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Danny Reagan's tactics questioned on 'Blue Bloods'

Season 5 | Episode 4 | “Excessive Force” | Aired Oct 17, 2014

Throughout the first four seasons of Blue Bloods, Danny Reagan has often been accused of losing his temper with some of the criminals he’s encountered. Each time he’s been accused of wrongdoing, he’s survived—overcoming both formal and informal complaints about his behavior. He’s not bulletproof, though, and the fourth episode of season five shows how vulnerable he really is, even if he’s not guilty of the crime he’s accused of.

In the episode, Danny’s innocent walk into a convenience store takes a turn for the worse when he disrupts a burglary in progress. He walks into the store with Detective Baez only to find the cashier being held up at gunpoint. The robber throws coffee on Baez and runs away from the scene, only to be chased by Danny into an apartment complex down the street. During a faceoff, Danny threatens to throw the criminal out the window if he doesn’t put his hands up against the wall.

The criminal ups the ante. He jumps out of the window himself.

Soon enough, the perp is screaming to the public about police brutality. Of course, screams about police brutality always do one thing in New York City. They bring out the pompous and opportunistic Reverend Potter (Ato Essandoh). There’s blood in the water, Potter realizes, and he uses it to his advantage by stirring up hatred against the police department (as he is apt to do). Frank attempts to mitigate the damage but Potter is on the streets every day stirring up animus against the police, while Frank stands mute on the sidelines. Frank consults a priest, who urges caution and restraint.

Potter cares for neither tactic.

When Frank asks Potter to visit his office, Potter states that he has an eyewitness who will testify that Danny pushed the criminal out the window (but Potter will make the situation go away if Danny simply resigns). The witness, a young Hispanic boy who witnessed the encounter, had previously disappeared from the complex where the incident took place. Danny looks for him in hopes that the young boy would corroborate his story but finds that he and his family have moved.

It turns out that Potter and his corrupt organization are the ones who moved the boy and his family into a posh hotel. Danny, following a tip from his father, follows Potter and finds the boy. At their next encounter, Frank confronts Potter with evidence suggesting that Potter paid off the young boy to get him to testify against Danny. Frank holds all of the cards but being merciful, he decides not to expose Potter as the sleazebag fraudster he is. Frank offers forgiveness to the reverend (which is more than Potter deserves) and the boy eventually clears Danny’s name in public.

What’s not cleared up in this episode are the budding feelings between Jamie and his partner Edit. When Jamie gets close to a cute female doctor, Edit gets jealous. She even chooses to partner with another officer for a day as revenge. In the end, Jamie and Edit resolve their mild disagreement and are friends again but the chemistry between them is as great as it ever was and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the two get together.

In other news, Sergeant Gormley shows that he has the audacity to stand up for what he believes is right. The sergeant—who oversees both Detectives Reagan and Baez—uses a meeting of department heads at the beginning of the episode to speak out on Danny’s behalf, arguing that someone needs to look out for the police officers. At the episode’s end, Frank brings Gormley into his office—not to fire him, as Gormley had expected—but to promote him to a position similar to that of Chief of Department. After his initial hesitation, Gormley accepts the new job.

What did you think of this episode of Blue Bloods? How long do you think it will take for Jamie and Edit to finally realize they have feelings for each other?

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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