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'Blue Bloods' 100th episode recap: Family ties

Season 5 | Episode 11 | “Baggage” | Aired Jan 9, 2015

In its 100th episode, Blue Bloods reminds us that family ties run deep in this show—and it’s why we love it. Two different stories on this episode of Blue Bloods weave together different aspects of family, from a sibling like rivalry to a family doing anything to help one of its own.

Sgt. Gormley and Garrett, Frank’s two go-to men at work, are having a sibling-like rivalry this week. Each one wants to be Frank’s top man. When Jamie and his partner discover an unattended bag, the bomb squad is called in to check out the bag using a pretty cool robot tool. When the bag is opened, out pops a message from a street artist. Gormley and Garrett both have differing opinions on how this should be handled. Gormley is a cops’ cop, and Garrett is doing his job and worried about public perception. They fight like two brothers, both wanting Frank’s attention and for him to pick their way of doing things.

In the end, Gormley’s way proves best when the street artist is apprehended. Garrett plans to buy Gormley a nice gift to say he’s sorry, but Frank says to handle it like a man and show him that he respects him. He doesn’t want things getting too mushy. Always the stoic police commissioner, Frank tells Garrett to ask Gormley for a favor in order to show him respect. Frank is in his role as head of the family, even at work as he smooths things out.

Danny and Linda are looking to refinance their house, and you know nothing good is going to happen when a cop enters a bank. While being turned down for their refinancing, they get caught in the middle of a bank robbery. Danny observes a couple of different markings and unique characteristics about the robbers, and as soon as they leave he gets Baez down to help him with the investigation.

The investigation leads to a group of soldiers who all served together. Danny has Erin call in a favor in order to get the names of the soldiers, and she is less than pleased. There was a fifth man in the unit with the other robbers, and Danny and Baez go to call on him. It’s then they discover he lost both of his legs and has a traumatic brain injury from his time in the army. His wife is one of the main suspects in Danny’s investigation. Sullivan, the captain in the wheelchair, says his wife, Angela, started a charity in his name and raised $100,000 for him to get the help he needs.

Danny is obviously conflicted about how to handle this case because he knows the robbers were doing this for the right reasons. This leads into the family dinner conversation. Everyone shares their own opinions on the robbery, even Danny’s son, who thinks they should get away with it. Danny follows Angela and catches her in “extracurricular”‘ activities and will use the pictures as leverage. Danny’s sons don’t understand what’s wrong with extracurricular activities, since they have those at school.

Danny and Baez visit Angela to show her the pictures and try to get her to confess to the robbery. Danny also has gone above and beyond and gotten her husband into the treatment program that he needs, at no charge to them. Angela agrees to confess. The DA goes easy on them and gives each of the robbers five years, which makes Danny very happy.

In the most touching moment of the episode, Danny allows Angela to accompany her husband to the treatment facility. When he can’t remember his last name, she proudly states that he is Captain Sullivan who served his country in the Sixth Brigade. They promise to be together when they both get out, and their tearful goodbye brings tears to our eyes.

Blue Bloods always reminds us of the importance of family and also how some people will do anything for family—even when they go too far. But no worries: the Reagan family is always there to stop the bad guys and help the good guys.

Happy 100 episodes, Blue Bloods. Here’s to 100 more!

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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