While we would say that there have been some Frank Reagan stories at the center of “Blue Bloods” this season that have not been particularly stellar, we enjoyed the entire core of Friday night’s new episode for him very much. It was in some ways a political stand-off with Mayor Poole (a returning David Ramsey), as the two both had their own perspectives on his programs and whether or not the best things are happening for the members of the NYPD.
At the end of the day, though, these two men continued to realize one thing above all others: They need each other, they challenge each other, and they both have significant roles to play in what is to come. They also need to work on some of their policies.
The connections to Frank’s story and that of Erin’s this week were pretty clear, as a man admitted into a new “Fresh Start” program was accused of killing a cop, something that she felt extremely guilty about since she recently helped to set this man free. While it turned out that he was innocent of the murder crime, his actions did still prove that this program has some kinks to work out … even if finding ways to give criminals chances to better themselves and society remain important.
We’re not going to say that there was anything beyond Erin and Frank that was particularly gripping this week, mostly because we’ve seen Danny go the extra mile with Baez before. Also, after seeing Baez confront her past recently it is difficult to find another story for her that measures up.
Now that we’ve said all of this, we do still have very little to complain about with this show when the majority of the main storylines are gripping for a full hour. Even though we assumed Frank was going to stay with the force, the writers still found some unique ways to grab us and keep us invested in the narrative. Grade: B.
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