The Rookie 3×06 “Revelations” is an episode that vindicates the power of women and feminism but also engages in social critique, showing the best and worst of our society, while the characters get closer and closer. Let’s discuss everything!
Here we go!
One of the messages that The Rookie 3×06 “Revelations” leaves us is feminism, women supporting women, sisterhood and what that means in the field of the police force, the different conditions that women must meet so that TPTB recognize a tenth of what they recognize their male partners, so that they are seen and valued for their work. The episode highlights the immense differences that still exist in the day to day and much more if you are a woman who belongs to a minority.
Honestly, after watching this episode I just yelled “PREACH!” and I don’t think anything I can say has a stronger or clearer message than what they have shown in this episode. It’s like … what can we add when all is said? Nothing. You just have to listen. And I think The Rookie 3×06 “Revelations” is just right for that. To listen and feel that there are still many things to change, to take a breath to continue in the fight. And feel that feeling, that feeling of sisterhood that they have perfectly portrayed in the end.
I really liked not only the social denunciation but also the way of showing it, of teaching the individual strength of each of those strong and brave women and also the part in which they work together and the part in which they only compare their own experiences and realize all that they still have to achieve. I think they have done very well so bravo! Who run the world? Girls!
It hasn’t been the best day for Bradford. The memories and ghosts of the past have come back in full force when he discovers that one of his best friends is not only cheating on his wife but that he’s an addict making the same excuses as Isabel. His own experience leads him to be upright in his duty and report what is happening, even if that means that his friend and his family lose their pension from the police.
And I really understand why Tim does this. A part of me, the most moralistic, the most idealistic, applauds him because that is just what he had to do: report and deal with all the consequences. But the reality is far from ideal. So the most realistic part of me thinks that he made a mistake. The pension of his friend is not essentially for him but for the support of his family, especially in a situation where everything points to a divorce being on the agenda.
So the pension may, on paper, be taken from his friend – and I have no problem with that, fuck that pig – but, in practice, it’s taken from the whole family, a family without enough economic means to survive and, with that, I do have a problem. I think the middle ground solution was ideal. That man has to be rehabilitated and cannot be on active duty until he recovers, but everything has to be done in a way that his family can count on that pension.
As if this weren’t enough, the memories of Isabel grow even stronger when Tim watches Lucy plunge into a truly dangerous undercover mission. She did this for him and she really thought that he would be proud of the cop she has become but he’s only afraid for her…so many things can go wrong … as it happened with Isabel. At the end of the day, she got hooked, got lost when she was undercover and he doesn’t want history repeating itself with Lucy. He’s terrified.
In addition, what Tim feels for Lucy is increasingly evident and in situations like this, in which Lucy’s life is on the line, he can hardly control it. But at the end of the day, it’s not about him or what he feels but about what Lucy wants for her life, that’s why he swallows his opinions and his fears and in the end he congratulates her, because she has done a good job and she’s a wonderful cop and if she wants to go down that road, he’s not going to clip her wings. And I like Tim and Lucy more and more together.
In another vein, West is taking it easy after what happened with Doug and they call him back to the tricky neighborhood we met a few weeks ago. They ignore him every time a boy calls to report an infraction. We have here again how those neighborhoods do not care for some policemen, much less when it’s boys who are at risk of exclusion or whom no one tries to understand simply because they are different.
West helps where he can and that leads him to meet another cop … and we also feel that spark between them. But nothing could be that easy. An old man who is clearly out of his mind and having a lot of problems, attacks the boy and steals his bike. West and his newfound partner manage to arrest him and I have to say that, although it is clear that this man doesn’t have his head in his place, I don’t feel sorry for his arrest. He brutally attacked a boy, an innocent child, and stole his bike, making him feel helpless in one of the few places where he felt safe, for me, he can rot in hell.
As for Nolan, he had an internal debate about whether or not he should confess that he’s a cop in his new class. As he could not be otherwise, he doesn’t say it and that ends fatally. Personally, I think he should have said so. I mean, nothing forces him but he does make a difference. That place is a safe place and everyone should trust each other, not hide who they are. Understanding comes from a basis of trust, not deception, not even by omission.
And here ends our The Rookie review. We will be back next week with a new one!