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Season 5 | Episode 4 | “Wanting” | Aired July 3, 2014

After an episode last week that focused lots on police work and less on moving relationships forward, this week had many more interpersonal implications. The episode, officially titled “Wanted,” would have more aptly been called “WHAT?!” I found myself incredulously asking that question several times during this hour, as almost every character said or did something that was utterly shocking. Let’s dive in, shall we?

The episode begins with Andy and Duncan loading two handcuffed suspects into the precinct. Andy is in a bind, as she really needs to go to the bathroom, but doesn’t think she should leave Duncan alone. He manages to convince her that she can trust him, and she leaves him with strict instructions not to do anything. So when a fight breaks out between the two men in custody, Duncan follows Andy’s orders to a “T” and just stands by and watches. This could have been my first WHAT?! moment if Duncan hadn’t been steadily proving himself to be a fool.

While Andy is gone, she bumps into Traci, who thanks her for Sam’s newly uplifted mood. Traci figures being back together with Andy is what has caused the swing, and it has made her life as a detective a lot easier. Andy is quick to correct her: “Sam and I are not back together.” WHAT?! You’re not? I mean, I know we haven’t seen much in the way of make-up sex, but what was the point of professing her love to Sam AND breaking up with Nick if it wasn’t because she wanted to be with Sam? Traci is equally confused and points out to Andy that clearly she wants to be with Sam, because she’s been making pro-and-con lists, waiting to be convinced that the “pros” are longer.

Andy returns to Duncan when she hears the commotion and can’t believe he did nothing while this fight was happening. She’s worried that maybe she’s not doing a good job training him and decides to chat with Oliver about it. Oliver, rather counterintuitively, suggests that maybe having Duncan on such a tight leash is a bad thing. He recommends loosening the reins a little to see what Duncan is really capable of.

Meanwhile, Chloe is getting frustrated with the fact that Dov isn’t ripping off her clothes in the middle of the gym. She is worried that he is not into her anymore, and enlists Nick to do a little digging into Dov’s intentions. WHAT?! Did she go from the police academy right into fifth grade? Nick thinks it’s a ridiculous request as well, but somehow Chloe convinces him to do it. And I’m glad she does, because it gave us the deliciously awkward and hilarious conversation when Nick was trying to probe Dov for answers. Ultimately, he gets nowhere and decides to give up when he realizes his questions are totally weird.

Gail and Chris are working together this week and they head over to an apartment building that has been the scene of a shooting. Gail is back to her old pre-Holly self, being generally nasty and cold about almost everything. It is pretty clearly a facade, as she explains to Chris that she and Holly didn’t break up, she just stopped talking to her. Obviously, Gail was way more hurt by Holly than she is letting on, and the whole episode is one big attempt to return to not caring about anything. Upon arriving at the building, Gail discovers a woman who has been shot in the laundry room. All the woman can manage to say is “Sophie,” and Gail and Chris spend the rest of the day trying to figure out the woman’s identity.

It becomes clear pretty quickly that the gun violence was gang-related. (More Steve Peck—yay!) The leader of the Jamesons has been killed, and their rivals, the Vipers, are immediately the prime suspects—despite a supposed cease-fire between the two gangs. The woman that Gail found had been hit accidentally by stray bullets coming through the ceiling. Another civilian was found in the stairwell. McNally and Duncan head to talk to this man’s family and discover he has a young son, Marcus. Duncan has his one moment of pseudo competence when he asks Marcus what he knows. His instincts tell him that the kid probably knows more about the gang situation than the grandmother (whom McNally is questioning), and he’s right; however, Duncan’s questions lead nowhere, and in the end, he scares the kid into sharing information with a friend.

Turns out Marcus was with his father when he got shot, and he knows who did it. Andy figures out that Marcus had potentially witnessed the shooting and heads back to the house. While she’s there, Marcus admits that he did see the shooter; it was Shay Bishop (guest star Emmanuel Kabongo), the Jamesons’ second in command. He was frustrated with the cease-fire and decided to take out his own boss in an attempt to get things started again. Marcus told a friend this information, and his friend obviously shared it, because Bishop showed up at the house moments after Andy arrived. Andy has Marcus hide and immediately radios to Duncan to come back her up. As she calls to him over and over again, we watch Duncan completely freeze in the squad car. He’s totally paralyzed and leaves Andy to handle the situation on her own. Backup eventually shows up, but not before shots are fired. After the ordeal, Duncan comes running over, making up some ridiculous excuse about getting turned around. Andy is finally convinced that Duncan shouldn’t be a police officer. I’m wondering if he even wants to be a cop, or if he has just felt a lot of pressure from his stepfather. I have a feeling we’re going to learn more about that soon.

Chloe was unimpressed with Nick’s Dov investigation and, after using some of the grossest metaphors of all time to describe her need for sex, gets him to agree to try again. Nick finally just asks Dov outright what his deal is with Chloe. When Dov says he is still very into her but is just afraid she isn’t ready, Nick reassures him that Chloe is absolutely, definitely, no-doubt-about-it ready. He grabs Chloe and forces them to have the conversation with each other. FINALLY! I love this couple, but this whole nonsense with pulling in Nick to have their big-kid conversations was a major turn-off for me. What chance does a relationship have if you can’t talk about what’s bothering you?

After being left along with her partner in the house with Marcus and a gun-wielding criminal, Andy is forced to report to Oliver that Duncan isn’t fit to be an officer. She runs into Sam on her way out, who asks her if she wants a ride home. When they pull up to her place, Andy complains that he didn’t offer her any kind of encouragement on the drive. He tells her she doesn’t need to hear it from him because she’s “one of the best” he’s ever seen. WHAT?! Don’t get me wrong, I love Andy McNally for the bumbling fool that she is. But why does everyone act like she’s incredible? She makes dumb mistakes almost every week. What am I missing? Anyway, his pep talk makes her feel better after a terrible day, and she leans over to kiss him deeply before getting out of the car. Let’s put that in the “pro” column, McNally.

After coming up empty on identifying the woman from the laundry room, Gail realizes that they never found any keys on her. It occurs to her that a tenant would lock up when she went to do laundry, so she heads back to the apartment to see if she can find them. On her way out, Chris brings her the news that the woman didn’t make it. There’s a moment where it seems like Gail is affected by the information, but she ignores it and heads out. At the building, she successfully finds the keys, but before she can do any research into what apartment they go to, a little girl walks in looking for her mother. She says her mother wasn’t there when she got home from school, and she hasn’t been able to find her. As she processes what is happening, Gail begins to break. “Is your mom Sophie?” she asks the girl. “No, my mom is Trina. I’m Sophie.” And with that, all of the emotion that Gail has been holding in comes rushing out.

It will be interesting to see if Gail allows herself to be more honest and vulnerable about what happened with Holly now that the walls have been broken down.

Oh … and then Diaz buys drugs. WHAT?!

I know that last week I complained that Diaz needed more of  a story, but I’m not sure this is what I meant. Be careful what you wish for, I guess.

Happy Fourth of July! See you back here next week. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Rookie Blue, rated TV-14, airs Thursdays at 9/8C on ABC

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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