We’re here again! The Rookie 4×04 “Red Hot” is a bridge episode that moves the plots forward a bit, but doesn’t give us too many clues about what will happen in the future. Although Aaron and Lucy bond in a way that we didn’t know we needed. Time for review!
Here we go!
The Rookie 4×04 “Red Hot” is a transition episode, so there isn’t much to comment on about it beyond what we already saw but there are a couple of details that I would like to highlight. On the one hand, I like this friendship between Lucy and Aaron. At first, he rejected her but this is normal, his barriers are very high. He learned not to let anyone in long ago because the beatings taught him that no one would be there for him, not with good intentions at least.
So when someone approaches to offer support, Aaron’s first instinct is to be defensive, to defend himself before they attack him, and not let anyone get near him. The problem is that this is a very lonely road, even more so than being a police officer already is. However, he is given a chance with someone he knew, with the only person from his past who didn’t hurt him.
She wasn’t really there but when everyone turned their backs on him, she didn’t, Aaron takes that as more than acceptable behavior. At least, she trusted him enough to know that he didn’t do it, something that he can’t say about others. But the thing here is that she wasn’t really there, although I understand why Aaron feels like she was, because no one else trusted him.
But the fact that she wasn’t there is important. Because she is not either now. She just wants to gain a following, show him off, but at no point does she have any real interest in getting close to him. She doesn’t care about him. So Aaron feels twice as lonely now as before.
That’s why at the end of The Rookie 4×04 “Red Hot” he calls Lucy. She is his last chance and she seemed sincere when she offered her support. Aaron is drowning so he has no choice but to trust her because if he doesn’t he feels like the world is going to swallow him… he trusts Lucy and he knows he made a good decision.
She listens to him, understands him and just… is there. The conversation goes as expected, with more awkward silences than words, somewhat awkward at times but … sincere and heartbreaking. The mention of Jackson hurt, like a punch to the stomach but it’s precisely something Aaron and Lucy have in common. Both of them lost their best friends suddenly and this feeling overcomes both of them, to suddenly remember them, to stop breathing for a moment … so the two have more things in common than it seems.
On the other hand, Wes still doesn’t know what to do with the criminal who is threatening his family. And the worst part is that more and more people are in danger from this and there is no way this will end well if Wes doesn’t tell Angela now. Only then can they face this together. Right now Angela and baby Jackson have a sword over their heads and she doesn’t even know it, it’s not fair.
Angela is his wife, she deserves to know what is happening and they must face this together, the two of them can find a way out of this mess and get that criminal off the streets but continuing like this everything will make everything worse, because Wes is on a tightrope and when Angela finds out she will be more disappointed than angry. And disappointment is much worse than anger, it takes longer to heal.
Fingers crossed so all of this doesn’t blow in Wes’ face.
The serial killer storyline goes a little further in The Rookie 4×04 “Red Hot” and leaves us quite worried about Harper. We almost lost her and I can neither confirm nor deny that I have my heart in my mouth right now. It seems that this assassin will be a challenge for the whole team… but who is he? Whoever he is, we just hope that everything goes well and that they don’t give us another mini heart attack.
PS: Why are men so afraid of breast milk? And I’m excited for this new Nolan adventure.
And here ends our The Rookie review. We will be back after Halloween with a new one!