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'Blue Bloods' recap: Family secrets take center stage

Season 4 | Episode 19 | “Secret Arrangements” | Aired Apr 11, 2014

“Everyone’s entitled to a private life. Secret life — you’re on your own.” So states Detective Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) in the latest episode of Blue Bloods. This week’s drama revolves around the secrets kept between husbands and wives, partners on the force, and children and parents.

The main case here revolves around a deceased professor, who may have been having an affair with a scholarship recipient. Danny and his partner Detective Maria Baez (Marisa Ramirez) track down the creator of a  supposed “scholarship” website that also served as an escort service for their victim. The professor was keeping secrets from his wife (including a second cell phone, à la Breaking Bad), leading the detectives down a path that shows the dead man’s secretive lifestyle.

Blue Bloods: season 4, episode 19 - Jamie, Eddie (CBS)Another secret that has been kept under wraps for a while is the special connection shared between Officer Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) and his partner, Officer Edit Jenko (Vanessa Ray). Jenko was introduced at the beginning of this season, and these officers have faced a lot of cases together. What they haven’t faced are their feelings for one another. When Jamie’s Harvard roommate visits New York for a couple of days, that friend points out the partners’ obvious connection to one another. After a game of beer pong and a male discussion of the “bro code” (Jamie’s friend knows that he can’t flirt with a woman his former roommate is obviously interested in), Jamie and Jenko kiss.

Both wish to forget it the following day, but the spark is there and has changed the couple’s (I meant partners’) dynamic toward one another.

The episode’s greatest secret isn’t a surprising one: After hundreds of cases — some of which involve intense interrogation methods — Danny faces a district attorney’s investigation about the interrogation procedures he uses to get statements from criminal suspects. “I think he probably steps on the line,” says his father Frank (Tom Selleck), who also serves as the city’s police commissioner, as he discusses the possible case involving his son.

Blue Bloods: season 4, episode 19 Erin (CBS)Of course, as an ethically minded commissioner, Frank isn’t allowed to tell his son about the investigation. Nor is his daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan) — a lawyer working for the district attorney — supposed to inform Frank about it. News travels quickly, though,  and a suspect leaks details of the investigation to Danny, setting up one of the show’s most powerful conflicts between father and son.

“Why are you looking into me, Dad?” Danny asks his father in a brutal debate. The commissioner may be following the rules of his office, but his son feels betrayed, leading to this uncharacteristic screaming match. Frank tells his son to leave so he can unwind. The family dinner that occurs shortly thereafter shows the tensions rising in the Irish-Catholic family.

As the episode comes to a close, Danny realizes that his father didn’t launch the investigation. He’s simply doing his job as a police commissioner. During the show’s closing moments, the duo settles down to watch old home movies with Erin. Will the investigation lead to something deeper? Will this strong father-son bond be tested once again? Who knows, but at least for the night, the feud quiets down as Louis Armstrong’s classic song “What a Wonderful World” plays on.

What did you think of tonight’s confrontation-packed episode of Blue Bloods? Is love in the air between Jamie and his partner. Will the tension grow between Frank and his son? Do you believe that Danny is only the “grunt” he says he is, or will his star rise to rival that of his father or grandfather? Sound off in the comments below.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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