This was not the dark “let’s deal with the fallout from Steve Peck” episode we could have been saddled with. In fact, I appreciate that while it did affect 15 Division–specifically Gail and Traci–they largely did what the police are expected to do: carry on with business as usual. THANK YOU.
Additionally, those of you who have been following along with these recaps will know that this was obviously the Dov/Chloe episode I’ve been screaming for all season. Guys, I’m like a kid who just found a puppy under the Christmas tree. I cannot contain my glee, so let’s get to it so I can properly celebrate.
Working out some issues
Aggressively. Everyone let’s give Traci a moment to work through the whole Steve drama internally. Or at least don’t get between her and that punching bag, because damn, she’s got a right jab and a hook to boot.
Pulse check for the McSwarek fans: wedding is ON. And both agree Marlo won’t be invited. Now can you all please be nicer to Rachael Ancheril? Because she’s an incredibly fun and wonderful person in real life, who doesn’t deserve any kind of spill-over vitriol based on the character she plays.
Back in BLUE!
Oliver Shaw is back and he’s hitting the streets! But first, he offered up some great side commentary to Diaz regarding everyone’s assignments.
“Gail Peck is now pushing files; that’s a rookie mistake.”
(Once again, I need this thumbs up in GIF form. Come on, Twitter!)
Speaking of the gorgeous Rachael Ancheril
Marlo’s a few weeks from her due date and sharing her feels in group, until she’s interrupted by a perfect storm of disasters. The first being Sylvia:
Specifically, the buzzing in her ears and her husband’s voice in her head, that she’d like to remove permanently (more on that later). And the second being, Alan here:
Who got stabbed, though no one knows by whom. In should be noted that Sylvia, wandered off in the kerfuffle.
Given that this week’s episode was centred around “extreme heat alerts” and rolling blackouts, couldn’t we have put these two in an elevator only to have the power go out? Then, forced to spend time together, Chloe and Dov’s arguing turns to making out, which then goes back to arguing and then confessions of love and more making out. Sure, it’s a cliché, but it’s a SUCCESSFUL one (and it’s basically what happened, minus an elevator, so colour me tickled pink!).
And while we’re on the subject of false amicability
These three look friendly. Ish. Riiiight?
Canadian cameo alert!
Welcome back Sarain Boylan! Personally, I know and love her best from her role in Bon Cop, Bad Cop (which if you haven’t seen, I highly recommend!), but I have a feeling you, dear Rookie Blue fans, know her as Sadie Falls.
Missing and dangerous
Marlo sounded the alarm regarding the wandering Sylvia – phew! – and even though she’s 8 months and 1 week preggo, Marlo felt like she should go looking for the woman considered a danger to her husband. Cooler heads prevailed and Andy “voluntold” the group she’d be going with Marlo on the hunt. A safer plan, yes; however, likely to result in some drama as far as McSwarek is concerned, deffo!
Cruisin’ for action
Not that kind of action, you filthy-minded people! Our Oliver Shaw’s looking to take on the (minorly) tough street thugs of Toronto and get back in the basics of policing: “Two cops in a squad. Everything else is politics and ego.”
Empathy and asthma
*Nearly pops a neuron trying to will Dov and Chloe to make out right at this very moment*
Marlo + Andy = FRIENDSHIP
If these two can laugh and joke together, then all McSwark fans can hold Andy and Marlo in their hearts together. Especially given the importance of Marlo’s storyline to the greater conversation about mental health; she has a valid point about the stigma that comes with mental illness that doesn’t apply to other diseases that eat away at people.
“Normally I don’t love bunking with schizophrenics…”
Meet stabbed Alan’s roommate, George, who says the victim is a sweetie. And this:
Is Dan McCann (or McCan?). He’s twitchy and has a list of people who found Alan before him, Johnny, Sadie and Elise here:
She has “impulse issues” and used to set things on fire. Oh, and is a klepto. She steals to release pressure. Just trying to keep you all apprised of the players in this ep’s case of the week. Not that you actually have to keep track of them all. In fact, you can forget about Elise right now.
Reintroducing Detective Anderson
Who you may recall from last week, Det. Anderson (yes, Katharine Isabelle of Being Human and Hannibal fame) was investigating a homicide when all the Steve Peck drama played out. And now she’s on loan at the 15 Division while Traci’s on leave. As you can see above, she’s also relatively unimpressed with the Peck family. Or rather Steve Peck, who she came up the ranks with and now has to defend her track record because of his mistakes.
Siding with Sylvia on this one
A recap within a recap: Sylvia wanted kids. Her husband didn’t. She accepted this. He dumped her. Cut to present day where husband and NEW girlfriend, Leah, who’s sporting a (I’m guessing) 4-month baby bump are co-habitating in the house Sylvia also once lived. Turned out he only didn’t want kids if Sylvia was making them.
Oh, and THEN el hubbie here went on to call his bi-polar soon-to-be-ex-wife “a drama queen.” My vote would have been to let Sylvia take a run at him, but Marlo quickly realized Sylvia was aiming to take her own life and not her husband’s. Bummer.
“Y’all have issues”
Said this dude’s face as the love-hate banter of Epstein and Price washed over him.
Three heads are better than one
Sam and Nick run through all the possible options of who might be bringing drugs to the in-patients with their doctor and therapist, Victoria, who stumbled onto the truth with the topic of Sadie and her “every other Thursday” drop-ins. In the words of Gru, “LIGHT BULB!”
Update on Sylvia
Marlo talked her off the hypothetical-but-kinda-literal ledge, only to go inside and have Sylvia grab a knife. Then Marlo almost talked her off the now-totally-hypothetical ledge only to go into labour.
Did I mention the power’s out and they are all on the 7th floor? To quote Andy, “The good news is you’re going to have a baby today. The bad news is, it’s going to be here.”
Sylvia seemed alarmed – more by Andy kicking in the door and giving permission to kill herself, and less by the pregnant woman whelping in her living room.
Oh Sadie, Sadie, Sadie…
Warrant en route. The outcome: Sadie’s been trying to save and get her own place, hence dealing to the inpatients. But she also saw Dan McCann stealing Alan’s money, post-stabbing him.
This dude’s “relationship” was imaginary
Or “totally secret, no contact, just love.” I’ll let you be the judge here.
Sisterhood and families of all shapes and sizes
I repeat, Andy + Marlo = FRIENDSHIP. No drama. Plus:
Baby’s first family cuddle-fest!
To quote a wise man:
“A boring day means you’ve done your job.” Oh snap, Diaz got you with your own line, Oliver.
WAIT FOR IT…
*cue Usher’s “These Are My Confessions” for Dov’s angry, adorable, asthmatic rant*
GOOD GRIEF YOU TWO
YES. FINALLY. (This might cause you all to come after me with pitchforks, but this was more satisfying to me than the McSwarek engagement. Don’t hate me!)
Still not (entirely) over it.
But wine always helps.
Look at this adorable lil’ NUGGET
You can’t be mad at that tiny baby, right?
Oh Andy, don’t go all “I’m an outsider, an interloper looking in on a happy family.” That sh*t is all in your head. And, you know, where you are currently physically standing.
And with that I ask you to hit the comments with “awwwws” and “coooos” for petite Swarek. Also, let’s talk baby girl names: who’s got a prediction?!
Rookie Blue airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Global in Canada and Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC in the US.