Every once in a while you get struck by a truly exceptional scene. And it's even more powerful when you don't see it coming.
That happened to me while watching a recent episode of Rookie Blue. The light cop drama currently is in the midst of its fourth season, airing Thursdays on Global and ABC.
If you're a few episodes behind, consider this a spoiler alert. I'm talking about the episode where Andy McNally (Missy Peregrym) had slept with Nick Collins (Peter Mooney), but was struggling to tell Gail Peck (Charlotte Sullivan) about it, because Gail and Nick used to be together.
The situation had been played for chuckles throughout the episode, with Andy repeatedly chickening out. Then when Andy finally did tell Gail, it was when Gail was high on pain-killers due to an on-the-job injury, and Gail claimed she already knew about it anyway.
But later, when a sober Gail was discharged from the hospital, Andy was waiting. Gail tried to keep it casual again, but Andy pushed, saying, "So then what, we have your blessing?"
"My blessing?" Gail asked. And that was when the mood suddenly changed.
"No ... you don't ... you don't have my blessing," said Gail, lower lip quivering, voice cracking.
"You broke the code, Andy. You're not supposed to date a friend's ex. You're never supposed to date a friend's ex.
"But that's what's so great about it," added Gail, eyes turning more icy. "That's your punishment.
"You ... (pregnant pause) ... are the bad guy. You, Miss Perfect, Never-Hurt-A-Fly McNally, are the bad guy. And look at it, it's just killing you."
It did look as if Gail's words surgically were cutting Andy's heart.
Then, glancing over Andy's shoulder at someone else, Gail ended it with, "If you'll excuse me, my real friend's waiting for me." Then Gail walked away from the teary-eyed Andy.
Both Sullivan and Peregrym were stellar in the scene. It was a strong example of why Rookie Blue has been around for as long as it has.
From top to bottom, the cast is strong. And Priscilla Faia as Chloe Price has been a particularly deft addition, even though it can get a little crowded with so many characters to juggle.
Rookie Blue already has been renewed for a fifth season, and ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee raised eyebrows during this summer's Television Critics Association tour when he was asked about a later-than-usual production start for the show. Is it still slated for its regular late spring/early summer launch in 2014?
"Yeah, that's the plan at the moment, although, you know, it could change," Lee said. "But that's the plan at the moment, yes. The show is such a great player for us. We are very proud of it."
I don't know if a move to the fall would be good or bad for Rookie Blue. Some shows just work better in the summer. And audiences don't like change, that's for sure.
Either way, if Rookie Blue continues to produce scenes as good as the previously mentioned one with Charlotte Sullivan and Missy Peregrym, fans won't want to sleep with anyone else.