Post Mortem: Rookie Blue's Missy Peregrym Talks Andy and Sam's Step Forward, 'Big' Issues Ahead

Rookie Blue Season 5 Spoilers

Warning: If you have yet to watch Thursday’s Rookie Blue, avert your eyes. Everyone else, read on…

Thursday’s Rookie Blue saw Andy and Sam clear a huge obstacle, as the detective finally shared his troubled history with his father and set the couple on a path toward newfound closeness.

“She needed to see him actually let her in, in a real way,” star Missy Peregrym tells TVLine. “And because he did that, she was willing to try, willing to put herself in the position to be vulnerable with him.”

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Now that Andy’s seen her boyfriend’s softer side, is the pair all in for the long haul — with no hope for Ghosts of Exes Past?

For both characters, the focus “isn’t about anybody else,” Peregrym argues. “It really isn’t. It’s about how they can work together to be the best that they can be.” And yet, in figuring that out, they’ll have to tackle some “pretty huge” challenges before the season’s over.

TVLINE | Sam really opened up to Andy in a big way about his past in this episode. How does this change their relationship going forward?
It had to come to this point where we needed to make a change. Otherwise, there was no point in getting back together. As nice as it is — “Sam and Andy are together, and it’s awesome!” — unless we’re wiling to be vulnerable with each other and open up, we can’t actually move forward. So I was really excited to do this scene. I was happy that we were going there.

TVLINE | Are there still things Andy is curious about with Sam’s past? Or does this episode answer most of her questions?
No, there’s always something to learn. I don’t want to say too much, just because of things that come up later in the season that are pretty huge, that they need to work through.

TVLINE | What do you see as being the biggest issues still left for them to tackle?
[Laughs] Can’t tell you that. Like I said, there are some things that come up that are pretty big. Sam really likes to have it all together and he doesn’t like being exposed. Andy has a gift of being empathetic and vulnerable and all these things, but Sam protects himself from that. It’s very hard for him to feel safe in those scenarios. He’s going to be pushed more and more, and Andy is also going to have to accept some circumstances and realities a little bit. The theme of this season is, “Life is not a fairy tale.” And it’s not. I mean, I kinda disagree. It’s not the fairy tale we think it should be. This is more realistic, and the whole season is a lot of people who are going through some very grounding circumstances and situations that are pretty humbling. And it’s so hard.

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Rookie Blue Season 5 SpoilersTVLINE | Sam has addressed the fact that he’s not the most open person about his past. What does Andy need to address in the relationship?
Hmm… That’s a great question. Andy has a real issue with being liked and being enough. This is where she has to put things down and stop being the good guy all the time. Understanding her limitations, and if it’s not enough for another person, it’s OK. She knows that [Sam's] not very open. She can express all she wants to, but that makes them right for each other and there’s an acceptance of that, for her, I think. … She genuinely wants a partnership. It’s not about her doing everything or covering up or making up for everything anymore. She’s done that with Duncan, already. She thinks she’s doing the right thing, she’s trying to be understanding and empathetic, and it’s gotten her into a lot of trouble. That’s something that she’s going to have to work on.

TVLINE | I love how, in this sort of oblique way, they’ve started talking about their future together, where they would retire, go on vacation. Are there more serious conversations like that about “Maybe we should move in together”?
There’s definitely the intention to be together. That’s why this conversation is so important in the episode tonight because we’re either in or we’re out. We’ve gone back and forth so many times that we either do the hard work and we make it happen and we’re partners with each other in a very real way that is challenging, personally, to be good together, or we’re out.

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Rookie Blue Season 5 SpoilersTVLINE | Is there any part of you that misses the dynamic between Andy and Nick?
Umm… It’s definitely a lot easier with Nick. He was extremely transparent, pretty open. They’re both pretty similar in that regard. [Now], she just misses her friend. There’s not really a friendship there anymore and that’s obviously a loss. They’re also great when they work together and that’s gone. But other than that, it’s all about Sam. It always has been.

TVLINE | What kind of challenges does Duncan and that investigation present for Andy going forward?
It sucks because she cared about him. She really wanted him to succeed and do well. [She] liked him as a person, but it was a pretty big betrayal, the thing that he did pull off. I understand that it’s complicated. But it’s very difficult to get close to that again. And, naturally, there’s still some work situations that come up at the end of the day. She’s going to do her job and she’s going to look out for him. And they have to work together. But she doesn’t train him anymore. She’s done with him.

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28 Comments
  1. katie says:

    Please tell me that Andi isnt going to loose her police license over a kid who doesnt need to be a cop.

  2. Gina says:

    THANK YOU. Always been about Sam. LOVED this interview. I can’t wait for the rest of the season!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Great interview!! Thanks for getting Missy to comment on all of this. I loved episode 5.06 so much, and she and Ben were both absolutely brilliant in those tense scenes!!!

  4. chris says:

    Love the interview! And i really love sam/andy relationship in s5.

  5. Theresa Snow says:

    Thank you for the interview with missy. Loved it and just Love what she’s said about her character Andy and Sam relationship going forward and that it’s all about Sam Nd Andy now. He’s basically her soulmate like Andy is Sam soulmate. BrAvo finally we get our McSwarek happy and finally being able to do it together

  6. Danielle says:

    Really liked this interview, really true what she said they ve gone back and forth so much and this time they gotta out all cards on the table be all in and work together and build from that and what she said bout nick is true as well, it’s always been bout sam, I’m pretty confident we ll get r mcswareck happy ending, it may not be easy path but there both in it and not holding back and will work at it!

  7. anna says:

    “it’s all about sam!” Love this!
    Ben//missy were amazing in 5×06!

  8. Evelyn says:

    First of all tonight’s episode was positively brilliant. It gave us fans sooo much that has been a very very long time coming. Andy’s realizing that if they were going to truly truly be together, as Missy says, then Andy needed to stop settling for less with him and demand more and Sam realized that whatever he risked by letting her in it would only be as bad as not letting her in and watching her walk away, and again having him know that he is responsible. They fought for their future and it paid off… Big!

    How much do I love how driven Missy is by this story. I love how much she backs Sam and Andy and it totally illustrates why Missy and Ben are able to deliver the incredibly dynamic and layered performances they do.

    I love that missy makes it clear that for Andy and Sam this season is about each other and not any other people. Missy acknowledges that although Andy misses her friendship with nick, it’s always been about Sam and always will be about him.

    I appreciate they Sam will be faced with more and more challenges and that missy explains those things about Andy’s characteristics that Andy is going to have to deal with.

    All in all, Iove that missy makes clear that they are both in it for good. They are all in and I really really love that missy makes it clear that although life may not be a fair tail, in a way this story is. The McSwarek story is a real life version of happily ever after (real life on TV).

    Hats off to Ben Bass and Missy Peregrym for delivering such incredible performances. One of their cast mates recently said that the truck scene/fight between Sam and Andy transcends TV and it totally does.

    • jbthomson2014 says:

      I totally agree with your comments about this episode! Just watching their interactions in both truck scenes were powerful and so real! Both Andy and Sam gave incredible performances and made the fans believe in their love.
      Andy confronting Sam and make him open up, give her some of his past history with his life with an abusive, irresponsible father and disclose it to her. Imagine how hard that would be to do, hiding it for so long from his friends and co-workers. He was also afraid that if he let her in, she may leave him again for the 3rd time.
      The ride home was so moving with them declaring their love for each other. Their voices reflected to me a sense of relief!
      Understanding that drama is needed in this cop show,the creative writers need to allow some normalcy, usual or expected situations for the characters!!!The second half of Season 5 or Season 6, whatever you want to call it, should include Sam and Andy’s dream wedding,” kids, and park on Sundays, something more than this” that Sam told Oliver at Celery and his cabin in S4 Ep.10.
      Sure hoping that this TV series continues beyond 2015 and will survive without the Sam/Andy dilemmas.

  9. Mila says:

    Wow. Very pathetic and misleading how the show dropped Nick and Andy.

    As for Andy, I need her to stop making mistakes. That seems to be the only shtick RB writers can play with her. At this point, she should be far more capable than she’s behaving.

    • Mel says:

      I agree. I feel douped by the whole nick thing, they made us care about him only to say things like, it’s always been Sam.

    • McCollins says:

      Absolutely agree! I loved Nick and Andy together. Their relationship was mature and based on a tight friendship that grew to be more. Andy and Sam together are exasperating!! Really disappointed that the Andy/Nick dynamic was dropped like a hot potato with no follow-up. It was treated like a failed experiment, tossed out there to see what reaction would be. Lazy. Why go to the bother of getting us to care about this couple in the first place if there was never any intention of using the storyline as anything but a filler before tjey could get Andy and Sam back together?

  10. Diane says:

    Thanks for the interview. I am intrigued about the issues coming up for them. I have always loved Sam and Andy together.

  11. rk says:

    Nice interview. I love sam/andy and now they are finally in the same page! Yay!

  12. Emily says:

    Thanks for the interview. I love what Missy had to say. It’s nice to see her be so open about Sam and Andy. I really want them to work. I love the strides they took in tonight’s episode. They are both in this.

    I’m a little nervous for what’s to come. I hope they don’t mess with them too much. I know they need drama. I hope all this work they’ve done enables them to work through it.

    Someone please calm me down. I don’t mind drama but I hope that said drama has nothing to do with Marlo. I forgot that woman was coming back.

    Surley the writers wouldn’t make Marlo even more hated. Would they?

  13. Precious1 says:

    thanks for making a fool of the audience who invested in the Nick and Andy romance. I’m not interested in them revisiting something that didn’t work the first time around

  14. alyaly says:

    andy and sam alway because you could see back in season 1 she want sam but luke was in the way and some one else was in the way but the should of bin toghter all the time they are the best ones on tv SAM AND ANDY ALWAYS XXXXXX

    • Katie says:

      Exactly. If people didn’t know that or feel used, it’s their own fault. This show has shown us from day one, that it would be Sam and Andy. I’ve never been worried. Nick was just a phase that happened and she moved on from.

      Missy’s interview was lovely. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

  15. marga says:

    Allways has been SAM !!! Yeah

  16. Jessie says:

    Amazing episode last night! Sam and Andy belong together!!! No relationship is perfect!

  17. S says:

    Is this really how we wanted Sam and Andy to be together?!? Dropping Nick like he meant nothing, and Sam completely out of character with being open like it costs him nothing? I am an intelligent and loyal viewer, and this season is annoying everything in me.

    • Katie says:

      Andy and Nick were never meant to last. With out missy telling us, we all knew it was gonna be Sam. Sam and Andy are what’s important here. Nick isn’t important to Andy’s story. Maybe they will eventually start sharing scenes again, who knows. But the story that is being told is Sam and Andy.

      And how is Sam OOC? It’s so easy to say something is out of character when you don’t like it. It’s an easy justification.

      Sam got shot. He almost died. That would change anyone. Not to mention we’ve seen him grow and evolve from day one. He’s still the same man he’s always been, he just wants more out of life. There’s nothing wrong with that.

      • S says:

        Actually I’m not against Sam and Andy at all. I think her dragging this information out of him aka Andy putting all of the effort into this relationship is the problem. I think her blindly returning to Sam because he almost died is sad, seeing how much she grew last season as an undercover officer and being able to be in an honest relationship with Nick. I would have liked to see Sam make a bigger gesture on her behalf. It just feels one-sided.

  18. Shaun says:

    Ms Zachary Levi was great in this episode :)

  19. Kevon says:

    Andy is the type of person who ruins relationships because she thinks she is suppose to know any and everything about the person she is with, but no one person should know everything about another it takes away the mystery!

  20. Sunflower says:

    I honestly love the first show of season 5 – and looking forward to seeing where all the characters are going in their lives. However, I did read somewhere that the reason 22 episodes were shot was that the series is coming to an end – please say it isn’t so.

  21. Sarah says:

    Have loved watching sam & andy relationship develop, watched ep 06 season 5 2x…. Lol loved it!

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