ROOKIE BLUE “Might Have Been” Review

ROOKIE BLUE “Might Have Been” Season 2 Episode 2 – A standard disturbance call at a night club abruptly turns into an undercover case for Gail and Andy as the rookies quite literally stumble onto a drug bust. Rookie Blue managed to avoid some tiresome clichés-neither Andy nor Gail, at any point during the investigation, had to strip down to underwear and bra, and they actually had to work undercover for a while instead of a one hour magical drug bust. Granted, there was a scene with Andy in a storeroom closet magically overhearing a crucial conversation, but this scene, which could have been terrible, was alleviated by some light humor when Andy finds herself trapped and forced to listen in on a quickie in the closet.

Meanwhile there was a side story with Gregory Smith’s character. Certain that a woman at the bar is in an abusive relationship, he goes out of his way to extend a hand only for it to backfire in his face when the woman comes into the police station the next day and accuses him of harassment. The writers seem to be very fond of Epstein’s character, particularly in his endless circle of attempts to be a noble hero, to “serve and protect” those he views are in peril. It’s a pity the resolution to this particular storyline-the woman’s boyfriend is arrested after giving her a shiner-was as simplistic as it was, since the idea of his noble intentions gone horribly awry was an interesting one to begin with.

There was a lot going on in this episode and Rookie Blue has started to get morally murkier, particularly with the conclusion of Traci’s roundabout with her ex boyfriend, Det Barber. Traci, apparently, forsook romance for responsibility and returned to live with her childrens’ father, but by the end of the episode she and Det Barber are making out in the parking lot. I’m kind of relieved (and more than a little surprised) that Rookie Blue hasn’t done the Grey’s Anatomy yet and had everyone off sleeping with each other. In fact, with the exception of Epstein and Swarek, everyone is in a pretty stable relationship (okay, so the aforementioned Traci and Barber relationship lacks the stability, given Traci’s home situation, but the affections are there).

I enjoyed this episode a lot: I liked how obviously casual Andy was calling up the team in the van so they’d hear the conversation between herself and the bartender/girlfriend of the drug dealer. I also really liked the relationship between Shaw and the night club owner.

This was yet another fine episode of a good summer show. The week-to-week cases are involving but, most importantly, the writers are smart enough to let each character have their moment in the spotlight. The last two episodes have seen some much welcome character and plot development which I hope this show keeps up.

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