ROOKIE BLUE “Big Nickel” Review

ROOKIE BLUE (ABC) Episode 10 Big Nickel

ROOKIE BLUE episode 10, “Big Nickel” was about making friends. Ray the prisoner tries to make friend with Swarek and McNally. Nash and Diaz get friendlier with Jerry and Dov and Gail bond over nakedness. Sort of.

It started and ended with the rookies in the shooting range. In the morning they could barely hit their targets, in the evening they could. How did they accomplish such a feat in such a sort amount of time? Angst and arcs.

All of the characters went through some sort of arc. The cases were built around the characters, as opposed to vice versa.

Diaz is still annoyed at Gail who is still annoyed that he turned in her brother’s partner (though you have to love her delivery of: “That’s the pair you grew?”). The entire episode felt like something from 90210, which is not always a bad thing. I just mean that everyone has some angsty issue bottled up inside and this was episode that bottle was uncapped (well, except for Gail, who ended up alone and forlorn).

In the episode it seems McNally and Callaghan’s relationship is still as icy awkward as ever. Her and Swarek are eager to keep distance. Of course she ends up on prisoner transfer duty with tall dark and handsome himself.

After some lame attempts to diffuse the awkwardness on McNally’s part, Swarek saves her with a few jokes and they form a friendship.

Then McNally gets friendly with the prisoner, who tricks her and escapes when they stop so Swarek can answer a call of nature. They then chase him through the forest. Watching it I found myself thinking that if by any chance they did find the witness turned killer (Diaz figures this out) it would be insane. The guy couldn’t hide in a forest? To my surprise, when McNally is sent to ‘talk’ him out of hiding, whilst Swarekt loops around, it is thankfully not as cheesy as it could have been. It is actually done well with believability and I was almost worried for McNally when she ends up in a tussle with the escapee.

Nash’s boyfriend has lost his case notes. She enlists Diaz to help her and they realize the prisoner McNally and Swarek are transporting is dangerous. This could have been editted better since he had already escaped when this was revealed so there was little added tension as we knew he was dangerous. Jerry and Nash fight-Jerry, stressed out, unreasonably blames her six year old. She of course rises to defend him, but they settle their arguments by the end.

Remaing unsettled, Dov and Gail are set in charge of a nudist with amnesia. She is colder and more aloof than ever, whilst he is earnest and warm. He taunts her with her privileged parents’ position and she storms off. Clearly she does not want to be there though I hope the writers will resolve Gail’s aloofness in the next three episodes. It’s time for her to have a storyline we can get behind. Mystery can only engage our curiosity for so long before it wanes.

In the end, Andy gets back with Callaghan, a move so contrived and so purposefully made to ignite the same romantic tension we’ve seen between McNally and Swarek for the past ten episodes that I am left disliking the characters-not by any fault of theirs, but the lame storyline being manipulated around Swarek, Callaghan and McNally. Despite this, overall, it was another entertaining episode of Rookie Blue.

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