How much so? Let’s just say that Erin’s ex (and Nicky’s dad) could find his life on the line over the course of the episode, since the promo suggests that he will be the victim of a stabbing. He’s hospitalized, and Nicky is clearly concerned over his well-being. Let’s hope that Jack makes it through okay; after all, we need more Peter Hermann on this show! For the time being, let’s just celebrate the fact that we’re going to be seeing a very different side of the character in this episode, and it’s always good to see what happens when the Reagan’s get tested. Yes, this show is about police work, but it’s also about family and how they come together when they are faced with crisis and uncertainty and that’s what separates this police drama from the rest.
Unfortunately, the timing of this incident is about as bad as it could possibly be for the family given everything else that is going on in the premiere. After all, this episode will feature the first appearance from Lorraine Bracco as the new Mayor (a favorite actress of our from Rizzoli & Isles), and judging from her conversation with Frank in the promo, she is ready to fire him in the event that he doesn’t do what he is asked. This is a chance to see a very different relationship between Mayor and Commissioner; even though Mayor Poole certainly had his own problems with Frank, they did find a way to work through most of them. Things aren’t looking anywhere near as rosy here, though we’re not sure “rosy” is the right word to describe the other relationship, either.
Beyond what is happening with Jack Boyle and the Mayor, there are some other issues at the center of this hour. For one, Danny Reagan is going to be contemplating retirement after his family’s home was targeted in the most-recent finale; he’s a great cop, but with the sort of people he goes after (and some of his methods), he also has this knack for making enemies. Meanwhile, (and on a slightly more positive note), Jamie and Eddie are going to be going undercover as a couple for a case! There’s no guarantee that this will be what drives the two characters together as a couple, but it’s going to be something that CarterMatt is hoping the show will explore after so many years of will-they-or-won’t-they drama. It’s been a long time coming seeing these themes on Blue Bloods, and we think at this point it’s too far gone for the writers to not explore it in some shape or form.
What do you want to see on the Blue Bloods season 8 premiere, and do you think that Jack Boyle is going to emerge in one piece? Be sure to share in the comments!