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Season 5 | Episode 10 | “Sins of the Father” | Aired Jan 2, 2015

Blue Bloods at its core is about family, and this week’s episode had three different storylines all featuring family.

The main storyline involves a case of a murdered police officer from Pops’ days as a cop. He had passed the case down to Frank and then Frank passed it to Danny. At a routine promotion ceremony, Frank recognizes a man and has him detained. He is identified as Donald DeCarlo, the man who shot and killed Officer Stephen Dixon in 1976.

Once Frank realizes he has DeCarlo, Erin must review the case with Pops. His story is less than consistent, which is troubling because it was 40 years ago and we all know Pops and his temper would not impress a jury if he gets frustrated. Erin wants to cut a plea deal with DeCarlo, but Frank says that is not an option. He feels a sense of responsibility to his father and to this case to follow it through.

Frank asks DeCarlo’s son, who is now an NYPD detective, if he would be willing to wear a wire and seek a confession from his father. Frank knows he is asking a lot and gives the officer a clear out, but do you really say no to Frank Reagan? Detective Miller gets the confession from his father and Pops and Frank appear at DeCarlo’s work with their “I gotcha” faces (and Frank in one of his snazzy overcoats) to arrest DeCarlo. In a moment that shows the soft side of Frank Reagan, he tells DeCarlo he ordered his son to tape his confession. The arrest is a great moment for Pops and Frank because they’ve been waiting 40 years for it. Then they strut off together.

Meanwhile, as if the family doesn’t have enough going on, Danny and Baez are dealing with a string of murders. The first one occurs while they are eagerly breaking their New Year’s diets. (Have you broken yours yet?) A man comes tearing through the crowd, shooting wildly. They are unable to find the shooter—but they do find a man dead, in only his underwear, in the middle of the street. The second murder occurs when a woman answers her front door and is stabbed. The two murders are connected by the fact that both victims were involved in the adult film industry.

Kat Holloway, one of the directors at the adult film company, offers up a lead steming from the suicide of a previous employee. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Phillips, blame the adult film company employees for luring their daughter to New York. Danny and Baez discover the couple are in New York. When they arrive at their hotel room, the husband is out, while the wife appears clueless—grief stricken, but clueless. Baez finds the imprint of an address on a notepad and they follow it to the next victim. Mr. Phillips confesses and turns himself in, but he’s convinced he did the right thing. The medical examiner finds one problem though: the stabbing victim was killed by a woman, not a man. Mrs. Phillips is after Kat Holloway and almost kills her, but Danny and Baez arrive just in time to stop her from finishing her vengenance.

The last case is a man trying to protect his son by claiming responsibility for a hit and run. Jenko is convinced it wasn’t the man, but Jamie is not believing her. The growing relationship between Jenko and Jamie is my favorite, and I’m really waiting on them to profess their love for each other—or at least kiss, aren’t you?

Jamie finally decides to support Jenko in her theory and they interview Mr. Santiago’s son, Carlos, who is seeking out scholarships for baseball. He insists that his father was driving the car. It’s not until his hard-core mother gets wind of this that they end up back at the police station just as Jenko and Jamie are about to have it out with the detective on the case.

Jamie keeps getting a lot of flack for everything he is doing to try and make detective. But really his character needs to stay on the streets, because as of now there is one Reagan is almost every sector. Street cop, detective, police commissioner, and in the district attorney’s office. This family has got the town covered. Also if Jamie gets promoted, what happens with Jenko? Well, maybe it would give their relationship a chance. I think I’m going to start the promote Jamie Reagan campaign!

The best part of every episode is always the family dinner. I don’t think there has been an episode without one. The dinner table is always full of differing opinions, and a favorite moment was when Nicky stated “alleged cop murder.” She picked the wrong crowd for that comment, but Linda was there to set her straight. Despite their differences, this family always sticks together.

Blue Bloods 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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