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'Blue Bloods' season premiere recap: Frank's silence speaks volumes

Season 5 | Episode 1 | “Partners” | Aired Sept 26, 2014

The Reagans have finally returned. After four months off, Blue Bloods began its fifth season with an excellent episode featuring a few great story beats and one sad (but unsurprising) admission from Frank: “I hate this job.”

During his tenure as police commissioner, Frank has faced an intense amount of media scrutiny, and on multiple occasions, he’s been forced to defend the controversial, but oftentimes necessary, actions of the New York City police force. In the season premiere, Frank is faced with the difficult choice of being politically correct and following protocol—or following his own heart and defending one of his officers.

He (surprisingly) chooses to follow protocol here, leaving one of his officers defenseless to media attacks.

The officer in question, by all accounts, is a good one. His last name is McCarthy and he previously served as Sergeant Gormley’s (Robert Clohessy) partner on the force. As the episode begins, McCarthy is caught in a tough situation in Times Square. A crazy man is yelling and spitting on bystanders, so McCarthy orders a fellow officer to use a Taser on him. When the man is stunned, though, he falls into a busy street and is hit and killed by an incoming vehicle. Officer McCarthy is then placed on modified assignment, and Frank is told by his media consultant and the mayor to stay silent on the subject.

As the New York City mayor apologizes for the incident at a press conference, Frank looks on.

Since the show’s beginning, Frank has often been a “partner” with many of the police officers who work under him (he used to be one and knows what it’s like). That partnership is clearly under strain here; so are the partnerships between Jamie and his Eddie and the one between Danny and his Maria.

A few days before their one-year anniversary as partners (how cute!), Jamie and Eddie are called to a domestic disturbance. A man has been assaulting his wife, but when that belligerent man pushes Eddie to the ground, Jamie defends her. Jamie viciously attacks the assailant, much to the dismay of Sergeant Renzulli, who witnesses the encounter firsthand and later questions Jamie about having romantic feelings for his female partner. Knowing that he’ll be assigned a new partner if he admitted those feelings, Jamie tells Renzulli that he has no intention of being in a romantic relationship with Eddie.

We’ll see how long that lasts.

Danny is having issues with his partner as well. Maria argues that Danny is always making the decisions for them and that he’s always the one driving on patrol. Danny doesn’t recognize his own failings until a car crashes into their vehicle and Maria is sent to the hospital. The duo had been helping with a DEA case to earn overtime, an assignment that Danny had made for both of them without consulting Maria, so Danny feels guilty about her injuries. Danny later admits his flaws, and the partners follow the DEA case where it leads: to Maria’s brother, Javi, who had been serving as an informant to the DEA. Javi helps lead the detectives to a mole within the DEA, but during a shootout between the officers and a gang of criminals, Javi protects his sister and pays the ultimate price.

McCarthy, too, is paying the price for his actions, but not from a legal perspective. After being labeled a murderer by the New York media, the officer—who had been sober for 12 years—starts drinking again and ends up in a massive accident. He’s in critical condition when the episode ends.

Frank—against the advice of his mayor and his media adviser—privately meets with McCarthy in his own home and knows that McCarthy regrets some of his earlier decisions. Frank also knows though that McCarthy deserved a fair hearing from the police and from the media.

Frank steps in front of the media cameras at the episode’s conclusion. “I’m not asking for anyone to cut us slack,” he says about the incident, “but a little recognition for the conditions under which our men and women operate—that’d go a long way.” The episode, which began with a violent incident, ends with silence.

What did you think of the season premiere of Blue Bloods? Were you surprised that Frank admitted that he sometimes hates his job?

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