The Thursday, Aug. 14 episode of "Rookie Blue," 509, sees 15 Division tasked with making sure residents of an apartment complex move out by the end of the day, all while wearing these body cameras to record their day. However, kids living on their own, a stolen bike and a man found beaten in one of the apartments make this far from any ordinary "Moving Day."
"Pants off, camera off. …Serve, protect and keep it PG."
Honestly, the case-of-the-week – at least the one involving undocumented workers, brothers and Chloe's superb language and people skills – just isn't interesting enough to really hold our attention. Maybe it's because there's so much else for this "Rookie Blue" to focus/spend time on instead. Maybe it's because we want to see more of Sam struggling to make a reservation day of for after work on their schedule, not 5 p.m. Maybe it's because those cameras spell trouble from the moment they're introduced. Maybe it's because we'd rather see more of Nick with the kids. Whatever it is, it's not the best case and it's a bit of a disappointment this late into the season (or half-season or however the networks are airing it/it was/is filmed). Yes, it's great to see Chloe working with Sam and Traci, and you have to love a family reunion, but it drags a bit and takes up a bit too much of the episode, especially considering everything else going on.
What works quite well about moving day at the apartment complex are Nick and Gail – both their partnership and their individual stories of the episode. Being friends may be the best thing that has happened to these two. There are few things better about "Moving Day" than their conversation in the car on the way to the complex, with Gail admitting that yes, she usually means to be insensitive a lot, but not about his lack of family. For Gail, she actually helps someone move, as she reveals to Steve when they meet up to head over to the Peck family dinner of hell and all things alcohol.
For Nick, he takes kids under his wing when he finds out that they've been living on their own and the brother has been selling stolen bikes to pay the bills after their mother left them a year ago, and so they can stay together in a group home and not be hours apart, he comes up with a plan: arrest both, give them juvie records and get them into a co-ed group home for kids with records. He even knows just who to call because, as he tells them when he drops them off, he lived there for three years. Over dinner, he explains that his parents died in a car accident when he was 12, and after he ran away from his uncle, he drove a stolen car into a lake and ended up there. "When things are tough, sometimes we convince ourselves that the way to be strong is to shut everyone out, but I want you kids to know that's baloney. You've got to keep an open heart, hear me?" The woman running the group home says – and makes sure all of them hear it. This is what we've been missing from Nick. Can he have dinner there every week? Or at least again so she can return?
Meanwhile, Chloe's just a couple of signatures away from being a divorced woman, but she forgets Oliver's "Pants off, camera off" rule because when she meets with Wes to get it done and celebrate with a hot dog, she leaves her camera on – and he kisses her. Once she realizes it, only thanks to a comment Andy makes about forgetting to turn hers off, she hurries to see how far along Dov is in watching the recordings – and instead of telling him what happened like she should, she hurries him along to go get changed to drive her home and gets on the computer to find the video. Oh, Chloe, we're disappointed in you. That's going to come back to haunt you. Either Dov's going to find that deleted video or he's going to run into Wes, who will mention it. They're both cops, after all, and it's not like Wes can be trusted.
Finally, there's Sam and Andy's relationship, which has become maybe the easiest part of the show. They seem to have settled down nicely into their "new chapter," which consists of staying at home, eating pizza in bed and waiting for "The Bachelorette" to begin. Given all the drama – both in their past and for everyone else currently – "Rookie Blue" needs a couple like this right now, and Sam and Andy have earned it.
Oh, and one more thing: Chris is apparently getting the help he needs, and his friendship with Dov isn't ruined because Dov calls him in the evening and he's going to see him on the weekend. Good thing too – it looks like Dov might need his friend sooner rather than later with what's going on with Chloe.
"Rookie Blue" season 5 airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of episode 9 "Moving Day"?