Rookie Blue Round Table: "Messy Houses"
Andy's long lost mother wandered back into her life in "Messy Houses."
Does Claire McNally deserve a second chance with the daughter she walked out on when she was 12? Will Andy let Mom back in her life? Are Jerry and Traci headed for trouble?
TV Fanatic writer Christine Orlando is joined for this edition of the Rookie Blue Round Table by fans Nathalie, Alison and Chelsea (from the Rookie Blue forum Two Worlds Collide) as they ponder these questions and more while looking ahead to next Thursday's "Coming Home."
Read on and then share your answers below...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Nathalie: It's hard to pick one, this episode was so intense and emotional. I'll say all the scenes between Andy and her mother, Andy's lines were fantastic!
Alison: I liked most of the emotional scenes, but the end scene with Andy and Sam sitting on his tailgate was darling! I felt like it opened up more about their deep feelings for one another. It helps that Ben and Missy have excellent non-verbal chemistry.
Chelsea: I loved how intense and emotional this episode was! All the scenes with Andy and Claire were excellent, but the last scene with Sam and Andy stands out to me. Sam was so sweet and supportive and it was great to see Andy show her vulnerable side.
Christine: My favorite was Andy dragging Sam along to say Happy Birthday to her Dad in the middle of the night. Sam looked so sleep rumpled and adorable and they even had party hats! Just too cute.
Should Andy give her mother a second chance?
Nathalie: Maybe. I feel like Claire and Tommy are both hiding a lot from their daughter so perhaps Claire deserves to tell Andy her version of what happened more than a decade ago.
Alison: I think Andy needs to learn how to trust her mother again in order to let her in.
Chelsea: I think she should, even if only to get closure. But it seems like she's being cautious, which is also good. I have a feeling she'll be too trusting too soon and that may cause issues with Sam, since he won't want to see her to get hurt.
Christine: I don't trust her mom but Andy should get to know her or else she'll always question all of the things she didn't know. The problem is, she may not like the answers she finds.
Do you think Chris' was hard on Gail?
Nathalie: He was, but that just shows how much he's hurt, deep down. He's acting all like he doesn't care, like she's just one of the options but it's because she hurt his feelings really hard I think.
Alison: I don't feel like he was, considering Gail gravitates towards Nick at the end of most shifts and she did let Dov in last season. Chris is young and learning what he wants in a relationship.
Chelsea: No. He was bombarded by a bunch of things at once: not only Gail's past with Nick (that she never told him about while they were dating), but also the fact that she's revisiting that relationship. Chris was being a bit defensive but I think he had every right to be. And hopefully now he'll be able to move on.
Christine: He was harsh but I understood why. He thought he had a chance to get back together with her and then got completely blindsided.
Are Jerry and Traci a disaster in the making or made for each other?
Nathalie: I can't make up my mind about these two. They're so different. While they both cheated, Traci trusts him to no end (at least on the job) but he doesn't. Last week's episode clearly showed that.
Alison: They both have cheated in relationships and found happiness with each other, but the 'never say never' thing scares me, not that he'll cheat on her, but I sense some foreboding.
Chelsea: These two have confused me since the series premiere. They've had a lot of ups and downs but they do seem to be in a good spot after this episode. The “elephant” analogy was really cute and I was happy to see them on the same page for the first time this season.
Christine: Yeah, they confuse me too. Jerry worries me. First, he let her think she was the only cheater, then he said he wouldn't cheat on her because he's happy now. What happens when they hit a rough patch and he's not happy?
Does it feel as we see less of Sam and Andy now that they are a couple?
Nathalie: It does and a lot of fans are frustrated. We see them on and off the job, which is nice, but there is a lack of intimacy, of physical contact. In this episode. Andy had the worst day and Sam doesn't even hug her, just pats her shoulder; it's clearly not enough.
Alison: I do feel that we're missing out on the more passionate portion of their relationship, while we see intimacy and commitment at higher levels. And we see them working together in most episodes.
Chelsea: I wouldn't say we see less of them just a different version, since they're together outside of work more. We're definitely seeing less of the passion (and sexual frustration) from previous seasons, which is understandable. Though it's great to see the emotional side of their relationship, now that they're a couple I'd like to see more affection.
Christine: We're seeing more casual, intimate moments which is nice but it feels like their physicality has been diminished. It would be great to have both now that they're a couple.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.