can push her buttons I think whether she wants to or not, it’s already too late. These two are attracted to each other! It’s just a matter of time before she drops this rule of hers.
At the morning meeting (aka “parade”) Oliver lets everyone know about the attacker, and that Andy, “kicked his ass,” before introducing Juliette. She has transferred from the Vancouver police department. While this is going on, Chloe sneaks in late, clearly in a lot of pain. Why is revealed later on – and it’s pretty funny.
It seems like a random point, but on Rookie Blue nothing is never random. (Have I mentioned how much I admire the tightness of the writing on this show? It’s seamless!). It turns out that Chloe was doing cross training, for the first time. Guess she’s taking Nick’s comments seriously! Her stiffness also creates an opening of conservation when she and Juliette get paired for desk duty.
Chloe had a sad encounter with Dov, via Chris. Chris mentioned to her that they’d repainted his room. Chloe asks Dov if it included the “special wall” they’d done about their relationship. It did. Juliette is intrigued by this saga, and Chloe promises that if Juliette gets her, “two advils and a red bull” she can hear all about it!
Meanwhile Sam has come up with a theory that the attacker hadn’t been expecting Andy, but Traci. He and Andy go to speak with her. After an uncomfortable moment with Marlo, where Sam silently lets her know he hasn’t told Andy yet, they talk with Traci. She comes up with a possible suspect: Corey,the barista at the coffee bar across the street from her. Traci can’t image it’s him, but he’s brought in for questioning anyway.
Corey is the suspect that ends up leading the team to the real suspect, and reveals that not only was the attack on Andy meant for Traci, but that they are dealing with a serial rapist! In checking Corey’s alibi Dov finds a similar case of a guy breaking in through an open window of a single woman. Andy and Traci go to check it out. That’s when they learn that the woman, Pria (Supinder Wraich) who filed this report was actually raped – but didn’t report it.
This episode takes a nuanced look at policing and rape victims. Pria didn’t report the rape because she blamed herself for it. Her first point of self blame is because she’d left her balcony windows open – echoing Andy’s sentiments about her own attack. There’s more though:
It’s not just that. I went out. I went to meet some friends and…I got wasted. Umm when the cops showed up, I panicked. I just wanted them to leave.
Pria is judging herself and expects that others will do the same. Even though she describes a life of living in fear, a new alarm system and at night keeping the lights and her computer dim, “so he that he can’t see that I’m home,” she still won’t file an official report about the rape. The sadness in her eyes (shown in the episode screen capture below) is haunting.
On the drive back to division 15 both Traci and Andy are quietly upset and angry and vow that they’re, “gonna get this guy.” Let’s hope so!
Back at division, Oliver has called in the sex crimes unit and a Detective Inez Capello (Alexandra Castillo) is expected over to coordinate things. By the time she arrives, Dov has already found several reports of a similar nature and together with Andy they have established a pattern of attack. He, Andy, Traci, Sam and Oliver present this in a private meeting with Detective Capello. She is impressed…sort of. Apparently the sex crimes unit has been tracking this guy for a while and have a complete profile written up on him.
This is where things get messy. Capello basically dismisses 15 from the case, but Andy wants to know why they haven’t heard anything about there being a sexual predator in the neighborhood. Capello explains that they don’t inform the public (or apparently the local division) about these things because it scares the rapist off and then he just disappears to start all over again in another area. Andy is livid.
We have a responsibility to protect the women in this neighborhood. We don’t get to decide how safe they are or not. We have a sworn duty to protect them, tell them the truth, and give them the opportunity to lock their balcony doors.
Andy expresses what everyone in the room from 15 Division is feeling, but there’s not much they can do. Capello says they can double up patrols and “keep their eyes peeled.” – but that’s it. They are not happy!
Adding insult to injury, Capello then asks to speak with Traci – in an interrogation room. Capello’s, manner is brusque, and her questions are invasive and judgemental. For instance, she leads off with a comment about Traci making detective at such a young age – with an underlying implication that Traci may have gotten it based on something other than her work and skill. It deteriorates rapidly from there, noting that Traci had an 11-year old son, asking about her dating life. Upon hearing that Traci was in a relationship the next questions are if Traci was dating someone other that Steve Peck, and had any recent one night stands!
The point of this scene is to show how rape victims are often treated – as if something about their life caused their rape. Traci wasn’t raped, but because she was the intended target, Capello said she needed a statement from her. Despite Capello’s treatment of Traci the session ends with Capello saying this:
There’s no judgement, detective, they’re just questions. You of all people should know it.
All I kept thinking while watching this was how the heck did this person end up working in the sex crimes unit? The attitudes and general vibe she’s giving off don’t match the above statement. I know these wrong ideas about rape victims still exists within U.S. (and apparently Canadian) culture. I might not even be surprised that a general officer might be this tactless, but Capello’s speciality is dealing with sex crimes. The idea that this is how she deals with victims is disturbing. I would hope in real life those people trained to handle this kind of crime know better, because it’s even more upsetting to think that this approach is standard.
That evening word comes down from Inspector Jarvis (Oliver Becker) that they should leave this case to the sex crimes unit. Oliver isn’t thrilled with this, so it’s easy for Sam and Andy to convince him that although they can’t issue an official warning to the neighborhood, they could have the patrols go door-to-door and warn them to keep their windows locked and blinds closed at night.
The next day at parade the plan explained to everyone and put into effect. Duncan thinks it’s a waste of time so his new “bro” tells him to go wait in the car. Gail tells Chris her issue with trying to make a video about why she wants to adopt Sophie.
Gail is hilarious! As for Chris…he may have stopped using drugs but he’s still playing with dangerous recreation. This thing with Jamie is not good!
Juliette is having an interesting day with Chloe. Chloe is all to happy to tell Juliette all about Nick, also making it clear that she and Nick are just friends:
No, no, no, no, no. That’s be weird. That’d be like Oliver and Andy. Oh, gross! Wipe the mind, Wipe the mind.
Personally, I was relieved to hear this, because I really was concerned they would put him with Chloe. As she said, that would be weird!
Chloe then ends up giving Juliette the rundown on Oliver. Juliette is surprised to hear Chloe refer to the staff sergeant so casually, and even more surprised to realize Chloe knows all about his love life. Chloe tells Juliette that Oliver is dating Celery (Emily Hampshire): a wiccan that Chloe thinks may use pot. However, she’s quick to assure Juliette that Oliver doesn’t because he’s too square – but with rounded corners. Juliette just keeps nodding and smiling, but you can tell that she finds all thing information strange.
A conversation between Dov and Traci yields another clue. The perpetrator is sending flowers – yellow lilies – the day before he attacks. Traci is able to remember the florist used to send the ones she’d thought were from Steve. From there the team goes through the store’s invoices to see where else he’d sent flowers. The plan is that by figuring out who and where is next victim was they could ambush the guy when he breaks in.
This sounds like a good plan…but from the moment they start to implement it things go wrong. Sam and Andy end up breaking down the would-be-victim’s door and scaring her. After they get her safely away – she’s sitting in Nick and Duncan’s squad care – the apartment is staked out: Sam and Andy are inside, Gail and Chris are nearby outside. Andy decides this would be a good time to ask Sam what’s bugging him. Sam tells her he loves her, Andy figures out it’s something to do with Marlo, and…they get a call about movement on the balcony! Sure enough, there’s a guy between buildings trying to get to the balcony. They’ve got the guy! Except they don’t. The guy they caught is some woman’s ex-boyfriend trying to get his laptop back. Seriously. Sitting in the squad car back at 15 Division Andy turns to Sam totally bummed out.
We screwed up. Didn’t we? I knew it wasn’t him the second I saw him, and sex crimes said we were going to scare him off. And we did.
Yep. As cold and uncaring as the sex crimes plan was, there really was a point to it. If they were doctors you’d say they good physicians with terrible bedside manners. It’s a hard call to make, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Yes, the neighborhood is now protecting itself, but this rapist now may go and start hunting in another one. Let me know your take on this issue in the comments, okay?
Sam has other things on his mind though. It’s time to tell Andy about Marlo.
This is a huge blow for McSwarek. Just when they finally have it together. It’s not about the fact that four months ago he was sleeping with Marlo – they weren’t together then. Nor is it the idea that Sam and Marlo will get back together. The issue is comes from the theme Rookie Blue started last season, which this season was a part of: life is not a fairy tale. A fairy tale does not include having the love of your life having their first child with another woman. This means Marlo will alway be a part of their lives. It is definitely a shock. I can see why Andy needs some time to digest the information. In the long run though, Sam loves Andy and vice versa. People deal with stepchildren all the time. They’re going to be fine…eventually.
Andy does get a small bit of good news after this. Because the police have gone through the neighborhood warning people to keep their windows closed, and staked out an apartment, Pria, the one unwilling to report her rape, tells Andy she’s willing to file charges. If the police are doing so much to try and protect people, she wants to do her part as well.
The Wrap Up
The actions 15 Division took are going to have repercussions for everyone. Detective Capello chews out Oliver, Traci and Sam on what’s happened, and then Inspector Jarvis is brought in as well. Capello singles Traci out because as a target she shouldn’t have even been involved in the case. She warns Traci to “stand down.” Right before Oliver heads to his office for a more serious dressing down, Oliver asks Sam if they’d done the right thing. Sam tells him yes. Being that it’s the same logic Sam used in telling Andy about Marlo, it’s a good bet that the reassurance he gives Oliver is also for himself.
Believe it or not we find out Marlo has other things on her mind besides Sam, Andy and this baby. She confides in Dov that she thinks the explosives had to have been brought into the evidence room by another police officer, since they are the only ones allowed back there. She asks Dov to help her figure out who. Dov agrees to, and then informs her they’ll start tomorrow because he’s driving Marlo home. More Dov and Marlo bonding….
Chloe runs into Nick, who asks her how things went with, “the new girl.” Chloe thinks she cool, but notes Juliette asked a lot of questions in general, some of which were about Nick. Knowing this, Nick is nonchalant (and bare chested, swoon!) when Juliette stops by his locker to apologize for not just telling him why she couldn’t get involved with him. She does ask if he’s going to transfer to ETF, but he’s vague about that. It’s a fun scene because she’s trying not to look at his chest and he’s well aware of it. There’s a nice chemistry there, but since no relationship on Rookie Blue runs smoothly, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. It does. Juliette gets into a car with a guy and their conversation makes it clear she’s no ordinary cop. She’s there undercover investigating 15 Division! Looks like Ted McDonald wasn’t the only one suspicious about what’s been going on!
Chris gets a major shock when he finds Jamie waiting outside at 15 Division. He thinks she’s been tracking her down, but actually she’s there waiting for her husband: Inspector Jarvis. (Who is likely one of the people involved with the crime element of whatever’s going down with 15 Division.) Good grief, Chris! You sure know how to pick trouble!
The last scene of the night is Andy in the parade room with her back to the door, crying. When Traci walks in Andy asks if they’re still on the case with the rapist. That is definitely not happening, but although she can’t see Andy’s tear-streaked face, Traci knows something’s wrong that has nothing to do with work. Andy confirms that she’s not okay, then asks her best friend to drive her home. They leave together.
This premiere turned a number of things it’s head! Andy having to deal with Sam and Marlo having a kid together is one of them, but the thing with Chris looks like it’s going to be a huge blow up as well. Still, I’m excited about the rest of the season. It’s a huge puzzle the writers are putting together.
Questions to ponder: with Marlo and Dov investigating the bombing, and Juliette investigating 15 Division sooner or later they’re going to discover what the other is doing, and then what? Is Nick doomed to yet a third failed relationship? How long will Andy be in mourning about Sam having his first child with someone else? There’s more spinning around in my head, but I think that’s enough to chew on. What did you think of the premiere and what are your ideas about what happens next? (No spoilers, please. Save those theories for the spoiler articles.)