“Rookie Blue” season 4 continued Thursday, May 30, with episode 2, “Homecoming,” in which Andy and Nick returned to work after their undercover operation, Frank had a romantic surprise for Noelle, and 15 Division tracked down a bank robber.
A not so normal date night This “Rookie Blue” episode was bookended by sweet moments between Noelle and Frank. It began with Oliver driving Noelle to her date with Frank—or so she thought. Instead, she took the bait when a call came in over the radio, and when they arrived on scene, Dov and Gail were the “homicide victims” and Frank was waiting to propose where, 10 years ago, they had broken up a homecoming raid and he had known his life would change even though they were with other people. “I’m going to kill you,” Noelle told him before of course saying yes. Then, as the episode ended, we caught up with the celebration at the bar, during which Noelle delivered a heartwarming speech.
“She’s not you.” Andy was back at 15 Division, and that meant dealing with the changes she had missed, including Sam’s new girlfriend, Marlo, and if she’s going to be running more before work, so are Andy and Traci. Oliver then saved Andy from having to ride along with Marlo, and that was just the beginning of an episode filled with moments that reminded us why we love scenes between Oliver and Andy so much—especially the last one. Though he had told her it was great to be back home, he admitted that it was hard as they stood outside the bar after Noelle and Frank’s party. But he was back because he had to give it another chance—and he didn’t think she had missed hers. She and Sam were great together, and they would always be. After all, she’s Andy McNally, he reminded her. She doesn’t give up.
Meanwhile, after the awkward small talk and trying to walk through the doorway at the same time we got from Sam and Andy near the beginning of the episode, they did actually have a conversation about their relationship when he drove her to the bar. While he argued that she walked away after what he had said, she told him that she felt the same way. They broke each other’s hearts, but what was done was done. “Why her?” Andy asked. “She’s not complicated,” he replied. “She’s not you.”
A crazy first day back It was Andy and Nick’s first day back, and since this is 15 Division, of course it couldn’t be easy. Andy picked up signs of something going on in a bank and tried to stop a bank robbery, but even after the manager had given the robber (who had used a baby doll as a distraction) the money, he shot him before going out the back. Andy thought she found the robber in an alley, and while he tried to run, Andy didn’t have to do anything (but stand there and laugh) since he ran straight into a dumpster. However, once they had Kevin in custody, she was sure he wasn’t the guy despite all the evidence. The robber was too confident, and Kevin was not. It turned out Andy was right, and she and Oliver found a disposable phone in a dumpster, and the calls led them to the real robber: Tim McRae, Kevin’s cellmate, who had stabbed someone who broke Kevin’s arm in prison.
But why that bank? Why did he shoot the manager after getting the money? It turned out the manager’s wife, Cynthia, was his ex, and by the time they put the pieces together, McRae already grabbed her from the hospital. They were able to box him in as he tried to flee in a van, with Chris and Dov on one side and Andy and Sam on the other, but nothing Sam said was getting through to him as he kept shooting at them. It was Andy who actually ended up reaching him as she spoke about how hard it must be to come back after being away for so long (clearly relating to that), and McRae actually let Cynthia go. He then had no choice but to surrender as they surrounded him.
From mad to glad As for Nick and Gail’s relationship, she was still mad at him, even as he picked her up for work with donuts, since he didn’t call or text once in those six months. (Though really, Gail, he was undercover. Give the guy a break.) However, the case hit them both as Cynthia told Nick how she and her husband had dated in college, broken up, and then gotten back together and she wished they had had that time together, and later, Gail warned Nick, “Don’t ever get shot. You’ve already left me twice. If you get shot and die, I’ll never forgive you.” So how did Nick respond to that? He asked her to move in with him, and though she already had a new place (Chris’ room when he moved out), she was still happy he had asked.
Knowing when to let go Chris still had a month before he was moving back home, but Dov was determined to try to change his mind, from showing him house listings to going on and on about what the city had to offer as they helped an Italian woman, Francesca, despite not really being able to understand her all that well. Though Chris insisted he was leaving and pointed out that he wanted to get his son out of the city with all the bad days that happen to someone, at home, he did take a second look at that house listing. Meanwhile, Dov, whose vow of celibacy resolve was tested with Francesca around (though she had an Olympic wrestler for a boyfriend, which took care of that), met Chloe in the bar and she talked him into tequila shots as he told her the story of what happened with the robber. And then he said goodbye to his vow of celibacy in the men’s bathroom in a stall with Chloe.
“Rookie Blue” season 4 airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of “Homecoming”?
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