The Rookie S02E07: Safety *spoilers*

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Agatha Mystery, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....


    Stunt casting seems to be happening a lot more this season than previously. We get a couple of NFL players. They didn't do too badly though. Still a little awkward, but it could have been much worse.

    It's an interesting way to get rid of Jessica. It's not like there is more on-screen chemistry over either Jessica or Grace. Not sure why there was a need to move to another love interest for Nolan. Jessica's possible shifty character never came out. I wonder if they will come back to Jessica at a later date with that (so that Nolan can have a *whew* moment) or for some other reason. Seemed like a weird dead end. Glad she wasn't pregnant. That's a whole extra ball of wax that the show didn't need yet. It just seems a bit out of the blue to suddenly toss Jessica's character, though.

    Harper and Chen were an interesting couple. I don't agree that Chen should have attempted to hit Harper. Seemed like Harper wasn't training and that could come across poorly on the bodycam. Smart of Chen to look for wear on the treads of the bomb house. I wasn't expecting that one. I was expecting Chen to shoot him through the doorway since she could see it (at least presumably due to the camera view that we had). Didn't expect her to throw him through the window.

    I did like Harper pulling the PTA/football thing. I've got challenge coins from work but I don't carry one in my pocket. In the civilian world, we just don't pull them out. Military is another story. I guess they do them as well in the PD? Anyone have any experience with that? Usually higher challenge coins trump the others and you win with that. So Harper would have automatically won since Governor is higher than Chief. I've got one from a 3-star Admiral. I'm pretty sure that trumps Governor. :D The sliding across the table was cute. So was Harper deciding to give it to Bradford. She made an important point about gender bias.

    Then the diamond/football thing. Kind of a strange coupling, story-wise. I just doubt that Lopez would have been calling on the phone and get that lucky to get her pals right there. Such a serious coincidence.
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  2. DouglasPHill

    DouglasPHill Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    I love the quirkiness of this show. So Nolan is now free to date the doctor (although I'm hoping he and Chen start back up)
  3. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    South Florida
    I thought this was the most ridiculous part of that whole scene. It's not like the guy would have the booby trap armed when he was in the house, so why would he need to avoid the pressure plates? Not to mention being able to have pressure plates under a wood floor that would be triggered by a foot on one board but not on the next one over, since the floor is all one attached piece.

    As to the coins, I thought that maybe they had time to go get them from their lockers or something. But I don't know that keeping in their lockers is any more believable than carrying one around.
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  4. LoadStar

    LoadStar I voted! Did you?

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    She *says* she isn't pregnant. The only thing I could think through that last scene is that she really *is* pregnant, but told him that she wasn't to test to see if he wanted to be a father or not.

    I'm predicting that we see her again, more visibly pregnant.
  5. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA


    Interesting theory----never occurred to me...
  6. jcondon

    jcondon Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2003
    Me either.

    I think (or at least hope) it was a simple as she is getting older and if she wants a child of her own she is running out of time.

    If she was actually pregnant Nolan would do the right thing. However she isn't and he doesn't want to be a dad again. So that is that (hopefully).
  7. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001
    I disagree that the chemistry is the same between Nolan and Grace vs. Nolan and Jessica. Maybe it's just because I like Sarah Shahi a lot more than Ali Larter, but I don't really feel the relationship with Grace at all. But whatever. The thing that really seemed weird to me is that in the morning Jessica is worried because she's three days late, and by the evening of the same day she wants a baby so badly she's willing to call off their relationship because of it. Even by TV show standards that seems a little ridiculous, and it feels extremely out-of-character for Jessica in particular.
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  8. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    He might actually have done it while he was there on the way out the door. And even then, since they had been there so long, he might not want to walk on those treads for fear of damaging the pressure plates. 10 years is a long time for any improvised explosives laying around.
  9. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    BFE, So....
    Quite probably. That would explain her tears over the fact that she wants to be a mom and wanted him to be the dad. And if so, what a ****** thing to do to lie to him about parenthood. Not only to Nolan but to the kid.
  10. Azlen

    Azlen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Peoria, AZ
    While I enjoy the show, they seem lost as to what they want to do with supporting characters. Sometimes I wonder if they were tied into story lines with Bishop initially and they didn't know where to go with them when she left. For example, what was the point of ever introducing the night general guy. Seems like they don't really know what to do with his character.
  11. alpacaboy

    alpacaboy Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2004
    I had to look it up on Wikipedia, but I think the point of the challenge coins is to have them on you. [edited to add: Oops... AM already covered that in the original post.]

    Though Wikipedia didn't say anything about the "slide to the edge" game.
    It looked like the "game" was typically someone at a bar would whip out a challenge coin and tap it on the counter. Then everyone around would need to produce a challenge coin. The ones that couldn't would buy the round of drinks for those that do. If everyone does produce a coin, then the one who initiated the challenge buys the round.

    (I've only heard of challenge coins before this because they had a discussion on the West Wing Weekly podcast. But I guess it's a thing...)
  12. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    They should bring in some new rookies not new TOs
  13. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    The problem is that the show is called "The Rookie" and Nathan is the main character. If they brought in a new class of rookies, then he wouldn't be a rookie anymore...
  14. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    How many years can he be a rookie? I don’t really see a problem with him eventually becoming a TO with a rookie beneath him, the show will still be about a rookie
  15. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

    Mar 5, 2002
    Nashville, TN
    While it looks like Chen made the right choice with the wooden boards, I was thinking with all those books around maybe throw some on the ground and see what happens. lol. Let's go out in a blaze of glory!
  16. Dawghows

    Dawghows Liberal Elitist

    May 17, 2001
    I wondered about this during the first season and looked it up. Apparently it varies quite a bit from place to place. There's an official probationary period, which can last from a few months to a couple years. From that point forward, it's essentially undefined and determined by when your peers (and you) feel like you can stand on your own two feet.
  17. LlamaLarry

    LlamaLarry Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 30, 2003
    I'm totally infatuated with Sarah Shahi. If anything my wife will be glad to see her off the show so I can stop commenting on how smoking hot Sarah is. Every single time I see her.

    It did not occur to me that Jessica may actually be pregnant, which would explain her bizarre character shift, but she already played a character doing something very similar on another show recently.
  18. stellie93

    stellie93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    If Madame Secretary is still Madame Secretary, then this can still be The Rookie even if he's not. ;)
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  19. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Essentially, it's his police service bio and story, wherever he might be.
  20. logic88

    logic88 Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Land Of...
    Do they really not teach female police trainees how to handle assailants larger than them?

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