We’re back for another week! The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” puts Celina in the spotlight for the first time as the episode puts some stones in Chenford’s future. Although we are not worried at all. Ready?
Here we go!
Guilt is Too Heavy in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World”
After the nonsense of the previous week, The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” is once again the show we all love. The episode finally gives Celina something more to work with than being comic relief. And we love it!
The kidnapping and murder of Blanca, Celina’s sister, occupies the main focus of The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World.” But, beyond discovering the culprit of that heinous crime, the episode deals with the remorse, guilt, and anger that it brought.
Celina always felt guilty for not having done anything to prevent what happened to her sister. She was a kid and she was alone and, of course, she couldn’t have done anything, but that guilt is a burden that Celina has carried on her back since Blanca’s kidnapping.
She couldn’t help but feel that she should have done more and she became a cop in part for that, to be prepared in case a horrible situation happened again. And to be able to help when something so horrible happened to another kid. Celina may not have saved Blanca, but she is willing to save all kids who suffer the same fate.
Finding Guilty Doesn’t Usually Go Well
When Celina discovered the secret that her mother kept from her, she felt that her mother betrayed her. For Celina, the problem is not the lie itself, but that her mother didn’t protect her from the guilt that she felt throughout her life, and, of course, she didn’t protect Blanca either. Celina’s disappointment and anger with her mother are palpable in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World.”
She tries to forgive her and reconcile with her loving mother who raised her with the addict whose negligence facilitated the kidnapping of her daughter. So in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World,” the case of the week quickly becomes personal for Celina when similarities to her sister’s case begin to surface.
Celina behaves impulsively during the episode, so much so that she crosses the line on a couple of occasions because she needs to close this. She feels that Blanca won’t be at peace until they figure out what happened to her. And perhaps knowing what happened to Blanca will give Celina the peace of mind and understanding she needs to be able to forgive her mother.
Forgiveness Suits Good in Celina in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World”
But in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” Celina doesn’t have time to think about forgiving her mother before discovering a new secret. And that, paradoxically, gives her a different perspective on things. A perspective that allows Celina to understand her mother and come to forgive her.
Yes, she was negligent at the time, but she was sick, and afterward, she was afraid of losing her only remaining daughter. Fear is irrational and makes us act in the wrong ways but it seems to us to be the best of two bad options, even if it is not.
Celina’s mother lived blaming herself for what happened, just like Celina. And now she adds the guilt of knowing that the culprit of her daughter’s disappearance is none other than a policeman whose addiction made it easier for him to enter their lives.
Seeing her mother like this, so full of remorse and crushed by guilt, in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” helps Celina understand that, even though her mother made mistakes, the only one to blame is the monster that kidnapped and murdered Blanca. He manipulated them and took advantage of the situation, just as he had planned.
With Celina’s understanding, comes her forgiveness toward her mother. Finding out the truth in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World,” makes Celina feel that she has left behind a very heavy burden. Celina feels that she has closed a tortuous episode of her life and can move on forward.
Tim has no choice but to shoot to catch the bad guy from The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World.” And that leaves a mark on him. Killing someone, even a monster, is never easy. Yes, it was a technically correct action but coming to terms with the fact that he took a life is a lot to take in.
Even though Tim has been in the police force for years and it’s not the first time he’s had to use lethal force, every time he tears him apart a little, tears off a piece of himself. Tim is affected…and that’s a good thing.
Good thing Tim, despite the years, feels affected by having to use deadly force. That shows his humanity. And in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” we see it crystal clear. If he wasn’t affected by anything, if he justified his lack of affection because he killed a monster, that would be dangerous. Justifying violence is the first step to exercising it against innocent people.
Chenford’s Future May Not Be So Bright as It Seems in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World”
In The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World” Chenford didn’t have a central role but, as always, we had a few minutes of our favorite ship. Chenford’s flirting already has us on the ground but what keeps us glued is Lucy’s concern and the way she desperately wants to help Tim with whatever he needs. And Tim being so supportive and knowing that he can always count on her, no matter what? That melts us down.
Despite these beautiful moments, Chenford faces a future challenge that we begin to glimpse in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World.” Once Lucy gets to be a detective — which we have no doubt she will — the two of them are going to have less time together.
It’s not a big deal and, as Tim says, they will figure it out, hands down. But we wish the episode had settled the point, so the show couldn’t make a mountain out of this little molehill later on. Just in case.
Other Stuff in The Rookie 5×19 “A Hole in the World”
- “Babe” okay. Bye. I’m dead.
- Angela and Wes are super sweet and I love them.
- At the end of this episode, everyone needs to take refuge in the arms of the person they love. And I understand them a lot.
- I wish I had found out more about what happened to Blanca. I mean, I get that monster kidnapped her, but what happened to her after that? Did he kill her? And in that case, why did he do it if his reason for kidnapping her in the first place was to replace his daughter? I think some things aren’t explained too well in the episode.
- Harper and her instinct are the most reliable!
- Bailey and Nolan are still cute.
- This episode is a perfectly balanced one.
- You owed me parallel!
The Rookie: Feds season 1 airs Tuesdays at 9/10 on ABC.