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Rookie Blue is an ABC (Global in Canada) series focusing around five new rookies assigned to Division 15 straight out of the academy. The show focuses a lot more on the personal lives of the rookies than other crime shows, and has been described as "Grey's Anatomy with rookie cops".

It follows their introduction to real policing under the guidance of the senior officers and detectives at Division 15, and how they struggle to cope with the toll the job takes on them and their lives. While there is a main character, Andy McNally, the show utilises its ensemble cast very well and every episode will follow each of the rookies and some of the senior officers. The series is one of handful of shows airing on US TV (Flashpoint being another) in which its Canadian setting is actually preserved.

The series ended in 2015, airing for six seasons. ABC and Global have stated that the sixth season serves as the show's finale.


The series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Played reasonably realistically. Expect Andy to lose as often as she wins in a fight. Andy is a bit headstrong and her headstrongness has lead her to do stupid choices in her career.
  • Affably Evil: Jamie Brennan.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Happens to Luke, Oliver, Andy, Sam, Gail, and Jerry.
  • Always Murder: Averted. The 15th has dealt with a variety of crimes, ranging from child abduction to drug trafficking.
  • Amusing Injuries: Nick throughout the season 4 opener.
  • Badass in Distress: Sam in the season 2 finale.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Sam and Andy, Chris and Gail.
  • Betty and Veronica: Sam (Veronica) and Luke (Betty) for Andy (Archie). Initially at least.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Luke, for Andy. Then later, Shaw and the others for Sam. Jerry gets a Huge Damn Heroes moment for Gail after following up on a simple supposedly dead-end lead. It unfortunately ends in his death. After being brutally stabbed (yes, that knife was twisted in his gut), he musters up the strength to attack the killer again, so he can plant his phone in the suspect's pocket which leads the team to Gail's location in the kidnapper's car
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  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: "Out of Time" ends with Frank meeting his child with Noelle for the first time while the others learn Jerry has died from his injuries
  • The Boxing Episode: It had two, "Fite Nite" and "Different, Not Better", which feature officers of the 15th division competing with other divisions in an annual charity boxing match.
  • Brick Joke: The table umbrellas from the episode 'Class Dismissed'.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Played very realistically, a standard vest protects a main character from a bullet. It knocks them down and leaves serious bruising, but saves their life.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Played straight with Chris amongst the rookies, averted by Dov and notably by Sam and in the episode featuring his death, Jerry.
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted. Though pretty blatantly set in Toronto, to the point where it often makes references to local street names, the show portrays a fairly realistic and non-stereotypical version of urban Canadian life. Which isn't surprising, since it's a Canadian show.
  • Car Fu: Just as the perp was about to get away from Andy... Swarek nails a suspect with his patrol car, complete with a badass Bond One-Liner.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Usually averted, played straight notably when Andy is confronting the child-killer in the park rec centre. Played straight with Jerry when Andy and Sam arrive after he's been fatally wounded by Gail's kidnapper
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The disgruntled man being forced out of his apartment complex during moving day returns a few episodes later and is revealed to be a Mad Bomber on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Clear Their Name: Andy's father becomes a murder suspect in one episode, leading Sam and Andy to try and find evidence to clear him.
  • Cool Big Sis: Noelle Williams.
  • Damsel in Distress: Andy from a psychopathic army sergeant and murderer. Also Gail from a man who is abducting women from a hotel.
  • Dirty Harriet: Andy and Gail do a stint as prostitutes in a sting operation. Later in the season Andy has to pretend to be a stripper and Sam's girlfriend in an undercover operation. Gail later pretends again to be a high class prostitute to bring in a murder suspect for a missing prostitute. It's the wrong guy. Turns out the missing person wasn't actually dead, but another prostitute had been killed earlier by a guy scouting in the same area.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Shaw is always hungry, though not necessarily for donuts. Gail also has a big sweet tooth.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Played with by Chris to Gail after he's been stabbed and they are trapped in a warehouse with no way out. Although he does not come out and declare his love, he does say he misses her and still has feelings for her. He also survives his injuries.
  • Everyone Can See It: The chemistry between Andy and Sam. Even her boyfriend can see it.
  • Fair Cop: All of them.
  • Fanservice: Three of the rookies undercover as prostitutes in a sting operation in episode 4, with Andy and Gail wearing very revealing outfits.
    • Season 2 begins with Andy dancing at home in her underwear for a few moments before anything remotely resembling a scene begins.
  • Funny Background Event: Nick and Gail stake out a beach to catch kids in a Scavenger Hunt (they're after the big pink umbrellas there). Nothing happens while they're there, but at the end of the episode they get drunk and kiss - and in the background a group of kids can be seen rolling one of the umbrellas away.
  • Genre Savvy: During the 'scavenger hunt' exercise Dov realizes that the key part of undercover police work is to get a criminal to trust you and then being able to betray that trust to make an arrest. Especially Genre Savvy as he has just done the same thing earlier to his best friend. He does this in a very straightforward manner while Andy and Traci spend a lot of time creating a new personae for themselves. And he's good at it.
    • Also in the same episode, Oliver is extremely Genre Savvy, noting Dov as the underdog. He only tells him that because he knows "doubting" Dov will push him to do better than the rest of the recruits...and earn him money in the pool they have going for which rookie will be the better undercover cop.
  • Godzilla Threshold: During season 3, Det. Luke Callahan is called back into action whatever there is a case that was... big. He returns in Season 4, under the same problem.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Used sometimes. Lampshaded early in season 2.
  • Good-Guy Bar: The Black Penny, where all the cops hide out after each episode.
  • Important Haircut: Attempted by a drunken Gail in the season 5 premiere after the events of the season 4 finale. She winds up regretting it almost immediately due to the freak out she is clearly going through and has Holly fix it for her.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Sam and Andy get interrupted by his boss. Since he's undercover working for a very nasty drug dealer, this is not played for laughs.
  • It Gets Easier: Averted; although a big deal is made of Andy killing for the first time, this hasn't resulted in her being any less hesitant to shoot people.
    • Happens again with Dov.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gail. She can be rather rude and off-putting, overly ambitious, and can be quite callous at times, but she still cares for her friends, and has a serious self esteem issue that sometimes cause her to sabotage her personal and professional life.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Oliver at the beginning of season 5, since Frank has to take the fall for 15th division's failings (in the form of a leave of absence).
  • Love Triangle: Sam/Andy/Luke. For a while it was resolved in favour of Luke/Andy. Then Luke's former girlfriend Jo shows up and decides to stick around the 15th.
    • Might be one forming involving Gail/Chris/ Dov.
    • Another one might be forming involving Gail/Collins/Chris
      • Neither of these come to fruition after Gail hooks up with Holly.
    • Season 4 and 5 have one between Nick/Andy/Sam.
  • Love Confession: Dov takes too many painkillers and ends up high as a kite. He ends up telling Gail that his new girlfriend is amazing but she is not perfect like Gail. He then tells her that he wants to marry her and have kids with her. When the drugs wear off and he realizes what he said, things get really awkward between them.
  • Meddling Parents: Superintendent Elaine Peck. She's actively trying to manage her daughter's private and professional life.
  • Les Yay: In-universe for Season 4. There seems to be a lot of tension going around between Gail and Holly, the forensic pathologist. By the end of Season 4 and a "Shut Up" Kiss, they are canonically a couple.
  • New Old Flame: The new detective, Jo Rosati, that Andy has to work with the season 2 opener. Turns out she's Luke's ex-partner, in more ways than one. At the end of the episode, she joins the 15th. That is until she was transferred to another station.
    • In Season 3, Gail gets one in the form of Nick Collins, a new rookie, and who happens to be her ex-fiancee who basically left her at the alter. They get back together but when Nick leaves with Andy for a deep cover assignment, she believes he gotten to attached to Andy. She was right.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Obviously. However the senior cops are not that much older than the rookies.
  • Once an Episode: During Season 1, there's a scene in the squad room, at the end of which the officer in charge says "Protect, Serve and (plot significant statement the rookies will not follow)". By the start of Season 2, it seems they are doing this off and on. By Season 3, they have stopped doing so.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: When Dov and Chris promise to openly compete for everything, Chris is obviously referring to future promotions/transfers etc. Dov seems to have something else in mind.
  • One Head Taller: Luke/Andy, Chris/Gail, Sam/Andy.
  • Paranormal Episode: An episode had a man claiming to be a psychic help the cops find a kidnapped witness. In the end the cops conclude that it was just a clever scheme to provide them with evidence against a mob boss. Since the cops are not gonna call the 'psychic' as a witness in court, the mob boss will not find out where the evidence really came from. However, the man made quite a few predictions that come true including one that is fulfilled a couple episodes later in a very unexpected and tragic way. A wedding is called off not because the bride has cold feet but because the groom is killed.
  • Rank Up: At the end of the first season, the rookies get promoted to regular officer status. Though they're still rookies compared to everyone else at the division. Lamp Shaded in the last scene of the first season in a Funny Moment.
    • In Season 3, Traci is now a detective and there is a new rookie in the precinct, Nick Collins, Gail's ex-fiance.
  • Rescue Introduction: How Dov meets his new girlfriend after she rescues from a booby-trap bomb.
  • Rescue Romance: Ensues between Dov and his new bomb-disposal squad girlfriend when she rescued him from a bomb-trigger trap.
  • Rule of Three: Nick gets hit in the face three times during the season 4 opener. Once with a shotgun by a drug dealer actually another undercover cop, again in the same spot by Andy (accidentally), and once when he gets back to the precinct and sees Gail for the first time in six months. And gets punched in his good eye by her.
  • Sexy Mentor: Sam for Andy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gail really ships Traci and Steve. Also Oliver with Macswarek"you and Sam were great and you'll always will be".
  • Shout-Out: One episode opens with Sam quoting, almost word-for-word, What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!.
    • The quote is actually from Andre Malraux, a French author and politician.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Chris to Gail. Gail to Holly in 4x12.
  • Slice of Life: Despite the official genre being labeled as drama, it falls more into this category due to the fact that several episodes end on quite optimistic notes.
  • There Are No Therapists: Andy has shot and killed a man, been shot, been spattered with the blood of a victim standing next to her, had to suspect her own father of murder, almost witnessed a suicide and much more, just months out of the academy, but has had no counselling beyond her friends and colleagues.
  • Token Minority Couple: Noelle and Frank.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Played Straight in "Out of Time", and averted in the season 4 finale.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: In the first episode, after Andy arrests Sam as a murder suspect and brings him back to the station.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: When Andy finally is ready to act on her feelings Sam takes up an undercover assignment where he can't have contact with her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gail, with just about everybody.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Sam and Andy. They do and by the end of season two are trying to start a 'normal' relationship..
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chris delivers one to both Dov and Gail after finding about Dov's Love Confession to her.
  • Wham Episode: Season 3's "Out of Time" and "Every Man". The former has the death of Jerry after being stabbed by a Serial Killer, while the latter ended with Gail's suspension after she had forgotten to pat down a suspect and led to the suspect's death inside the holding cell he was in after shooting himself with a hidden gun.
    • Season 4's season finale (a two-parter) really packs on the whammy with Sam being shot and flatlining.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Oliver's season 4 love interest is named Celery.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: For all the rookies, but especially in one scene for Chris as he detailed to help Sam, Jerry, and Shaw (all senior officers). Lampshaded for Andy as she makes Sam coffee.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Izzy, Shaw's daughter, much to his regret. It becomes a huge plot point in one episode, as she is identified by it. Many times.


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