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'Rookie Blue' recap: Losing control

Season 5 | Episode 5 | “Going Under” | Aired July 10, 2014

Tonight’s episode title, “Going Under,” refers, on the surface, to the episode’s main plot point: an undercover operation. But, it may also be a nod to the fact that Chris is drowning and fast.

We first see Chris and Dov in the car, with Chris barely managing to keep his eyes open. They get a call and head to break up a frat boy fight, or rather Dov goes to break it up, while Chris tries to get in on it. Dov is clearly bothered by Chris’ behavior and mentions it to Chloe, who in turn shares with him that Chris also took off the liquor distributor’s head at fight night. Dov is starting to think something might be seriously wrong. We then see Chris buying drugs from his dealer, who tells him he may want to lay off the stuff for a while, as he’s starting to behave like a junkie. (I’ve never heard of a dealer making such a recommendation, but OK.) Chris reassures him that he’s fine and also tries to buy himself more time to pay the guy what he owes. The dealer is not happy about it and tells Chris he has til the following day.

At the station, Oliver, now seeming fully at ease in his new role as staff sergeant, briefs the officers of 15 about an undercover op: One of the frat boys that Diaz and Epstein busted had an illegal firearm on him, and he gave them all the information about the bar where he purchased it. McNally is excited to get in on the undercover action, but Oliver has to pull her when Duncan shows up with his attorney making accusations against 15 division and Andy in particular. Two things: One, I’m kinda glad McNally didn’t go undercover. Nothing makes me more anxious than McNally undercover. Two, seriously, Duncan? I get that he needs to save face in front of his stepfather, but he literally froze. He heard his partner in need of backup and he did nothing. To what end is he making waves? Does he want to be reinstated? Cause I got the feeling this wasn’t really what he wanted to be doing. Do we think his stepfather insisted that he do this? It’s the only thing that makes sense to me.

McNally not going undercover means she’s stuck at the station with Swarek, who’s been relegated to desk work while he’s recovering from being shot. He tells her she’s welcome to work the case with him if she has nothing else to do, which she equates with being the police-officer version of pity sex. This is the first of many references to sexy time that is made throughout their evening together. As they connect the dots it seems that the missing person has gotten a new job in Costa Rica, which explains why he’s sold his condo and canceled his credit cards. They have to check with the landlord at the apartment building in Costa Rica to confirm the man arrived, but it seems they’ve solved their case and it was all a big misunderstanding. Clearly, it’s not going to be that easy.

As the night goes on, prompted by their missing person’s Costa Rican escape, Andy and Sam argue over their ideal vacation destinations. Andy wants warm, Sam wants cold. Andy points out that they’d never be able to agree on where to retire so they might was well just be friends. Sam immediately changes his tune and says he’d be willing to go to the beach. Swarek clearly meant what he said at the hospital. He’s ready to McSwarek for real. What exactly is Andy doing? It’s unclear to me. But I guess we’re waiting for some major moment where everything comes together for her. In the meantime, we can enjoy her allusions to naked Swarek speaking Spanish in bed.

Back at the bar, Dov notices a guy who looks to be selling drugs, and Chris recognizes him as his dealer. He tells Dov to forget that guy, that’s not why they came. They spot the man they suspect is behind the gun sales, and Chris approaches him at the bar with the code words. The guy takes Chris’ info and texts him a little while later with instructions to leave money in the bathroom’s paper-towel dispenser. As Chris is leaving the bathroom, his dealer comes in to collect his money. He’s pissed that Chris said he’d be working and now he’s done doing him favors. He wants his money now. Chris returns to Dov and receives a text to meet the gun seller in the alley. He heads out, but before the deal can go down, his drug dealer comes out to find him, because it looks like he’s trying to get away without paying up. Chris tries to get rid of him, but he can’t, and in a panic, ends up arresting him, and blowing the whole op in the process. Steve and Traci recognize that there’s no saving it and call it off.

The rest of the episode is Chris scrambling to undo his mess. He tries to turn the guy into a confidential informant, but Traci and Steve don’t care about the information he has to offer. Peck tells him to charge the guy with possession and instead Chris replaces the drugs with baking soda. His plan works and they let the guy go. On his way out, he tells Chris that he’s the one who did Chris a favor and not the other way around. Chris owes him now, he says. This can’t be good.

Here’s the part that made no sense to me: While Chris was screwing things up, Nick was working a bartender the whole night. He took his time, flirted, took note of what was happening and eventually was able to make the bust. He connected the money she took from a patron and the texts she was sending and arrested them on the spot. So why did Traci and Steve seem so bummed that the whole evening was a waste? What did I miss? (Side note: How cute were Traci and Steve critiquing Nick’s moves?)

Andy and Swarek’s missing persons case takes a turn when Chloe notices that the car he was trying to sell was the same make and model of a doctor who had come in earlier to file a complaint. The man was also trying to sell his car and he had arranged to allow a man to test drive it. During the test drive, the potential buyer drove the car to a parking lot and then started asking the doctor strange questions like if he’d ever been to Costa Rica. The seller was freaked out and found a way to get back into the driver’s seat and drive away. McNally and Swarek ask him to take them to the parking lot he mentioned where they find their missing person dead in the trunk of a car.

Oliver spent a large part of the evening chasing down Gail to get her paperwork in for the gunshot victim in the Jamesons shooting. Gail is putting it off and buying all kinds of stuff she doesn’t need and overall looks to be having some kind of meltdown. Chloe notices and tells Oliver that he should talk to her. Oliver sits with her and they talk about Holly and the impact that last week’s shooting has had on Gail. She doesn’t know why, but for some reason, this case has gotten to her. Oliver is amazingly sweet and supportive and reassures her that she can always come to him. Staff Sergeant Shaw for the win.

Two parting thoughts:

-Where’s Celery? I want more of her. I like that side of Oliver.

-I am surprised at how absent Holly has been in the two episodes since the breakup. I was sure she’d be making more of an effort to fix things. That’s coming, right?

What’d I miss? Share 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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