Blue Bloods 9×16 Review: Who Framed Jamko?

We’re back from a break and, hopefully, we won’t see another break for the remainder of the season! Let’s jump right in to reviewing “Past Tense”. This was a pretty action packed episode with a lot of familial themes all around.

Jamie and Eddie

I am starting here because this was easily the most frustrating plotline. Poor Jamko just can’t catch a break and, honestly, it’s starting to feel like the writers are a bit complacent at this point. Complacent seems like the wrong word, I know. That’s because they’ve thrown a lot of drama Jamie and Eddie’s away. But that, in and of itself, is complacent.

The show seems to think that for Jamie and Eddie to be dynamic, they need trouble from an external source. I cannot stress how untrue that perception is. Their most interesting moments this season have come from the two of them adjusting to being a couple or adjusting to each other’s families. I would much rather see an even mix of workplace drama and personal drama as opposed to what we’ve been given. Let’s give Jamie and Eddie a break soon, writers. They and the viewers would appreciate it.

This week, for example, I was less interested in the plot to retaliate against Jamie and Eddie and more interested in Eddie’s conflict with Erin. It gave us a beautiful sisterly moment that I would love to see explored on a deeper level. On the whole, I have not had nearly enough of Eddie one on one with members of the Reagan clan. Let’s fix that, shall we?

Erin and Anthony

Now, this plot I enjoyed thoroughly. I love when Erin and Anthony look out for each other. Erin may have irritated Anthony with the DNA test. But if the roles were reversed, then you can bet he would have done the same for her. I also loved seeing Anthony with a little brother. He was so happy to have family, even after finding out his brother wasn’t completely honest.

Additionally, I loved Frank calling Erin out at family dinner and the discussion it led them to have. Hearing each perspective on a long lost sibling was humorous and interesting. I particularly appreciated the exchange between Nicky and Jack. I have close cousins myself and I can definitely relate to cousins being as good as siblings.

Danny and Baez

You all know that I thoroughly enjoy watching Danny get personal on cases. This case is exactly the type of personal I want. I love the rare occasion when Danny gets to be soft. He sympathized with Margo, so much so that it clouded his judgement. He rode with her to the hospital, he made sure she ate, and he genuinely wanted to find resolution for her. That made the turnabout at the end satisfying in a twisted way. It allowed Danny to be angry and disappointed in this person he thought he could trust. Donnie Wahlberg playing angry and disappointed, like a father would be, will always be a favorite of mine. He didn’t disappoint.

Also, shout out to the line “No weed’s that good” for making me laugh out loud in an otherwise serious episode.

Frank and Sid

All of these plots this episode heavily featured two people working together. I find that interesting. Frank’s plot was also a part of this trend. Frank knew Sid was hiding something. Sid should have been up front with Frank and his “have a heart” comment was unnecessary. Frank has shown himself to have a very good heart in the many years since Sid has known him.

The way Frank resolved it in the end really showcased what can happen when you’re honest with your friends or colleagues and come together to solve a problem. Sid thought what he was doing was the best way to help, but Frank’s perspective found a much better way that served the officer better than hiding him away to log evidence. Frank, once again, reminded me why he would have my vote for president if he were real and running for office.

Thanks for dropping by to read my thoughts! Can’t wait to see what the tail end of the season has in store for us. I am worried for Jamko and afraid that the decision to keep their relationship a secret is going to come back to bite them. I hope not, but they’ve had a rough season so far, and I suspect it’s only going to get more dramatic from here.

Blue Bloods airs of Fridays at 10/9C on CBS.

 

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Blue Bloods 9×12 Review: Lead by Example

Well hello, my fellow Blue Bloods fans! This week’s review is going to be a little different than my previous reviews. I want to break my normal pattern for one week because I have one thing I need to express at length.

I love Frank Reagan.

I have said numerous times before that this show gives us a near perfect example of leadership. In my personal ranking of fictional leaders, I would say Frank Reagan is tied with Josiah Bartlet from The West Wing. What makes a good leader is not being perfect or making the right decision every time. No, what makes a good leader is being able to say “I made the wrong call and now I need to fix it.” Ownership, personal accountability, a functioning moral compass. These are all things that we need in our leaders.

Frank Reagan is a good man, but he is not perfect. He takes the burden of his decisions seriously. When he gets it wrong, he feels it deeply and must do what he can to make it right. He is the kind of leader the world deserves. Thank you, Tom Selleck, and the writers of this show for giving us this example of what leadership looks like. We’re not seeing much of it in the real world these days. Watching Frank Reagan acknowledge that he made a mistake directly to the person he wronged was both encouraging and humbling. I absolutely loved his plot in this episode. So much so that I had to address it first and foremost. Hence the break from my usual formula.

Jamie is following in his footsteps. We saw him stumble last week and this week we see him hold strong professionally (while stumbling personally, more on that later). He admits to his mistakes and he wants above all else to do right by his officers and the people of New York. He is what cops should be and the idea we want to believe in. Eddie mentioned earlier this season that Jamie could take his career in any direction he wanted to from here. She specifically mentioned police commissioner, and I very much believe that she will ultimately be right.

The show is setting Jamie up for a larger than life career. The writers are making some decisions that I do not understand, but overall I believe that is their ultimate goal. Both men lead by example. They strive to be the best version of themselves they can be and when they fall short of their own expectations they are tortured by it. They resolve to fix it.

This is a quality we need in all of our leaders, not just the fictional ones. I hope soon we find those leaders or that they decide to stand up and act for themselves.

Alright, and now we go on with the rest of the episode. Since we started talking about Jamie already, let’s finish that up.

Jamie made good decisions professionally this episode, but bad ones personally. The minute he and his officer had that conversation, I knew he was going to open his big fat man mouth and say something dumb. You know, like calling his and Eddie’s wedding “a waste.” His point was not a bad one, but the way he approached it was the worst possible way to do it. You tell her this after you’ve been planning for months? You tell her this in the middle of looking at a location? And you phrase it like that? Oh, Jamie. You are much smarter than that.

Thankfully, our boy wised up by the end, and it was worth it for the emotional scene we had at the end. Jamie telling Eddie she makes him better and offering up the perfect compromise with a beautiful location. Though, I’m still not sure if that means they’re going to the courthouse or not? Or how I would feel about it if they did. This is Eddie’s one and only wedding and I want her to be happy with her day. I’m not sure the courthouse would make her happy. Also I was deprived of seeing the proposal and I want to see at least some of the wedding, darn it!

Vanessa Ray delighted me this episode, especially in the family dinner scene. She was the perfect mix of friendly and mad. Her interactions with Jamie were very pointed but not nasty.  I also loved her outsider’s perspective on Reagan family dinners. Because she is right, sometimes it is about making sure the other guy is wrong. Plus, the way she turned to Jamie and said “I like him. I hope you turn out like him” was a stunning read on those lines. Ray as Eddie continues to be a delight.

Danny is back to carrying the procedural aspect of the episode. I loved last week’s plot for him even if I didn’t get the chance to review it. I loved seeing him as a neighbor and a dad first, cop second, for once. Donnie Wahlberg is so brilliant in the way he plays Danny as a parent. He cares, but he’s not soft or warm. He’s as recklessly hot headed while he parents as he is while he works. But, I will say, seeing Danny master the procedural aspects of these episodes proves how brilliant he is. He was meant to be a detective. He reads people exceptionally well and can put pieces together faster than most.

Erin’s plot was a heartbreaker about motherhood where no one really won. One mother lost a child, and another feels like she failed to protect hers. Erin made the right call. This young girl needs help and she won’t get it if she’s sent to prison. It was a rough decision, but Erin got it right.

The scene with Erin and both mothers in the conference room toward the end of the episode was devastating and brilliant. Watching one mother take on the blame for her daughter’s mistakes, and then watching the other immediately begin to blame herself for the death of her son was the type of boomerang that makes my chest ache. The speed with which everyone in the room spoke up in that moment was beautiful. They would not let this woman blame herself for a tragic accident she could not have predicted. The moment where she accepts the apology but doesn’t not offer forgiveness was so real.

Not everything is as simple as forgiveness. The heart is a complicated thing and it can logically understand the circumstances, but processing that logic into your emotional state is not easy or instantaneous. Grief is the most heart wrenching emotion of them and forgiveness takes time. That moment was real.

This show continues to exceed my expectations and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the season leads us. The Reagan family learns and grows together and I love watching them do it. Until next episode, my friends!

Blue Bloods airs on Fridays at 10/9C on CBS.

Blue Bloods 9×09 Review: Did Frank Go Too Far?

This week’s episode was called “Handcuffs” and I won’t lie to you, there were times this episode was very frustrating to watch. Much like our characters, I had conflicting opinions on a lot of the decisions that were made. So much of this episode’s plot was interlinked that I’m not sure how to divide it up this week. But let’s go ahead and discuss.

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Blue Bloods 9x06 Review: Can Jamko Find Work-Life Balance?

Blue Bloods 9×06 Review: Can Jamko Find Work-Life Balance?

I love how Blue Bloods manages to stay so relevant. This could very easily become a show that doesn’t adjust with the times. It has a solid audience that will always come back, mostly for Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Jamko, so the writers could decide that’s enough and play it safe with standard procedural storylines. But they don’t. They continue to explore topics like diversity, sexism and the ramifications of public opinion; and they always do it with class and intelligence.

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Blue Bloods 9×02 Review: “Meet the New Boss”

Let me just say, there are certain things I have come to expect from Blue Bloods and, while last week’s premiere was excellent, this episode felt more like what I really want from this show.

It tackled difficult topics, explored social concerns, featured family struggles, and still one of our Reagans was in jeopardy. Every bullet point that I look for in a truly excellent Blue Bloods episode was ticked off the list this week. Let’s talk about what made this episode particularly strong.

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