ROOKIE BLUE “A Little Faith” Review

ROOKIE BLUE A Little Faith Season 2 Episode 11

ROOKIE BLUE “A Little Faith” Season 2 Episode 11 – What was the aim of this episode? Why were McNally, Nash and Epstein sent undercover with nothing more than a bus token, expected to return to the precinct with scores of drugs and cash? I have no idea. And really, it’s sort of arbitrary. This is not The Good Wife, where the cases are often just as interesting as the characters working them. Rookie Blue is a show about relationships, not cases. So who cares if the central case did not really make a lot of sense?

We still got to see Swarek and McNally having sex…or so I assume, since this is ABC not HBO and we mainly got to see a few shots of Swarek’s back and OMG! Was that a bra? Ooh! Their meeting at the Alpine was totally contrived, totally implausible and yet, I didn’t care. This season, as far as I’m concerned, the show has really strived to improve itself and it has succeeded to the extent where if they want to bend reality for the sake of a midnight romp, I’m all for it.

Do I wish the case could have been defined to the extent that I understood it in the context of an investigation for the police force to finance, put their own in serious harm’s way with no back up and zero support save a stupid bus token? Absolutely. Nash got a substantial role in this episode, and I’m always happy to see her in a role where she’s not mollycoddling victims or stressing out about her son. Seeing her so sexy and confident was certainly a nice change: I just wish her role had ended with her breaking open a case or nabbing a bad guy and not awkwardly getting into an ambulance, leaving McNally behind for no sensible reason save to ensure she’s get some sexy time with Swarek. What happened to the dude in the apartment with the overdosed girl? Couldn’t Nash have kicked in the door, guns blazing and put that f*!#ker on his face?

There was a bit of time spent with Epstein squirming his way into his dead brother’s friend’s good graces. It was a entertaining, though I had a serious problem with his farmer’s cap which I beg to be banned from the show forevermore.

The subplot had some serious potential: Diaz and Peck come across a boy tied to a tree in a graveyard, insults scrawled all over his face and body, wearing much too little in the cold weather. It was a grotesque image which promised so much and delivered so little. Sure, Nash and McNally’s detour was unbelievable, but this subplot was such a waste. It’s not hard to get a really effective storyline out of bullying subplots, and in fact I think some of the best police procedural episodes have centered round bullying: Cold Case’s “The Sleepover”; Without A Trace’s “Wannabe”. And because it started so horrifyingly, there was a lot of potential: the idea that the victim had been infatuated with a girl to a severely weird degree was a great twist, and his lack of parental care was touching but it ultimately fell apart when it became all about Diaz and Peck.

While not as good as last week’s cracker of an episode, which I do think was the best the show’s ever done, this was still a solid entry and set up the finale quite nicely: McNally, Epstein, Swarek, Nash, Frankie, Noelle: they all seem so happy. Generally, when people are in a state of bliss on television, something really really bad is about to go down.

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