The Rookie “Daddy Cop” Review: Moving Pieces

The Rookie "Daddy Cop" In the midst of a heatwave and a citywide blackout, Officer John Nolan and Aaron follow increasingly large leads after they discover criminals hiding at the station. While on duty, Officer Chen makes an alarming discovery after being called to a scene where a pungent smell has wreaked havoc. Meanwhile, Lucy and Harper scheme to get Tim out of his new job and into a more exciting position on an all-new episode of ÒThe Rookie,Ó TUESDAY, JAN. 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. ARJAY SMITH, MEKIA COX, MELISSA O'NEIL, ALYSSA DIAZ, JENNA DEWAN, NATHAN FILLION
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The Rookie “Daddy Cop” Spoilers Ahead

The Rookie Season 5, Episode 13, “Daddy Cop,” is a hilarious hour more than anything else because while everyone’s on edge, it’s a sight to behold. At the end of the day, considering the show’s about police officers, and that’s not something that any of us should be watching given the very real terrors of police brutality in our world, the families on the show are its one true appeal.

The moment the series shifted from a lone-man procedural to an ensemble show was when it became worth watching. And The Rookie’s “Daddy Cop” is proof of that fact as an episode that makes it clear that these characters are a family willing to look out for one another when things get rough. In more ways than one, the episode is about Celina Juarez and Tim Bradford’s understanding that they aren’t alone in this world. Though they both come to the realization in different ways (one of them not even conceding it quite yet, but still.) It’s an episode that does a great job of preluding that many of these dynamics are here to stay. 

Daddy Cop / Family Cop

LISSETH CHAVEZ, RICHARD T. JONES in The Rookie 5x13 "Daddy Cop"
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The more the series lets us get to know Lisseth Chavez’s Celina Juarez, the more I demand that nothing and I mean nothing, touch her. In the words of my personal hero Leslie Knopeshe’s precious cargo. My heart shattered when we learned the truth about her mother’s condition and the detail that she doesn’t know what Celina actually does at work. Because, really, on a show like this, you know that at some point, her mother will find out, and it’ll be in a dramatic way that’ll hurt both the characters and the audience. 

Still, it was great to see Sargeant Gray doubt her for a split moment (mainly because of Nolan) only to see her strength later and remind her of the fact that she can come to them with anything she needs. It’s moments like this in shows like The Rookie that tell us how much the officers each care about each other and how that compassion is extended outward. And Celina knowing that she not only has a mother who cares for her but people who want the best for her at work is a gift that keeps on giving. 

Whatever It Takes

ERIC WINTER, MELISSA O'NEIL / Chenford in The Rookie "Daddy Cop"
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Lucy and Tim are each other’s person, and since they got together, they’ve been proving that they’ll do whatever it takes to ensure the other is at their best. In last week’s “Death Notice,” Tim took the plunge into a desk job to show that there’s nothing he isn’t willing to sacrifice to keep Lucy close and happy. In The Rookie’s “Daddy Cop,” it was up to Lucy to rally the troops and do everything in her power to get Tim out of his misery. And the best part of all this is that Tim Bradford is genuinely so happy that it doesn’t matter what he’s doing. Sure, he’s miserable. Yes, they promised never to lie to each other, but none of that matters because he has her. 

Eric Winter continues to floor me with Tim’s beaming smile and active concern for Lucy. He’s so keenly aware of everything she does that asking if she’s okay in a room full of their friends makes my heart clench. Further, the utter joy he exhibits at the end of the episode when they each pull strings to get him a better job is everything. Tim might not know that this was all a result of the people he loves most moving the chess pieces around to give him an open road to the king, but it doesn’t change the fact that everything in him is so weightless that his incandescent joy with Lucy comes first. Through all of it, he’s happier than ever for the first time, and it’s all because of her. Because she exists. She’s his. He’s hers. And they’re partners in a way that neither of them thought they’d find in another person.

Further Thoughts

  • “Arrest me but make it sexy” is catchy.
  • Anyone else think of Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” during this episode? It would’ve been great to give us a moment with Tim and Lucy that was … hotter. Though I’m satisfied with everything we got.
  • I don’t think this show realizes that we’d actually give anything for an entire episode that just features this ensemble sitting in a room together.
  • I’m not gonna lie, kinda wish we got to see how bad the RV was.
  • Celina’s right. The song is catchy. Stupidly catchy and now it’s stuck in my head.

Now streaming on Hulu: What are your thoughts on The Rookie’s “Daddy Cop?” Let us know in the comments below.

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