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Blue Bloods Review: He Said, She Said

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As much as I enjoy Blue Bloods, there are cases that leave me with more questions than answers. "Domestic Disturbance" was one of those episodes.

For those who aren't aware, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month and kudos to Blue Bloods for highlighting the issue, even though it came across more forced than I'm sure they intended it to.

Dealing With a Politician

I say the storyline felt contrived because we've never seen Danny and Jackie responding to a domestic disturbance call before. There is a specialized Domestic Violence Unit in every precinct in New York City. Perhaps there are times when that unit becomes so busy that detectives from other departments step in to help. I have no insider knowledge so that's just a guess on my part. Still, it felt odd to see the detectives who normally handle major crimes dealing with such a case.

Having Jamie respond to the call first would have made more sense. Maybe Jamie could have felt something was off or figured out the councilman was involved and talked to his brother about it. At the very least that would have given Will Estes more to do than sit around the dinner table. There are far too many episodes where we see little of Jamie, making it feel as though Blue Bloods is the Danny Reagan show.

Jackie's reaction to the case surprised me a little. I can only imagine that by the time a cop makes detective they've dealt with more domestic cases than they can count, but I suppose not everyone becomes jaded to it.

Back to the case: would detectives have pushed as hard as Jackie and Danny did here? The girlfriend recanted her story before the police even arrived. There were no actual witnesses and the boyfriend was a city councilman and retired police officer. I'm not saying Mancini wasn't guilty or that they shouldn't investigate but if there's no evidence and your witness won't cooperate, how far can you take the investigation?

As Frank asked Danny in this Blue Bloods quote

Frank: And she's accusing the councilman?
Danny: No, she's accusing a flight of stairs. | permalink

Yeah, those stairs can be nasty, especially when they get angry.

Angela was the crazy girlfriend and Tony was the untouchable abusive boyfriend. His shooting became a bad case of he said / she said. It's sad that the best outcome was for these two to agree to head to separate corners and move on.

As usual, Frank did the right thing. That's something Blue Bloods fans can always count on but now we're left to wonder if his budget got gutted for it. I hope they follow up on that next week.

It was great to see Linda back in the ER. It should lead to some tension at home as the family, especially Danny learns to adjust and will give Linda a reason to be involved in more cases. That's a win-win all the way around.

The Reagan family dinner was a bit of a let down this week and it left me with one question. How many spray cheese cans do you need to make a dish of mac and cheese? 

Despite my issues, this was still an interesting case, more so because there was no happy ending. Perhaps that's what makes it closer to reality than any of us should be happy with.

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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What was the "quote" Frank said about how you are raised molds how you are but your choices ...?????

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I totally agree that we see far too little of Will Estes!! I have been saying this for a long time now that the show tilts way too far in the direction of Donnie Walhberg. Yes he is a good actor but I feel the writers think that is where their biggest fan base lies and they are trying to appeal to that, and it is just so totally unfair. Will does continually get the shaft, I can only imagine his thoughts when he sees script after script and only sees himself at the dinner table. Wake up writers!!!!! This man has talent and you are wasting it and angering his fans!!!

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In what world did Frank do the right thing? A man admitted to assaulting a woman so viciously that she was put in fear for her life and had to use deadly force to defend herself, and Frank basically said "Tell a lie that protects your victim from jail, and we'll overlook the whole assaulting a woman thing."

Sarah-silva

Oh and I would not want to mess with Jackie, I liked seeing her in action on the guy at the start! He sure shut his mouth when she shoved him on the table!

Sarah-silva

C Orlando, I kept saying last year that it is the Danny and Erin Reagan show!
Don't get me wrong I love me some Donny Whalberg but I really like Will Estes and think he gets the shaft 90% of the time. Like last year the whole mafia storyline, they should have played it out all season but instead we got a couple episodes with Jaime in the spotlight then it was shoved aside and then it was wrapped up in 1 more episode! I really hope Will does not get fed up and leaves the show!
Now onto last night, I actually thought the storyline work well.
Frank is awesome, I love how he always gets his point accross and puts people in thier place like the Lieutenant from the precinct Danny and Jackie went to, he was rude to them but he was put in his place by Frank!
Funniest part of the night was Danny making Mac and Chesse with cheese from a can..I loved everyones reactions! Classic!
Oh and I would not want to mess with Jackie, I liked seeing her in action on the guy at the start! He sure shut his mouth when she shoved him on the table!

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Oh, come on! I usually enjoy this show, but this episode was beyond belief. First of all, on what planet do Homicide detectives go to a domestic disturbance call? Secondly, to bring in an ex and have techies voice match a 911 call, overnight, of course. Then to track down and find the actual guilty party. I'm sorry, but I can usually distance my brain from most far-fetched television plots, but geez! this episode was the Amazon river of distance. Sorry reviewer, you were way too gentle. And what do you mean it didn't have a happy ending? Charges were dropped against girlfriend, Danny and his wife talked it out, and yes, I'm sure the Commish got his funding. Please let the rest of the season get better!

Sue-ann

I don't think that Frank's budget will take a hit. Frank reminded the man that he had been decorated for being a stand-up guy, and to weasel those votes away would be dirty. It would also damage his standing amongst the other councilmen, with whom he is still working. They would ask questions about his reversal. If the councilman says that the shooting was an accident, no one goes to jail for anything. Angela will not be believed, as she has changed her story, and I daresay she will be advised to drop the matter, anyway. It might have been spray cheese in cans, but they also make cheese sauce in cans and sell it in the spaghetti sauce aisles of groceries. It would also be a terrible choice, but fewer cans. Danny's wife is coupon-wise, so I expect he checked prices.