High stakes, high drama, high action: this was a big episode for Enuka Okuma. And she killed it. Traci is such a total bad-ass detective, even when forced into a situation where she’s the victim. Okuma’s performance had this perfect balance of strength, fear and vulnerability; I’d ask her to take a curtain call, but TV does not have those.
And while singing praises, let’s give Adam MacDonald a high-five for his efforts this week. He had a whirlwind of emotions to go through as the cop who’s also the smitten and worry-crazed boyfriend. Let’s head to the game tape, uh, recap for a more thorough examination, shall we?
Baby’s first raid
What you’ve been given is a small, fleeting moment of happiness, before the writers RIP IT ALL AWAY. Traci and Peck #2 are all super loved up and cute as she’s nervous about this big gun raid that she’s leading.
Smiles, giggles, happy carefree coffee time and then IT WAS GONE.
Diaz and the never-ending tale of temptation
Hot girl said take a “mental health day” and play hooky with her, and Diaz actually stayed strong. PROGRESS. Someone high five the guy at least.
Speaking of loved up and giggly…
Check out these two and their whole “We’ve had a lot of sex” banter. Adorable, provided you ignore Nick’s opening line of “Ward, you’re looking fresh,” which he cannot pull off.
It’s a trap!
Why do we have all these blatant “it’s a trap” moments this season? Plot summary: Traci gets a message from Leo’s school saying he’s sick. She tells Andy and Gail to keep it hush hush, while she detours over there to deal, but once she gets to the school, the office admin is all “Nope!” Instead of thinking, “huh, that’s super weird; I should be concerned and on high alert about this,” Traci dashes off to lead her gun raid and instead, gets jumped:
(Welcome to my #1 real life fear now that I have a car and have to drive everywhere because, LA.)
Way to keep a secret
Guys: “Where’s Traci?” Ladies: “Ummmm, we bumbled our bad lie…Leo’s sick, she went to go get him.” Guys: “Seriously!?” Cut to T minus 10 seconds to raid:
Given everything that’s happened to the cops of 15 Division, you’d think they would go from zero to def con, high alert, “Timmy fell down the well!” emergency procedure when one of their own doesn’t respond to calls and is generally missing after the designated time window of promised absence.
BAD ASS WOMEN
Come on, like I’d deprive you of these two ladies kicking ass and taking names.
Perp caught and cuffed
Case closed and everyone goes home happy, right? RIGHT? (Wrong. Guys, things just never go right.)
“Forget about the grammar”!!!
Forget about the gun charges, abandoning proper grammar is the most offensive of them ALL, sir! Bad-guy-of-the-week, Tom, was disturbingly calm about being arrested and all about asking about Traci and pointing out inaccuracies in the arrest warrant. And then our handsome fellas of the 15 Division find out Traci’s been missing for hours and well…
Fisticuffs. (Action shots are hard to capture, you guys.)
Benched and distraught Detective Peck. (Can’t you just hear Oliver Shaw giving the “you sit here and you think about what you’ve done!” lecture here? I love him so.) Also, damnnnnn. Adam MacDonald is working his blue-eyed smolder this week.
This does not bode well
Nope. Remember that whole-home-invader-turned-rapist that you guys forgot to catch in the season premiere? He’s back.
Consider these troops rallied
Detective Sex Crimes has returned to lead the investigation with Swarek:
And she brings with her, a suspect – Adrian Clark – and that is great news for the room CRAMMED with officers who are primed to leap into action.
Speaking of onions and peeling back layers
One more clue about who Juliet Ward might be: she’s got all kinds of Internet digging skillzzzzz. Meanwhile, our suspect wasn’t at work today, so the rest of the team is out the door and on their way to bang down his. Door, that is.
Valjean, at last, we see each other plain
What, you don’t appreciate my “Confrontation”/Les Miserables reference? Anyway, these guys have cornered their suspect.
And as Andy comes face-to-face with Adrian Clark, alleged (potential?) rapist, she pegs him with a simple “it’s you.” Slightly underwhelming in the dramatics department. Also problematic? The officers search the house and Traci’s not in it. She’s bound and gagged in a different house:
With this guy:
“Your mom’s a superhero. Nothing’s going to stop her from tucking you in tonight.”
In spite of Gail’s amazing and touching words of comfort, Leo appears unconvinced.
By far the creepiest photo shoot ever
Traci’s cooler than a cucumber and it’s a little terrifying. She is a badass detective superhero. And THEN, she totally puts it all together and ID’s the guy, Corey – aka the coffee barista from this morning with Steve.
Welcome back to the theory put forward in the season premiere, coffee baristas KNOW ALL. Also, Corey was all “Oh, you recognized me! Let me grab you a drink!” SMOOOCH.
Ick. And after all that, Corey turns out to be a total sociopath who didn’t fall for Traci’s calm, collected reasoning. At least she – and the cops back at the precinct – have figured out this is the work of a duo.
Trapped in the closet like R. Kelly
Note to creepers everywhere: if you’re going to kidnap a cop, you probably shouldn’t untie them. They’ll totally KICK YOUR ASS and at least find temporary safety locked in the storage room.
The cavalry to the rescue!
Luckily we didn’t have to find out who wins in a fight: a potential rapist with a hammer versus a detective with a weighted bike lock.
Here’s one you’ve probably never heard
“He was nice about it,” said Corey, of the guy he partnered up with to rape the girls that Corey picked out. Shudder.
ALL THE HUGS
Everyone just keep hugging Traci.
Easy, Tiger. Baby steps.
It should be noted that everyone on this show has incredible moments with Charlotte Sullivan. Like, they’re magical. She is magical. And Gail Peck would totally be a pretty cool mom. Even Dov concedes that point.
These two are still hot and heavy after a hard day’s policing. I dig it.
Rock meet hard spot
Oh dear, dear, dear. Diaz, the women and drugs have come home to roost. In your apartment.
The good news: he at least says no to doing a line of coke with her. The bad news: this situation very much felt like the tip of the trouble iceberg.
As I’ve said before, I’m a giver
Oh, I SEE you, Ben Bass fans. Don’t say I never did anything for you.
McSwarek fans, I got you too. This exchange was priceless:
Sam: It’s ‘cause we laid all our clothes out last night. That always ensures a good tomorrow.
Andy: That’s officially the lamest thing you’ve ever said to me. Can you take your shirt back off to remind me why I’m with you?
And then they walked into the sunset, happily ever after. The end. Hit the comments with your thoughts on this week’s episode!
Rookie Blue begins airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global TV next week AND it will premiere Thursday, June 25 on ABC.