In Season 5, Episode 4 of “The Rookie,” serial killer Rosalind Dyer (Annie Wersching) continues to taunt the LAPD, who sees her kidnapping Bailey (Jenna Dewan) and imprisoning her in a large hole that she is slowly filling with water. The team must enlist the FBI’s help but do their best to rescue them, including Tim taking Chen’s place to venture into the cave (according to TV Fanatic). At that moment, the two look at each other, which includes a piercing look of sympathy from Bradford and concern from Chen. Twitter user @lovelysharpwin summed it up best by saying, “That’s how they didn’t break eye contact all the way down. Lucy’s gaze moved with Tim’s. None of them even BLINKED. Even in their era of angst, Chenford are so madly in love that they can’t help but send each other silent messages of caring and reassurance. #therookie #chenford.
The feeling was shared by more fans @swiftlydynasty adding, “The looks they give each other are so lovey #therookie #chenford.” The charisma between the two characters has been moving at a slow but steady pace for quite some time. Showrunner Alexi Hawley told TV Line during an interview that taking “Chenford” to this level “felt like the organic place to go…”.