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'Blue Bloods' recap: Reagans versus social media

Season 5 | Episode 5 | “Loose Lips” | Aired Oct 24, 2014

Henry Reagan probably doesn’t have a Twitter account, nor is he likely on Facebook, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t start a firestorm of controversy online. When the former police commissioner is secretly videotaped saying the wrong thing at a private dinner, that’s exactly what happens in “Loose Lips,” the latest episode of Blue Bloods.

The episode opens with Jamie jogging through New York City in basketball shorts and a t-shirt. Even though he’s off duty, he’s an officer with a heart of gold. When he sees an injured woman crying on a park bench, he can’t help but stop to talk to her. It turns out that her ex-boyfriend has been beating her up. Jamie tries to bring her into the police station to make a statement, but when he turns around to talk to a few on-duty officers, she’s gone. It’s only later that Jamie finds out—through his older brother, Danny—that the girl was later killed by her abuser.

It turns out that the girl had Jamie’s business card on her, meaning that her killer is now targeting Jamie for speaking to her. Danny warns Jamie but being a Reagan, Jamie resists additional precautions. His decision is a poor one. When Jamie and Edit are on duty, Jamie is targeted by a thug, who burns Jamie’s arm and nearly kills the duo.

It’s enough of a mess for Frank to deal with alone but making matters worse is Henry, who is never hesitant to share his opinions. When asked about protecting a targeted officer, the former police commissioner notes that in his day, the situation would’ve been different. “If I was still PC,” he says, “this guy [the abuser] would already be in cuffs, if not the morgue.” Unbeknownst to him, he’s being videotaped and the video, which also includes Henry talking about a similar situation under his watch, quickly makes it online.

It’s not only Henry who is facing the negative side of social media, his great-granddaughter Nicky recently posted a critical tweet about her social studies professor and is now facing the consequences. Erin finds out about the tweet when a college recruiter from Rutgers implies that the tweet might be the reason why Nicky won’t be accepted into the school. Erin forces Nicky to apologize to the liberal professor, whose disdain for law enforcement knows few bounds (when she’s not satisfied with Nicky’s apology, she asks Erin to apologize as well). Oh well. It was a valiant effort.

Garrett later confronts Henry about the video and explains why Henry’s comments were completely inappropriate. “Henry, the world’s changed for you, me, and everyone else,” he states, when Henry argues that he was illegally videotaped.

At the weekly dinner, Frank and Henry argue about the situation (it turns out that the situation Henry was referring to in the video was when Frank’s life was threatened). A shouting match at dinner ends though when Frank tells his cantankerous father how much he loves him. That also calms the situation between Jamie and Danny (Jamie thinks his brother has been overprotective) and the one between Erin and Nicky (Erin is still upset about her daughter’s reckless tweets).

The main storyline soon comes to a brutal conclusion after Edit is kidnapped by the man who is trying to kill Jamie. Earlier at the police station, the thug had seen Edit try to protect Jamie, so he knew the two were close. Danny figures out that Edit is the new target just in time, and both he and his younger brother rescue Jamie’s partner with only seconds to spare. With the killer in handcuffs, Jamie and Edit are left together to enjoy a moment of peace and quiet as the episode ends.

What did you think of the fifth episode of the program this season? Do you think that Danny now realizes that Edit and Jamie are more than partners? Do you think Nicky’s continued use of social media is going to come back to haunt her once again?

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

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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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