We’re back! After a little hiatus, The Rookie 3×12 “Brave Heart” shoots straight for our hearts as it proves that women completely steal the show sometimes, and sets things up for the season finale. Let’s review everything!
Here we go!
In The Rookie 3×12 “Brave Heart” we see Bones again on our screens as Henry’s mother – and we’ve missed her. The episode begins where the previous one ended. Henry just had a heart attack, his valve fails, and he finds himself at a near impossible choice. His mother, his father, and his girlfriend Abigail want him to go the safest option, but he doesn’t want to. It’s his decision, his life and he wants to risk it so he doesn’t have to go through the same thing again.
It’s a very difficult choice and I don’t know what I would have decided but Henry’s choice seems very brave. And what I want to comment on here is that when everyone has the option to do what seems best to them, they do what Henry wants. The easy choice would have been to do what they thought was best, what made them feel better, but it’s not about them, it’s about Henry.
As he says, it’s his life and his decision, they cannot betray him like this. He would never forgive them but neither would they. Of course, this has another side and that is that if everything had gone wrong, that same decision would have weighed on everyone. But respecting Henry’s will and treating him for what he is, an adult, was the right choice. And it was not easy to do.
Fortunately, everything went well and Henry is no longer due to have more problems in the future, although, honestly, when I saw Abigail working herself up in case she had to be his nurse, I have to confess that for a moment it crossed my mind that she was going to leave Henry. But I was wrong, it was just worry and fear speaking.
I really like the way they have shown both parents concerned. They have both changed and are happier this way, apart. They will always be Henry’s parents and they will be united by him, they will always support each other when necessary but they simply are not made to be together.
And I love how they lean on each other here. After everything that happened, they are left with this, this connection. They have Henry left. And they will be there, always. I also love that they make it clear to us that they both have different ways of dealing with the same thing.
I mean, this is so real. Not all of us deal with what happens to us in the same way. In Nolan’s case, he needed to think positively because thinking about how bad it could go was too painful to contemplate and she needed to prepare for the possibility that everything would go wrong, although nothing really prepares you for losing a child, but she had to try it. Both different forms are equally valid.
Henry is not the only one who must visit the hospital, Diego, La Fiera’s son, is also there while she tries to close a big deal and Angela, along with the others, try to get something to catch her. How can it be otherwise, everything gets out of control and they end up threatening Wesley and killing Diego.
I always thought that La Fiera had two sides. One side of her is the cold, cruel and unscrupulous drug dealer and another side of her is that of a loving mother who would give everything for her child. Angela connected with that part of a loving mother. That is why she advised her, off the record, that she leave that deal and retire, that’s why she cried for Diego and for La Fiera, for the pain of a mother who has just lost what she loved the most.
But with La Fiera it was always tied to see which side won. When she spoke to Angela, she made it clear that she didn’t want to withdraw … but Diego was the only thing that kept her humanity, the only thing that could make her stop or think before doing something reckless or dangerous. Now that he’s gone, the part of her loving mother died with him … only leaving the cruel and cold drug trafficker who is going to make others pay with blood for the murder of her son.
In fact, we can see the change perfectly in The Rookie 3×12 “Brave Heart.” First, we hear the heartbreaking cry of a mother who lost a child and, later, we see a drug dealer, cold, emotionless, full of controlled rage and determined to do everything to make the guilty pay.
A war is coming … and Angela and Wesley are in the middle.
La Fiera threatened them in The Rookie 3×12 “Brave Heart”. As we discussed in episode 3, La Fiera knows how to recognize that Angela is the pebble in her shoe and she must get her out of the way. She knows too much about her, Wesley, and their baby to make me feel comfortable. So La Fiera knows where to attack to make Angela fail … and regret going after her. But Angela is going to fight, she always does.
I think La Fiera likes Angela and would not want to hurt her but business is business and she is not going to allow Angela to meddle in her affairs, so her hand will not shake to do what she thinks she should do to avoid it. So I understand that Wesley asks Angela to leave, it’s not only they who are in danger, it’s their little son or daughter.
But I also understand Angela. She never gives up or runs away from a fight, asking her to do so is like asking her not to be herself. So she can’t just turn the case over to someone else. She is too involved. And I admire her for it. For not taking the easy solution.
Sometimes our own prejudices don’t allow us to see further. This is what happened to West with Sam. His little Baby Yoda figure was lost and he immediately decided that the culprit was Sam. Without asking anything, without thinking of anyone else. And he started spying on her through a camera. Seriously, West, relax, it’s not that bad, and stop being such an dummy, thank you.
At first I couldn’t believe that West thinks that because Sam would be able to do that. What’s more, she’s so cute that she bought him another figure to thank him for accepting her at her house. Sam has lived on the street, yes, but she is a good person and the street didn’t change that. She would not steal anything from someone who is offering her a shelter and security. That is offering her a home.
She never felt safe, loved, or accepted anywhere. They always made her feel like she was bothering them and that the sooner she left, the better. But West and Lucy, well, they accepted her from the get-go, trusted her and made her feel the warmth of their friendship, even a family. And that’s all she ever wanted, what she ever needed.
If West had told her that he mistrusted her, that he thought she was a thief, he would have broken her heart so I’m with Lucy here. Better not say anything now that West has regrets about it and realized how stupid he was about this. I like that West realized that his own biases made him be someone he’s not.
And I understand West, I really do. It’s unfair but prejudice does that for you. And he’s human so he’s imperfect. The good thing is that he always learns from his mistakes and grows a little more. That he’s always ready to listen and rectify.
That said, I think West has a point that Lucy should have consulted him before telling Sam that she will be moving into their house. After all, he is also living there and he should have had a vote in that decision. Although I understand why Lucy didn’t do it, she just had no choice but to make a quick decision, because she was not going to let Sam go back to the streets and I love her for that, she has a huge heart. Just like Sam.
As a last note, Bradford’s old friend Mac is not doing well. He’s not willing to improve or be clean. He always believes that he will have time, that he will have another chance, that he has things under control.
But things have long gotten out of his control. And I love that Tim makes it clear that he will never give up on him. He feels that, somehow, he gave up on Isabel because he didn’t know how to do what she needed, to be there as she needed, and he isn’t willing to make the same mistake.
And here ends our The Rookie review. We will be back next week with a new one!