You’ll never look at your coffeehouse barista the same way after Thursday night’s Rookie Blue. Or maybe you won’t get so mad the next time they mess up your order… because at least they’re not an obsessed, voyeuristic pervert who’s teamed up with a serial rapist.
This week’s case connects deeply and disturbingly to Traci, who’s nervous about her first raid. Little does she know the gun dealer is going to be the least of her worries. She gets a message from Leo’s school that he’s sick and rushes over to pick him up, but when she gets there, everything is fine. No one called. As she gets back into her car, someone reaches out from the backseat and grabs her. When she doesn’t show up at the raid, the concern level rises, so Andy and Gail head to the school and find Traci’s abandoned car with a bouquet of lilies in the backseat. Yep, the serial rapist from the season premiere is back, and he’s set his sights on his original intended victim.
Back at the station, the team brings in the gun dealer, but quickly realizes he couldn’t have arranged the kidnapping. (Steve still gets a beating in on the guy, though.) Then they find another suspect in Adrian Clark, whose eyes Andy recognizes as belonging to the same guy who attacked her. However, as they question him, the sex crimes detective notes that his boastful behavior doesn’t match the profile. The man who has Traci is actually his partner, Cory, the local barista who harbors a major crush on her. The tied-up detective puts two and two together and tries to play Cory like a fiddle, calling him sweet and thoughtful. “You really think I’d fall for that?” Cory exclaims after planting a kiss on her.
While Cory usually likes to do the watching and videotaping, he starts to get aggressive since Adrian is MIA and Traci is the object of his affection. Traci manages to get the upperhand and get out of her restraints, but ends up cornered in a basement with a dumbbell as her only weapon. When Cory breaks down the door and promises to be sweet and slow – shudders – she hits him upside the head just as Andy, Sam and Steve bust in. Traci Nash, you are indeed a superhero.
“It’s OK. I’m here. I’ve got you,” Steve says comfortingly, taking the dumbbell from her.
Elsewhere in the episode:
* Juliet gets a call about not reporting back to her supervisor while partaking in some innuendo-filled banter with Nick that would make Felicity Smoak proud and/or blush. Later, Nick presses Juliet about why they’re sneaking around, and somehow, she manages to skirt by the issue.
* Chris’ relationship with his married lover Jamie takes a dark turn when she shows up at his place with drugs. The cop keeps his sobriety intact and declares, “I can’t do that.”
* It was a quiet week on the Sam/Andy front, although the two were all kinds of cute and corny. (“The heart wants what it wants, and I wanted to stay in bed with you.”)
Rookie Blue fans, what did you think of Traci’s intense ordeal? Did Gail prove she has some motherly instincts while taking care of Leo? And is anyone into this Chris storyline? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.