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Rookie Blue recap: Uprising

The 15 Division heads into a prison that’s run as poorly as Litchfield.

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Rookie Blue

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma
Crime, Drama

The 15 Division lives by a very strict Murphy’s Law—therefore it would be basically impossible for these cops to enter a prison and not have something go wrong. That’s why you could probably see what was coming in “Uprising” when Oliver announced “prison transfer” at roll call.

The gang has been tasked with escorting two female prisoners from Pine Valley Correctional Center. McNally and Ward are taking inmate Kenzie Grant to Northpoint Maximum Prison because she stabbed her cellmate. Peck and Collins get the easier job of transferring Rochelle Dawber to Sandwood; the warden says she’s the exact opposite of Kenzie.

Apparently when cops enter a prison, they have to surrender their weapons before going behind the locked doors—which is an immediate red flag that things are about to get messy. It takes, oh, about 10 seconds for McNally and Ward to enter one of the cellblocks and to become ensconced in a full-on prison brawl. The guards here at Pine Valley are apparently just as incompetent as the ones on Orange Is the New Black, so they’re all knocked out quite quickly and the 15 cops are left to fend for themselves.

McNally and Ward are able to get to a somewhat secure area with their prisoner, Kenzie, before the full lockdown goes into effect. Peck and Collins had already begun to exit with their prisoner before the riot started, so they would have been safe, except Peck went back to see what was going on. Now she’s stuck in a cellblock with an older woman who says, “Welcome to my lair” (but turns out to be harmless). And Collins is in a basement with his prisoner, Rochelle.

And here the even bigger problems start to pop up: Kenzie has been stabbed in the gut and needs medical attention. The warden won’t let anyone in to diffuse the situation because she says, “A prison riot is like a candle under a glass.” Oliver and Diaz are there to help, but she won’t let them go rescue their guys because they would just add oxygen to that candle flame. (Is there any movie/TV show warden who isn’t terrible?)

McNally and Ward want to get Kenzie to the entrance to get her EMS help, but instead she pulls a knife on Ward. She says they have to go to the infirmary, which is where her cellmate, J-Bird, is recovering. Remember the warden said she had stabbed said cellmate? Well, Kenzie says she didn’t do it—that they’re actually best friends and she needs to know why J-Bird is lying. She needed to know so badly that she started a prison riot and stabbed herself to get to the infirmary. Both J-Bird and a prison guard named Donnolly have named Kenzie as the attacker. Donnolly just happens to no longer work for the prison. I smell a conspiracy!

Meanwhile Collins is with Rochelle, the non-violent prisoner, down in a basement. They’re locked in, so she’s using the time to explain to him how she’s an “Indigo Child,” which is some kind of new age-y thing in which more light falls on her than on most people, she has a bigger shadow, etc., etc., etc. All of this was actually just a distraction for her to get close to the gate, where she can swipe a keycard and run away from Collins.

Back at the 15 Division, we learn how she got that keycard: Traci is questioning the former guard, Donnolly. He doesn’t take long to crack… it’s amazing how just saying, “call your lawyer” makes so many TV suspects open up. It turns out Donnolly was hooking up with Jodi/J-Bird, and Rochelle walked in on them once. And because she’s a sociopath, Rochelle concocted this whole elaborate plan: Stabbing J-Bird out of jealousy and making J-Bird blame Kenzie or else she would stab Kenzie too. She played puppetmaster to them all.

NEXT: Rochelle keeps getting the upper hand.