The Rookie

10 Worst Episodes of The Rookie

The Rookie is an American crime drama series, available on ABC, which first aired in 2018. The show follows the life of John Nolan, a small-town guy who is pursuing his dream of becoming an LAPD officer. After five seasons, there have been a variety of episodes that have been considered the worst episodes of The Rookie. In this article, the worst episodes of The Rookie will be ranked, based on a variety of criteria.

The rankings of the worst episodes of The Rookie will be determined by ratings from viewers, reviews from critics, and how the episode is remembered in the overall context of the series. This will allow for an objective comparison of the episodes, while taking into account the subjective opinion of viewers.

The episodes will be ranked from the worst to the least worst, with the worst episode of The Rookie discussed in detail. Additionally, the reasons why the episode was considered the worst will be discussed, as well as the impact it had on the rest of the series.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 08, 2024.

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The Rookie - S5E21

#10 - Going Under (I) (Season 5 - Episode 21)

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).

The episode was rated 7.55 from 780 votes.

The Rookie - S4E20

#9 - Enervo (Season 4 - Episode 20)


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.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 945 votes.

The Rookie - S5E20

#8 - S.T.R. (Season 5 - Episode 20)

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.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 777 votes.

The Rookie - S6E2

#7 - The Hammer (Season 6 - Episode 2)


In the episode "The Hammer" of The Rookie, the team gathers to celebrate the joyous occasion of John and Bailey’s wedding, bringing moments of love and camaraderie to the forefront. However, amidst the festivities, Celina stumbles upon a puzzling inconsistency in her ongoing case, setting off a chain of events that uncovers a surprising revelation. The juxtaposition of personal happiness with professional intrigue adds layers of drama and suspense to this captivating episode.

As the wedding festivities unfold, tensions rise between Lucy and Tim, putting their relationship under a microscope. Viewers witness the complexities and challenges that come with balancing personal feelings and professional responsibilities in the high-pressure environment of law enforcement. The evolving dynamics between Lucy and Tim provide a realistic portrayal of the trials and tribulations faced by individuals navigating relationships in the midst of demanding careers.

While the episode showcases moments of celebration and revelation, viewers are left on the edge of their seats as the characters grapple with personal and professional dilemmas. The subtle nuances in the characters' interactions, coupled with unexpected twists in the storyline, keep audiences engaged and eager to see how the events will unfold. "The Hammer" masterfully weaves together emotional depth, suspense, and relatable relationship dynamics to deliver a compelling narrative that resonates with fans of The Rookie.

The episode was rated 7.52 from 646 votes.

The Rookie - S4E14

#6 - Long Shot (Season 4 - Episode 14)

Officer Nolan and Detective Harper help Skip Tracer Randy on his first bounty hunter case. Meanwhile, Officer Chen and Sergeant Bradford are on the hunt for a perpetrator on a citywide crime spree.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 981 votes.

The Rookie - S3E6

#5 - Revelations (Season 3 - Episode 6)


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.

The episode was rated 7.47 from 1072 votes.

The Rookie - S6E3

#4 - Trouble in Paradise (Season 6 - Episode 3)

In the latest episode of "The Rookie" titled "Trouble in Paradise," Nolan and Bailey's honeymoon takes a dark turn as their romantic getaway transforms into an unexpected crime scene. Viewers are taken on a thrilling ride as they witness the couple facing challenges they never imagined on what was supposed to be the happiest time of their lives.

As the newlyweds navigate through this unexpected twist, tensions rise, and secrets unravel, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. The episode not only explores the dynamics between Nolan and Bailey but also delves into the complexities of their relationship when put under pressure. Will their love conquer all, or will this ordeal test the limits of their bond?

Meanwhile, Tim and Celina join forces in a high-stakes investigation to uncover the identity of John Doe. With their unique partnership and complementary skills, viewers are in for a rollercoaster of suspense and intrigue. As the plot thickens and new revelations come to light, audiences are left wondering if this case will bring them closer together or push them to their breaking point. Tune in to witness the intense drama unfold in this captivating episode of "The Rookie."

The episode was rated 7.41 from 595 votes.

The Rookie - S4E16

#3 - Real Crime (Season 4 - Episode 16)


Desperate to reset the way the world sees him, Officer Thorsen reluctantly decides to be a part of a reality show to help rebrand his image, only to be thrust back into yet another deadly situation. With cameras rolling, the show’s producer is found murdered and the team must investigate before Aaron is made suspect number one.

The episode was rated 7.11 from 995 votes.

The Rookie - S5E18

#2 - Double Trouble (Season 5 - Episode 18)

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

The episode was rated 6.79 from 806 votes.

The Rookie - S3E7

#1 - True Crime (Season 3 - Episode 7)


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.

The episode was rated 6.30 from 1089 votes.

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