The Rookie (2018– )
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Officer Nolan gets a lesson in respect after his arrest of a gang member leads to a free-for-all on his life; officer Chen and Bradford pull over Mario Lopez, who thinks he can talk his way out of a traffic violation.


Valerie Weiss


Alexi Hawley (created by), Brynn Malone




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Fillion ... John Nolan
Alyssa Diaz ... Angela Lopez
Richard T. Jones ... Sergeant Wade Grey
Titus Makin Jr. ... Jackson West (as Titus Makin)
Mercedes Mason ... Captain Zoe Andersen
Melissa O'Neil ... Lucy Chen
Afton Williamson ... Talia Bishop
Eric Winter ... Tim Bradford
Mario Lopez ... Mario Lopez
Shawn Ashmore ... Wesley
Grant Harvey ... Cole
Andy Mackenzie ... Leonard 'King' Midas
Lyndon Smith ... Astrid Heisserer (as Lyndon Talley-Smith)
Alicia Coppola ... Detective Murphy
Romeo Brown ... D'Andre Riggs


Officer Nolan gets a lesson in respect after his arrest of a gang member leads to a free-for-all on his life; officer Chen and Bradford pull over Mario Lopez, who thinks he can talk his way out of a traffic violation.

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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

19 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


VARDA-alarm is an acronym which stands for Voice-Activated Radio-Dispatched Alarm. It is a type of burglar alarm that, when activated or "tripped", broadcasts the type of the alarm and the transmitter location over the local police radio frequency using a pre-recorded audio message. It bypasses "911 Dispatch system" and sends a red alert to all police within the vicinity. See more »


Nolan makes a huge tactical error when the gun thug is firing at him with the full-auto weapon. He has cover behind his truck and the thug is focused on firing into the passenger area. He should have pulled, and returned fire from one side of the truck or the other.

Likewise, the 459 call was handled improperly. Proper procedure is to summon additional units unless it has been verified someone inside was in immediate danger. The additional units serve as perimeter security while the primary unit checks the building. See more »


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Production Dysfunction
20 March 2019 | by rbr-41299See all my reviews

This episode was certainly highly charged and dramatically intense with excellent acting as usual, but I noted several problems. First, why is it that the only terrorist groups Hollywood cop shows depict are white supremacists? It is a subtle slur against conservatives by the Hollywood Left. Those who terrorize television heroes are never from left-wing groups like Antifa. Second, as the dead officer was wheeled to the coroner's vehicle her body was draped with an American flag. You don't put the American flag on a corpse. The flag is sometimes draped over a coffin at a funeral. At least the officers didn't kneel on the ground. Third, the sergeant used the wrong command when he ordered the officers to salute. The command is "present arms," not "order arms." Again, this is a ritual reserved for funerals. That entire scene was totally wrong.

On another plot device, I've never heard of a police department Internal Affairs officer deliberately posing as someone breaking the law or inducing someone to break the law just to see if an officer will violate procedure. That's no different than the police creating a crime by entrapment. I find it difficult to believe the LAPD IA would employ this tactic. Moreover, in the scene in which a celebrity owing community service was induced to break the law, the TO got his revenge by issuing citations for multiple serious offenses. These citations would ultimately create a legal fiasco because his defense attorney could argue that his client was the victim of police corruption in forcing the celebrity to break the law to satisfy community service. I have to wonder if the producers for The Rookie have any liaison with the LAPD or a retired LAPD officer to review episode scripts before they are set in stone. It would seem not.

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