Danny. Oh, Danny. You make me crazy.
"Silver Star" had all the things I love about this character coupled with the issues that had me wanting to reach into my television and shake him. The senseless murder of a decorated Marine pushed Danny to the edge.
When Danny told his father, "If I were the victim I'd want the most royally pissed off detective in the world trying to find out who did that to me." I understood. Danny's anger helped motivate him further to get results on this case. Unfortunately it also drove him to make senseless mistakes. Henry was right. If the cops that stopped him from attacking Cassidy on the street weren't "old school" the incident would have been fodder for Cassidy's high priced attorneys.I loved the fire this case lit under Danny. He wouldn't let it go and a Marine who did three tours of combat to serve his country certainly deserved that kind of dedication. Danny's a good cop but then he lost his head and made stupid mistakes. When he went to find Cassidy by himself to show him the Silver Star I wanted to scream at him. First off, shouldn't that medal be in an evidence bag by now?
Couldn't any viable fingerprints on it only help the case? And going in without backup just gave Cassidy the perfect opportunity to attack him. I'm sure having an excuse to beat the crap out of the man was satisfying for Danny but again, wouldn't that give Cassidy's lawyers more to work with in court.
My exasperation was tempered by the wonderful scene between Danny and Linda where Danny described the 19 year old soldier who was killed while taking an injured Danny's place on patrol. When he told Linda, "Why did a 19 year old kid have to give his life so I can have all this?" it was a powerful moment. It made me understand what was driving him. I just wish Danny could balance that passion with a little more good sense.
In other news, Frank woke up to a PR war with the mayor. Apparently the mayor wants his police commissioner to be popular but not quite that popular. His ego just couldn't take that kind of competition, even if Frank wasn't actually competing.
Frank's no nonsense, take no crap attitude was great and it didn't change depending upon who he was talking to, whether it was the reporter, the press secretary, or the mayor himself. Unfortunately, the mayor was happy to remind Frank that he appointed him to that position and that could change at any time. Frank might be popular but the mayor proved this week that he wasn't above throwing some mud to get his way. It will be interesting to see how much of that Frank is willing to swallow in order to keep his job.
"Silver Star" was another great Blue Bloods outing that had me falling for this family, even when its members made me crazy.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.