For American viewers, Canadian import Rookie Blue just wrapped up the explosive first half of Season 5, while Canadians have been reeling from the cliffhanger revelation for a couple of weeks now. But lost in the fuzz of that ultrasound is a number of other relationships in turmoil as Dov and Chloe ended up on the outs while Gail and Holly seemed to be moving in opposite directions.
And as for what was the most stable relationship on the show, thanks to Traci (Enuka Okuma) and her cool head, well things weren’t looking so hot in the finale either. Still angry at Steve (Adam MacDonald) and his decision to investigate Dex (Jefferson Brown) despite it securing her custody of Leo, Traci seemed surprisingly open to Sgt. Bailey (Jim Codrington) and his accurate re-telling of fairy tales. With showrunner Tassie Cameron teasing that this wouldn’t be the last we’d see of the flirtation, The TV Junkies had to check in with the one man who has Traci’s best interests at heart.
“I’m really pissed about it, completely pissed,” Noam Jenkins, who played Traci’s fiancé Jerry for two seasons, jokes when asked what he thought about Traci moving on without him.
But the actor, who recently appeared in The Listener’s series finale and is currently filming episodes of Lost Girl, says he was happy to see Okuma getting more screen time. “My loyalty lies with Enuka Okuma,” he explains. “I think she’s a lovely actress and a fabulous person and any time that there’s stuff that can forward her story, I’m all for it.”
Jenkins also points out that it’s tricky for a show like Rookie, which has a large cast and a soap opera element to fulfill, to give the characters as much screen time as some would like. Fans of Gail and Holly were certainly feeling that way this year as well, although that had more to do with the fact that Aliyah O’Brien, who plays Holly, splits most of her time between L.A. and Vancouver. And Jerry supporters did get a shout out this season when Sam (Ben Bass) called Andy (Missy Peregrym) out for going undercover instead of being there for him as he was trying to cope with the loss of his fellow cop and best friend.
Of course, Jenkins already knows what he’d like to see more of on the show: “There’s a strange lacking of dream sequences where she’s pining over Jerry. That’s really what we all need to be watching.”
Agreed, Jerry. Agreed.