Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2 review: Danny investigates a ghost story
We were worried that Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2 was going to completely sweep what happened with Linda under the rug; we’re pleased that this didn’t happen. The start of the episode was all about Danny and his sons figuring out how they were going to move forward in the aftermath of what happened. It was hard on them, and it would continue to be.
Eventually in terms of Danny’s work, he did have to move on since there was another case he had to take on — one that did have ties to Linda and an old friend. A young woman csuddenly returned after disappearing years ago, and he had to try to understand precisely what was going on with her now — in the midst of struggling to cook dinner at the same time and do some of his other duties as a single father.
The big twist in the case was that the woman who came back was not the girl who disappeared so many years before. This was someone with a history of prostitution and other crimes, and it turns out here that she was hired by the missing girl’s own brother to impersonate her. Danny’s theory was that this brother killed her years ago and for some reason hired to bring her back.
Unfortunately, the pieces that started to come together were pretty gruesome: The missing girl did die years before and was dumped out of state. In doing this he was clearly hoping to avoid detection, and he did for a rather long time before being captured in the end.
The latest case for Jamie and Eddie
Was a powerful Congressman exploiting a woman in Andrea that he was using for political purposes? He had promised to bring her family over to America, but when the two of them saw her leaving a moving car in the center of an argument they wondered what was going on.
The more Jamie and Eddie investigated the more troublesome the story began. This woman bas basically trapped into being the face of the Congressman’s campaign; if she made one move against him he could find a way to send him home. They confronted the Congressman about it and he was, as you would imagine, a terrible person. They told him that he had to start paying her right and he responded by threatening them in turn.
Nonetheless, it did seem as though Jamie and Eddie’s threats towards the Congressman worked. Andrea actually got the money she was earned and a little bit of a break.
Frank’s latest political power struggle
The police are being ordered to march in the annual West Indian Day Parade by the Mayor. Typically this would not be an issue for them, but the parade was honoring someone with a history of harming police officers. Baker and others within the PD wanted Frank to outright protest and risk his job. He was in a bind, and what this led to him starting to investigate the incident that caused everything so many years ago in the first place.
In the end Frank did agree to walk in the parade but under a very specific set of circumstances. He claimed he was looking out for Mayor Dutton, and he was — but also looking after himself. He did get a bottle thrown at him during the parade.
There was going to be a letdown inevitably after last week’s stunning premiere, but Blue Bloods season 8 episode 2 mitigated it as best as it could. This was the show more or less in its purest form, with characters taking on complicated cases across the board. We wish that some of the stories were more linked to each other, but we often find ourselves saying that.
October 7, 2017 @ 6:08 pm
This show was frustrating…
Frustrating that the “Leah Harris” story was not filled it with sufficient detail to know why the brother killed her, why he brought in a substitute 13 years later, why the missing persons detective missed something that would have been in her data base for at least 12 years.
Frustrating to see Frank continue to have battles with whoever is in the Mayor’s office and to see a Mayor who is dressed inappropriately for the position. I had read pre-season that the character is supposed to be a high society woman who had been in the Public Advocate’s position, but this has not been spelled out in the show. So we’re just left wondering about a woman who wears off the shoulder, seemingly non-professional clothes on numerous occasions.
Frustrating to see that, once again, the Eddie/Jamie situation is being ignored. I was one of those who wanted to see those 2 become a couple during season 5… nothing happened in season 5 or season 6. Then, there was a tease in season 7, episode 8 that they “have feelings” for each other. However, nothing came of it and Eddie even disappeared the last month of the show (I know Vanessa Ray had another show she was doing then). Episode 2 would have been a good time to begin movement toward a decision. After having been a Jamko fan since the beginning, I’ve finally reached the point where I would rather the writers just “pull the plug”. Give each of them a bonafide love interest off-screen and have it work out (unlike Eddie’s “breakfast sandwich guy” last season). Just do something definite and have them move on as professional partners only.
Frustrating to see the family dinner…. I think the arrangement at the family dinner should have simply moved Danny up by his dad such that he and his boys were still together as a family unit on one side, leaving the other side alone. It does bother me that Nicky, who has been a whiny, irresponsible character in so many situations, is now seated between her grandfather and the son who has just suffered an incalculable loss. It was also frustrating to see them miss a great opportunity to inject family humor… after Danny said, “Throw it in the oven and pray”, if it was our family, we would have begun a prayer to ask God to make the food edible, then we would have prayed for family. :-)
The episode did have some realistic scenes in addressing Linda’s death. Two years ago, our family suffered the loss of a trauma surgeon nephew in a mountain climbing accident. There have been extended family conversations and situations since then which are reminiscent of the “mushrooms on the pizza” and burnt chicken scenes in this episode.
All we fans can do is just wait and see what the writers do next. If they can’t come up with something more satisfactory than these first 2 episodes, I won’t be a fan much longer.
October 7, 2017 @ 3:32 am
I’m kinda sad about the lack of Jamko for having so many scenes with them in it. There was just a touch and some banter, not really anything to suggest their relationship moving forward.
October 7, 2017 @ 8:33 am
I feel the same. I hope they get some better scenes in future episodes that actually showcase their chemistry a bit more and progresses their relationship.