Rookie Blue Review: The Border Collie Bites Back

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"The Kids Are Not Alright" was full of surprises, the worst of which was delivered at the very end.

But we'll start at the beginning….

Got His Suspect

Andy was having a lousy day. Her awkward run-in with Sam where she complimented his clothing and had to be dragged away by Traci and Gail before she made a bigger fool of herself? Yeah... that was bad. 

It even left Andy muttering that it has to get easier, right? Not necessarily. Because before she knew it she was face to face with Sam's ex, Monica. Talk about a bad day getting worse. 

Andy and Gail's case was a heartbreaker, although it did give Andy the opportunity to show off her awesome lawn chair ninja skills. 

I guessed that Alex was really a girl who wanted to be a boy early on. What was horrible was how completely alone he felt. His own parents had abandoned him and his only friend's brother beat him up and threw him in the trunk of a car. 

It didn't surprise me at all that young Alex attempted to kill himself. Andy was great with him in the hospital. As bad as things were, they could certainly get better, but Alex had to be alive to get to the good part.

One of the things that impressed me was how confident Traci seemed in the role of detective. She's come a long way since her first missteps as a trainee last season.

Sam has slipped into the detective role with ease. I felt nothing but sympathy for Cesar as Sam read him those texts. He expected the gang to turn against but not his own family. Thankfully, Sam was able to convince him continue down the path he'd started on when he'd left the gang life and not look back.

Chris' life was still such a mess. He and Denise have nothing in common. The only reason they are together is because of Christian. Will that ever be enough?

But perhaps Ollie was right. Chris won't be able to live with himself unless he knows he's done everything he can to make that relationship work for his son. It might work out, or it might implode, but Chris has to give it his all.

I loved how Dov changed the camping trip to a rooftop party to include his best friend. He even set up a tent for the kids. That was really sweet.

What wasn't sweet was the conversation between Chloe and Gail.  

One of the things I've always liked about Gail was that even when she's being snarky, she's being honest. Chloe showing up on Dov's doorstep and following him around like a little border collie was desperate bordering on stalkerish. Leave it to Gail to call her out on it. So I didn't think twice about it when the conversation got a little heated in this Rookie Blue quote…

Chloe: You're like a terrible person.
Gail: Like I haven't heard that before. | permalink

But the border collie bit back by telling Gail that she was the exact opposite of boyfriend Nick, who was a great guy and…

Chloe: No wonder he's falling for Andy. | permalink

Ouch! The look on Gail's face as she turned to see Nick and Andy practically canoodling on the stairs was painful.  After their undercover operation, the fear of having her best friend and her boyfriend getting a little too close must have always been in the back of her mind.

Gail just pushed it front and center.

So is Chloe a conniving witch or was she simply defending herself from Gail's tirade? And will Andy be moving on from Sam with Nick? Thankfully we only have one week to wait until the next Rookie Blue


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I can't help it, I totally love Nick and Andy. You can tell they are like best friends and they get along with each other. Hopefully we'll see some chemistry too now they are both single. I love Gail too but I just don't think she goes well with Nick at all, he's too sweet and doesn't call her on her bs. I kind of prefer her with Luke although maybe that ship is only in my head... Sam is just, well Sam. He was exciting when he was Andy's training officer and it was all forbidden romance but now he's just a jerk with too many issues. I get that he and Andy will always have feelings for each other but they just aren't good for one another. I really hope they move on.


eps.4x5 Andy should call over to Nick and do not Sam !!


Poor Andy. This season he has been sad all the eps. and by the direction that will, I imagine that in many more. It is great in her role, but would need a bit of fun, and forget momentarily the grumpy, cowardly and immature Sam.


Bring on the Nick and Andy!! Swarek is so boring and seriously faithless. Gail is truly a big ol bitch to Chloe even if there was truth to her words. Chloe's character is "charming" and I love that she stood up for herself and showed that you don't have to be a giant bitch to know the right words to K.O. another girl in one sentence.


I was watching old clips of the show on tubule because I love it and I realized I love it so much because of Sam and Andy. All the other characters were just a bonus. I want more Sam and Andy but I am now conflicted and I think Sam is kinda of a bore now. We never see him out having fun, he always walk away form chances he has to express himself, and we know very little about him as a person! I am not sure how the writters can put Nick and Sam together with out wrecking all the friendships so writters don't you even try. Lovers seeing the officer off work and trying to pack for the trip! I am looking forward to seeing it you can knock my socks off this season, you have a lot of work ahead of you!

Sarah silva

This was another fantastic episode.
Oliver was great tonight! I loved that he called Andy and Gail McPeck and the cheer he did after his talk with Gail, Andy, Chloe, Nick and Chris was funny. I also loved the advice he gave Dov and what he told Chris. I also love that Dov had the campout on the roof.
Gail has never been my favorite as I think she can be mean at times, what she said to Chloe was true and in Gail fashion she said it a little harshly. However Chloe was just as mean.
I always felt that Nick has liked Andy since last season it will be interesting to see if they pursue that.
I too knew what Alex was a female from the start too and that Alex better identified with being male.
I can not wait until next week.


Chloe gossipy, Marlo cold and unfriendly, not belong to the Sancto initial santorum of rookies. They clash and polemics. Well McPeck team. Case of inconsistent background. The worst: Nick-Andy match. I didn't like the eps. Another more.


The children are not alrigth" neither the writers with Nick-Andy love affair!


Not my favourite episode, I do like Oliver and Chris together, but the Chris , Denise is old already. Loving the friendship between the Gail, Andy and Traci, it was good to see Leo. Chloe is freaky and seriously scary, she a bit like ' fatal attraction'


If there's going to be an Afghanistan jar, then there should be a "Christian/Denise" jar. I'm so over hearing Chris whine about his life.
Other than that, I thought this episode was great - until the Gail/Chloe conversation. Do we REALLY have to have ANOTHER love triangle? Clearly the writing staff has other plotlines they can spin, right? And is it necessary for every male/female friendship to have to turn into something romantic? I was loving the Andy/Nick relationship...until this episode. Completely unnecessary to break this tight-knit group up over a dumb romance storyline.

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