But what does this mean for Sam and Andy's relationship, and what else will hit Andy during season three? As the show returns to Universal tonight (September 2), we catch up with Andy actress Missy Peregrym to get some gossip about the new season, learn about her similarities to her character and her own run-ins with the law...
So Andy is suspended. She's kind of messed up. Where do you start in season three?
"I've actually had a lot of time off to do whatever I want to do, which has been great on one hand and difficult because I can't be with Sam. So that's why I leave, because if Sam and I are together, we're going to lose our jobs."
So is that what happens in the bit we haven't seen yet?
"Everything about the relationship between me and Sam picks up in the first episode because he picks me up at the airport. I'm obviously very excited to come back to work to see a new rookie there. He's not as much of a threat as I thought he was going to be originally.
"It's very interesting coming back this year because Luke has gone. He's not in the Division. Now I'm able to date Sam and we're going to really start this relationship. But Sam is mad at me for leaving, so we have to repair. Of course, I am going to leave so we don't lose our jobs and I come back and we can be together. But he's upset that we've been together and he almost died because we were together undercover, and so why would I leave now when it's not such a big deal? You see us work that out in the beginning episodes."
Is Andy's career important to her?
"Yes, I think it is really important and I think that is another issue in our relationship when we're together. Because we're partners, it's difficult to be able to put the job aside and be in a relationship."
After the first season aired, I got great treatment crossing the [American-Canadian] border. I actually thought I was in trouble and because he was like, 'You need to hold on here one second'. Then he pulled all these people from the other booths to talk to me about Andy and Sam's relationship. I thought, 'Oh, come on'. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. What do you mean you want to talk about their relationship and I'm crossing the border right now? I didn't understand, but I laughed and I appreciated it because he didn't check my car. Usually when I cross the border, my car's packed full with my dog and stuff, and then he made it a really easy crossing for me, which I appreciated.
"However, last year, I got pulled over for being on my phone. I was looking at my phone, actually, which I still think is unfair because you could be looking at a map. You get directions off your phone. I didn't think of that. I could have raised that when I was talking to him and next time I'll know. I looked at it and I was actually reading something that was for Rookie Blue. That was for the show about being a cop and I was pulled over by this guy and he had no patience for me at all. He didn't like me."
Did you say, 'I'm in Rookie Blue'?
"No. I'd feel far too weird doing that. But I've been treated really well for Stick It. There was this cop and he pulled me over and he was like, 'Oh my God, you're in Stick It'. I said, 'Yes. Yes. You're the last person I would think would be pumped up by this movie'. He let me go, so that was nice. But that's it. If I keep telling you stories, you will think I get pulled over all the time!"
Are you close to anyone in the cast on the show?
"I'm really close to Charlotte [Sullivan]; we live in the same place and we're very close to each other in Venice, in Los Angeles. So when we are not working, we hang out together in the off-season. When you're working, you see everybody and everybody really gets along well. It's more the off-season stuff. Matt Gordon and I talk when we're not filming.
"I feel bad that I'm not saying other people's names. They're going to read this and they'll be saying, 'I said you are my greatest friend and you didn't mention me!'
Do you have any similarities with your character?
"Yes. Here's the weird thing, when you start with a project you naturally feel that you understand the person or you don't. When I read this one, I really felt I understood Andy and I had things in common with her. I also had a discussion about it with the creators. They were talking about where they wanted the character to go - things like being honest to a fault. I am huge on justice and I really care that things are fair for people.
"These were things that we talked about that Andy would be displaying throughout the show. That was easy for me to relate to. It's very strange when you're working for a long time, you kind of grow with your character and sometimes Andy goes through things that I haven't necessarily experienced yet, and then I have those moments in my real life and I'm like, 'What? I've been here before. I've said those words before but they just weren't mine and now I'm saying it'. It's the strangest thing."
Is there anything you struggle with?
"First of all, I'm terrible at all the cop stuff. I'm terrible at handcuffing. It takes me about 45 minutes to put cuffs on people. Any time I have to say real cop stuff, I can never remember my lines because it means nothing to me. There's nothing emotional to it. That's why I can do this, because it's about relationships and how the job affects me as opposed to being a police officer. Thank God for that, because otherwise I'd be the worst cop on TV if it was really a procedural."
"I meet my mum after 14 years and in a very difficult way. You obviously know the relationship with my father and last season he was getting sober and he makes an appearance this season too, but I haven't heard from my mum in 14 years. I haven't heard from my mum at all. I didn't know where she'd gone and where she was living. I run into her on the job, when I'm working. That's something I can't relate to in my real life. I have a great relationship with my parents and we're very close. I think that actually motivated me to know how to play Andy not seeing her mother because I actually have a feeling as to what Andy would be missing out on in not having her mum around. Every person knows there's a bond there, whether or not that person is in your life.
"She is a social worker and she ditched me, but she spends her time bringing other families together. It's such a hard hit when I first see her. It's so hard to process. I'm angry because she obviously wants to reach out and you'll see what happens with her and how we kind of develop, but that was something that's really interesting. What's really weird is my TV mum reminds me of my real mum. They kind of look alike. It's so strange. The real lady looks like my mum a little bit. And it was weird because my mum came to visit and they were hanging out together and getting on. It was so strange."
Is it important to keep some tension between Andy and Sam in season three, because that's what the fans like?
"There's tension anyway. That's the thing. What's been difficult - which even I notice - was when we were not together, it was like we were more together. There are difficult situations. When my mum comes in, he's so protective of me. He doesn't want her coming back into my life. He's nervous that I'm going to be really heartbroken. The truth is I'm already heartbroken by the whole thing. I'm confused as to what to do and it causes tension between us. That's what I really love about a relationship - it's not like we're trying to create drama for the characters, that's what life is all about. You have an idea about what it should be like and it doesn't meet those expectations, so it's difficult. So we're getting to know each other, but it's a lot harder than we thought it was going to be and I'm not going to tell you what happens.
"We're up to episode nine and it's really crazy. This is the cool part about doing TV shows too, you get to know people more in their real life as real people too and you become a family. Every year you come together, and the relationships get more entwined and difficult because there is already so much established. I'm really enjoying where we are at right now."
It's really not fair to say that and not reveal anything!
"I know, but last year I was excited because Luke got shot and I was so happy that he almost died. I was so excited. It was dramatic and I was thinking, 'Wow, that's crazy'. I took a bullet in episode one and then he is shot for real. Then he cheats on me but he asks me to marry him. It's so crazy. I could never have seen that coming. It was so fun to play that. I was really excited for the fans except for one thing.
"What I didn't understand was that people were telling me on Twitter that I should be with Luke after everything. I was like, 'Sorry! He cheated on me, what are you talking about?' I know I'm talking as if it's my own life, but I really took it that personally. I thought there'd be no redemption
for Luke after all that, but people still thought I should be with Luke. It was shocking."
Surely most people want her to be with Sam?
"Season one it was Sam all the way. Season two it was very 50-50 and I couldn't believe it, because Luke keeps putting himself in a deeper and deeper hole. We'll see what happens this year. I think they're really happy that we're together."
Season three of Rookie Blue begins tonight (September 2) at 9pm on Universal.
Watch a trailer for season three of Rookie Blue below: