This Thursday’s episode (ABC, 10/9c) finds the two elements intersecting when a copycat kidnapper forces the precinct to revisit one of their most traumatic cases — one that marked the end of several relationships, including Andy and Sam’s romance. And now there’s two new pegs in the love square — Nick and Marlo — complicating matters even further.
Here, executive producer Tassie Cameron previews the emotional ramifications of this week’s episode and the future of Rookie‘s tortured lovers. She also weighs in on whether Andy and Nick truly have feelings for each other.
TVLINE | A bad guy from the past returns this week. How does he re-enter the picture?
As you know, it’s probably the worst case in 15 Division’s history – the person responsible for the death of a beloved fellow officer. How he re-enters the scene, I hope, will come in a surprising way, so I don’t want to say too much about that. But we all felt that with cases like that, the repercussions are huge. There are shock waves that are big and go beyond the case itself into why Sam and Andy broke up, where Traci’s at emotionally, where everybody’s at emotionally. We thought it was an interesting way to get to have a look at where everybody’s at and how that affected them and is still affecting them.
TVLINE | Who would you say is having the toughest time dealing?
The person at the heart of this story is Gail, the survivor of this horrible situation. She’s always felt guilty and somewhat responsible for Jerry’s death, and she’s the one who has the biggest story in this episode. Also, we’ve tried not to dwell on it too much — because what’s there to say? — but this was a very emotional episode for Traci, who finally gets to articulate where she’s at. And for Sam and Andy, who are working together on this case, it was the beginning of the end of their relationship. So it’s hard for everybody.
TVLINE | Andy and Sam are long overdue for a talk about what really went down. Is that something that they’re going to address head on in this episode?
I wouldn’t say head on, but the subtext speaks pretty clearly in this episode.
TVLINE | Being a very traumatizing time for Gail, who does she rely on, given everything that’s going on in her relationship with Nick?
That’s a very good question, and that’s, in some ways, one of the biggest parts of the story. She’s trying to rely on herself and that doesn’t always work.
TVLINE | We have to talk about the ending of the last episode. Did Gail really go off with that detective and do you-know-what?
You will learn the answer to that in this coming episode. Gail’s a pretty self-destructive character. Did she or didn’t she? You’ll know by the end of the episode.
TVLINE | Andy and Nick don’t even seem to be aware of how close they’ve grown and what that’s doing to the people around them. Are they going to start to become more self-aware of it?
Yes. That’s a pretty good observation. Nick may have a clearer understanding of where he’s at re: Andy than Andy does re: Nick.
TVLINE | You can make a case that they’re just close friends. Are you willing to say that this is definitely a love triangle and not just a case of they’re really, really friendly?
[Laughs] I think Gail certainly believes it is. I’m getting so much flack on Twitter from my love triangles that I don’t even want to comment. [Laughs] For sure, it’s a complication. … We’ve done a more conventional love triangle before, and it worked in the life of the series, and it was the right thing at the right time. But if there’s something getting in the way of Sam and Andy, it had to look very, very different. And it had to be as real and authentic and believable and viable as possible.
TVLINE | Luke (played by Eric Johnson) is also back this week. What can you tease about his interaction with everyone in the precinct?
He’s in a few episodes this season; we’re thrilled that he’s been willing to come in. When Luke enters the scene, I feel like there’s a palpable sense of urgency to his presence as a detective and authority figure. So in a sense, he’s there primarily in a procedural way, but of course, he’s got his own dynamics. He was there for Gail during the fallout of the original crime, and he is there for her again in a mentorship way.
TVLINE | As I’m sure you know, the Andy/Sam fans are very worked up, and they really want to know if there’s any hope for that relationship.
That relationship is obviously very important to us, the writers, and to the show, and it’s always in our minds. It’s not like we ever forget that, you know? That said, we’re trying to build a real, honest story arc. As the season progresses, things are going to come to a head, in a way. These things are not going to be unaddressed by the end of the season.
ABC has renewed the cop drama for a fifth go-around, the series announced Wednesday via its Twitter feed.
Rookie Blue, starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith, currently airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC. Season 5 will begin production in 2014.
Brace yourselves, fans of Rookie Blue‘s Andy and Sam: Difficult times are ahead, starting with the drama’s fourth season premiere this Thursday (ABC, 10/9c).
After six months undercover together, Andy and Nick have formed a strong bond. Meanwhile, there’s been some major developments back at 15 Division, professionally and romantically, which come as quite the blow to McNally.
TVLine spoke to her portrayer, Missy Peregrym, about why Andy/Sam fans should be concerned — working with your ex’s new girlfriend is no picnic! — as well as whether someone else catches the rookie’s eye and how her relationship with Nick might cause trouble for another coworker.
TVLINE | The theme this season is, “Change or die.” What’s the biggest change in Andy as a character?
She opens pretty strong. She’s kind of come into her own a little bit. This is a pretty big assignment that we’ve been on. It’s a big deal to be gone for six months. I think she thought everything was going to be the same when she got back. When she gets back to Division, there’s a lot of changes. There’s new people there, which changes the dynamic. Sam is a detective, which means we’re not partnered to work [together] all the time. Essentially, he’s an authority [figure] again, and he’s moved on from me… So Andy has to step back, and she’s on the outside of everything. She’s having to adjust and adapt to everything that Division is now, the dynamic and the relationships between the people. If she doesn’t adapt, she’s not going to be able to do her job.
TVLINE | Did a part of her expect Sam to wait for her even though she disappeared with no word?
Kind of. [Laughs] Just because we’ve been through so much already… Well, yeah, of course. He broke up with me because he didn’t know how to do his job and be with me. But he didn’t say he didn’t care about me. And I wasn’t going away to be mean to Sam. I was doing it because I was choosing myself for the first time in my life and making a decision for me…. It was a personal thing. It wasn’t against him. So you assume you’re going to fall into some sort of step together when you get back.
TVLINE | It’s no secret that Sam has a new girlfriend (played by Rachael Ancheril, right). How is Andy dealing with that — and with having to work with her?
It’s hard. It’s really difficult actually. Andy takes it really personally because, like I said, she thought we broke up because he didn’t know how to be in a relationship and care for someone and do his job. And then I come back, and I’m like, “What is happening?” That’s painful to deal with. That’s something you’ll see play out… There’s always this chemistry between [Andy and Sam]. That never goes away. That’s the most difficult part about it. I thought I would be a lot stronger coming back into this. Then I see him again, and it’s just undeniable… And there’s some unresolved issues. We both have two very different ideas about why we weren’t together.
TVLINE | The Andy/Sam fans are, obviously, brokenhearted.
I really like what they’ve done with it, because this is life. Just because you have chemistry with someone doesn’t mean you’re naturally going to be the best for each other. You have to make choices and prioritize. You have to work at a relationship, and it was something that Sam wasn’t willing to do. It was too overwhelming for him with Jerry’s death, and he shattered Andy in the process. So now Andy’s trying to pick up the pieces. Yet, Sam really does love Andy. He just didn’t know how to deal with it properly. That’s life. That’s what happens. So we continue that journey this next year. It’s not about whether we’re together or not. We’re constantly growing. We’re constantly learning about ourselves. As those things get unveiled this season, I really love it. It’s not about a title of being with somebody; it’s way deeper than that. Fans don’t have to be really upset.
TVLINE | Is anybody going to catch Andy’s eye in the meantime?
Well… [Laughs] I’m not going to answer that. I can’t answer that properly.
TVLINE | Andy and Nick have been gone for a long time together, and their relationship has really grown. What’s their dynamic going to be like moving forward?
We already started to establish a friendship last season, and now we’re even stronger because of how we’ve been working together. We’re posing as a couple. It’s very easy to do with him. I trust him. I get along with him really great. I’ve never experienced a relationship like that with anyone in any of the seasons… There’s a foundation there that’s strong. It’s more equal. We respect each other. We call each other out. It’s healthy. And it’s not dramatic. It’s very practical. If there’s an issue, you just talk about it. It’s so different from what I’ve gone through with Sam, where it’s just so up and down and everything is feelings.
TVLINE | I love that Andy and Nick are already fighting like an old married couple in the premiere.
[Laughs] I know! That’s the difference – you can do that when you’re comfortable with somebody. You can do that when you don’t expect someone to take off on you. You know they’re going to have your back.
TVLINE | Does their new closeness make it difficult when they get back to the precinct, like with Gail?
Absolutely. Naturally, when you spend that much time with somebody, you’re going to grow together. We go through a pretty serious adventure in the first episode. You get to see the dynamic that we’ve built. And that’s the problem. If you’re not going to spend time with the person that you are with, who you cared for in the past, and you’re spending time with a new person, you’re naturally going to build a connection. Even though it’s not truly romantic, [being] under cover, there’s a connection. And of course Gail’s going to see that. But that’s their thing that they have to work out.
Rookie Blue may have just aired its third season finale on Thursday night with the very strong “I Never,” which ended with Andy and Nick heading off on Luke’s task force assignment, but there are already teasers out about season 4 and new characters joining.
Season 4 Spoilers
According to a press release about the fourth season, “New and old romantic ties come to light as new rookie recruits Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) and Senior Uniformed Officer Marlo Cruz (Rachel) join the team. Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym), Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith), Chris Diaz (Travis Milne), Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan), and Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) all return for Season 4.”
Since Andy and Nick are leaving 15 Division behind for now, it makes sense there would be a new rookie by the time they get back (Rookie Blue season 4 will be picking up six months later). Will Chloe end up involved with one of the returning characters? Will Marlo? 15 Division did lose Jerry on the job in season 3, so they are going to need some new faces to fill in any gaps left by promotions, deaths, assignments, and the like.
What will Andy and Nick think of these new characters and the new rookie when they get back? Things are going to be different in season 4, and that includes the dynamics in 15 Division. Will these new characters end up doing something that rubs Andy and Nick the wrong way when they return from the task force assignment, or will they fit right in?
What do you think of these Rookie Blue season 4 spoilers and the new characters?
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