The Rookie season three premiere: is Nolan’s profession ruined? “We’ve to honor this punishment,” says EP
The rookie’s season three premiere ended with John Nolan sweeping up plaster of paris at home. But whether he can clean up the havoc he wreaked in his career remains to be seen.
The new season started exactly where the last ended, and sirens wailed outside Nolan’s house as he discovered the evidence filthy Detective Nick Armstrong had planted on his bedroom wall. Nolan wisely called a lawyer, Wes, just before Sergeant Gray led him away in handcuffs. Back at the cop shop, Nolan ignored much of Wes’s frustrated advice and decided not to stay a mom but to share everything he and Harper had gone through to prove Armstrong was on the Darien crime family’s payroll. When Armstrong was recovering from his shot in the hospital, Nolan threw Mary a hail and offered to arrange a meeting with Ruben Darien on the premise of replacing Armstrong as his inner man.
Gray reluctantly agreed to the plan, but despite the team’s best efforts, they lost sight of Nolan after he was picked up and thrown over his head with a hood. The next thing Nolan knew was that at night he was dumped in the middle of a junkyard where he was hit by Ruben … as well as Armstrong, who, with Rosalind Dyer’s help, slipped off his hospital detail. What happened next … well, was it a little unclear? Armstrong’s gun blocked when he put Nolan down, and a strange hand-to-hand combat erupted. Nolan crawled up and down in the shadows, picking up the henchmen one by one, dropping Darien himself, and calling 911 while Armstrong showed up for the count
Back at the station, Harper tried to take the blame for Nolan’s misguided, irregular approach to justice, but Gray hadn’t. And while Nolan was not booted from power, his brush with corruption for noble reasons (“the end justifies the means”) brought him a letter of reprimand in his files. And for a newbie, that usually means a big dead end. That said, any dream of being a detective one day will (likely) be ruined.
“He was as close to getting fired as he could,” showrunner Alexi Hawley told TVLine. And although Nolan (played by Nathan Fillion) “will be hopeful that he can break this roadblock” in an upcoming episode, it is made clear to him, “This letter was addressed to everyone, and they are all younger than you.” So they will survive you, ”Hawley previews.
Breaking off the decision to dampen the oldest freshman’s prospects, Hawley says, “I think that it is very important that actions have an impact, and noble cause corruption is a big deal. It’s a big policing problem, but it also opens up other options for him and gives him something to try and overcome, which is ultimately more dramatic than just getting a simple passport. “
While Nolan can successfully become P2 (a regular patrol officer) and theoretically at some point a training officer “to get out of uniform, become a detective or even go to a special unit like SWAT”. won’t happen, explains Hawley.
“It’s important that we create situations that we honor,” says Hawley, as in the season one episode in which Nolan killed an armed robber. “We walked everyone through this process as it was and that set the standard for us,” he says. “In most cop shows, cops kill people and end up on the streets after the commercial break. We can not. We do not do that. And it definitely affects our storytelling in a good way, I think. In the same vein, we must honor this punishment, but it will open other doors for us to story. “
Elsewhere at the start of the season, on a lighter, but similarly career-changing note: Officer Angela Lopez (played by an expectant Alyssa Diaz) learned that she and Wes (Shawn Ashmore) were expecting a child just before Sergeant Gray (Richard T. Jones) broke news that she was being promoted to detective. But instead of sharing her personal situation with Gray right away, her plan is to “keep her pregnancy a secret for as long as possible until it shows enough,” says Hawley.
“Her point, which is very relevant, is that on the first day she cannot appear pregnant because they will see her differently. You will judge them, ”says the EP. “They’ll think she’s sensitive and they won’t give her a proper shot. This is a struggle that many other women go through in the workplace, and many women hide it, and so we will examine this and the toll that goes with it – and then, if she chooses to talk about it. It adds a really important dynamic. “