Rookie Blue 6×3 was another intense thrill ride! We had action sequences, heavy drama, comedy, romance… We got a ton of information on characters old and new as well! Rookie Blue “Uprising” could refer to the fact that this show keeps getting better and better. Let’s not waste another moment and get right into this week’s Rookie Blue 6×3 recap and review!
SPOILER WARNING: Contains Spoilers For Rookie Blue 6×3, “Uprising”
I’ve said it before, but this really is the most underrated procedural drama on television. It seems like so many procedurals rely on gruesome shock value to sell the show. Rookie Blue uses the stories of the characters – both the regular cast and the guests – to hold the interest of viewers. I’m not naming names, but serial rapists with bodies laid out for display, murdered bodies in minute detail, and scenarios that you pray to God never actually happen because they’re just too horrible to contemplate in reality, are not the kind of thing you’re going to see on Rookie Blue. It’s not a show where every week you’re wondering how high the body count will go, and when there is a death, it’s never a casual thing.
The episode starts out on a serious note. Intelligence officer Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril) is having an ultra sound. She tells the technician that it’s just her alone there for the appointment,and you can tell she’s a little nervous. The reason for this is that her doctor has called her in for a second ultrasound. The doctor hasn’t arrived yet when, to Marlo’s surprise, detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) burst into the examination room.
Once Marlo gets over the shock she’s able to relax a little. Sam is enthralled by the image he sees on the monitor. The nice moment is messed up by the technician. Her bedside manner is terrible. It’s obvious to both Sam and Marlo that she sees something wrong on Marlo’s ultrasound, but she claims that she’s not allowed to discuss the images with them.
(A quick side note: this kind of thing isn’t just a TV plot convenience – I’ve gone through similar things myself. It is true that technicians aren’t allowed to interpret images, but some of them have terrible poker-faces. There should be a technician’s class on how to remain neutral!)
Once she leaves Marlo and Sam are unsure how to deal with the situation. Marlo tells Sam he doesn’t have to stay, but of course he wants to – unless she’s uncomfortable. She is, but doesn’t ask Sam to leave –
Marlo: It’s your baby too.”
After that, Rookie Blue switches gears and lightens things up. Officer Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) is doing her best to get over officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith). It’s taken me a long time to get used to Chloe. Her kookiness can still come off as being just annoying, but they’ve given her more depth and shown that she does possess intelligence, so now I often enjoy her. However, officer Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) is a total doofus and all he has proven (over and over again) is that he’s not police officer material. Only these two comedic characters could pull off the dialogue of this scene.
Chloe’s ADD-like energy gets snagged into the game of oneupmanship without realizing that it’s really more like flirtation – which is exactly the thing that got her into this mess with Dov in the first place.)
Duncan actually thinks Chloe could be into him! He goes to Dov and tries to see if things are really over with Chloe and Dov. He can’t just ask directly though. No, he asks Dov a series of random questions, then offers some random information about himself.
Sometimes I like to pee sitting down.
Dov immediately ends their conversation!
Things get down to business quickly in this episode. Probably the case has so many moving parts! It’s the kind of episode that we’ve come to expect from Gregory Smith as a director. Oh, I didn’t mention he directed this? Surprise!
Staff Sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon), who is wearing an eye-patch due to an eye injury, tells everyone that officers Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), Juliet Ward (Erin Karpluk) and McNally will be going to the understaffed “Pine Valley Correctional Facility for Women” to transfer two prisoners, one of which is a maximum security prison. McNally and Ward get that job, while Peck and Collins get the milder prisoner.
The result of this pairing gives McNally and Ward some bonding time in the drive up. McNally spills the entire story about her, Sam and Marlo. To respond in kind, Ward shares with McNally.
I’m crazy about Nick Collins.
Juliet says this in hope that McNally will give her a reason not to date Nick. It doesn’t work.
I love that clip! Andy saying everyone but Nick has flaws is funny, but in terms of the overall story it validates much about McNally’s relationship with Nick when Sam wasn’t available. Her explanation makes a lot of sense, and it’s a good way to have McNally be clear about what that relationship meant to her.
The scene also lets the audience know that Andy really wants the best for Nick. Hence when they get to the prison and turn over their stuff before being allowed to enter the cell blocks, she is disconcerted to notice that Juliet has two cellphones. However, McNally doesn’t have a lot of time to contemplate this. Warden Justine Ordower (Maria Vacratsis) warns Andy and Juliet about Kenzie Grant (Romina D’Ugo) – the inmate they’re picking up to goto a maximum security prison.
She’s feral, she’s impulsive, she stabbed an inmate in the shower.
On the other hand, Rochelle Dawber (Holly Deveaux), Gail and Nick’s assignment is simply described as being “the opposite of Kenzie Grant.”
Their entrance to the sell block is met by whistling and cat calls: Nick tells Juliet that the inmates like her – resulting in some sly commentary by the writers.
Gail: They’re whistling at me, you idiot.
Juliet: (to Nick) Of course they don’t like you. I’m the only officer here you haven’t slept with.
Nick and Gail leave to pick up Rochelle, who’s still in her cell. She seems sweet, mild mannered and ready to go. Kenzie has a lot of attitude and doesn’t want to leave. She also seems to think she knows Juliet from somewhere…and that’s when all hell breaks loose!
This physically complex action scene shows off director Smith’s skills beautifully. It also set up that inmate Kenzie Grant is exactly what the warden said she was – a handful! McNally calls Division 15 on her radio for help getting out of the prison. When Oliver arrives with officer Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) they learn the riot has set up a full prison lockdown. The policy is to wait until the prisoners calm down so that the officers don’t make things worse by hyping the inmates up even more when they enter. Since 15 has no jurisdiction, Oliver agrees they should wait – at least for now.
The Twist: Looks Can Be Deceiving
There are, as usual, a number of stories tied up in all of this.
- Gail ends up locked in the now emptied cell block. Well, almost empty.
Odelle: Well, hello, hello. Look at you. Blondie. Welcome to my lair.
Things don’t seem too promising here at first. Odelle (Mary Walsh) seems like a tough broad who’s coming on to Gail! Then it seems like she’s trying to talk Gail out of adopting a child.
Odelle: Youngsters just suck the life right out of you.
Gail: No offense, Odelle, but you might not have been the best parent.
Odelle: Maybe, maybe not. Maybe I was too good.
Despite Odelle’s initial attitude, the more she talks, the more both Gail and the viewers can sense something is off. Odelle is giving her some sound advice: do everything you want to do for yourself before adopting because once you have a child, that child becomes the most important thing in the world. As she talks you can hear the wishfulness in her voice. The things on her list are normal things like riding in a hot-air balloon, travel, one night of what she considers to be illicit sex.
You can tell that Gail quickly starts to appreciate the advice – and starts wondering about who this woman is. There;s a sense of them being kindred spirits. Being incarcerated has erected has created a bitter wall of toughness and sarcasm around Odelle (Gail knows all about those kind of walls), but once past them we all can see she’s not a bad or dangerous person. Plus her constantly reiterating that once you have children they are the first priority make her sound like an excellent parent. So, why is she in jail?
- The biggest story in the case is with Andy and Juliet’s situation with the hard to handle Kenzie. For one, she remembers where she knows Ward from. She says Juliet used to date a vicious drug dealer named “Cutty.” Andy is right there when Kenzie says this. Ward denies it, but the details seem specific and you can see Andy mentally file the story away.
However, even more odd that Kenzie claiming to know Juliet is the fact that the whole riot was started by her in order for her to give her cover to stab herself! This is discovered when Oliver wants Andy and Juliet to not goto the infirmary and instead bring Kenzie out to goto the hospital. Kenzie pulls out the knife and takes Juliet hostage!
The infirmary is where Jodi “J-Bird” Roberts (Zarrin Darnell-Martin) is. She’s the inmate Kenzie stabbed. Kenzie wants to find out why her friend is lying and saying Kenzie stabbed her. The guard who corroborated the story, Greg Donnelly (Jacob Blair) she can understand, but J-Bird didn’t just share a cell with Kenzie – they are best friends! As far as Kenzie is concerned everyone connected with the prison, including the 15 Division officers, are suspects who could be part of the plan to set her up. She makes McNally and Ward take their radios off and with the knife still at Juliet’s throat they head to the infirmary.
Before this Andy had surreptitiously turned her on, so up until now Oliver, Chris and the Warden have heard everything that occurred. Now they hear nothing, and Oliver informs the Warden they can no longer wait for things to cool down. She calls in the negotiator and Oliver calls back to Division 15 to have them look into Kenzie and Donnelly.
- The inmate Rochelle has ended up alone with Nick – due to her manipulations. They end up locked in the basement. Again, this is because she convinces Nick to take her there with talk of a passageway that leads to the exit.
While they are down their Chris calls into Nick via radio to see how things are and update him on the situation with Gail, Andy and Ward. That’s when Rochelle hears that Kenzie is forcing the officers to take her to the infirmary.
Soon after this she starts telling Nick that she shouldn’t even be in prison.
Normally good things come into my life. I’m an indigo child.
Rochelle’s sweet mild manners turns out to be anything but. She’s actually a sociopath that’s had everyone fooled. She manages to trick Nick into letting her escape his custody. The whole “indigo child” routine was a ruse so she could use her hidden electronic key to open up the gate that blocks the entrance to the underground passageways. Nick ends up locked in basement while she is free to roam the building….
During the walk to the infirmary, Juliet admits that Kenzie is right. She did date the drug-dealer.
The choice to keep Ward and Kenzie mostly out of focus as Ward tells a tale of being the girlfriend of Cutty is highly effective. It’s an intense story being told, and even blurred you can feel the dangerous situation Ward is in – and that she knows it. However, the importance of this scene is that McNally is hearing it. Shooting it this way makes it feel more like we’re getting McNally’s point of view. Even though we can see the whole scene the focus being on McNally lets us get her expressions and reactions. There’s surprise, shock, and wondering if the stories are true. They sound like they could be.
At this point I don’t know what to think. Is Ward even a cop? Maybe she’s an informant. We know that her record of service was made up and she’s seemed nervous and inexperienced ever since they got to the prison. She may have been an undercover cop, but with the whole girlfriend scenario it must have been a very deep cover. If that’s the case I hope McNally gives her some slack. God knows Andy is aware of how lines can get blurred undercover!
Back at 15 Division detective Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) has been doing some digging and gets on the phone with Oliver.
Kenzie has been in and out of trouble since she was a teenager – but she’s also telling the truth about Jodi being her best friend. As for the guard Donnelly, he’s been written up a few times for having an “inappropriate relationship” with an inmate. It’s Rochelle. That sends Traci to look into Rochelle’s past – and things start becoming clear.
Dov accesses Rochelle’s records and turns his findings over to Traci. They show a girl who has a way of getting out of trouble. She’s in prison for a a DUI and hit-and-run – as a result of a plea-bargain. The original charges included manslaughter! In an earlier case she’d been charged with DUI, which were dropped, and in 2010 stalking and criminal harassment charges against her were dropped. Traci is suspicious.
Huh. She’s got a history of weaseling her way out of trouble.
Meanwhile, McNally, Ward, and Kenzie have gotten to the infirmary. Jodi “J-Bird” is lying in a hospital bed, it’s clear Kenzie loves this woman, and that she didn’t do it. Yet Jodi still lies and says Kenzie did it. With the knife still pointed at Juliet, Kenzie gets hysterical, asking Jodi why she’s doing this She’s starts shoving Jodi in the bed, crying.
Why are you doing this to me for, man? They’re trying to charge me with attempted murder! Do you know what that means! Do you know what they’re going to do to me?! I’m never going to get out, man! I’m never going to have a chance! Come on, Jay!
The actress playing Kenzie, who has been great throughout the episode is outstanding here! Jodi starts telling Kenzie that she’s sorry, but then passes out. It’s more than that though. While Kenzie is freaking out about what’s happened to Jodi, Andy checks for a pulse. There isn’t one. Kensi demands that Andy save Jodi, but Andy insists that Jodi has to take the knife off of Juliet because otherwise she can’t concentrate. Kenzie does it. Juliet is able to get the
The Truths Are Revealed
Over at 15 Division it doesn’t take long for Traci, along with Dov, to have Donnelly in for interrogation and bluff to get the real story out from him. From him all the pieces fall into place. Donnelly. a real prince of a guy, trades “favors” for sex. He had that going on with Rochelle. When Rochelle caught Donnelly having sex with Jodi in exchange for a favor she went ballistic. She later retaliated against Jodi by stabbing her in the showers, and then, in a truly twisted scheme made Jodi blame it on her best friend. If Jodi didn’t, Rochelle promised to kill Kenzie. That’s why Jodi is lying! Rochelle threatened Donnelly as well, more along the lines of blackmail. Donnelly then explains why Rochelle is dangerous.
Rochelle’s a sociopath. I’m not kidding, man. The bitch is crazy. If she wants Jodi to pay, she’s gonna pay. And if anyone gets in her way? She’ll kill them.
Donnelly’s words start to play out when Rochelle shows up at the infirmary in the middle of McNally and Ward trying to save Jodi’s life.
That sweet, innocent facade of Rochelle’s is now fully seen by the audience. When she pops in and says, “oh my gosh!” we know she’s not surprised at all. She doesn’t get to use the knife though. Just as she’s about to move in Juliet warns her to get back. So Rochelle then goes to plan B. She hears the other inmates pounding on the door trying to break into the infirmary for drugs. Andy and Juliet and Kenzie are focused on Jodi, so Rochelle unlocks the door 0 just as Jodi’s pulse has come back! Once again, Andy and Juliet are trying to fend off rioting prisoners. Out of the corner of her eye Andy sees Rochelle standing over Jodi with the knife! Thank goodness the ETF unit have thrown in a flash-bang stun grenade and are storming in!
With the prison riot quelled Oliver radios Gail and tells her to make her way out before the prisoners are returned. The conversations Gail has had with Odelle make Gail wonder why Odelle is even in jail. Right before Gail leaves she finally asks Odelle why she’s in prison. This scene is a heartbreaker!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was slayed by that scene. The revelation that Odelle is in prison for murdering her husband because his carelessness killed her children shifts the perspective of the entire conversation she and Gail have had throughout the episode. Now her earlier words about maybe being “too good” of a parent are haunting, and the agony she shows in even having to speak of it made me catch my breath. It’s a powerful performance by Walsh, and Sullivan’s is equally compelling in her reactions. Outside of the audience very few people get to see the depths of compassion Gail Peck is capable of, but the plight of Odelle brings it out of Gail to be seen. While this isn’t the story that takes up the most time to tell, emotionally it’s the most powerful one.
The Wrap Ups
Andy and Juliet’s drive back to 15 Division isn’t nearly as friendly as the drive up to the prison was.
Andy: Hey, if you’re still looking for a good reason to avoid dating Nick, I’ve got one for you.
Juliet: Oh, yeah, what’s that?
Andy: You’re a liar.
Andy is furious about the story she heard Juliet tell Kenzie, not to mention the two phones Juliet has. This woman wants to date Nick? Not on Andy’s watch!
At first Juliet tries saying the whole thing was made up, and that the second phone was for her old number in Vancouver. When Andy doesn’t buy it, Juliet then tells her a tale of going undercover and falling in love with a drug-dealer from “The Reapers” gang.
I walked away with a broken heart, and an empty bank account, but I walked away.
It’s because of this relationship that she’s so skittish and “careful” about getting involved again. Juliet then asks Andy if she can keep the story to herself because it’s something she’s ashamed of.
You can tell that Andy isn’t sure if she believe Juliet or not. One the one hand, she finds the bit about it being a dark time Juliet’s ashamed of to be plausible, but on the other hand, unless the group is caught and arrested, who gets to walk away from a gang without any ties or connections? Andy glowers as she drives. One thing’s for sure, Andy no longer thinks Juliet is good enough for Nick!
Later that night Juliet is in a car with that man we saw her with before. She’s telling him about having to lie to Andy and worrying that Andy might start “snooping around.” The man tells her not to worry – they’ll “cover her tracks. Juliet says she doesn’t like the situation and having to lie to the people at 15 Division. She’s not going to be getting a reprieve though:
In lighter news, Doofus Duncan continues to not communicate well and get his messages all mixed up. He thinks he’s gotten permission from Dov to date Chloe (not that Dov has any say anyway). He also thinks that Chloe is into him, when anyone with half a brain would see that Chloe still only has eyes for Dov and that Dov isn’t really over Chloe. He finagles his way into going to the Penny with Chloe, but she glares at him when he tries putting an arm around him.
Gail takes the advice of Odetta and grabs the butt of a real cutie-pie of a woman named Lauralee (Bridget Wareham). She immediately apologizes for it, but I think Lauralee kind of liked it! I love Gail with Holly (Aliyah O’Brien), but the character’s moved to San Francisco in part because the actress lives in L.A. & Vancouver. We can’t have Gail all alone forever! (For more on what to expect with Gail this season check out this interview with Rookie Blue showrunner Tassie Cameron on www.afterellen.com .)
I haven’t forgotten Sam and Marlo. They basically spent the day together waiting to find out about the baby. They had a couple more bonding moments – like finding out they’d gone to the same summer vacation place as kids, and at around the same time! The doctor finally meets with them t0 explain why she had Marlo come back in. She’d seen a possible defect in the “fetal spine” that could lead to development issues. However, everything at the moment seems fine with their little girl. …Oops! She wasn’t supposed to tell them!
Marlo and Sam are happy and relieved by all the news, but despite how well things between them have gone, reality quickly reasserts itself. Marlo doesn’t want to tell anyone what the sex of the baby is, but Sam says he’s going to tell Andy. Marlo sighs:
See, this is why I wanted to come alone today.
I do get where Marlo is coming from. It’s her body and her experience. It’s Sam’s baby too – but it’s not Andy’s. Marlo doesn’t want to have to share this miracle with Andy – just as Andy doesn’t love the fact that Sam’s having a baby with another woman. It’s an uncomfortable situation all around, and I’m glad Rookie Blue isn’t pretending otherwise.
Does that mean that Sam is being naivete here?
Sam: I’ll always be here for you and the baby, but Andy can’t come third.
Marlo: Yeah, well, that’s a very big promise you’re making.
Sam: To you, or to her?
Marlo: To all of us.
That night Sam and Andy finally get to spend some time alone together. In different ways it’s been an exhausting day for them both, but there’s still some things to work out.
Life is not a fairytale. There’s no question that this situation is difficult to navigate. Some might say it’s a tragedy this has happened. I’d agree it’s not ideal, but Sam’s point about their relationship being able to only get stronger is well taken. It’s an uprising against all obstacles, and lifts them high about the murkiness. As Sam said, their. “hearts” will lead them through this mess. There’s no place to go but up!