Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19 Review: Risk Management

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Jamie and Eddie watched in horror as a good decision went bad on Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19.

Should they have chosen not to pursue the carjacker?

I know that high-speed car chases in congested areas are very dangerous, but what's a police officer supposed to do, wave at the criminal as he drives away?

A Car Chase Gone Wrong - Blue Bloods

I thought their superior was quick to dismiss the fact that they saw a car seat in that vehicle and thought a child might have been abducted. 

They later learned that the seat was empty, but they had no way of knowing that at the time.

I found myself wondering how much trouble they would have gotten into if a child had been in that vehicle and they just called it in and let it drive away. 

I could understand their actions being called upon for review, but a 30-day suspension seemed harsh. Not only was I glad that Jamie convinced Eddie to fight it, but I loved that Jamie defended them both.

At the academy we learned that good decisions sometimes have bad results, and it comes with the uniform. We stand by the decision that we made.

Jamie

Jamie was an attorney before he joined the NYPD, so he was certainly qualified.

Also, Eddie letting him take the lead on this one made sense. She trusts him with her life every day on the street; this time she was trusting him with her career. 

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After seeing so little of Eddie Janko in Blue Bloods Season 8, I'm hoping we see much more of her as the season winds down. 

Not only do I enjoy her, and the chemistry between her and Jamie, but she provided my favorite Blue Bloods quote of the night:

Eddie: I'm just saying it's kind of boring.
Jamie: Baseball is boring. Seriously?
Eddie: Yeah, the games are like nine hours long. Nothing actually happens.
Jamie: Baseball is a metaphor for life.
Eddie: Yeah, and I'm not going to spend my lunch watching a bunch of grown men in pajamas…

Do you think not loving baseball ranks above or below being a Philadelphia Flyers fan to the Reagans? 

Now, if Eddie could just get an invite to the Reagan family dinner, I'd be thrilled. 

Loan Shark - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19

Danny and Baez's case took a turn I didn't see coming. 

At first, I was shocked that neither of Emily's parents was home with her as she recovered from her heart transplant surgery, but then I thought it through. 

Diane and Ryan Bennet have probably taken a lot of time off from work during their daughter's illness. At some point, you risk losing your job if you don't show up. 

The fact that the hospital sent their daughter home only ten days after surgery because of what the insurance would cover didn't surprise me at all. That's just how messed up our healthcare system is. 

But I didn't expect that they had gone to a loan shark to pay the medical bills and medications until Danny and Baez had the parents in interrogation. 

As the Reagan's pointed out during their Sunday family dinner, you will do anything for your child, especially if they are that sick. 

Sunday Family Dinner - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19

Heck, I didn't even mind Danny roughing up the loan shark to find out where to find Emily. I actually thought he used some restraint in not breaking the man's arm. 

I know that Danny and Baez's job was done once they found the girl and got her to the hospital, but I couldn't help but be curious about what happens next for that family. 

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They've given all of their money, plus everything they could get from friends and family to a loan shark, and there were still going to be exorbitant bills for medications and doctors. 

Thankfully, their daughter was alive, but once you've lost every cent you have, where do you go from there?

Bebe Neuwirth as Kelly Peterson - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19

Then there were the perps who were scamming the system for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and Frank just couldn't stomach that. 

I was thrilled to see Bebe Neuwirth back as Kelly Peterson. She and Frank have great chemistry, and I wish the two interacted more often.

I couldn't completely disagree with Kelly or Frank, as they both made valid points. 

We live in a highly litigious society, partly because some people are looking for a quick payday. 

But going to court could be risky, especially with so much money and bad publicity on the line. Sometimes settling out of court for much less seems to be the more prudent course of action.

Kelly: It gets resolved the way most disputes do. Nobody gets everything they want.
Frank: Perps do. It's free money.
Kelly: It's nickels on the dollar.
Frank: They're still free nickels.

Unfortunately, being too quick to settle could be encouraging more people to file suit. So does settling actual cut costs, or increase it in the long run? 

I don't have the answer, but I enjoyed how Frank and Kelly argued their point and never lost respect for one another in the process. 

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Finally, we get to Sean and his essay.

I felt terrible for Sean when Danny kept assuming he'd gotten himself into some sort of trouble with his essay. I also completely understood why it would be so difficult to accept the award without his mother there to cheer for him. 

But Henry did the right thing by pushing Danny out of his comfort zone with his boys. I can't say Danny really addressed Sean's feelings as much as I would have liked, but I think he did the best he could. 

Check back in for my review of Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 20, and if you need more of the Reagan clan, you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

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Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 19 Quotes

Eddie: I'm just saying it's kind of boring.
Jamie: Baseball is boring. Seriously?
Eddie: Yeah, the games are like nine hours long. Nothing actually happens.
Jamie: Baseball is a metaphor for life.
Eddie: Yeah, and I'm not going to spend my lunch watching a bunch of grown men in pajamas…

Kelly: It gets resolved the way most disputes do. Nobody gets everything they want.
Frank: Perps do. It's free money.
Kelly: It's nickels on the dollar.
Frank: They're still free nickels.