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'Blue Bloods' recap: Ethical violations

Season 5 | Episode 12 | “Home Sweet Home” | Aired Jan 16, 2015

In this Blue Bloods episode, Jamie begins to make the mistake he has told Edit to avoid—trying to save every puppy. When Jamie and Edit are called to a bank to remove a homeless person, they find a young 13-year-old boy, TJ. He tries to run but is eventually convinced to share his story. He believes his aunt was murdered by her boyfriend, Ghost.

Jamie enlists the help of Danny and Baez to help and find this Ghost. Meanwhile, Danny is dealing with major issues at home. He’s working overtime to pay for private school and tutoring for his son. Because he is so tired he wants to stay at an apartment in the city a couple nights a week that some guys from work rent. When he presents the idea to Linda, she is less than thrilled. They argue, which they seem to do a lot these days, and she tells him to do whatever he wants. Danny’s boss is skeptical of the apartment and says she knows what goes on in those places, but he insists it’s all on the up and up.

As Danny and Baez investigate the disappearance of TJ’s aunt, Erin is dealing with an ethical issue at work. She is removed from a case and doesn’t understand why her boss and also secret boyfriend, McCoy, is giving such a light sentence to a correctional officer caught with a significant amount of drugs. She enlists the help of Alex (James Lesure), the investigator for the DA’s office. He tells her that there were multiple officers being investigated, and one committed suicide. He says she needs to lay off on this one because the players are too big. After Erin’s car is broken into and her files stolen, Alex agrees to assist her in the investigation by bringing in the widow of the officer who committed suicide. He got trapped in a group of officers who were selling drugs, weapons, and women to the prisoners.

Erin is very disappointed in her secret boyfriend/boss McCoy because of his actions in this case. She cannot understand why he acted to cover this up until he explains that the commissioner of the DOC is like a second father to him. Erin understands he wanted to help out, but this does not justify his actions. Ever the ethical Reagan, she is going to report him to the Department of Investigations. His first question is, Are we still going out on Saturday night? I’m thinking this might be the end of this secret relationship.

Danny and Baez track down TJ’s aunt and discover that she was just trying to escape him. She has no desire to be a guardian, and Jamie is upset that she would just abandon her nephew. He tries to sugarcoat it for TJ, but he is not buying it. Fortunately, a foster family has agreed to take him in, so Jamie can rest assured he did everything he could to help out this boy.

In the midst of the chaos of his children’s lives, Frank is dealing with his own drama with his father, Henry. Having slipped on a patch of black ice, Frank is laid up at home with a busted ankle. (These scenes always make me wonder: Was this planned, or did Tom Selleck really injure himself?) Working from home creates some tension between Pops and Frank. Fortunately, they are able to work it out and express how glad they are to have each other.

Even after a great talk with Frank, Danny is still on the idea of the apartment in the city. His boss asks to go with him to check out the apartment, because she doesn’t believe it’s just for sleeping. They walk in on a party, and she gives her disapproving look. Danny realizes he’s made a mistake and goes to talk to Linda at the hospital. They decide to plan a trip, just the two of them, so their marriage isn’t only about their kids.

While we saw a family torn apart in this episode and many things trying to tear apart the Reagans, they remain solid as always. As Frank told Danny, family first and then the job.

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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