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Last week’s Valentine’s Day-themed The Rookie was both funny and sad. First I have to touch on Tim’s visit to his wife at rehab. She looked really good, especially considering how she looked when we last saw her after she’d been shot in the head. She’s clean now, and Tim is happy about that, but he came to the realization that he can’t be with her without her remembering back to how she felt at her lowest point, and he’s afraid of that jeopardizing her recovery/sobriety. So he walked away. I would imagine that took a lot of courage and love, putting her health and good welfare above his own feelings. It was really sad.
Then there was the creepy guy (played by the always fantastic John Billingsley) who had dementia but was a serial killer. He attacked both West and the cutie nurse he was flirting with (and wow, who knew he was gay?), nearly getting away until Lopez tackled him in the stairwell. I thought it was going to go bad – worse than it did – but thank goodness everyone was okay. Making Lopez’s day worse, it looks like she and Wesley are done. When she asked him out for Vday after he was arrested for contempt of court, he said he’d already made plans. She sneaked into his things in the locker and checked his calendar, which said he had dinner plans with Melanie. Unfortunately for her, when she got snarky and brought it up with him, he told her Melanie was his stepmom and he’d planned to spend it with her since it was her first one without his dad. Oops. So now he’s angry that she snooped, and it looks like they’re done.
The both funniest and saddest parts of the episode had to do with Nolan and his “stalker,” whom he met on a call about a single-car accident. The woman had hit a power pole and ended up getting shocked by a downed power line. Nolan risked his life to get her and then performed CPR, bringing her back to life. The woman showed up at the station just after being released from the hospital, intending to give Nolan a big basket of muffins. He thanked her but made it clear he wasn’t interested in more. She then made a fake emergency call about an intruder to get him back to her house, and that’s when Nolan saw a photo and folded flag on her mantel. Her husband had died overseas just over a year before, and she was so lonely, she was doing anything to fill that void. She even showed up at Nolan’s house as Ben’s date for their “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party,” (at which it was first only Nolan, Ben, and Lucy). When Nolan went to tell her again that he wasn’t interested, he found her naked in his bed…and quickly realized she’d overdosed on pills. Thankfully they all worked to keep her awake and alert until EMTs got there. (And speaking of the party… After Lucy left to stay with the woman instead of Nolan accompanying her, Bishop was the only one to show up. It turned out she had a love interest who was married, and Lopez urged her to break up with him for good when she admitted he was still with his wife. She must have done that, because then she showed up at the party. And was it just me or were there sparks between her & Ben as they started talking about Nolan’s past?!
On tonight’s episode, “Caught Stealing,” the rookies become the prime suspects after it is discovered a large sum of money used in a drug bust has gone missing.
See if they determine who the real thief is tonight on ABC at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing American Housewife, Ellen’s Game of Games, NCIS, The Kids Are Alright, Chopped, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans, & Miracle Workers.
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