“Rookie Blue” recap (6.7): Sleeping with the Enemy

Previously on Rookie Blue, Andy and Swarek got engaged, a mysterious bomb went off in 15 Division’s evidence room, and Gail had a whole episode almost all to herself and her social worker and her attempt to adopt Sophie, and therefore was delegated to the back of the line.

That being said, this episode was good and dramatic, but it had very little Gail so the screenshots won’t likely be particularly abundant. BUT half the episode was full of Very Important Plot that will definitely come into play as the sixth seasons starts its descent toward the finale.

We begin at the Black Penny, amidst an engagement party for McSwarek, lead by Oliver, who is promptly asked to be Sam’s best man. Because he is, you know. The best man. (Besides maybe Nick, but he’s more of a boy, tbh.)

While the boys are bonding, Andy calls Traci into the bathroom in a panic because she’s misplaced her engagement ring. (Spoiler alert: Swarek found it and gives it to her later. I’m only telling you this at all because I like Traci’s quote.) They make an action plan to find it, and Traci tells her not to worry: “There’s nothing in this world that isn’t somewhere.”

Rookie Blue 607-1That’s some Wonderland logic right there.

Meanwhile, in the Big Leagues, Noelle gets some flak from Santana for hiring Juliet without telling him first. She gets all nervous and runs to Swarek, saying they can’t have Santana find out they’re sort of investigating him by trying to find out if he hired someone to help him blow up the evidence room. Noelle tells Swarek that Santana wants a report by the end of the day, which would be fine except right now the only suspect is Oliver.

Speak of the opposite-of-the-devil, Oliver is bouncing around the precinct like a teenager before a big game because he’s playing drums in his daughter’s band tonight and he couldn’t be more excited.

Swarek tells Andy about the Santana business, so she suggests they involve Dov, since he was investigating it anyway. He tells them where the bomb came from, and they go to find the guy who sold the cop the bomb bits. They find out the man and his daughter vanished so they go to check it out. The local detective is super helpful in that she lets them in the house. She’s less helpful in that she shrugs and says, “We looked,” and suggests perhaps they have been raptured.

The Case of the Week for the rest of 15 Division is a missing kid, but he vanished from his yard, and without a car or suspect, they can’t issue an amber alert. Which is one of the most terrifying factoids I’ve ever heard.

The mother of the missing child says her son, Evan, was reading fantasy books outside (helpful but very specific?) when he disappeared. She says he’s a solitary kind of kid with no friends, and she has no idea where he could have gone.

They start with interviews, and Gail talks to a neighbor who saw him at 8am when he was painting a headboard he found.

Rookie Blue 607-2 “I hate everything about all of that.”

The neighbor says Evan is sweet, but before he can give too many details, Chloe tells Gail that this neighbor is a registered sex offender. Gail takes him in to see Nash, but he promises he’s not a pedophile. 20 years ago, when he was 25, he caught caught having sex in a car with a boy who said he was 18 but was actually 17. And even though if the boy had been a girl it wouldn’t have been an issue, he was forced to register as a sex offender, more or less because he’s gay. Something I didn’t even know was a thing, different ages for consent depending on gender. Though I guess it’s because 20 years ago in the US, there were still states where “sodomy” was against the law.

Gail is sympathetic to this man’s plight

Rookie Blue 607-3 Potential motherhood is softening her.

Andy and Swarek are sort of at a standstill at the Bomb Dude, Chris’s house when a nosy neighbor pops in and says she’s taking care of Tarzan, the dog that was left behind. She tells them of the night that Chris’s daughter, Ava, was brought home in a cop car by their oh-so-helpful detective, and the two grown ups began to fight.

Meanwhile at 15, Nick talks to another neighbor who also weirdly salvaged something today, who mentions seeing Evan’s dad creeping around the house earlier that very morning. When Nick mentions this to everyone, the husband swears he was just borrowing the garden hose, and the mother says he wouldn’t do it, because he doesn’t even pretend to want custody. You see, mama left out one important detail: Evan is on the autism spectrum. She didn’t mention it because she was afraid the cops wouldn’t look for him if they thought he was just some wandering special needs kid, which is a totally valid concern, because this revelation keeps Oliver from being able to put out an Amber alert.

McSwarek goes to confront the detective about the fight she failed to mention, but the detective says her orders to pick Ava up came from over Sam’s head. And this same person told her not to look into Chris and Ava’s disappearance. Swarek suspects this could all somehow be connected to Oliver getting his daughter’s drug charge dropped.

The Rookies talk about the junk the neighbors all seemed to have found that very morning when Gail realizes there could have been a pickup—like Big Brother or something—which means there could have been an non-suspicious van in the neighborhood around the time Evan went missing.

Rookie Blue 607-4 TOGETHER THE GAYS WILL SOLVE THIS

The first neighbor tells her where he found the headboard he picked up and off they go. Oliver finds a fantasy book in a pile of old furniture and looks for a wardrobe in case Evan went off looking for Narnia. Sure enough, when they pry open the door of an old cabinet, Evan is inside, unconscious. When he wakes up, he’s scared and confused, but Oliver rocks him until he’s calm, happy the boy was found safe—something I’m sure doesn’t happen often enough in their line of work.

While Oliver proves himself a hero, some of the rest of his squad is trying to prove him innocent. Dov finds Ava playing some mythical RPG online from a library, so Andy and Sam head off to find her. When they do, she runs from them, shouting about them being fake cops and blowing her rape whistle, much to their confusion.

Rookie Blue 607-5 That welcome chick from “Pitch Perfect” would be very disappointed in you.