The Rookie Episode 9
The Rookie returned from winter break with a bang.
Quite a few bangs, actually.
This is bad.
The last episode, we left Tim Bradshaw’s wife with her cover blown. John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) and Lucy Chen trapped with the brother of the perp Nolan killed. Then, the show ended with a gunshot. Like you do.
Weeks later, we return to find Isabel was dumped in an alley, alive but shot in the head and her shooter Vance was on the run. Nolan dazed on the ground of his home, Chen unable to get a clear line of sight and Kyle loomed over Nolan, bent on revenge.
The Rookie is on its freshman season, so everyone (except John Nolan) was at risk. There was a genuine moment we weren’t sure about Lucy Chen’s fate.
That’s a lie they could fire me for.
The gunshot ended up being a red herring; Nolan kicked Kyle causing Kyle’s gun to fire elsewhere. The fight ended with Kyle tossed through a glass door. Lucy panicked about being found in Nolan’s place with evidence they weren’t there’ hanging out at one in the morning.’ She left after he called in to report the attack.
It was déjà vu when Commander West arrived at the scene to investigate. John omitted the fact anyone was here with him. While West looked convinced, I can’t help but think the explanation wasn’t going to fly.
As long as you’ve been truthful, there shouldn’t be an issue.
Sure enough, the first investigation concluded the Montgomery shooting was justified homicide, but now another opens because of Kyle’s attack.
Nolan and Chen share an awkward moment afterwards where Chen dismissed what happened in the last episode as a ‘heat-of-the-moment’ thing. They needed to be sure it doesn’t happen again.
Anyone feeling like Chen just jinxed themselves?
Today is not the day to screw around.
Meanwhile, the hunt was on for Isabel’s shooter Vance. Thanks to our favorite detectives Wolfe and Vestri, we get a few leads on where Vance might be.
I’m just trying to roll with it.
The episode went back and forth from Nolan’s sedated hours at the front desk and the rest of the officers’ door to door search.
We got a chance to see Nolan’s paternal side when a boy was left at the station to wait to be handed off to his father. The father eventually staggered in and Nolan placed him in the drunk tank to sober up before he picks up his son.
We also got a chance to see the other officers (Bradford, Chen, Lopez and West) working as a unit on one goal rather than the anecdotal pieces we usually get on the first half of an episode.
A little extra shock and awe.
All goes awry (of course) and the officers were trapped in a building with no way to call out due to a jammer in the basement.
And oh, by the way, Vance’s girlfriend was living as a prisoner in one of the apartments. Cesiah’s baby was also on the way and very bad guys with way too many bullets stalked the hallways.