Blue Bloods Review: Can Romance Survive?

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"A Night on the Town" turned out to be one of funniest and most touchingly real Blue Bloods of the season so far.

Even though Danny Reagan can sometimes drive me crazy, I've always enjoyed the relationship between him and Linda. They act like a real married couple with kids and a house and a mortgage and stress. But these two love one another and though they can get on each other's last nerve, they never forget it.

That's why I felt for Linda. She's a cop's wife. She knows the demands of the job but every once in a while it would be nice to come first. Unfortunately, that wasn't going to happen, even for their planned romantic weekend.

Despite that, Linda wasn't so much angry as disappointed and she told Danny so. He even understood, but a young man died and he deserved justice. So romance would have to wait - but when the time came, they both did their best to make the most of it.

Life Advice

Back home, Frank and Henry were watching the boys. In what might be one of the funniest scenes of the entire series, grandpa and great-grandpa handed down life advice to Jack and Sean. Their sage instructions consisted of: don't put mayo on pastrami and what to make a girl for dinner (linguini with garlic and oil with salad and good bread).

Then, Frank gave several tips on everything from what to order at a restaurant:

You can order lobster at a steak house but never order steak at a lobster shack. | permalink

What being out on their own will feel like when they're older:

You won't be poor exactly but you'll be paying for everything that used to come free so you'll feel strapped. | permalink

And then, what to do when you can't pay your bills:

If a month comes and you can make rent or the car payment but not both, make the car payment because you can always sleep in your car but you can't drive your house. | permalink

Add this exchange to Henry almost taking the boys to see The Book of Mormon and I almost fell out of my chair. Erin wasn't kidding when she said they'd dodged a bullet. Linda would have killed them.

The lesser story of the night saw Jamie headed back undercover as he was invited to a crime family's family dinner. I loved how Noble Sanfino told Jamie "Don't want what you can't have," when he introduced him to his sister, Bianca. That was a pretty clear warning. Unfortunately, my guess is it's already too late.

Jamie was definitely attracted to her. I'd bet he ends up in a relationship with her before long. Whether that will be for the case or strictly personal is another matter.

We didn't get to see the Reagan's traditional Sunday dinner but we had so many other great scenes I couldn't say I missed it. The case of the week may have fallen a bit flat but the family drama more than made up for it.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


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I have looked everywhere and can't find the name of the beautiful actress who plays Bianca Sanfino. Does anybody know?


Finally a show that isn't eaten up with political correctness. I commend Cbsfor going with a show that has characters with morals and values.


This was a good one. Probably one of my faves. Love the family and the sense of humor added. I have to say I usually like the Jackie/Danny crime solving stuff.. but I'm glad they changed it up a bit this episode. We see enough of them. More Tom Selleck would be great. Loved Jamie's storyline.


This episode may turn out to be the "jump the shark" moment for me in this series. The police commissioner's SON is going to infiltrate the mob? Really? The kid who has been photographed with his father in public and is probably easily recognized by just about anybody in the department? THAT guy is going undercover with the mob? I've been a fan of the show from day 1, but this plotline is utterly ridiculous. If I wanted absurdity, I'd watch an afternoon soap.


Too much Danny. I liked the restaurant and life advice. I have hopes for the Jamie undercover SL. Yes, Jamie/Bianca will happen/almost happen for whatever reason. Rosalita was a good guest actress.


I love Blue Bloods. I have not missed one episode yet. I pray the show last a long time. There is not a better show on TV.


This was one of my favorite episodes. It focused more on the family. My favorite scene was Frank and Henry giving advice to the grandsons. Frank told the boys to finish their vegetables as he handed them a plate of french I have to admit I liked that the story got away from "Danny and Jackie solving a crime" for at least one episode.


I agree that Donnie Wahlberg chews up the scenery too much, though. He carries the bulk of the story in most of the eps. I think they give him his head too much because of it. He wasn't this broad in Band of Brothers. It must be them thinking they need macho cop action to bring in the punters.


I think the "Life Lessons" scene was filmed at roughly the same table that Sally faked an orgasm on "When Harry Met Sally". That scene was DEFINITELY the best in the series. It was warm, and accurate, and understated. I really enjoyed it. This series seemed to be going to be a procedural with some family elements. They finally allowed the wife to do something, and they finally made it a little more personal. I think it was one of the best eps of the season.

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Blue Bloods Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

It looks a lot more like a date than an accident.


Frank: What about nap time?
Henry: The boys are too old for naps, Francis.
Frank: I meant for us.