We are here for another week! In The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer,” Simone receives an offer that is hard to refuse…but turns out to be a poison apple as she fights to make a difference. Ready? Here we go!
Bitter Welcome in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer”
Candice arrives in Los Angeles taking everything in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer.” Garza knew that she was up to something, although he didn’t know what and would soon find out. The point is to destroy Garza’s unit — we still don’t understand why the FBI is so hell-bent on going after its own people. Candice meets Simone and sees her as the perfect puppet, one that she could control and would make her look good.
Simone is a self-reinvented queer Black woman who fights for racial justice from within the FBI. Few people would make the FBI look better when they appear to be diverse. So Candice offers Simone a poisoned apple: a promotion that would give her power.
This “power” is just bait for Simone to accept because she would not have any power other than to say what Candice told her that she has to say. However, in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer,” Simone rethinks what to do with her career, and what kind of agent she wants to be.
Claims To Fix A Rotten System
Simone is clear that she wants to make a difference and she thinks that maybe being on it’s the way to do it. And I love the conversation between Simone and Garza. He doesn’t want to lose her but he does want her to bring out her full potential.
Simone found a place in the unit and can do things her way. In the position she is offered, there will be nothing her way. Garza could have lied to her, but Simone deserved the truth. And I loved that.
After this conversation, Simone is clear that in that promotion she would not be allowed to fight with the system and she would simply end up mixing with it. But, in Garza’s unit, she can continue to do things her way, winning small battles and fighting to make a difference.
That’s why she makes that claim on camera in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer.” The difference begins to be made by being faithful to your principles and not giving up fighting, no matter what, and Simone Clark is nothing if she isn’t a fighter.
The FBI Can’t Stand Two Simone Clarks…but Needs More Agents Like Her
We love Simone in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer.” I am not the one to analyze what she said, only to listen. But I do want to point out that I like that this show emphasizes inequality, discrimination, and hypocrisy, in addition to racism, which remains rooted in society and government institutions today.
That family only got the attention and resources of the FBI because they were a wealthy white family, but how many Black women went missing and didn’t get the most basic care? Many. Too many. And nobody does anything to avoid it or to change it.
The system is rotten and must be changed from within. That’s why it needs people like Simone Clark fighting through it. Simone fights to make a difference and The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer” shows us how.
The vindication, the visibility, her speech… her fight, that makes the difference. And that this fight be seen in prime time on our TV is tremendously important. That also begins to make a difference. And it’s tremendously necessary.
The Chess Game as the Only Defense in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer”
That said, Candice is nothing more than a result of the FBI’s systematic misogyny, as she pointed out in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer.” When Candice and Garza entered the FBI, there was a clear difference in how their colleagues treated them. They considered Garza their full-fledged partner, so they treated him with the camaraderie of that.
Yet Candice was patronized at best and mocked at worst. So yeah, she had to learn to be cunning, and sneaky and have her own agenda, like she was playing chess. If the system wasn’t so rotten, maybe she wouldn’t have had to learn to bite to survive.
Candice never told Garza any of this, and he feels guilty for not seeing it sooner. As Garza acknowledges in The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer,” he was so invested in that camaraderie that he wasn’t there for Candice…and now he regrets it. However, the past is something that cannot be changed, it can only be learned from it. And we believe Garza did that.
As with Simone, we love that Candice and The Rookie: Feds 1×14 “The Offer” isn’t shy about vindicating the systematic misogyny that both the FBI and all kinds of organizations have. Thanks to these types of claims, things are changing, but there is still a lot of fight ahead and we are glad that this show joins our fight.
The Rookie: Feds season 1 airs Tuesdays at 9/10 on ABC.