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'Rookie Blue' fan recap: Here we go again

Season 5 | Episode 12 | “Open Windows” | Aired Jun 25, 2015

Is it the first episode of season six, or the 12th episode of season five? Who knows? But either way, Rookie Blue is back!

We pick up just a few weeks from where we left off at the end of last summer. If you need a refresher, check out the recap of last season’s finale here. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Andy and Sam have spent the last three weeks in baby-ignorant bliss while on vacation at Oliver’s cabin in the woods. They are madly in love, and terribly sad about having to return to the real world. If we’ve learned anything from Rookie Blue over the years, it’s that happy McSwarek never lasts. This time we know what’s coming: Marlo drops the baby bomb. It shows a lot of growth that Sam calls Andy immediately to discuss this development, but as Andy answers the phone, she gets attacked from behind … because of course she does.

Andy is able to fight off the intruder, but A) he gets away, B) Sam didn’t get a chance to tell her about the baby, and C) she was staying at Traci’s, so there’s concern that Traci was the intended target. Sam notifies Traci of the incident and she comes to the apartment immediately … WITH STEVE PECK. They are back together!?!? Their reunion happened offscreen, because apparently the universe hates me.

As they locate other victims of similar crimes in the area, they discover that one of the women who was attacked was also raped. They contact the sex crimes unit, who tells 15 to back off; they’re handing it. The 15 division hears this as a suggestion that they choose to ignore, with Staff Sergeant Shaw’s blessing. Andy is insistent that the women in the neighborhood have a right to know. She may have a point, in theory, but listening to Gail and Chris telling random women on the street to go home and lock their doors definitely doesn’t seem like the best way to go.

Dov figures out that all the victims are getting the same flower delivery, and they set up a plan to catch the guy at his next target’s apartment. The plan fails, and they likely scare away the predator—just as the sex crimes professional warned them they would. So, excellent job all around.

Dov is also busy working with Marlo on figuring out how the bomb got into the evidence room. Last season’s finale hinted at the idea that Ted McDonald was working to expose some major corruption, and this explosion was a way to keep that evidence from seeing the light of day. Marlo suggests they look through all the evidence that was processed the day of the explosion. Dov agrees to help her, but encourages her to let it go for the night. Boundaries, Marlo!

In other non-case news, Chloe and Nick are bonding over workouts. He’s bummed he never heard from Juliet; she’s miserable things with Dov fell apart. At the station, Chloe’s concerns are validated when Dov admits he painted over their wall and shows no interest in having much to do with her. Nick, on the other hand, gets a pleasant surprise when Juliet arrives to start her first day of work at 15. She says she bolted when she realized he was a cop, a reason that sort of explains turning down Nick Collins—but not really, and especially not after seeing him without his shirt on. Something is definitely brewing there, but whatever it is probably won’t survive the fact that she’s spying on the cops of 15. What’s her angle? Why can’t Nick find a decent woman?! (The spying situation does explain why Juliet encouraged Chloe’s yapping, though.)

Chris is doing better, thankfully. He’s sober, attending meetings … and sleeping with a married woman. So, better, but not great. In his defense, he didn’t know she was married. And he definitely didn’t know she was married to Inspector Jarvis. Even so, there’s no way this ends well for Chris.

Gail has to make a video listing the reasons why she wants to adopt Sophie. That’s all we got from Gail. Let’s hope there’s more on the way. #WeWantGail.

Duncan is still an idiot.

Sam finally finds a moment to tell Andy about Marlo and the baby. Andy can’t handle the news. She’s overwhelmed and needs some time. Will she get over it? Can they survive? Will I ever not have to ask these questions? I guess we’ll find out!

Rookie Blue airs Thursdays at 10/9C 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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