This Rookie Blue 6 x 6 recap & review is going over the components of the aptly titled episode, “Home Run.” What do we learn in this episode? 1) Being the ringer is a lonely business. 2) It doesn’t matter if it’s the bottom of the ninth, hitting the ball out the park for the win feels great! As for who’s this Rookie Blue episode’s MVP…read on to find out!
It’s hard to believe there’s still no word on whether Rookie Blue will be renewed for a 7th season. Meanwhile, reality shows like The Bachelor – and it’s numerous spin-offs continue to air non-stop. I know some of the issues are over at Canada’s Global network, while ABC is looking at the ratings. Honestly, if Global and ABC could agree to air the show on the same schedule, this would be ABC’s highest rated summer show, not that it’s doing badly now. Over at Renewed or Cancelled show creator Tassie Cameron confirms that the writers have gone ahead and scripted the first 4 episodes for a season 7. Whatever the holdup is, lets hope these networks get it resolved. It would be a shame to let a popular high-quality scripted show like this go because of money and contract issues.
Okay, soapbox speech is over, let’s get back to Rookie Blue 6 x 6, “Home Run”!
The Set Up
Officers Chris Diaz (Travis Milne) and Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) are out for a run. Chris is going on about his problems with Jamie (Cindy Sampson), aka the wife of Inspector John Jarvis (Oliver Becker).
I’m having Jamie flashbacks. She’s still stalking me! Every time I see her it’s like she’s lost more of her marbles and I half think they’ve fallen into her bra, I swear to God!
What a funny line! Chris is trying to do the right thing, but it’s not easy when a hot woman keeps throwing herself at you, not to mention is threatening to tell her husband if you don’t sleep with her! (Not sure what that’s about? See last week’s recap) If Andy were listening she’d have laughed at that one!
Andy doesn’t laugh at this because she’s too busy spying on officer Juliet Ward (Erin Karpluk). She spotted Juliet getting into an SUV with that mysterious guy again. Viewers get to hear what’s going on inside that car. Whatever Juliet is doing, she thinks she’s got enough to take to whomever she’s working for and wants to turn it over that night. She tells her handler that the longer she’s in the more dangerous it gets. I think she just really wants out of whatever it is she’s doing. (At this point, I’m pretty sure I know what it is. Did you?)
When Juliet spots Andy the two have an awkward conversation about why Juliet’s in that neighborhood. She gives Andy a lame excuse about walking her friend’s dog because she’s “not ready to commit” to having her own.
In the parking lot of Division 15 Staff Sergeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon) and detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) discuss the fact that Sam is bailing on the division’s annual outreach baseball game to go spend a weekend in Oliver’s cabin with Andy. Obviously Shaw can’t feel too bad about it. It’s his cabin and he’s giving Sam the keys!
Inside the Division officer Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) is talking with detective Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma) and obsessing. Gail’s brother, detective Steve Peck (Adam McDonald), who’s also Traci’s boyfriend, is talking to Lauralee (Gail’s social worker played by Bridget Wareham) about Gail, and whether or not she’d make a good mother for the young girl Gail wants to adopt.
The conversation is funny, but also kind of sad. Gail expects her brother is saying things like she’s a selfish bitch and when Traci tries to say otherwise, Gail says it’s the truth. She then says that her brother isn’t so nice either.
Gail: We can’t help it. It’s in our genes.
Traci: I think Steve’s nice.
Gail: No he’s not. He’s just on his best behavior because you’re really good-looking.
Right after this Gail asks Traci how she’s doing after her kidnapping ordeal, and she sincerely wants to know. The scene lets viewers know that in Rookie Blue time it’s been two weeks since that event.
One of the things that makes Gail Peck such an interesting character is that she really is a good person – she’s just not a nice one. Listening to Gail talk about herself as a selfish bitch is in direct contradiction to her desire to adopt the little girl whose mother practically died in Gail’s arms.
Steve emerges from the meeting with Lauralee and she says Steve had nothing but good things to say. However, she wonders if Gail has ever done community service. Gail draws a blank. Luckily Traci and Steve pitch right in and say Gail is organizing the annual cops against kids at risk baseball game in Jamestown, that’s happening that day! (If you recall that scene at the batting cage with Holly Steward ( ), Gail knows nothing about baseball!) When Lauralee goes Steve thinks Gail is going to be mad. Instead she gives her brother a big hug! She’s grateful he thought of something!
Later at the baseball field we get some cute flirtation between Juliet and officer Nick Collins (Peter Mooney). Oliver interrupts them by throwing a ball at them. Juliet, catches it, and clearly knows how to play baseball! Oliver calls her over and asks him to help watch the kids. He also gives her (and us) some background on what’s going on with this neighborhood.
Jamestown was becoming a good neighborhood until a man named Boz Shepard (Anthony Grant) came in and took over with his gangs. She’s nonchalant about knowing the story, but Oliver, being Oliver, is upset about it. He tells her that before Shepard the baseball park was going to have a playground put in it, but because the neighborhood became so unsafe that didn’t happen.
This conversation gets interrupted by a visit from Noelle Williams (Melanie Nicholls-King). It’s so good to see her! Oliver tries to get her to play, but she works at headquarters now the staff sergeant at 15. Gail shows up with some baseball shirts for the kids – yellow sleeves because yellow has no gang affiliations. When Lauralee shows up Gail freaks out and asks officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith) and asks if she looks like she’s participating! (Smith is also directing this episode – expect lots of action!)
Officers Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) and Duncan Moore (Matt Murray) are on duty at the game. As usual, Duncan shows just how much he should not be a police officer by complaining, putting down the neighborhood and the people in it and listing all the better things he would be doing if it were his day off – as opposed to neighborhood outreach. “Selfie” – the nickname he first had when he arrived, is still a good fit. (Although, I tend to like “Doofus.”
While Oliver jokes about needing “a ringer” for the baseball game, the real ringer is Juliet. We’ve known from the beginning that she’s at 15 Division under false pretenses, but now we know exactly why. She’s from internal affairs! The revelations about Juliet’s purpose come from two surprising sources. The first is when Andy – after a lovely romp in bed with Sam (more on that part later!) – asks Sam to tell her what he knows about Juliet.
Sam: What makes you think I know anything about Juliet?
Andy: Because you told me to let it go. You never tell me that unless you’re hiding something.
What is Sam hiding? After the evidence room blew up, all the different pieces of the story bugged him, so he went to “a good friend” in internal affairs and suggested they look into corruption issues at 15 division! He’s suspects that Juliet is the I.A. officer they sent in.
The good friend at internal affairs turns out to be…Noelle! Juliet is reporting to her! Javis is her first pick because “he seems to be in the back of Santana’s pocket.” Noelle says there’s not enough there to say he’s dirty. Juliet is just getting started though.
Oliver!? The evidence she’s got is convincing, but come on, we all know it’s not Oliver. I think Juliet may in her gut know it as well. She can see Oliver really cares about the people in the neighborhood, but her job says she’s got to follow the evidence, not her heart. If there’s any truth to what happened on her last undercover job, she probably doesn’t want her emotions involved in her decisions to turn someone in. The other factor is Nick. She wants out of the job so that she can come clean with him. As a result though, she may be rushing things. This situation is not good! Someone is setting Oliver up!
The Game MVP
The case of the week starts out with a bang!
Gail’s instincts about the car cruising by the baseball field were dead on! Plus, as much as she says she’s selfish, the move to serve and protect that kid are far from selfish. In the aftermath she shows her ability to show up and take charge with Michie Brewer (Zahra Bentham), the teenage girl who just earlier had been mouthing of to her. Dov’s chasing down the car to see the license plate is just what I’d expect from a cop who’s interested in intelligence. Good job all around!
The shooter gets two kids, we don’t know if they’re going to make it or not. Steve and Traci arrive on the scene and they suspect the shooter is Boz Shepard – or someone connected to him. Boz drives a silver SUV, and Traci will see if the partial plate Dov got is a match. It does. Now all they need is someone to say they saw the driver of the car and bring Boz in for questioning.
Getting Boz is important to Steve because the last time they almost had him Steve screwed it up by not getting a warrant beforehand. The whole case had to be thrown out. When they go to pick up Boz he says something inappropriate to Gail, and Steve goes nuts and has to be pulled off of him. Unfortunetely, Boz has an alibi. He has breakfast every Saturday at the same restaurant and the owner says he was there.
Chloe and Dov
During this investigation we discover Dov isn’t quite as immune to Chloe as previously thought. (Sure, we had suspected this, but now we have proof!) It starts out when Chloe and Duncan are interviewing a girl who had been video-taping the game on her phone. She says she didn’t get the shooter, but Chloe goes through her phone video – just in case. In doing so she comes across a sex video of the girl Michie – whom Gail, Steve and Chris are in the process of interviewing.
After telling Duncan to “focus” and stop trying to watch the tape, Chloe goes to talk to Dov. She’s worried that he still has pictures of the two of them having sex on his phone! Dov is painfully reassuring.
Dov: Chloe, rest assured there’s no evidence on my phone that we ever even met.
Chloe: That’s sad, but good. That’s good. (Clears her throat. Okay, now that we’ve cleared that up, I can now go give a lecture to a teenager from a non-hypocritical place of wisdom.
Dov finds this moment of Chloe logic endearing, it’s all over his face. He’s less so when Chloe quips he can feel free to use whatever’s in his imagination for those “lonely times.” (She is something else!) Once Chloe’s gone, Dov pulls out his phone and deletes a photo of Chloe with his arms around him. So much so evidence of them on his phone…. He’s not nearly over her!
Gail and Michie
Michie is being pushed by Gail, Chris and Steve to admit she saw the shooter. Michie asks if they want her to say it was Boz – which should have been the first clue, but hindsight is twenty-twenty. She expresses concern over her and family’s safety, in particular her brother. After all, even if they arrest Boz he’d be “out in a week.” When Michie hears it would be at least twenty years she admits the person she saw in the car was Boz.
Armed with this information Gail and Steve go back to the restaurant. Steve is doing a hard sell about how if they get Boz the owner will be able to get his neighborhood back, while Gail is encouraging him to just, “tell the truth.” The owner then says he didn’t see him that morning. However, when Gail asks him if he’s sure, he can’t look her in the eye. While Steve is gleeful, Gail looks concerned. You can tell her instincts are saying the man is lying.
Back at 15 Division they run into Michie and Chris leaving. He’s taking her to go see one of the boys who got shot – her boyfriend. Michie’s got some attitude going on when Gail gently asks if the girl is telling the truth. This leads to some friction between Steve and Gail.
“Don’t dig”? Steve’s words to Gail seem odd for a detective – and it’s the same attitude that screwed up his last case. The points Gail makes are valid one. If the case is built on lies won’t you look just as sloppy as someone who couldn’t wait for the warrant? Acting-wise I’ve been really enjoying the feel of their brother-sister dynamic, like the way Steve says, “You’re not the one who screwed up last time.” It sounds like two kids whispering about having to face their parents!
Inside 15 Gail is still pondering things when she hears Chloe lecturing that girl about the sex video she’d been sent still being on her phone. Gail’s ears perk up and she asks Chloe if the video was about Michie. Learning that not only was it Michie, but that it had been sent to all her friends and gone viral, Gail’s instincts about what the shooting really was about kick in.
Gail makes Chris take her to the hospital and to the room where Michie is sitting with her boyfriend. She really doesn’t want to be right about this, because she knows what it will do to Steve, but the cop in her can’t let it go. With a honest and concerned approach that her colleagues would be surprised at, Gail leads Michie into admitting that it was her brother Winston that was driving the car. He was trying to kill her boyfriend for sending that video out about his sister. (Love the way this echoes back to Steve’s reaction when Boz made those remarks about Gail!)
The MVP Is….
Part of why the hospital scene between Gail and Michie works well is that Gail is so honest with Michie about what losing this case on Boz is will do to Steve. She’s setting an example of having to do the right thing, even it hurts someone in her family. It’s a strong throughline about Gail being able to be a good role model and bears well in terms of her being ready to become a parent. It’s a well-written and powerful scene that segway’s perfectly into the scene when Steve gets the news of the brother’s arrest and Boz’s release. He does not take the news well.
Steve’s words are devastating to Gail. She’s in the middle of trying not to cry when she gets Sophie as a wonderful surprise! What’s fun is Gail telling Sophie that “there are no grownups” at her house, when everything we’ve seen of Gail shows her integrity and maturity. In this case, she’s definitely the MVP!
It’s All About The Ring
I started out with everything else that happened in the episode because it’s quite possible you had forgotten all about it due to the excitement of the Sam and Andy story line. MVP’s are cool, but really, everyone knows the point of all the games is to get a ring….
The Trip is filled with mishaps. Driving up to the cabin Andy thinks they hit a bird and in stopping to look for it she and Sam step into poison ivy. Sam is dismissive of Andy’s questions about Julie (rightly so) and it makes her think he knows something. Upon reaching the cabin they discover some kind of animal has gotten in and wrecked the place! Andy says the place, “smells like a zoo.”
It’s when Sam and Andy are down by the lake that the point of the whole trip (and it’s disasters) is made clear.
Yes! Sam and Andy are getting married – Marlo having his baby can’t change that they belong together. For McSwarek fans that’s a big part of this messy journey to to cabin. McNally says it’s all perfect because it’s them…. I don’t know if I’d go that far. It’s more like the uncomfortable stuff can’t change the joy that is them being together. They are what’s perfect – no matter how imperfect the circumstances around them are.
The last scene is the one I started with – the two of them in bed inter-cut with the scene where Juliet is telling Noelle she thinks Oliver is a dirty cop. Things are going to get more complicated and painful when these two get back. However, having that ring and official commitment will make it easier for them to get through. Nevertheless, next week promises to be a real mess!