“Rookie Blue” Season 5 Episode 9 “Moving Day” aired on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Global TV. The 15th Division was tasked to do some community service as they helped the residents of a government subsidized housing apartment to relocate. During the day, Officer Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) and Officer Chloe Price (Priscilla Faia) discovered an underground human trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Officer Nick Collins (Peter Mooney) tried his best to take care of an abandoned brother and sister, while Chloe dealed with the signing of her divorce papers. Read on to know more about this episode.
The 15th Division officers were tasked to help residents in a government subsidized housing apartment relocate to their new homes. However, as they went about their duties, they were assigned body-mounted cameras which they were supposed to test out for the day. Staff Sargeant Oliver Shaw (Matt Gordon) quickly paired them off, while Officer Dov Epstein (Gregory Smith) stayed behind in order to help Oliver with the tech side of the body-mounted cameras. Chloe was visited by her ex-husband, Wes (Cle Bennet), who handed over the divorce papers for her to be signed. On a different note, Officer Chris Diaz, played by Travis Milne, was noticeably absent in this episode. The last we saw him, he told Oliver about his drug problem, which landed him in rehab so that he could get his act together.
As soon as Andy, Chloe, Gail and Nick arrived at the building, they were immediately confronted by a disgruntled resident who claimed that someone had stolen his orange bike. The teams split up in order to get the so-called “moving day” duties done more efficiently.
Andy and Chloe walked into an empty apartment, where they found a man lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the floor. As Chloe began to check on the victim, a man in bloody gray and red sweatshirt ran into her and fled the scene.
Gail and Nick then returned to an apartment which they had visited earlier in order to see if anyone could identify the suspect who had fled the scene. The teenage brother and sister, who had said that they were waiting for their mother to come home to start moving, told them that they did not see anything. However, an orange bike hidden under a cloth catched Gail’s eye, and they realized that the boy, Josh, had stolen the bike.
It was revealed that he steals bikes, repairs them and sells them in order to make money for his sister and himself. Nick brought them to the station, while Gail, bored to death with “moving day,” waited for the mother to return. However, as Gail returned the bike to its owner and made some inquiries about the brother and sister, it was revealed that their mother had abandoned them a year ago. However, the two were afraid that if Family Services got involved, they would be separated from each other. Nick, who empathized with them, decided to book them as juvenile delinquents so that they would be sent to a co-ed group home. This meant that they wouldn’t have to be separated.
The group home that he sent them to was his old group home, and he knew the house mother pretty well. It was then revealed that Nick had lived there for three years. He had become an orphan at the age of 12 as his parents died of a car accident. Not happy with his first home, he ran away and got caught with a stolen car. This, fortunately, led him to the very same group home that he sent the brother and sister to.
Back at the station, Chloe helped interrogate and translate for Detective Traci Nash (Enuka Okuma), as the suspect had visited the victim while he was in the hospital. The man, a Brazilian named Aldo, told Chloe (who is Portuguese herself) that the victim was his brother, Gabriel. He claimed that they were staying with a cousin and that what had happened was a merely just a small family quarrel.
Back at the housing, Andy investigated the apartment of a Ms. Barbara Coleman, whose name was on the bottle of oxycodone that was being used by the Gabriel. However, an analysis of the apartment revealed around fifteen sleeping bags in the apartment and in the basement — it was being used as a boarding house for Brazilian illegal immigrants.
At the station, they decided to bring in the doctor who prescribed the drugs to Ms. Barbara Coleman in for questioning. The doctor, a Latina, told them that she had never made contact with Barbara and informed Traci and Detective Sam Swarek (Ben Bass) that the Brazilians living there are in a better place than they would have been if they were back home in Brazil.
Andy asked the doctor to help talk to Aldo, hoping to get some information out him, but it did not work. Chloe helped Andy translate, once again, some footage taken with her body camera, as she had forgotten to turn it off while the doctor spoke to Aldo. They then realized that the doctor was in on the entire scheme — a human trafficking ring. The doctor was later arrested while trying to shred the documents of Aldo and some others.
Sam had Dov trace the number on her cell phone that she had called six times. It was then discovered that the number traced back to a construction site, and the man that she had called was her husband. The doctor’s husband, Luis, owned a plastering company, and his workers were mostly Brazilian. The team closed in on him later that evening, and they were able to rescue some Brazilian workers, as well as Aldo and Gabriel’s other brother, Julio. It turned out that Luis beat Gabriel up when he had insisted on getting back his passport.
Meanwhile, Chloe and Wes both signed their divorce papers and celebrated with a couple of hotdog buns for lunch. As they bonded for a moment, Wes leaned in and kissed Chloe on the lips. Flustered, Chloe handed him her hotdog bun and left.
Before they left the station for the day, she realized that she had forgotten to turn off her body camera, and Dov might be able to witness that moment, which would further complicate their relationship with each other. She went on to lie to him, telling him that she had forgotten to drop off the divorce papers at the lawyers and persuaded him to change so that they could head out. While he was gone, Chloe desperately tried to delete the footage on her body camera.
Gail, on the other hand, was able to realize the importance of valuing things that belong to a family, as she spent the entire day helping people move out while trying to find a way to get out of attending the monthly Peck family dinner. She and her brother, Detective Steve Peck (Adam McDonald), walked out of the station together, leaving Traci behind as she and Steve were still on the outs with each other.
Meanwhile, Sam confessed to Andy that he had not been able to get a reservation at a restaurant for their dinner date that night. However, they both agreed to just relax and eat pizza and beer in bed while watching television — a good, relaxing comfortable date after the rough and emotional day they all had to go through.
All in all, the episode tugged at the heartstrings at the right moments, allowing us to feel the gravity of what human trafficking is capable of while capping it off with a warm soft ending that only this show is capable of delivering. This episode also did a brilliant job of developing Nick and Gail’s characters a little bit more.
What do you think of this episode? Do you think Chloe was successful in deleting that camera footage? When do you think Chris will come back? What do you think of Nick’s back story? Where do you think Steve and Traci’s relationship is heading? Let us know what you think by posting your comments below!
And that’s it for the “Rookie Blue” Season 5 Episode 9 “Moving Day” recap, which aired on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on Global TV.
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