Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rookie Blue - The Girlfriend Experience

While Traci (Enuka Okuma) and Detective Barber (Noam Jenkins) plan their impending wedding, the officers find themselves assigned new partners. Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Nick (Peter Mooney) discover a missing graduate student was leading a double life as a high-end call girl. When they discover she matches the body type of another missing call girl from earlier this month after a date with the same client (Elias Toufexis) the department decides to set up a sting.

Gail (Charlotte Sullivan) gets a crash course from Noelle (Melanie Nicholls-King) before being sent undercover as the suspect's date for the evening. They arrest the John for solicitation but when the missing call girl (Siobhan Murphy) shows up at the precinct the case falls apart and they find themselves back at square one. While listening to a backlog of 911 calls Epstein (Gregory Smith) and Diaz (Travis Milne) discover a clue that leads them to the body of the first missing call girl whose body they find dumped in the park.

"The Girlfriend Experience" is the strongest episode of the series I've seen so far. Gail's insecurities over her relationship with Nick lead her to volunteer for an assignment she's not quite ready for but still manages to prove herself. The tension over her support loosing her momentarily during the assignment works perfectly. And while undercover we see her let her guard down for the first time, albeit to the wrong man. The episode's cliffhanger ending with Gail being attacked in Andy's apartment should (hopefully) lead to a very good follow-up next week as the department will begin a search for one of their own.

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