After a long hiatus, our favorite show – although sometimes not so much, as it happened in the previous episode – returns with The Rookie 3×08 “Bad Blood” and, although it’s a bridge episode, that is, more of a transition episode than any other thing, it gives us some stories for the future while keeping us entertained. Let’s review it!
Here we go!
After everything that happened with Doug, West was left without a partner and with a lot of offers for the future. His father keeps insisting that he join Internal Affairs and more after what happened with Doug, he believes that it’s the ideal place for his son. Meanwhile, Gray also saw potential in West but for him to teach future cops. Being an instructor seems like the right path for him. But … no one asks West what he wants. Because, you know, he’s the one who decides.
Both his boss and his father are planning his future but no one talks to him and asks, “Hey, West, when you graduate, what do you want to do with your life?” It’s quite unfair, although well-intentioned. His father and Gray just want to help him and they get too excited … and it must be hard for West. On the one hand, there is his father, whom he doesn’t want to disappoint and, on the other hand, there is his boss, a man whom he respects, admires and also doesn’t want to disappoint.
So it’s hard for him to raise his voice and say what he really wants despite the fear of disappointing them. That’s why I admire him so much for doing it. He really appreciates their help but has to find his own path and doesn’t feel like any of the ones they suggest is the right one for him. Maybe later … but not now. He will consult with them, but they have to let him fly. And I love that they both realize that he’s right. It’s his future after all, they must let him find his own way on his own, while helping him in whatever he needs but, above all, supporting him.
This parent-child dynamic is something I love. Because I think Gray came to love West like a son and is really proud of him. And excuse me, but I’m going to get some tissues because a tear got in my eye.
Tim Bradford is one of those characters that you love even without wanting to. That “tough and inflexible guy” facade hides a heart of gold. Catching that graffiti artist, who turns out to be a woman (we have to change this from always thinking it’s a man), was a personal matter for him because it was his first big failure as a rookie. A failure that provoked mockery from his partners and he had to take “revenge” for it.
However, when he discovers who is behind those graffiti and why … Bradford leaves behind all that childish resentment and helps her, not only by setting her free but also by making her see that feeling like this for an idiot is not worth it. We love him for it.
But we love him even more when he’s with Lucy. I still think that there is something between them that is growing more and more. Right now, they seem more separated than ever, but I think Tim doesn’t like to see her with others although, since he doesn’t dare to take that step, it doesn’t occur to him for a second to cut her wings.
But he is always there, by her side, telling her the truth, even if he seems insensitive at times – and I think that is a mixture of his lack of tact, the fact that he is afraid of letting go, and also that he and Lucy will expose what they really feel if they have an honest conversation – he has to tell her that maybe things shouldn’t happen sometimes, and that it’s not a good idea to start something with someone with your mind and heart set on another person.
I really like that Lucy realizes Tim is right and that that is the reason that she has decided not to go out with that cute boy. She is not in that place, and it would not be fair to him but, above all, to herself. Proud of her.
But the moments I like the most about them is when Tim shares something intimate with her like those little moments with Isabel that it still hurts so much to remember. She is more open so she doesn’t hesitate to share personal things with him, but Tim is much more serious and closed and these moments, these precious moments where he shares something so intimate with her, they are beautiful and special. They show the trust he has in her and how important she is to him.
In another vein, we have seen a Castle reunion! Our hearts could hardly bear it but father and daughter AKA Castle and Alexis have reunited in The Rookie 3×08 “Bad Blood.” They barely had screen time together because, this time, they were “enemies,” but it was still quite a special moment for those of us who remember Castle so fondly. It has made the case of the week worthwhile because it has been fun, yes, but not particularly noteworthy.
And what happened in this episode with our Angela? She continues to be a badass since always. And I hate when an idiot, whether from the FBI or wherever, talks to her with that arrogance. I don’t remember the idiot’s name because he doesn’t deserve that. But for an asshole like him to get away with it, it’s because the world and our society are still sexist, among other things.
Fuck him! Our Angela is worth much more than that cockroach. And I’m so glad that she and Wesley are going to fight because their son is the complete opposite of this guy and insects like him.
I advise him education, humility … and some brains, because on top of being a disgusting asshole, a dangerous fugitive has escaped right under his nose.
And here ends our The Rookie review. We will be back next week with a new one!