The Worst Episodes of The Rookie: A Disappointing Ride Through LAPD’s Rookie Season.

If you’re a fan of police procedural dramas, then you’ve probably heard of The Rookie. Starring Nathan Fillion as the oldest rookie in the LAPD, the show has become a favorite for those who love a good crime-solving storyline with a touch of comedy. However, like any long-running series, there are bound to be some missteps along the way. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes of The Rookie, so you know which ones to skip and which ones to binge-watch. From cringe-worthy dialogue to lackluster plotlines, these episodes are ones that even John Nolan himself would want to forget.
Crossfire

Crossfire

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2022-11-06

Officer John Nolan and Celina witness a shooting, realize the victim was already dead, and investigate further. Back at home, Bailey has been feeling off-center ever since the proposal, leaving Nolan to wonder what he can do to make her feel more comfortable. Elsewhere, Lopez and Harper enlist Lucy’s help to investigate the gang-related murder of a local shopkeeper.

Take Back

Take Back

Season 5 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2022-12-04

Officer John Nolan and the team investigate the unexpected death of a suspect in police custody. Their search also uncovers a very delicate loose end that could jeopardize Officer Celina Juarez’s career. Meanwhile, Sergeant Grey and his wife, Luna, go to New York to visit their daughter, Dominique, only to realize she never made it home from the night before.

The Reckoning

The Reckoning

Season 5 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2022-10-30

Officer John Nolan and a sleep-deprived Celina investigate a cash deposit linked to an old DEA case. Meanwhile, Wesley grows increasingly concerned about his deposition and is shocked when he realizes Elijah’s attorney is a familiar face from his past.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Season 5 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2023-03-21

When Dim goes missing, Officer Chen and Sergeant Bradford, along with the CIA, set out to find him and enlist the help of Juicy.

Going Under (I)

Going Under (I)

Season 5 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2023-04-25

Officer Lucy Chen goes undercover to infiltrate an illegal firearm operation, and Detective Harper and Officer John Nolan work together to solve a mystery involving severed limbs found around the city. | The crossover continues on The Rookie: Feds S01E21 Bloodline (II).

True Crime

True Crime

Season 3 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2021-02-28

The team gets the true crime docuseries treatment when they analyze a recent case featuring a former child actor whose adult life has garnered him a cult following.

Exposed

Exposed

Season 5 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2023-02-21

The team must stop a militia from detonating a highly combustible truck in their possession. Meanwhile, Officers Nolan, Thorson, Juarez and Detective Harper search for three men who may have been exposed to Ebola and detain them for quarantine.

The Choice (I)

The Choice (I)

Season 5 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2022-10-16

Rosalind returns with a vengeance and Bailey’s life is left hanging in the balance. With a ticking clock, the LAPD and the FBI join forces, and Officer John Nolan is forced to make a deadly decision after a harrowing ultimatum. | The crossover continues on The Rookie: Feds S01E04 To Die For (II).

The Fugitive

The Fugitive

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-10-23

Officer John Nolan and Officer Celina Juarez are on the hunt for a fugitive after a car incident goes awry. Meanwhile, a past injury comes to haunt Tim and Lucy comes through during his time in need in more ways than one.

The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead

Season 5 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2023-01-10

The search for a missing boy leads the team into the middle of a dangerous drug war between two rival gangs.

The Enemy Within (I)

The Enemy Within (I)

Season 5 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2023-02-28

Now that Elijah and Abril have become allies, the team must rely on Monica, Elijah’s lawyer, to uncover their plans. Meanwhile, Officers Nolan and Juarez reopen her sister’s case and discover a discrepancy that leads them on a new trail. | The crossover continues on The Rookie: Feds S01E17 Payback (II).

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2021-03-28

Officer Nolan, Officer Harper and Detective Lopez are assigned to the kidnapping of the son of a criminal court judge who has a long list of enemies who could possibly be involved.

Enervo

Enervo

Season 4 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2022-05-01

The team alongside the LA Division of the FBI are in a race to stop bombs that have been scattered throughout the city by a suspected terrorist. Meanwhile, the joint task force is suspicious of the CIA’s involvement in the situation.

Dye Hard

Dye Hard

Season 5 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-10-09

Officer John Nolan is assigned his first rookie, Officer Celina Juarez, whose unconventional approach to police work poses a unique challenge for him.

Revelations

Revelations

Season 3 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2021-02-21

Officer Nolan’s decision to return to school in order to become a training officer is proving to be much harder than he expected. Meanwhile, Officer Chen considers going into undercover work after getting a taste of the job when Harper’s former colleague needs help.

S.T.R.

S.T.R.

Season 5 – Episode 20

Air Date: 2023-04-18

Officer Tim Bradford’s ex-wife returns and asks the team to help her save someone from her undercover past. Isabel’s return also creates additional pressure in Lucy and Tim’s relationship as they assist in the search.

In Justice

In Justice

Season 3 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2021-01-10

Officer John Nolan and Officer Nyla Harper are assigned to a community policing center to help rebuild their station’s reputation in the community. Nolan is determined to make a positive impact but Nyla has her doubts.

La Fiera

La Fiera

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2021-01-17

Officer John Nolan’s mom makes an unannounced visit that complicates his life, and Sergeant Grey considers retiring.

Death Notice

Death Notice

Season 5 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2023-01-17

Nolan and Celina must stand guard at a hospital after a dangerous prisoner needs surgery. Aaron, Lopez and Harper look into a string of robberies. Tim and Lucy consider how their secret relationship will affect their work. Lopez gets unexpected news.

The Con

The Con

Season 5 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2023-02-14

With help from the FBI, Detective Lopez puts everything on the line to help Elijah Stone take down a gang leader in exchange for her safety. Meanwhile, Nolan and Bailey must deal with the secrets and shady dealings his late mother left behind.