Wow! Rookie Blue 6 x 5 was a great episode! Maybe that’s because I like the ones that really tie into the relationship stuff? Not that there weren’t some awesome action-packed moments! Now it’s time to discuss them in the Rookie Blue 6 x 5 recap & review! Get ready to weigh in with your take on things!
SPOILER WARNING: spoilers for Rookie Blue 6×5, “A Real Gentleman” are below!
Love is in the air all over this episode! It’s not just romance either – although there’s plenty of that. There’s also the love between best friends and a whole thing about maternal instinct. There’s also the dark stuff too. There are some things love has nothing to do with and some friends you’re better off without.
The Set Up
The first thing we get hit with in “A Real Gentleman” is that Detectives Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) and Steve Peck (Adam MacDonald) have gotten really serious! He’s even bought her a necklace! They are together at Traci’s local coffee shop. Traci is nervous because it’s her first time leading a police raid. Steve gets truly adorkable when he tells her running around the car is a good way to get relaxed – and then goes and does just that! Traci gets that he’s just trying to make her laugh – and he’s succeeded. He’s being a really supportive boyfriend!
Over in the parking lot of 15 Division, officers Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) and Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith) have ridden into work with officer Chris Diaz (Travis Milne). Dov is trying to get his friends into eating dried seaweed, but neither are going for it. When Jamie (Cindy Sampson) the wife of Inspector John Javis (Oliver Becker) shows up in the parking lot, neither Gail nor Dov are happy about it. That’s because both know Diaz is still having an affair with her. Diaz doesn’t seem thrilled either, actually. He goes over to see why she’s there. It’s not good news. Jamie jazzed and caviler. She wants Chris to cut out of work and lounge around with her all day in bed!
Play hooky with me. You can skip that raid thing. No one’s even seen you come in yet.
Chris is appalled by this. Remember, he wanted to break it off before, but when the Inspector said he was in a good mood because his wife was happy and thus he voted against a staff cut at 15 Division, Chris felt he had to make sure Jamie stayed happy. From the looks of things Diaz has become stuck being her substitute for cocaine! He tells her he can’t just cut out of the raid, but he looks worried about what she’s going do…
In a scene that showcases how happy and domestic they are Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) are driving into work:
Andy and Sam make it to the morning staff “parade” meeting just in time to hear Traci take over from Staff Sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon). She explains the operation is about a man named Thom Kosik (Daniel Kash).
He’s an “old-school” illegal gun dealer who’s been trafficking illegal, untraceable firearms through his custom metal shop. He’s doing more volume more often now, and he’s added “DIY kits” which turn semi-automatics into full automatic weapons into his business. In other words, he’s arming criminals with tremendous fire-power! The plan is that when Kosik gets his shipment that morning at 10am 15 Division – armed with warrants for the store, Kosik, the people who work with him – will go in (backed up by the ETF team) seize the guns and arrest everyone. Oliver optimistically hopes they’ll be wrapped up by lunch. (We know that’s not happening!)
Officer Juliet Ward (Erin Karpluk) has been taking glances at officer Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) throughout the entire morning’s parade. A sizzling hot conversation tells us their hooking up last week wasn’t a one-night stand! Unfortunately, she gets one of her mysterious phone calls and has to leave Nick to answer it. Listening to her side of the conversation we learn she cut one of her secret meetings (to be with Nick, but she can’t say that). Her supervisor isn’t happy, and makes it clear that raid or no raid she’d better make her meeting after today’s shift. Juliet doesn’t look happy. This double life – whatever it is – isn’t her thing.
Just When It All Was Going So Well…
Traci is the one who’s done all the work on this case, so she knows the layout, men, and timing of things best. She’s pumped to be leading this raid! A call from her son’s school saying that he’s sick couldn’t have come at a worse time! Dex out of town, and you need special papers to have someone who’s not a parent sign out your kid.
Really, I think Traci’s more concerned about Leo (Drew Davis) being sick and wants to check for herself. Andy and Gail are cops. They could totally pick him up. She Andy and Gail she’s going to run, pick Leo up and take him to the sitter. It will just take twenty minutes.
Both Gail and Andy are stunned. Gail’s reactions show more empathy about the parental dilemma, while Andy, concerned for her friend, just can’t believe the bad timing.
Traci gives Gail and Andy a good reason to keep her secret:
Don’t tell anyone. Or it will be the last time a single mother gets to coordinate a raid, which I really can’t live with on a philosophical level.
Of course this doesn’t go that way at all. Sam and Steve come looking for Traci to go and she’s not there yet. Gail and Andy can’t get their stories straight and Andy, to Gail’s chagrin, ends up telling where Traci is. Sam takes charge and tells Andy to call Traci and have her meet them at the location.
At the school, Nash charges in to get Leo – only the school never called her and he’s fine.
At this point, it seems obvious that someone has set this up, but Traci’s so concerned about getting back to work she doesn’t thing about it. She rushes back to her car, gets in…and a man in black ski mask chloroforms her!
Meanwhile everyone is in place waiting for Traci to show up. The tensions are high!
Luckily, Traci did do a good job with all her planning and research. Sam is able to call things and the raid goes off without a hitch. They get all the guys, including Kosik, and find the guns. Still, there’s no Traci, and Kosik notices that her name is on the warrant but she’s not around. He seems very interested in this. Nobody things much of his interest immediately. Sam sends Andy and Gail to Leo’s school to see what’s up while Chris puts Kosik in a car to be hauled away to 15 Division for interrogation.
As it turns out, Kosik is an excellent red herring. He’s noticed the video camera in the interrogation room and figures getting cops mad might make them sloppy. First he notices little things wrong on the warrant – I mean really little things – like grammar errors. Then he starts fishing for why “detective Nash” isn’t there and insinuates that he might know something about Traci’s disappearance. Really though, he’s trying to find ways to beat this rap.
However, at this point we don’t know this, so it looks like he actually may have been the one to set this up. When Oliver pulls Sam out to tell him that Andy called the school and found out that the call about Leo being sick at school was fake. No one has seen Traci for two hours! That’s when alarm bells start going off for everyone.
The Search For Traci
Once Steve finds out that Kosik may have had Traci taken, he gets in the box with Kosik. Kosik actually knows nothing (but neither we, nor Steve, know this. – and ends up punching him. Kosik is pleased and hams up his pain for the camera. Oliver benches Steve, and Sam points out that there’s no way Kosik kidnapped Traci. He’d have to have known about the raid – and if he’d known about the raid, he would have just diverted the shipment.
Andy and Gail get to the school and find Traci’s car. In the car is a bouquet of yellow flowers – like the ones from the premiere! It’s the rapist who broke into Traci’s house that has her. He’s back! The scene cuts to Traci waking up tied up in room, mouth gagged, and sunlight streaming in that illuminates the dust. Well played, Rookie Blue writers, well played!
It’s all hands on deck! Detective Inez Capello (Alexandra Castillo) – the sex crimes detective that McNally screwed up with before – is back. She and Sam are heading up the case to find Traci. This time, everyone is on the same page and willing to listen.
Capello gives them an update on the case where Andy was attacked at Traci’s house. They have a suspect in mind, Adrian Clark (J. Adam Brown). Aside from not having an “air-tight” alibi for any of the attacks from that spree and a history of sexual harassment, they’ve found evidence of him in “deep web” chat rooms for “users with violent sexual predilections.”
They can’t arrest Clark because the evidence is all circumstantial, but they do have his work and home address. Chris is put in charge of having those places checked out. Meanwhile Oliver tells Gail and Dov they are to go pick up Leo from school and keep him calm, entertained, and away from the division – without telling him exactly what the problem is. Dov tells Gail it will be good practice for her.
Juliet asks Oliver if she can some research on the deep web on-line profile – she’s got some “previous experience with it. Unfortunately, she’s partnered with officer Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) who wants to know why is asking her a bunch of questions about why they aren’t going out in a car.
Juliet: Because, you have to use your skills where they’re needed.
Duncan: Okay, so what? You think you can do more than the on-line intelligence?
Juliet: Mmm. The deep web is a cryptic place. Sometimes you need a new set of eyes.
It quickly becomes apparent that Juliet has some major skills in this department. As she tries explaining it to Duncan she doesn’t see Nick come up behind her.
Luckily for her this conversation is cut off by Chris announcing that the suspect had called in “sick” for work. Sam grabs Nick, Chloe, and Andy to go pick up the this Adrian Clark guy at his house – and hopefully find Traci!
While that group is in route to go find Traci, Dov and Gail picked up Leo and do there best not to worry him.
Aunt Gail! I like the sound of that. Dov is right though, a banana phone is a lame joke. Gail’s going to need to step up her game!
The way they cut together the raid on the house and the room where Traci is awake and struggling against her bonds is done well. Yes, this is a common trick done in procedurals – it looks like the rescuers and the one needing rescuing are in the same place, but they aren’t. If it’s not done right to fool it doesn’t fool the audience. This was done right. It happens quickly with cuts back and forth that leave no time to ponder where we are in the story. Andy recognizes Clark as the man who attacked her at Traci’s house and sends Chloe and Nick to look for Traci. The reveal when Nick and Chloe get to the basement and it’s clearly not the room Traci is in feels anti-climatic because as a viewer you realize that being it’s just the middle of the story you should have realized they couldn’t have found her yet! They do though arrest this Clark guy and take him back to Division 15. In the place where Traci is being held, the guy in the black ski mask has returned. He doesn’t say a word, just sets up a single bulb bright lamp to shine in her face – and leaves.
Gail and Dov are still driving Leo around. Dov is trying to be chipper and suggests they get some lunch. Leo isn’t buying the happy act. To Dov’s surprise, it’s Gail who finds just the right things to say. She calls Traci a superhero and tells Leo about the time Traci solved a case in eight hours – just so she wouldn’t miss his hockey game.
Gail: Nothing is going to stop her from tucking you in tonight, okay?
Catching The Bad Guys
Once Adrian Clark is brought back to Division 15 no time is wasted in grilling him. Andy makes sure Sam knows Clark is definitely the guy who attacked her that night at Traci’s. It’s Sam and detective Capello who question Clark. This guy is one sleazy, smartmouth who clearly is misogynistic. He denies knowing anything and swears he was at the doctor. Before things get completely out of hand, Capello gets called out by Oliver. He meets her in the observation room, where Andy and Steve have been watching.
There’s a problem. Clark’s alibi checks out. He was at the doctor’s so he couldn’t have taken Traci. Yet Andy still swears Clark is the one who attacked her. Capello believes her, but also notes that Clark doesn’t fit the profile of the balcony rapist. Oliver asks what’s off. She says Clark is too smart and aggressive – not the insecure, apologetic “gentleman rapist” that leaves flowers.
That’s when Sam walks in. Clark just had an outburst saying that the flowers weren’t his idea. Could he be working with a partner? Bingo! That’s it! While it’s unusual, the internet has made it easier for these types of people to find each other. Now all they need to do is find the partner.
Traci may look helpless, but there’s a reason she’s made detective already. Even all tied up she’s observing everything. The way this guy keeps looking at his phone for instance. When he takes the gag off of her to practice videoing, she keeps up a steady stream of chatter. Soon she gets him to talk. He’s very interested in the necklace she’s wearing and wants to know about it and the man who gave it to her…how does he know that?
It’s Cory Sleeman (Will Bowes) the twerp from the coffee shop that has a crush her in episode 6 x 1 – the one she said was, “harmless.” Traci first tries to convince him that her relationship with Steve isn’t that great, and gets him to take off his mask. It’s not that easy though – he sees through it – but doesn’t let on until after stealing a kiss. They are both playing each other…but Traci’s better at it. She figures out that Cory is waiting for someone and takes a different tact – taunting his masculinity. It’s a similar strategy Kosnik used during his interrogation. If you can make someone mad enough, they may slip up and give you a way out….
Traci: You like to watch…. You’re going to film it while someone else does your work for you?
By the way, actress Enuka Okuma is really nailing these scenes with the would-be-rapist. There’s a sense of Traci’s underlying fear that runs through all these scenes. It’s driving her to think on her feet and make those connections. You can see the moments where she’s reminding herself to stay calm – not verbally – it’s a pause, a flicker across her face. I love Sam and Andy, but it’s nice that they aren’t always the front and center story and other cast members get to flex their acting muscles.
Traci isn’t the only one who has discovered who has Traci. Juliet’s work on the deep web has found Cory as well. She says that Cory is smarter than the smart-mouth Adrian & that his tracks were well-covered. However because Adrian has only added one new friend to his Facebook since starting to chat with someone on the deep web – Cory. As for his whereabouts, he did an early shift at the coffee shop, borrowed a delivery van, and has keys to an apartment he’s house sitting for. Juliet gives them the address and Sam, Andy, and Steve (who had been benched earlier for punching Kosik) race off to the house.
The question is: will they get there in time? If you saw the episode you’ll recall just how intense the next few minutes are. If not, you’re in for a treat!
With the element of surprise Traci lays some serious whup-ass on Cory – a fight worthy of the well-trained police detective that she is! Still, things were getting dangerous. Mild-mannered Cory has anger management issues and is nuts! The gang from 15 Division got there just in time! (Wasn’t Steve so sweet with her afterwards? What a great boyfriend!)
The Case Wrap Up
Sam and detective Capello interrogate Cory and get the whole story. Cory would pick the women, send them flowers, and Adrian Clark would do the break-ins and raping – which would be filmed for Cory to watch on Adrian’s phone. (Sick!). Cory is delusional and defensive throughout this conversation. He claims he didn’t hurt Traci (“You can ask her!” he says.) Furthermore he says that he made sure Adrian didn’t hurt the women he raped! Capello gets him to admit that with with Traci he’d reached the point where the fantasies weren’t enough. He wanted to see it live, or even do it himself. Cory acts like like he should get points for not raping her, even though the only reason he didn’t was Traci resisting and the police getting there. Sam ends up walking out of the room because he’s so angry and disgusted – all through the interview you can can see he’s working hard to keep his temper in check.
It strikes me that even though Cory and Adrian are different personalities they share the trait of being stunted adolescents, Adrian is angry, defiant, and sadistic, while Cory is angry and sullen. with the romantic fantasies of being every woman’s Romeo. These characters are written very realistically, and despite not having tons of screen time the picture of who they are comes across well.
About a minute after Sam leaves, Capello excuses herself from the room as well. In the viewing room, Oliver has been watching the proceedings. A silent glance between them show they both feel icky just listening to Cory. Oliver tells Capello that the videos of the rapes are on Cory’s computer hard drive. The significance is that they’ll get not just Adrian for all the baloney rapes, but Cory as well. Oliver pauses:
Oliver: I don’t understand…how you do what you do everyday.
Wrapping Up The Day:
Traci and Andy share a best friend’s moment in the locker-room. Traci wants a hoodie to cover up in but can’t find one. Andy hands her one of hers, hugs her and says she’s proud of Traci. Traci promises to call Andy later.
- When Gail and Dov hand Leo over to Traci and Steve to go home, Leo hugs Gail and says she’d make a great aunt! Traci and Steve are grinning and embarrassed at the same time. They aren’t having that conversation yet! Steve, Traci and Leo go home. Dov admits to Gail that she’ll make a good mother.
- Nick and Juliet meet secretly by the squad cars and kiss. Juliet seems happy and carefree – until Nick asks if their sneaking around is about them, or her. He notes she knows a lot about him. It’s only fair that he get to know more about her, too. Juliet doesn’t have to answer that because some people start to come into the garage. Still, we know it’s just a matter of time until whatever she’s hiding comes to light.
- Chris comes home to his place to find Jamie waiting for him – inside his house. Worse, she’s got cocaine – and wants to use it with Chris. She is out of control! Chris offers to call her sponsor, but she won’t here of it. If he doesn’t want to use, fine, but when he mentions her sponsor again, she gets nasty and threatens Chris with telling her husband about them! Poor Chris! I just hope he doesn’t pick up the cocaine again. Then he’ll have two problems!
- The show ends with Andy and Sam getting ready to go home from 15 Division. It’s been a long day for the happy couple:
They are just adorable!
Things are going well for Sam and Andy, but Nick and Juliet are heading for trouble. and I don’t know how Chris is going to get out of this mess. Hopefully Rookie Blue will have some answers for us next week!