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'Blue Bloods' season finale recap: Conspiracy leads to a major resignation

Season 4 | Episode 22 | “Exiles” | Aired May 9, 2014

“Our hearts will go on,” Jamie Reagan says near the beginning of the fourth season finale of Blue Bloods. In the episode, he — along with his partner Eddie — is faced with a father who doesn’t want his daughter to marry a foreign man, who seemingly only wants the marriage so he can remain in the United States after his visa expires.

But ironically, Jamie’s quote — which references the famous Celine Dion song from the movie Titanic — also helps set up the rest of the twist-packed episode, in which several careers end up sinking before the night is over.

The show opens with a seemingly random suicide. A woman stands on her roof in New York City, puts her cigarette out in coffee and then promptly jumps to her death. The case seems open-and-shut, until Danny arrives on the scene and realizes that the District Attorney’s office and its team of investigators is involved. At the crime scene, Danny encounters an adversary in the D.A.’s office, which wants Danny off the case.

It turns out that the District Attorney was working with the suicide victim — who was caught promoting a prostitution ring — and that a sting had been set up in her apartment. But why is the D.A.’s office being so secretive about the case, Danny and his father Frank, the police commissioner, wonder. Danny asks his sister Erin, who works in that office, about it and is promptly admonished.

The conspiracy is brought onto the main stage after Amanda Harris (Amy Morton), Erin’s no-nonsense boss, files a complaint against Danny alleging that Danny had harassed Erin about the case. The complaint leads to Danny being sidelined but pushing Frank to investigate the situation further.

That  leads the commissioner directly to Kelly Peterson (recurring star Bebe Neuwirth),  the inspector general who oversees the police department. Knowing that her fondness for Frank (“I root for you,” she tells him) is interfering with her work responsibilities, Kelly tells Frank she’s resigning — but not before handing him a crucial piece of evidence in a sealed envelope.

That evidence points to Dino Arbogast, Frank’s department chief, who has been hiding a few secrets of his own. Dino had been caught on videotape by the D.A.’s office using one of the prostitutes affiliated with the dead woman. After being caught with his pants down, Amanda had blackmailed Dino, and Dino had pushed for the complaint against Danny. When Dino admits his mistakes to his boss, Frank sends him to the newly reinstated Danny to give a formal statement and resign.

Amanda’s sting may have begun with good intentions — the original goal was to take out a prominent elected official in Albany — but that official had resigned, leading Amanda to let the prostitution scam continue under her watch in the hopes that it would bring down a much larger figure.  She never realized that person would be her. Erin confronts her supervisor and Amanda seemingly realizes that the walls are caving in around her.

The episode ends with Dino out of office and Amanda about to be disciplined. Conspiracies were all around in this episode, and even Jamie’s partner had been bamboozled. It turns out that the marriage that led into this story was, as her father suspected, actually a setup. The groom was secretly gay and had been caught on tape carousing with other men. He simply wanted to remain in the United States so he wouldn’t be punished for his sexuality. He and his fiancée do get married — she knew about his homosexuality and was simply trying to protect him — and Jamie and Eddie are invited to the after-party.

The characters on this show were shaken up this week — but as Jamie stated, “our hearts will go on” as this show takes a break over the summer.

In the meantime, what are your thoughts on this week’s resignations? Was Kelly right to resign? Will Amanda be the next out the door? Will Erin be promoted into Amanda’s office? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you want to see in the next season of Blue Bloods.

Blue Bloods, rated TV-14, airs Fridays at 10/9 C on CBS.

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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