My Creative Process

My creative process is pretty straightforward in terms of whether or not a follow a step by step process. I don’t, which is why most of the time, with any project, essay, or assignment that I do, I improvise a lot. 

This project wasn’t any different. I went into it with a plan. I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted to do, where I was going to go, and how I was going to go about doing it. Because of a variety of reasons, time being one of them, I ended up going a pretty different route from what I originally intended. You’ll (I’m assuming that only you, Mrs. Skilliter will be reading this) notice that my planning sheets do not correspond with my actual project. Sorry about that.

It was always in my plans, however, to make a video showing some of the instances in Rookie Blue where I have particularly enjoyed the story telling, and thought that the writing and direction was good. I didn’t know going into it how long it would end up being, so I apologize for making you watch an 11 minute long video (and then a 12 minute long one… But we’ll get to that later). Honestly, the video probably would have been an hour long had I put everything I wanted to in it, but that would be a cruel thing for me to do to you. My process in making this video was a little bit different than when I’ve made other edits. This time, I wasn’t trying to make a really visually appealing video, but rather to just fit in all of the scenes in a sequence that kind of made sense. For that video, really all I did was go through the episodes of Rookie Blue that I have downloaded on my computer (I have all of them), chose the scenes I liked, and dragged them into the area where I then started to edit. Most of the scenes ended up having to go in the end. Editing wise, all I did was change some colouring and add basic transitions. In the background are three consecutive songs by Hey Rosetta! – Psalm, which I heard on Flashpoint (another great Canadian show), We Made a Pact, which I also heard on Flashpoint, and Red Song which was featured in an episode of Rookie Blue. I hope you at least somewhat enjoy watching it, and if not, maybe don’t find it too painful to have to sit through (it is long, after all).

The next thing I did was basically write play by plays for two episodes of television shows. Episode 3×10 of Rookie Blue, and episode 5×12 of Flashpoint. My purpose in doing this was to give you an idea about the quality of television that one may expect with Canadian television. I personally love both Flashpoint and Rookie Blue, they are two of my favourite television shows, so it’s a realbonus to me that they are both Canadian. In these play by plays I tried to write as many quotes from the episode as I could in order to demonstrate some of the talent in Canadian screen writers. 

Thirdly, I made a quick blog post that lists some of the Canadian songs that I’ve heard and loved on Canadian television, all of which are from Rookie Blue save for two which were on Flashpoint (Psalm and We Made a Pact by Hey Rosetta). I did this so that if you were interested in discovering some new Canadian artists and songs, this may give you an easy way of getting started with that. 

The last thing I did for this project was to throw together a series of scenes in Rookie Blue where I thought that the music choice was particularly well done, and when I think the music really adds to the scene. All of the musical choices I chose to showcase in this video are Canadian, though there are a number of scenes I would have loved to include that feature American artists. Again, I apologize for the length of the video. Who knows, you may find it interesting enough to stick around and watch. I didn’t actually do any editing in this video except for some basic transitions and the adding of the song titles into the clips, as editing was not the point for that video. 

My inspiration to do this project on Canadian television and the Canadian music that plays on it, was quite simply my love for both, and the fact that so often they are interconnected. 

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♫ Canadian Music ♪

A short collection of some of the Canadian music I have been fortunate enough to discover through Canadian television.

 

Psalm – Hey Rosetta!

We Made a Pact – Hey Rosetta!

Red Song – Hey Rosetta!

Ashes – Andy Brown

Anticipation – Peter Elkas

Ghost – Folly and the Hunter

Silent Treatment – In-Flight Safety

Coast is Clear – In-Flight Safety

We’ve Got Something – Adaline

Turn me Over – Andrew Austin

Hotblack – Oceanship

Somehow – Jason Collett

Run, Run, Run – Joel Plaskett

Hell – Tegan and Sara

Don’t Wear me Out – Oceanship

Vulnerable – Stef Lang

Safe Haven – Royal Wood

Model Homes – In-Flight Safety

Getcha Good – Jenn Grant

Anywhere at All – Oceanship

Take the Long Way – Po’ Girl

Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Frazey Ford

 

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An Episode of Flashpoint

Flashpoint is a Canadian show that was broadcasted on CTV up until its final 5th season, an ending that came too soon for fans, but one that the writers thought was necessary in order to ensure that the show ended on a good note.

Flashpoint follows a Team One of the SRU (Strategic Response Unit – the show’s version of ETF or SWAT) in Toronto. The core team is made up of Greg Parker (the team’s Sergeant and crisis negotiator) , Ed Lane (the team leader and primary sniper), Michaelangelo “Spike” Scarlatti (bomb and technical expert), Sam Braddock (former soldier), and Jules Callaghan (usually the only woman on the team – intelligence gatherer and sniper).

 

 

Season 5 Episode 12 – Keep the Peace (part 1)

 

The first part to the two part finale opens with the wedding of Sam and Jules,

“Juliana Callaghan. I vow to be true, always. To give you all of myself, no secrets. Until death parts us, and even after. Cause I’ve been yours since the first day I saw you and made a fool of myself. Cause I knew, right away I knew that it was you or no one. Even though you didn’t know it yet and I had to be patient.” He then adds to the guests, “I was right, I’m just saying.”

 

“Samuel Braddock. I vow to always be yours.” She takes a moment to compose herself then continues through tears, “I try to… think of words… but there’s so many. There’s so many words. So I vow, to you, this.” Then she kisses him.

Jules then addresses the crowd and says that since they’re all there, and they would have told them earlier but they didn’t want to jinx anything, and they are three months along.

There is celebration before it dramatically cuts to a man sitting at a desk building a bomb.

On the street, Ed’s son, Clark, and Greg’s son, Dean, are walking down the street with Clark’s girlfriend talking about prom before they separate and Clark drives off on his own.

Donna Sabine, who used to be a member of Team One but is now on a different SRU team, is a guest at the wedding dressed in her uniform as she didn’t have time to change.

A bomb is found at the 911 Call Centre, and SRU go there to check it out.

Elsewhere, a line of kids are walking down the street before going into the building that holds their day care when one of the little boys drops his blanket.

A day care worker and the boy go back outside to get the blanket, and while they are in front of the building, a bomb in the building goes off, blasting out the windows and knocking people outside to the ground. Back at the 911 Call Centre where the SRU are investigating a different bomb, calls start flooding in.

Greg, speaking to the team upon learning about the bomb that just exploded, says “Team we’re looking at another bomb, it just went off downtown. Mass casualties in a busy building, no way this was accidental. We are looking at terror.”

A news broadcast shows a smoke filled street. Leaving Spike to defuse the bomb, the rest of the team besides Greg head to where the bomb just went off. Greg tries to get Nina, one of the 911 operators to get everyone to leave the building as the bomb could still go off, but she refuses, saying that was yes, the bomb could go off, people definitely need their help, adding that it’s not just their lives on the line.

Spike discovers that the bomb has anti-handling measures which will greatly complicate its defusing.

Cutting to Jules in her SUV driving, she’s talking to her dad on the phone making sure that they checked in OK, telling him that she’ll see him at the hotel after work.

Next is Ed in his SUV talking to his wife, Sophie, telling her he’s OK and that he’s sure Clark is too and that he’s probably just somewhere noisy where he can’t hear his phone, and asks that she call him as soon as she hears anything.

Spike, who’d been using a robot until this point to look at the bomb to make sure he’d be safe to work on it manually, discovers that there’s only 24 minutes left on the timer. He then proceeds to try and disable it by hand. There’s a mercery switch on the bomb that needs a certain chemical introduced to it in order for it to be disabled, and Spike, realizing where he might find it (sounds like ass-o-tone), runs outside the building and asks if anybody has any nail polish remover, which someone does have. Spike then pours the nail polish over the mercury switch and adds ice to lower the temperature. Once the mercury has frozen over Spike is able to cut the power supply and defuse the bomb.

The rest of the team are now assuming that both bombs were made by the same individual and not a group, and are trying to think of possible next targets.

The wreckage outside of the building that held the exploding bomb is finally shown. There is ash, falling paper, fallen debris, smoke, and injured or dead bodies everywhere.

Ed instructs the team to assess the injured and dead, only allow thirty seconds per person. He tells them to try and find survivors.

There are four levels of priority used, represented by coloured tags to be put on bodies, green is for minor injuries, yellow is for urgent, red is for immediate, and black is for dead.

The next scene is silent save for the instrumental music in the background, displaying the site of the bomb again. There are people running, paramedics doing what they can, people screaming and crying,paper falling, and people walking in a daze or in shock, before cutting to a hectic 911 Call Centre.

Jules and Leah, a newer member of Team One than the rest, assist a woman covered in grey ash and blood who is sitting upright with her legs out in front of her in shock. Jules then runs to the day care worker who earlier went outside with the little boy to find his blanket, just as the bomb exploded. The woman, barely conscious, points to the little boy, lying a few feet away. There is paper over him and his hand is just barely grazing the blanket he’d gone outside to find. Jules runs over to him, turns him over, and realizes that he has died. She starts to cry, and has a really hard time comprehending how that could have happened to a child. She is pregnant, after all. You can very clearly see how hard it is for her to see. She then proceeds to place the blanket over the boy gently, before putting a black deceased tag over it. She whispers, “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry honey” to him. Just as she’s trying to compose herself, Leah, who’d been helping the day care worker, yells to Jules that there’s a day care in the building and that there’s more kids.

The team runs into the building and tries to find a way through the collapsed hallways in order to get to the trapped children. The hallway leading to the day care is full of debris, and Jules, while listening to the people trapped with a device that captures sound, hears that there is a kid that’s pined down in the room. Still emotional from the last kid she saw dead, she’s not willing to let that happen to any more. Jules, who is with Ed and Sam (her husband) at this point, says that she’s small and can crawl through the hole. Ed disagrees saying that the structure has been compromised, and Sam tries to talk her out of it. Jules argues with him before bursting out that “There are CHILDREN in there! And we are running out of time. Sam right now are you my teammate, or are you my husband?” Sam, who is trying to separate his personal life from his professional and not be overprotective while on the job, allows her to go.

Clark, Ed’s son, who later drove off away from Dean and his girlfriend, is shown driving into a place where a man is leaving, face covered by a baseball cap, carrying a metal box-like container. Dean and his girlfriend, still walking, notice the news playing on a TV in a shop window and see what has happened, just as another bomb explodes a ways off behind them.

The bomb exploded at City Hall this time. Back at the 911 Call Centre, a call comes in from a man claiming responsibility. Greg goes on the line, and is told that there are a lot more bombs, the next one set to go off in a half hour. When Greg demands to know who the man is, he answers, “You’re talking to the one running the show” before hanging up.

Jules makes it through to the kids but not before a sharp pole sticking out in the debris badly digs into her leg.

Dean calls Greg to see if he’s OK, and Greg finds out through him that Clark went somewhere to get a permit for the prom. Before the connection fails, Greg warns his son to not go into subways or public buildings and to go straight to the station.

A day care worker is frantic and panicking to Jules about the boy that’s trapped, and Jules tries to calm her down saying she’s held it together for the kids up until that point, and she needs to keep on doing that.

Jules, while inspecting the boy, has a moment of thinking that he might be dead and she starts to become emotional, repeating “Buddy? Can you talk to me?” The boy opens his eyes and Jules says hi to him, smiling and letting out a sigh of relief.

Jules asks the boy if he wants to see how strong she is, and she pulls out a jack to crank the debris off of him, all the while trying not to put any sort of pressure on her injured leg. Jules is able to pull the boy out from under the debris, and discovers that he can in fact still move his legs. Jules, the day care worker, and the other children crawl back out through the debris into where Sam and Ed are waiting.

In replacement of the mayor who was injured in the blast at City Hall, Greg speaks to the city on the news.

“You’re probably aware that the city is facing an emergency situation. Two explosions right in the heart of our city. I want you to know that we’ve got a lot of good folks on the case, responders from the city and surrounding regions are all working together to keep you safe and to keep everything under control. Now you’re gonna hear a lot of speculation and maybe some rumours, cause that’s just what happens in a situation like this, and some of it may be alarming. But I wanna tell you that the best way to stay safe is to stay calm, and to look out after each other. Highways, roads, cellphones, 911, please use these as sparingly as you can, because if these systems are overloaded, they will shut down. Today is the kind of day that we’ll all look back at years from now and remember exactly where we were and what we did. We have a chance to make choices here that we will be proud of. Today is the day that we did not let fear break us down and turn us against each other. This was the day that we took care of each other. The day that we said ‘no’ to terror. Together. I want us all to think about how we want to remember this day. It’s up to us. I want to thank you for your attention, and for your courage.”

Throughout his speech, what is shown on screen is people on the streets, running and helping each other. At the end of it, you see the team carrying and helping the children out of the building. After Greg finishes, he asks Spike if it was cheesy, and Spike replies that no it was not.

Outside of the building a paramedic tells Jules she has to stay off her leg. She asks how the pain is, and Jules replies, “Pain is pain.”

Ed, talking on the phone with Greg, learns that Clark was downtown with Dean before they split up, and no one knows where Clark is. Ed starts to panic.

Two rows of dead bodies is shown.

Donna, an ex-Team One member and a guest at Sam and Jules’ wedding, tells Ed that she’s going to City Hall to start helping with the victims there and that she’ll let him know if she finds anything out about Clark.

The boy with the blanket is shown being taken to be placed alongside the other bodies, as Jules watches.

The bomber releases a 47 minute long video of him explaining why what he did needed to be done. Spike is able to find out the number of the smart phone used to upload the video, as the bomber messed up, and the team heads off the the address listed for the owner of the phone.

Spike reminds Greg that if the bomber sticks to the plan he told them, there’s only 11 minutes until the next bomb blows.

The bomber, Anson Holt, isn’t at his house. They find out he’s a psychologist who was let go by the university he worked at 5 years ago because a reason that nobody was willing to put on record. By watching the video he made Jules figures out that he has 10 targets, the first 3 having been the 911 centre, the federal building (building that had the day care in it), and City Hall. They just need to figure out what the other 7 are.

Ed finally gets a call from Clark, and discovers that Clark can’t move as he’s trapped and injured. Ed’s voice cracks when he asks Clark if he’s at City Hall, as Clark is having a hard time breathing and sounds like he’s in pain. “Clark are you at City Hall” (no answer) “Are you in City Hall?” He continues, his voice cracking more, holding back tears. Clark grunts out a Yes, he’s in the garage. Ed keeps repeating to Clark to stay with him. Ed leaves the house in a hurry, telling Clark on the phone, “I’m coming to get you just stay with me.”

Sam finds books hidden in the bomber’s bookshelf such as one entitled “Embracing Sadism”.

Jules believes that his biggest target is Education, so they come to the conclusion that it is his old workplace, the university.

Ed, trying to get through traffic, asks Clark where he feels pain. When Clark responds his side and that his legs are killing him, Ed says that that’s good because it means his spine’s OK. He tells Clark to slow his breathing right down to get his heart rate down.

“Now I taught you sniper breathing, right Clark? Clark? CLARK? I know it’s hard for you to speak. Clark I know you can hear me, you are such a strong kid and I’m so proud of you. Now I need you to stay strong. I’m on my way. I love you buddy. I love you.” Ed tries to hold himself together as Clark has stopped responding.

Donna, who is now at City Hall trying to find Clark, is told that she needs to leave to look at the lab the bomber used to work. She says she can’t leave since it’s Ed’s kid, and Ed tells her thank you but he’s got it. “Priority of life.” He then tells Donna to stay safe.

Ed calls his wife.

“Soph we know where he is, but listen to me. Sophie he’s hurt, he’s in one of the buildings. Look I know you’re scared, and I’m scared too, but he’s tough. Soph he’s tough. I’m gonna get him out of there Soph you gotta believe me, I’m gonna bring him home.” They both cry during the call. Ed gets another call from EMS saying they tracked Clark’s phone to the 2nd floor of the parking garage, and he just found the car. “I’m sorry Ed but uh, it’s crushed under concrete. It’s not looking good.”

Donna and her team arrive at the lab where they see a man sitting in a chair in front of a desk. She has a positive idea, and when they storm in there and turn him around, the see he’s got a bomb strapped to him.

Greg discovers that Holt (the bomber) was fired because of a series of psychologically abusive experiments he performed on student volunteers. Greg confirms that he was a sadist.

Greg arrives at City Hall and runs to find Clark.

Donna is trying to find a way to defuse the bomb, but Holt isn’t talking. Jules and Greg don’t think it makes any sense, his behaviour doesn’t fit his profile. If he was going to blow himself up, why didn’t he do it already. Donna screams at him to tell her where the detonator is, and Holt, obviously struggling with something, glances over her shoulder. When she turns around she sees that he was looking at a video camera. They’re being watched. Donna and the other member of her team in there with her start to try and run away, Holt screams “NOO!” knowing he is about to die, and the bomb is detonated. Team One hears the explosion and not knowing if Greg was killed or not, start yelling for him over their ear pieces. He turns out to be fine, and he tells them that Donna was right in front of the bomb when it went off. “Holt wasn’t the bomber he was the bait, Eddy. She’s gone, Eddy. She was right in front of him.”  Greg and the team are in shock and mourning, and Greg adds quieter, grief-stricken and angry, “You son of a bitch. You son of a bitch.” (Referring to the bomber)

The episode ends with Ed torn apart, screaming a silent scream, angry, hurt, and still trying to move debris away from Clark is trapped.

 

 

Here’s are some good videos that a found on Youtube that people made representing the two part finale.

|  Just to clarify for you – neither Sam nor Greg die. (Sam is the one who was running from the bomb in both of those videos, and Greg is the one who is shot with blood coming out of his mouth) The videos just make it seem like they do. |

 

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An Episode of Rookie Blue

Rookie Blue is a Canadian character-driven procedural set in Toronto. It follows five rookies from their first day on the job, onwards, showcasing their trials and tribulations, along with the more seasoned cops in 15 Division.

 

3×10 – Cold Comforts

The third episode of season three begins with the funeral for fallen detective, Jerry Barber. Jerry, who was engaged to one of the five original rookies on the show, died in the episode prior. An officer had been kidnapped, and he went by himself to question the taxi driver that took her home to see if he saw anyone driving behind him. The driver was not a suspect until Jerry was inside of the house and saw evidence. Jerry was stabbed, and one of the last things he ever did was to put the phone he still didn’t know how to use after months of having it into the pocket of his killer, so that his fellow cops would be able to track him and find the missing officer. He died a hero, and the remembrance of that is how this episode begins.

His friends, gathered around his newly filled grave, comment on how beautiful the service was. One of Jerry’s closest friends, Oliver, mentions how everyone spoke kind words and commemorated Jerry for his noble death, but nobody actually spoke about who Jerry was as a person. His friends make observations about Jerry, his fiancé Traci adding, “Jerry who proposed to me by engraving it on the back of a knife… This is Jerry… Oh my god,” as she sits looking down on his grave. Sam, who was supposed to be Jerry’s best man at his wedding, stands solemn in the background before walking away. Andy, Traci’s best friend and Sam’s girlfriend, tells Traci they can stay there all day if they want to. Oliver adds,

“You know what. Today’s a good day. It is, it is. Tomorrow’s gonna be… much different. Yesterday we had the wake, today, the funeral. Tomorrow there’s nothing left to do. Tomorrow we’re gonna wake up and the world’s going to expect it to be like any other day.”

Gail, the officer who Jerry died trying to save, is lying in a hospital bed with her back to Nick, her boyfriend, who is dressed in formal “officer-wear” as he tells her about the funeral. He tells her he can take her there, but it’s obvious to the viewer that Gail is having a really hard time. She pretends that she needs to stay in the hospital for more tests, and Nick, knowing this isn’t true, accepts what she’s saying.

Oliver decides to take the day off of work. He makes a hypocritical comment that’s funny if you know his character, which is, “Why is it that whenever something tragic happens all anyone wants to do is talk about food? What’s food gonna do.” (Oliver loves food)

Sadie, a prostitute that has been seen more than once on the show, comes into the station yelling that she needs to speak to Jerry Barber, and Andy has to inform her that he’s died. Meanwhile, Dov and Chris, two of the other original rookies (all of which are: Andy, Traci, Gail, Dov and Chris) are busy emptying out Jerry’s desk to put in a cardboard box.

Oliver, on his personal day, is at the bar. He orders two drinks. One for himself, and one to place in front of an empty seat beside him for Jerry. “Cheers buddy” as he clings his bottle against “Jerry’s” glass.

Gail is talking to Luke, a detective, at the hospital about her attack and what she remembers. “I don’t know what he wanted. I can only assume that his plan was to rape and kill me. If it wasn’t for Jerry.”

Noelle, another officer, comes to join Oliver at the bar, placing her newborn baby on the counter in her carseat. She asks Oliver if the empty seat is Jerry’s, and Oliver says yes but she can sit down because he’s in the can. He then reaches out for the scotch, says “Don’t drink his scotch” manoeuvres it around her, says “you either” to the baby, and pulls it back to him. After joking around about breast milk, Oliver and Noelle get serious. Noelle says she still can’t believe this is real, and Oliver replies with:

“Occupational hazard, right? I know they prepare us for it, pfft. Out of the five of us to come up together Jerry’s the first… he’s… the first to go. I never thought it’d happen.” He takes a swig of his beer. “I mean I never really thought that it would happen.”

Traci hangs around the station all day not knowing what to do with herself. She goes to talk to Sadie (the woman who was looking for Jerry), and Sadie says to her, “Jerry was your guy right?” Traci replies that yeah, yeah he was.

Traci goes to visit Gail in the hospital and realizes that Gail can not look at her. Gail thinks that every time Traci looks at her, she’ll be reminded of why her fiancé died.

“Gail. Gail. You can look at me. You can look at me.”

“I can’t.”

“It’s not your fault.”

“Yes it is.”

“No it’s not.”

“His phone saved my life, and if it wasn’t for me he would have still had it and he would have been able to call for help, so.”

“Well that’s just who Jerry is. Who Jerry was. You can’t blame yourself for that.”

“And now every time you look at me you are going to be reminded of why your fiancé died.”

“No… I’m gonna be reminded that his death meant something. And that he died for something important.”

Gail finally looks at Traci. 

“I I wanna help you I want to do something what what can I do for you?” – Gail

“I need you to come with me. Cause I could use a friend now.” – Traci

(Note: It’s better on screen)

Traci and Gail join Oliver at the bar, and Oliver shows them Jerry’s seat, scotch and peanuts, and Traci replies “Yeah but Jerry’s allergic to peanuts, what you trying to do, kill him?” Oliver laughs, and says that it’s good she still has a sense of humour.

“You know what Jerry did last week? Jerry bought me five pairs of underwear. Yeah he saw that I was wearing those briefs, you know the normal ones. And uh, he said that women didn’t like those anymore and that maybe that’s why my wife left me, so he bought me five pairs. Striped. I’m wearing them now, you gotta see these things.” – Oliver to Traci and Gail. Traci says that’s okay (doesn’t want to see), and Oliver says that he was just saying, it takes a great man to tell his friend when to change his underwear. As Traci goes to talk to Noelle, you can see Oliver rubbing Gail’s back in the background and cupping her face, happy that she’s OK.

Noelle asks Traci how she is, and Traci answers, “Numb. Ask me again in five minutes.”

Sam, who clearly does not know how to handle his grief, tries to avoid Andy as the day goes on. Andy, trying to help and not know what she can do for him, doesn’t see that he just wants to be away from her for a while to deal with things. Sam finally snaps, and says angrily to her, “We are not one person, okay? I am tired of following around that voice inside your head. I should have listened to Jerry the other night instead I listened to you.” (Referring to Jerry wanting to question the taxi driver, but Andy thought the bartender was the one who kidnapped Gail, and Sam went with Andy so Jerry went by himself). Andy responds with, “Are you blaming me for Jerry? (dying)” Sam, who’d started to walk away, turns around and says, “I blame myself, okay? Because I’m stupid enough to get into the habit of listening to a rookie’s instincts instead of my own. I really just needed to stay away from you, a little, but you had to suck me into your day. I can’t do it anymore.” Before walking away from her.

At the end of the episode, everyone is at the bar for a celebration of Jerry’s life. Oliver makes a toast saying through tears, “He was a good man and a good cop. I never got to tell him that. So um, I’d like to say um, Jerry buddy I’m drinking your scotch my man, cheers.” As he tries not to cry. Traci steps forward and says that she actually has something to say. While Chris and Dov were emptying out Jerry’s desk, they found the speech Jerry had wrote for his and Traci’s wedding, and Traci wants to read it.

“Thank you for coming. I’ll make it short so we can get to the party, but who am I kidding some of you are probably already drunk, Oliver. I am the luckiest man alive. I don’t just have good friends, I have great friends. Noelle, thanks for helping me make the playlist for this little shindig. Gotta be honest though when you weren’t looking I did sneak the Macarena back on there. Olli you know you’re my brother. I can only hope that I am half the husband you are, and when the time comes half the dad.”

Traci stops reading as says “Just so you guys know crying or not I am going to read this whole damn thing.” She continues,

“Sammy, the best man. No truer words were ever spoken. I trust you with my life because no matter what happens I know you’ll always have my back. I love you man. And to my beautiful wife, Traci.”

Traci can’t compose herself enough to continue reading, so Gail takes the letter from her, being the friend that Traci earlier said she needed, and continues where Traci left off.

“And to my beautiful wife, Traci. You aren’t just part of my life, you are my life. You have taken this simple man, and made him a King. Until the day I die, you will always hold the key to my heart.” She then hugs a crying Traci. It’s all very emotional stuff.

Sam then leaves the bar and Andy follows him outside where it’s raining. After some small talk about the case they were working on, she says to him,

“I know you’re grieving. I know we all grieve in our own way. Don’t take this out on me.”

Sam, who is very calm, says “I did take it out on you. I’m sorry.”

“If you really blame me for Jerry…”

“I don’t, I don’t.”

“Then why are you so mad at me?”

“I’m not mad. I just can’t, I can’t do this anymore.”

“Can’t do what?”

“I can’t be a cop, and be with you.”

“Sam this is not about our job.”

“We knew this was trouble even before we started.”

“Okay look, I’m, I’m trying to talk to you, okay, I want to go through this with you. I know you’re hurting.”

“Maybe you’re right, maybe I’m not myself, I don’t know, okay, but this is my feeling, in my gut, right now, alright? I can’t do this anymore.”

“No you don’t mean this.”

“Someday, we’ll be able to be frien—”

“Don’t, don’t do that. Don’t take everything that we are and button up our relationship with some stupid cliche.” Her voice cracks as she finishes as she’s crying while he remains calm. “Are you saying it’s over?”

Sam doesn’t answer.

“Then leave. Just get in your truck and go.” She says utterly heartbroken.

Sam hesitates before turning away, and Andy cries, left alone in the parking lot of a bar in the rain.

Before the episode ends, inside the bar is shown once more, and Traci speaks again. “When I woke up this morning I didn’t even know how I was going to get out of bed. But, I look around this room, and I see that I’m not alone. None of us are. So, please everybody just uh, raise a glass to my husband.”

The episode ends with the phone ringing in Jerry’s office, with nobody there to answer it.

And that’s a wrap to the episode.

Some clips of things that I talked about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhPxz2SkuGQ – Gail talking to Luke in the hospital

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpLnDfRZjdY – Wedding speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK2nyPd-q7U – Sam breaks up with Andy

Songs in this episode:

Time & Place  –  In-flight Safety (Canadian)

Prelude to the Ride/Ride Like Hell  –  F. Scott & The Ashbury Band

Those Days  –  F. Scott & The Ashbury Band

All I Need to Do  –  Cavaliers (Canadian)

By My Side  – William Fitzsimmons

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