ROOKIE BLUE “Honor Role” Review

Rookie Blue (ABC) - Honor Role Season 1 Episode 8

In the eighth episode of ROOKIE BLUE, “Honor Role” we find out that Andy McNally is feeling guilty over her fling with Swarek; Diaz’s relationship with Gail gets complicated when he stumbles onto a case involving her brother; the cops face off the detectives in a training session and Dov and Nash return to a place more dreaded than prison, sewers and hell combined: high school.

The episode started off strong, with Gail and Diaz comically trying to evade Dov without success. We learn that Diaz had indeed broken up with his long term girlfriend. The fact that he immediately entered a relationship with Gail may be a bit unrealistic, but Rookie Blue is not the sort of show you would go to for gritty realism.

It is the sort of show you would go to for an hour’s worth of escapist fun, and that’s exactly what we got.

The rookies are on career day duties at the local high schools. Nash and Dov wind up going to Dov’s old high school. His enthusiasm has me suspicious from the get-go: I have never met anyone who remembers their high school experience with absolute joy. Nash, now this is more like it: cynical, bitter, miserable; Nash had it very tough in high school as a pregnant teenager and her reluctance to be there, regardless of how awesome the Muggle Hogwarts looks, is palpable.

They are not there long before a preppy girl collapses; she has overdosed on drugs. It turns out the drugs are to induce weight loss.

Meanwhile, Diaz and McNally stumble across a beaten man. Things get complicated when it turns out that Gail’s brother (also on the force) and his partner are both involved. “Well, you need to figure out what’s more important,” McNally informs a conflicted Diaz, “Being liked, or telling the truth.” I’m trying, but I really cannot remember any conversation like this on The Wire or The Shield. Diaz, unsurprisingly, does the right thing and turns the partner of Gail’s brother into the upper echelons of the police force.

Gail’s brother arrives at the bar, threatening Diaz and calling Gail away. She follows her brother, leaving Diaz behind. Diaz, Andy, Dov and Andy gather to comfort each other-not for long as, Andy is drawn away fishing with Callaghan, leaving a dejected Swarek alone in the bar, and Andy, in the early hours of the morning, finds herself drinking alone outside of Callaghan’s cabin.

It was a very entertaining episode of Rookie Blue; fast-paced, well-plotted, with engaging dialogue. I love that Gail and Diaz are moving into the forefront with (what I hope to be) an exciting story arc with Gail’s brother and the corrupt cops of Rookie Blue‘s world (though nothing too serious, of course).

What did you think of this episode? Are you excited about the Gail and Diaz developments or do you wish Dov and Nash’s story had been given more screen time? Or, are you a big fan of McNally and her love triangle? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!