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'Rookie Blue' 'Two Truths and a Lie' recap: Forgiveness and a big step forward

'Rookie Blue' season 5 episode 6 "Two Truths and a Lie"
'Rookie Blue' season 5 episode 6 "Two Truths and a Lie"
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The Thursday, July 17 episode of "Rookie Blue," 506, "Two Truths and a Lie," is definitely one for fans of Andy and Sam's relationship, and while the case puts Sam in the position where he has to face his father again, it ultimately means good things for his personal life. Meanwhile, 15 Division works to solve the murder of a man who seems to be so squeaky clean, Chloe's goldfish look like better targets, and Traci and Dex maybe reach an understanding about their problems.

The majority of this "Rookie Blue" episode is about Andy and Sam, so let's get everything else out of the way. Yes, Sam coming face-to-face with his father is because the case leads to the prison and everyone saying their prime suspect, Larry, is nothing like the picture they have painted of their killer helps them realize what really happened to Brian, but the focus very much turns to and remains on Sam's father while the rest of 15 Division solves the case.

It turns out that, as is often the case, jealousy is the motive of this murder, and the pieces pretty much fall together all at once. At first, it looks like Sean and Kelly are just innocent victims of letting Sean's "blood brother" Larry stay with them when he's out of prison, but as soon as Kelly reacts upon seeing the crime scene photos of Brian, it's not too hard to figure out what happened. Kelly was having an affair with Brian, Sean found out and he had Larry track down the guy for him, making the calls about the car and going for test drives. It was Sean who killed Brian, and when he turned on Kelly, she fought back and killed him. Kudos to Liane Balaban for her performance in her final scene.

Meanwhile, the light-hearted moments come from Gail and Nick, as she decides to make him an online dating profile, leading to the two discussing the things they could put on each other's profiles. It's amusing, it's sweet, and it's a nice break from the heavier moments in the episode. Given what's happened to both of them lately, it's nice to see them being able to relax like they do in those moments.

Elsewhere, Dex misses mediation, which is good for Traci, because while she may not have wanted to fight this battle, she does have to win it, but it turns out that he's in the hospital after a bar fight the night before. With Traci busy with the case, Steve offers to go pick up Dex since apparently Steve is so good he's always done with his own work when Traci could use some help? Steve and Dex get along about as well as can be expected (which is not well at all, but neither is willing to back down), but this whole situation does lead to Traci and Dex actually talking a bit about their situation. She points out that she may work a lot and they might not be together anymore, but they're still the best people to raise Leo. They're his parents and they were there for his firsts. Is this a step in the right direction, or will there be more stumbles along the road?

Sure, the case and the outcome aren't exactly original ideas (and it's pretty much all been seen before on a procedural drama), but hey, at least it doesn't turn out that Brian's twin brother was the real target. That has also been done plenty of times before. Still, it doesn't matter because, as stated above, what's important is that it forces Sam to do something he has needed to do: see his father and forgive him, not for Jay, but for himself. Sam tries his hardest to avoid seeing his father and leaps at the chance to leave before they have to speak to him, but in the end, the case forces him to see him and he gives Andy the file on him – after they seem to be heading down the road of hashing out old problems, right there in the prison parking lot.

Sam's father is the definition of sleazy, and it's easy to see why Sam just wants to stick to business and get out of there as soon as he can. He has no respect for women, no respect for Sam's mother and no respect for Sam. Every word out of his mouth just confirms that Sam did the right thing all those years ago, when he lied to the police and told them that his father wasn't home when he really was, which sent him to prison on robbery assault for six months. After Jay killed someone inside, he got another 20 years, and he's just the kind of guy who should never be let out.

Still, it's all worth it to see Sam tell his father, "I was so scared of you, and then I was angry with you. And then for along time, I was worried I'd be like you. But here we are, siting here, looking at you, and I see your sad, angry, old face and I realize I'm free, and I'm not going to waste one more emotion on you." He forgives him, even as Jay refuses to forgive his son and tells him he deserved everything he got from him. No, Jay, you got everything you deserved from Sam.

This experience leads to Sam opening up to Andy and a big step forward in their relationship after they've been dancing around each other since the shooting and Andy choosing him. "You are nothing like that man, and if you ever doubt it, you just have to turn around and ask me," she assures him after he admits he lied to the police about his father's whereabouts. She's not going anywhere. "I love you, McNally," he tells her, and as they fall into bed together, he continues to be the absolute worst – but in a very good way – at Two Truths and a Lie. "McNally makes me feel alive," he says for his last truth.

"Rookie Blue" season 5 airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. What did you think of episode 6 "Two Truths and a Lie"?