Season 5 | Episode 9 | “Moving Day” | Aired Aug 14, 2014
All right, people. We’ve got one week left until the two-hour finale, and things are starting to get a little crazy.
It’s hard not to think of current events as you watch this week’s Moving Day. There are so many implications when officers wear cameras on their uniforms. It provides hard evidence of what goes down on the street, which is helpful when there are differing accounts, but as Andy points out, her track record with being recorded is not particularly good. Naturally, she’s a bit nervous about having her every move watched. The key, Sam tells her, is to forget it’s there. This is, of course, what she’s most nervous about.
The gang hits the road to go oversee moving day at an apartment complex. All tenants must be out by the end of the day. Andy is partnered with Chloe (Missy Peregrym and Priscilla Faia are a dynamite comedic duo) and Gail with Nick. When they arrive, a somewhat aggressive man (guest star Shawn Doyle) approaches them and demands that they tell him what happened to his bike. Despite being assured that the police have no idea what he is talking about, the man gets agitated and attempts to hit Andy. Nick and Gail restrain him, but Andy tells them to let him go. This guy seems to have some real mistrust and perhaps hatred for the police, and based on scenes for next week’s finale, it looks like we’re going to be seeing more of him.
Nick and Gail knock on one door and find two teenagers who are allegedly packing while their mom is out picking up the rental truck. In another apartment, Andy and Chloe find an unconscious man who is bleeding out of his head while a second man flees the scene. As the day unfolds, it becomes clear that the teenagers have been living on their own for about a year (and stealing bikes to make ends meet, so there’s that answer). Nick initially doesn’t want to arrest them, but he knows he has to call Social Services because they are minors living with no guardian. When he discovers that they are going to be placed separately, he decides to arrest them instead, which will allow them to live together in a coed group home—the same one Nick spent three years in after his parents died.
Meanwhile, the man who had run away from Andy turns up at the hospital to visit the man who had been beaten. As it turns out, he is not responsible for the beating; he is the injured man’s brother. The officers discover he has been taking narcotics for the pain that have been prescribed to a woman named Barbara. Chloe recognizes the name as one of the tenants from the complex, and sends Andy to go find her. What they discover is that the apartment is being used to house many illegal workers who have been smuggled into the country from Brazil. The doctor prescribing the meds is part of the trafficking ring. Chloe’s Portuguese saves the day!
While Chloe is having an incredibly successful day at work, she’s faring a bit less well on the personal front. Though there was, thus far, no mention of officially ending her marriage to Wes, apparently they have discussed it, because he showed up at the station with the divorce paperwork. Now that the papers are in her hands, Chloe seems to be having some mixed emotions. The first six months were pretty great, she remembers. (That’s the first I’m hearing of this. I thought they basically got married on a drunken whim and it was terrible from the start.) To mark the end of their union, she and Wes share a friendly hot dog and toast their new beginnings. After an epic little rap scene (I’m a fan of the “hey”), Wes kisses her. Chloe does what every boyfriend would want his girlfriend to do: hands Wes her hot dog and gets outta there quickly.
She still panics, however, when she recalls that she was wearing her camera and that Dov is screening all the footage from the day. For a moment it seems like she is actually going to be honest with Dov about what happened. (Why lie? Nothing happened!) But instead she waits for him to leave the computer and deletes the incriminating footage. (At least, I assume that’s what she did. We didn’t actually get confirmation on that.) It’s really a shame that Chloe didn’t feel she could be honest with Dov. The episode started with Chloe referencing Chris being in rehab (hooray!), which means that even though we didn’t see it, Dov did confide in her at some point about what was going on. But more and more, it just seems these two are traveling on different wavelengths. They could be great together, but they keep making choices that push them further apart.
Gail tells Nick that she is not looking forward to attending a big Peck family dinner. She originally thought it would be her first night with her family as an open lesbian, and she had planned to have Holly by her side. She also pictured Traci and Leo being there, but with things on the rocks with Steve and Traci, it doesn’t seem like that will be the case either. All in all, she’s expecting it to be a terrible evening. She basically suggests that not having a family would preferable to having to go to this dinner—to someone who actually doesn’t have a family. Oops. Nick takes it in stride, though.
And then Traci runs into Steve on her way out of work, and they both look so sad. My heart broke a little bit more. I’m not sure their transgressions can be forgiven, but I am going to remain hopeful for now.
Andy and Sam continue to grow comfortable with each other. Sam spends the episode trying to make a dinner reservation for them, but ultimately fails. This works out, though, because all Andy wants is pizza and beer in bed. They lie in bed waiting for The Bachelorette to come on, enjoying each other’s company and seeming utterly content. That can only mean unrest is on the way.
Two-hour season finale coming up next week! I’m afraid.
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