The Rookie s2 ep 16

In the main plot this week, Harper’s daughter Lila is having trouble sleeping – nightmares featuring something about a woman walking down the road at night with blood on her hands – so at the request of her ex-husband Donovan (Enver Gjokaj), she stays over at his house. She wants some additional support, though, so Nolan stays as well, even bringing Grace over for dinner. Donovan looks baffled at this home invasion, as well he might. Needless to say Lila isn’t having nightmares at all: the woman is real. But, while that’s being investigated, Nolan gets dragged into a bizarre Desperate Housewives-esque storyline involving a psychotic neighbour.

Meantime, it’s a busy episode for Chen. To start with, she stumbles into an audition for American Idol while making an arrest, and suddenly finds herself in front of Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie, and Luke Bryan, who look at her expectantly. So she sings, and – what do you know? – she’s excellent. For Melissa O’Neil, who famously won Canadian Idol, it’s a bit of fun and an opportunity to show off her chops. 

Later, she has to deal with while working at the front desk, she is befriended by Valerie Castillo, a reporter, who is played by Roselyn Sanchez. Castillo is investigating multiple robberies by sex workers of clients in upmarket hotels. and when Bradford turns up to find his rookie talking to a journalist he warns Chen to be careful, then spars with Castillo. She gives as good as she gets, and once Bradford stalks off she notes to Chen that Bradford “can sure wear a suit”. As Castillo is played by Roselyn Sanchez, Tim Winter’s IRL wife, Chen wisely keeps her counsel on that point. Unsurprisingly, Castillo is using Chen, to Bradford’s visible scorn. And in the middle of all that she has to deal with an incident involving a deadly snake named William Snakespeare. 

I enjoyed this episode while I was watching it, but I’m not sure that it added up to a lot. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to. I wasn’t delighted, though, by Lopez accepting Wesley’s proposal of marriage. There’s something kind of… annoying about him.

4 thoughts on “The Rookie s2 ep 16

  1. CJ Cregg May 4, 2020 / 10:43 pm

    For the most part, I thought this was great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. *However*, it seemed like we spent an awful lot of time on the love lives of a whole bunch of people who were NOT Chenford. Nolan and Grace, Angela and Wes (he annoys me too, Jed), even Harper and her ex…. I mean, I’ve warmed to Harper a lot but I have next to no interest in her relationship with her ex and her kid. I wonder if Nolan and Grace were there because I’m not alone and the writers realise that the Harper/ex dynamic needs other characters around to liven it up.

    I feel like the ep was missing a couple of scenes: Bradford begrudgingly saying something nice-ish to Chen about her STELLAR dealing with William Snakespeare; and Bradford giving her a mild row for the Valerie business afterwards, while somehow also very gruffly implying that he would always come to her rescue if needed. I would have squeed my brains out at that but it wasn’t meant to be 😦

    Instead we got the American Idol sequence which was charming in fairness, and the blood donation scene which had an important message but was too conscious of it, I thought – the blood donation scene was just a bit gimmicky and forced for me, although the cast is so likeable they almost made it work.

    • Jed Bartlet May 4, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      Ooh yes, completely forgot about Harper and her ex. That last look? HERE for #Hex.

      • CJ Cregg May 4, 2020 / 11:30 pm

        Really?! I mean… I suppose it’s a ship. *doubtful face*

        • Jed Bartlet May 4, 2020 / 11:31 pm

          YEAH it is.

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