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'Blue Bloods' fan recap: Love and redemption

Season 5 | Episode 13 | “Love Stories” | Aired Jan 30, 2015

First dates, love, murder, and redemption are all a part of tonight’s Blue Bloods episode. When a homeowner shoots an intruder, it begins to seem like there may be more to the story than a simple break-in. Danny’s son goes on his first date, and Erin works to ensure a woman was not falsely imprisoned 12 years ago.

After armed man enters Nick Biaco’s home late at night, and Bianco shoots and kills him. When it’s discovered that the intruder, Bruce Epstein, was a hit man, the hunt is on to find out who hired him and why.

Bianco is convinced it’s a rival concrete guy, but it doesn’t make sense. Further digging reveals that Bianco had an affair—but only after his wife cheated on him. Organized Crime has been looking into the Biancos and their concrete business, but they don’t have anything solid.

But they are able to direct Danny and Baez to Epstein’s girlfriend, who tells them that he was hired by Bianco to kill his wife. Per usual, Danny breaks Bianco, who doesn’t think to ask for a lawyer until after he’s confessed to his crime (because of course we couldn’t end the show without knowing why).

Bianco hired him in anger and then changed his mind, so he decided to shoot him and treat it like a home invasion. He forgot one thing: Don’t cross Danny Reagan. You won’t get away with anything.

Erin is working on a case where a convicted felon’s son is trying to have his mother’s case retried. Twelve years ago she was put away for her role in a convenience-store murder and robbery. Erin has her investigator, McBride, help her with the case. (Who feels like that would make a good love story for Erin? She’s always so unlucky in love; it would be nice to see her a little happy.)

The main witness was a crack addict who testified for a number of different cases, so her testimony is looking shaky. Erin has a cigarette butt from the crime scene sent to the lab, and the DNA matches that of the convicted woman, Suzanne Taylor.

Erin persuades her to tell the truth to her son, who has always believed his mother is innocent. This is a sad one to see; the boy went to law school to get his mother out of prison only to find out she is guilty. Erin praises his legal skills and offers her card in case he ever wants to switch sides.

Sgt. Gormley made a big uh-oh when he put Danny up for a Medal of Valor. Nothing makes Frank Reagan more angry than when people might think he’s showing favoritism to his family—well, that and public relations. I’m torn between the two sides, because I don’t think Danny should be punished when he’s doing a great job.

Pops tells Frank that he regrets never giving him a medal, but Frank says he doesn’t have regrets. In the end, he decides to award the Medal of Valor to both Danny and Baez. It’s nice to see that Baez won’t lose her chance at a medal just because she’s partnered with a Reagan.

Evidently, the Reagan grandchildren are growing up: Jack has his first crush on a girl, Charlotte. He’s nervous to ask her out, but even more nervous when she says yes. He forgoes the typical boring movie date and instead takes Charlotte ice skating. Danny and Linda reminisce on their second date at the ice-skating rink—and make us all go aw as Danny gives Linda chocolates made especially for her.

The ties of family continue to hold strong with the Reagans as everyone attends Danny’s medal ceremony then gather for a pizza dinner. Pops then presents an honorary medal to Frank for his service and is able to right his one regret.

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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