Rookie Blue 6×4 continues the trend of blowing viewers minds! Holy moly, were you expecting that? This is an intense episodes that reveals…secrets. Big secrets! There are some little ones as well… Enough chit chat! It’s time to get into the Rookie Blue 6×4 recap and review!
SPOILER WARNING: Below are spoilers for Rookie Blue 6×4, “Letting Go”
Rookie Blue 6×4 is called “Letting Go.” I can see how the title applies. There is a lot of letting go of the past, and letting go of the rules certain characters have held for themselves. More than letting go, what strikes me are the doors being open for changes in people’s lives – some good, some problematic. It feels like viewers are being set up for some more heavy drama in the coming episodes. This one is more about giving viewers information…
Let’s start with the opening scene at the Penny: Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) thinks that she’s got to protect officer Nick Collins (Peter Moone) – her ex-boyfriend – from the new officer, Juliet Ward (Erin Karpluk). Apparently McNally is the only one allowed to stomp all over his heart. Maybe that sounds bitter, but the idea that she knows what’s good for Nick – after the way she used him as her backup plan – makes her rush to judge Juliet as not being good enough for him hypocritical. Like, just butt out!
Officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) is trying to make a bucket list of things to do before she adopts Sophie. McNally and detective Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) are trying to help her, but it’s to no avail: R rated movies at theatre are a no because she “doesn’t like a shared experience.” Staying late at parties is as well, because she, “doesn’t like people.” As she lists other activities she has no interest in Traci tells Gail that it shows like Gail is definitely ready to be a mom. Andy agrees. It’s said partially in jest, but they also see that Gail really doesn’t have any unmet wishes…. While watching this I’m pretty sure that by the end of the episode Gail will have something for her bucket list. Like, how about a girlfriend, Gail?
Doofus Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) does his usual moves of the wrong thing at the wrong time. First he overhears Gail discussing the bucket list and starts to think that Gail is dying. He then interrupts a nice moment between officers Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) and Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith.).
Dov leaves Chloe and Duncan to go chat with staff sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon). He’s thanking Oliver for all the time he’s been given to “train” with officer Marlo Cruz (Rachael Ancheril) He says that he’s “loving intelligence, but that he’s also looking forward to getting back out on the streets as a cop.
The next morning Chloe is getting a ride to work with Nick when he gets a phone call. He wasn’t going to answer it, but Chloe insists:
What if you’ve won a prize? Or a vacation?
Sometimes, she really is just too annoying! She gets punished for her meddling though. Nick answers the call and it’s some guy named Finn (Peter Stebbings). The name obviously means something to Nick because he drops Chloe at the corner and asks her to tell Oliver that he’ll be a few minutes late. Chloe has to walk the rest of the way to work!
Finn turns out to be Nick’s brother. We’ve never heard Nick mention a brother! After we meet Finn, it’s clear why. Finn oozes bad news and seems nothing like Nick. He’s in a wheelchair, but what truly makes them different is that the has a coldness and cynicism to him that Nick doesn’t.
Nick: Should’ve called.
Finn: Why? Get good ole Saint Nick to grease my wheels for
Nick: (under his breath, “yeah, alright.”) It’s been fun. Let’s do it again in another two years.
Finn has called Nick for a reason. He has seen the man who hit the family car that killed their parents. Finn reminds Nick about their “plan” before handing Nick the guy’s license plate number. This plan doesn’t sound very legal…. Has Nick just agreed to go kill this guy?
The next bit of set up is when Commissioner Alonso Santana (Richard Chevolleau) stops by Oliver’s office to tell him that Oliver’s daughter Isabelle is over at 34 Division. She’d been at a house party that “got out of control” and she’d “had some ecstasy on her.” Right off the bat I’m 100% positive that Isabelle was set up. The Commissioner is being too nice about it all.
See the way Santana was laying it on thick? Going on about Oliver was the first rookie he’d ever trained and acting like he’s Oliver’s best bud. Yet, he then tells Oliver to give him a call later and let him know if the record should be expunged or not.
This is bad. With no record of Santana coming to Oliver’s office, if Oliver makes that call later, it will look like Oliver initiated asking for the favor. It’s something the Commissioner actually says he knows Oliver would never do, but if Oliver makes that call Santana will have “proof” that Oliver did. If you want to set someone up or put them in your debt getting something to hold over their heads is how you do it. I’m worried!
Last but not least Dov learns he is getting put back on street duty because that morning Marlo’s boss told her they were shutting down the Ted MacDonald case she and Dov had been working on. As far as they are concerned Ted is guilty of blowing up the evidence room, even though Dov and Marlo think otherwise. Dov is disappointed that they are shut down, especially since they were finally getting somewhere.
This week essentially has two cases. The official case involves a prisoner named Brody Simmons who escapes from the hospital where he was receiving his “bimonthly chemotherapy treatment and the second is Nick tracking down and dealing with the driver who killed his parents.
Detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) is the one heading up this case so he helps Oliver in the breakdown during the morning parade meeting. Supposedly Brody has no family or significant others, but Oliver has Gail and Duncan follow up up on that to be sure. As for Brody’s favorite hangouts the list is split. Nick and Juliet get one half, Dov and officer Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) the other. Andy’s on desk with Chloe to help out Sam.
Nick lies to Juliet about having an informant that “has mentioned Brody Simmons” before. He uses this to look up the plate number his brother gave him. The informant’s name Marco Brunswick (is landlord sends Nick and Juliet to a local bar to find him. Nick sends Juliet inside to look for the guy and while she’s there he slashes two of tires on the truck with that license plate on it! Then he lies again! He tells Juliet that he’s getting a migraine – which he claims happens every couple of weeks – and that he needs to go lie down in a dark room. Juliet drives him back to 15 Division.
As Dov and Chris are walking out of one of Brody’s hangouts. Dov works to muster up the level of enthusiasm Chris has for being out on the street, Chris is thrilled to have Dov back doing “real policing.” When a radio call comes in saying the suspect is in their vicinity Chris is pumped to go get him. He’s also a little star-struck by the criminal they’re going after. Apparently at one point he was some kind of famous TV wrestler…
Yes, Chris, that would be weird.
There’s no time for more discussion because Chris spots Brody – only he’s not in the outfit given by dispatch – and he’s shaved his beard. It’s a good thing Chris is a fan, he may not have recognized him! Unfortunately, Brody ditches them in residential neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Sam ducks into Oliver’s office and can tell Oliver’s worried. Oliver tells Sam about Santana’s offer and asks Sam what he should do. Isabel is applying to colleges, the kind of schools that wouldn’t consider her if she had a record. Sam doesn’t have a answer for him, but he does have some advice:
Chris and Dov are going door to door in an apartment house in the neighborhood they’d last seen Brody and find an open door. Inside the bathroom they see a pile of hair from shaving a beard…and a discarded prison jumpsuit. Brody has definitely been there. Then they get a bigger surprise – a woman walks in with groceries claiming to be Brody’s wife!
Let’s speed through this case some. Chris and Dov bring the wife, Tara in, but she’s not really his wife. She says she met Brody on a prison dating website and that they are “married” in their hearts. However, she hasn’t been to see Brody in the last three months. Still, in her apartment she had clothes for Brody in a closet and his “favorite beer” in the refrigerator. Traci, Dov, Andy and Chris are thinking she had to have helped with his escape…except she’s also weird. She knows down to the day when she met Brody, and where she met him is even stranger.
Tara: We met on the prison dating website.
After that bombshell, Traci sends Tara off with Chloe for coffee (because no one else wants to spend time with this strange woman.
Chloe spends a lot of time looking at Tara with an odd look on her face – odd even for Chloe. It’s Chloe that Andy and Traci that Tara doesn’t have a real relationship with Brody – and that she would have never broken Brody out of jail – she wants him in jail. Why? Because when the guy is in jail the woman can tell herself she’s waiting for him:
…but it’s only so you don’t have to actually realize that you’re just alone.
Armed with this new information, Traci and Chloe go back and ask Tara if Brody had any other past relationships. When they suggest that if he’s there and they catch him Brody will go back to jail, Tara gives them the ex-girlfriend’s name – Eliza Hutton – and address! Chloe was right!
While all of this is going on, Gail and Duncan are stuck in the neighborhood Brody was just chased out of. Duncan wants to know why they have to stay since they’ve interviewed everyone and “they know” Brody’s not coming back. Gail, in usual Gail fashion, tells him they don’t know that.
Duncan gets distracted by a group of kids in a group practicing hip-hop dance moves. He really wants to go over there with them. He first tries to entice Gail by telling her he saw dancing lessons on her bucket list. Gail insists he doesn’t know what he’s taking about, but after giving him permission to go dance with the kids she tries to do a little dance move. She is interesting in learning to dance!
Traci has sent Dov and Chris over to Eliza Hutton’s place. Sure enough, Brody is there – but the ex-girlfriend is no accomplice! It’s actually a humorous situation. Brody broke out of jail because he thought he had liver cancer! He just wanted to tell Eliza how sorry he was about everything and how he’s been trying to “fix” himself up for her. Heck he even brought her a bunch of pink roses! He tells her he’s doing yoga, he’s stopped the drugs, he’s gotten calmer…
Chris: Except you stabbed a doctor today.
Eliza has not been too impressed by all this. However, she’s absolutely livid when Dov tells Brody he’s not dying of liver cancer. Brody is shocked to hear this. Apparently he missed the part about the surgery being able to cut the cancer part completely out. All that work to break out of jail for nothing! Oh well, back to prison he goes!
Juliet Takes Charge
That morning when Juliet takes Nick back to Division 15, Chloe and Andy see him walking around out of uniform. Both wonder what’s up. Andy sees Juliet come in a minute later and goes to talk to her.
Andy riding Juliet about honesty is becoming seriously annoying. She’s being bitchy and considering that basically her entire relationship with Nick was a lie she was telling to herself, she’d do well to stop being all high and mighty about honesty.
Anyway, it doesn’t take long for Juliet to figure out what’s going on. Her digging leads her to realize Nick has located the drunk driver who killed his parents. She’s also the one who gets to drop the bombshell on Andy and Chloe that Nick was in the car with his parents when they died – and that he has an older brother! Guess you can’t learn everything about a person in six months, Andy. Hell, how long did you know Sam before he told you about the stuff his father did to him? Exactly.
During all this time Nick had gone back to the bar where the guy who hit Nick’s parents’ car was still and drinking. (That’s why Nick slashed the tires earlier – so the guy couldn’t leave.) and started chatting him up. He learns that the man has a 16-year-old daughter that he’s not allowed to see, but misses terribly. It becomes an exchange of sins: Marco tells him on the day his daughter was born he refused to go to the hospital – he barely remembers that day because he was so drunk. Marco asks Nick if he’s ever done anything he’s felt bad about – and Nick has.
Nick says that when he was in the army (in Afghanistan)he and buddy found out that one of their superior officers “Azar…something” was leaking information about their troop movements to the insurgents. Nick describes Azar as a “nice guy, husband, father” Because of Azar’s actions, an IED hit his friend’s convoy.
Nick: Next night me and this other guy we went out we found Azar and we shot him.
The mood around this scene is solemn and sad. Marco comments, “that’ll mess you up.” All Nick says is that it stays with you. The looks on his face as he talks…says much, much more.
Right after this, Marco opens up about the night he got into the accident and hit Nick’s parents’ car. Nick wants to hear the story from Marco. It sounds like what his brother has told him. Marco had a few drinks, there was the accident, he looked inside the car and saw everyone “unconscious and upside down.” He tells Nick that he, “ran like a little bitch.”
That’s when Juliet walks in announcing that there’s a “blue bronc with the lights on.” Nick realizes Juliet’s on to him and tells the guy it’s his car.
Nick goes outside where Juliet confronts him.
Juliet: Look, Nick. I don’t care. You do what you gotta do. But you do not lie to your partner. You do not lie to me.
Nick: Oh, come Ward. You been lying to me since I met you.
Now, Nick, has got every right to say that. It’s Andy that needs to stand down!
Nick tells Juliet that he’s going to talk to Marco for five minutes then bring him in. Instead he convinces Marco to skip out the back with him to go by a bottle of booze and hang out somewhere else.
Marco takes Nick to the rooftop of his building. Marco is turning out to be not quite what he expected. For one, the guy talks about wishing he had the guts to just jump off the roof and end things. This guy is a serious, hard-core alcoholic. He hates his life, hates the things he’s done, hates himself. All Nick needs him to say is that he’s sorry about that hit and run that killed his family and Nick could let this guy live. It doesn’t happen though. Marco is sorry about screwing up his own family….
Juliet meanwhile has tracked Nick. At the sight of the police car Nick goes and locks the door to the roof so Juliet can’t come up. Then he goes back to finish his conversation with Marco. The thing is, Marco has figured out who Nick is and is waiting patiently for Nick to push him off the roof!
So now Juliet – who’s seen Nick and Marco on the roof – races up the stairs. She’s also thinking Nick may end up pushing the guy off the roof! Instead, Nick and Marco get into a fight, one where Nick accuses Marco of killing his parents. What Nick finds out is that his father wasn’t driving that night – it was his brother Finn. Furthermore, Marco didn’t hit his parents car – their car hit him!
Nick doesn’t want to believe this, but he also realizes it has to be true. Marco has no reason to lie – he’s begging Nick to let him fall off the roof and die. Maybe if Marco hadn’t run off he could have saved his parents – but he didn’t cause the accident. He doesn’t deserve to die. Just as Nick’s pulled Marco off the ledge and thrown him to the ground Juliet manages to break through the flimsy latch. She sees Nick standing over Marco with a gun and screams his name as she runs across the roof. It’s not what she thinks though.
Nick: Cuff him. And call another division to come get him. I don’t want him at 15.
With that he strides away. Where is he going? Straight to his brother. He lets Finn know that he didn’t follow the exact plan – and why.
What a powerful scene! This entire episode has been intense in terms of the Nick Collins storyline and character reveals. Mooney does a beautiful job with all of it, jumping from sadness, anger, compassion, rage, remorse, and many more shades in between. Before this there was this idea Nick always trying to be a “by the book” kind of guy – at times some might of said he was trying to be a goodie-two-shoes. I’ve always enjoyed his character, but after this episode I have even more respect for him.
This episode makes it clear that Nick is motivated by justice, honor and doing what’s right – even if it’s not exactly “by the book.” Even in this case with the man he thought was responsible for killing his parents, Nick wanted to talk to the man, hear his version of things, and see if he had any remorse. There is the question of would Nick have killed Marco if Marco had killed his parents? It’s hard to say, because there’s no way to know if Marco would have expressed remorse if it had been his fault. Nick was looking for signs of that. I think if Marco had seemed sorry Nick would have more likely turned him in…but we’ll never know.
The Wrap Ups
The end of the day brings a few things to closure. For one, when Brody is being photographed, Chloe tells Chris that Tara wants to see Brody before he’s booked. Brody freaks out:
No. No way. That girl is a delusional wack job.
Once the guys leave, Andy asks Chloe how she knew that Tara was completely delusional about Brody. Her answer is a sad one. Just like Tara had Brody’s favorite beer in the fridge, Chloe realized she had Dov’s favorite beer in her locker.
I have Dov’s favorite beer in my locker. I don’t know, just buying it for him after we broke up just made me feel happy. I haven’t addressed the fact that I’m alone because I’m just hoping he’ll come back, but, he ain’t coming back, so….
Awww…I do feel sorry for Chloe. As crazy as Chloe can be, she’s no Tara and Dov isn’t Brody. For one, she couldn’t have seen the similarities if she was that nuts. Also, unlike Brody for Tara, Dov clearly has feelings for Chloe. It doesn’t mean they’ll get back together, but it’s not at all the same situation. Maybe someday they will…but for now, Chloe really does need to move on. It’s good that she sees it.
Oliver does end up making that phone call to the commissioner and asking him to scrub his daughter’s record. What hell is going to come from that decision remains to be seen.
Over by the locker rooms Gail and Duncan have an interesting conversation:
Duncan day?! Maybe so. Peck is going to have a field day with this kid. He’s so…gullible. For his sake I hope he can keep his mouth shut about the dance lessons. As for Chloe and Duncan…I’m pretty sure Chloe sees Duncan as a kid (because he basically is). I can’t imagine any real hookup coming from that. I liked that she made it clear it wasn’t a date. Maybe she’s learned something about mixed signals and how her actions can be taken the wrong way?
Inside the women’s locker room, Andy catches up to Juliet and asks about Nick and if the guy was the one who hit Nick’s parents’ car. Wisely, Juliet tells Andy she should ask Nick herself. Andy is caught off guard by this, but before she can follow up, Sam, her boyfriend, peeks his head in. Juliet uses the moment to take her leave, saying she’s going to be late.
That’s right Andy! You have your own hot boyfriend to focus on. Stop worrying about Nick! Ugh! I know they’re friends, but come on, you’ve got to have some boundaries when that friend is also your ex. Am I the only one driven crazy by this? Let me know in the comments.
Meanwhile Dov meets Marlo in the parking lot and shows her a pizza box filled with the documents from the Ted MacDonald case. It’s copies of everything they’ve worked on. Marlo tells him he should let it go. (Goodness knows she realizes the problems obsession with a case can cause!) His response is that while he had a perfect day out on the street, he realizes that what he wants is to work in intelligence – and work the Ted MacDonald case. Marlo agrees to help him. This is going to be dangerous….
The closing scene of the night? Juliet has gone over to Nick’s….
Oh thank god! Nick finally has a woman that hasn’t been dating someone else on the force! Granted, this woman has some kind of secret going on, maybe a couple of secrets…but hopefully they won’t turn out to be deal breakers. I’m liking the Nick and Juliet romance a lot!
Change is definitely in the air. Nick learning that everything he’s believed about his parent’s death was a lie is bound to be affecting him for some time. That’s a pretty big lie, one he almost killed a man for. I think issues about being told the truth are going to become even more important to him. In the meantime though, Nick and Juliet have started a relationship. Sooner or later her secrets – whatever they are – will come out. Chloe’s realized things are really over between her and Dov, so no more of her chasing him. Marlo and Dov have made a pact to work on the Ted MacDonald case and he doesn’t want to be a street cop anymore. Oliver’s made a decision that puts him even more under the commissioner’s thumb…and Gail is going to learn how to dance hip-hop. All of this is from one episode of Rookie Blue! But, then again, that’s the way this show is: well structured, layered storylines with great characters and a fast pace. I can’t wait for next week!