Rookie Blue recap: Brothers, bucket lists and bromances

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That is some serious Nick face, isn’t it? Peter Mooney had a lot of heavy lifting this week as Rookie Blue dug deeper into his backstory. Which is appreciated as he got a little lost there for a season and was really just classified as “former Army dude and Andy’s other ex” previously. So good on you, RB writers, for giving him a little something extra to chew on!

We also got a seed of discord planted for future episodes focusing on the ever-so-wonderful Matty B. Gordon aka Oliver Shaw. We’ll have to wait to see how that drama teases out over the rest of the season, so let’s get down to this recapping business.

Least subtle cock block ever

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“Listen to your gut” is apparently now code for, “Dude, chill out and let her come to you…also, I think she’s totally shady. Ps. Looking gooooood in that V-neck.” (Okay, that last part may have been my own subtext.)

Gail’s road to Dullsville, ahem, motherhood

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Why does becoming a mother mean you have to be boring and not do stuff ever? Gail’s on a quest to create a bucket list of all the things she wants to do before she gets a child. Unrelated: “I don’t wish people things” may be my favourite Gail line yet.

MFEO (Made For Each Other)

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Chloe + Dov = LOVE. Beat it, Duncan. At least Chloe’s with me on this:

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Henry’s retiring

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“It’s Helen.” Great running joke! And welcome to the party, Diaz! (Special apologies to Travis Milne. This screen grab does not do justice to your real life handsomeness. Ladies, he can be quite nice to look at.)

Friends don’t keep secrets and secrets don’t keep friends

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But it would appear we’ve got another secret buried in the 15 Division. Nick’s face is textbook “quiet panic.” Mystery man, Finn, materializing on the other end of the phone call was the cause of this. “WHO’S FINN?!” you ask? That’s the $64,000 question. Stick with me, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover on this one.

Concerned parent alert

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You know what kind of news you never want to start your day with? The Police Commissioner telling you that your daughter’s been picked up by the cops, is still being held at a different division, oh and by the way, she had ecstasy on her. This is not going to be Oliver Shaw’s day.

Serial season two’s been cancelled

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Dov and Marlo’s conspiracy theory/investigation was shut down. Officially. I’m now taking bets as to whether or not y’all think that’ll stick. (It won’t.)

Case of the week: MMA fighter, steroid abuser, repeat offender, escaped with a scalpel

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Spoiler: Diaz is a fan:

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Epstein and Diaz together again

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The original Rookie Blue bromance! It warms the heart. (Man, I cannot get a decent shot of Trav this week.)
Chris: It’s not Christian who’s a fan of Brody Simmons. It’s me.
Dov: I had no idea.
Chris: Do you think it’d be weird if I asked for his autograph after we catch him?
Dov: Yes, I do.
Chris: *shrugs*
Bless. At least they got him….

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Oh no, wait. They didn’t.

In which the women discover Nick’s been acting super shady

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Lying about migraines and CIs, secretly slashing some truck’s tires…Nick, Nick, Nick, you are in trouble. Andy and Juliet are ON TO YOU. Sort of. Not yet. But they get there eventually and find out that Nick’s parents were a) killed in a car accident by a drunk driver; b) Nick has a brother who was also in the accident with him and his parents; and c) that his brother is Finn, the mystery morning phone call.

The Hardy Boys are hot on the trail

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I’d apologize for my (truly genuine and abundant) enthusiasm for all this Dov and Chris action, but I’m not sorry. Travis Milne and Gregory Smith are a DELIGHT when thrown together in scenes and this is just too much fun.

“We’re married in our hearts.”

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Oy, women and the prisoners they love. Why isn’t their a reality show based on this so-called prison dating website? Is there? Have I missed Bachelor Pad: Prison edition? Should I be calling the network to pitch it to them?

Bust a move

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Just checking in with these two, who’ve apparently stumbled across a poor man’s version of Step Up 2 The Streets. Duncan’s got moves, guys! He also legitimately thinks Gail making a bucket list means she’s dying. More on that later.

Sketchy Nick

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If you’ve deduced that Nick has tracked down the dude who killed his parents and paralyzed his brother, Finn, to fake befriend him at a bar and then seek out some kind of confession, revenge and/or retribution, you would be correct. The guy confessed to being in an accident with a family of four, admitting that he “ran like a little bitch.”

“TODAY WAS VERY CIRCUMSTANTIAL”

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Hands down, the best case we’ve had this season. Diaz and Epstein have caught their man:

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He was delivering flowers to his ex and wanted to make amends as he thought he was dying. (He isn’t. He just needs liver surgery. Go back to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.)

“Jump or Have Another Drink” seems like a terrible game

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Then again, so does “Shoot The Guy You Think Killed Your Parents.”

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To summarize, Mr. Hit-and-Run claims Nick’s brother was driving and caused the accident. Juliet broke up the fight and Nick went off to confront his brother about this new version of the story.

“Are you being nice to me because you’re dying?”

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“Yes, I am.” *cue Gail’s fits of laughter* Seriously though, look how cute she is asking Duncan for hip hop dancing lessons:

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More of this happy Gail. I love her like this!

Still concerned

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When he looks this worried, I just want to give him a cuddle. But really, Oliver Shaw is one tough dad. He left his daughter in lock-up all day. Then again, he also got her record expunged.

#NeverChangeDiaz

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For real.

Told you so

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It didn’t stick. Dov’s hooked on investigative policing and the only cure is sneaking copies of files out in pizza boxes and digging deeper.

FEELS and SQUEALS

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In my experience, wounded puppy dog eyes always leads to making out.

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Really hot making out.

Hit the comments with your love for the Dov-Diaz bromance, Oliver Shaw future plot theories and any portmanteau suggestions for this new Nick Collins and Juliet Ward pairing. “Collard”? “Warlins”?

Rookie Blue airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global TV. It will premiere Thursday, June 25 on ABC.

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