Blue Bloods Review: "Friendly Fire"

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After last week's lackluster premiere, I was happy to see Blue Bloods getting back to normal. "Friendly Fire" put Danny right in the thick of an incident that placed his badge on the line.

Actually, it wasn't so much the shooting itself but the way Danny handled it that put him in jeopardy. Doing the stakeout on his own was just stupid. He was already in trouble, why risk making things worse? Especially when Jackie or another officer would have surely done the job for him. It was foolishness on Danny's part.

Danny's a good cop but he frequently lets his ego and his emotions rule his actions and that's reckless.

Son and Father Moment

I loved the opening where Linda and Danny were sniping at one another. You have days like that, even in the best of marriages. Days when the stupid stuff makes you crazy.

But that didn't stop her from being at his side when all hell broke lose. Linda's first instinct was to protect her husband. It's part of the reason why they're so good together.

I didn't see the complication with Mrs. Lee coming, even though I didn't like her the moment we met her. I thought Officer Tedesco simply didn't hear what Danny was saying because of the yelling and the noise of the train. 

And as much as I love Jackie, I thought she could have defended Danny a little more to IA. Whether or not Danny was having a bad day, a man with a gun was running towards them. He didn't stop or identify himself as a police officer. Jackie told Danny she would have shot the man if civilians hadn't been in her way. I wish she would have said that to Internal Affairs.

When Jamie told Henry that he hesitated drawing his gun on the job because of everything going on with Danny, I loved his response:

You're lucky you were riding with Renzulli and not me. I would have knocked your teeth in. | permalink

You'll never have to guess how Henry feels about something.  He'll be the first one to tell you. This was quickly followed by Frank's insight that "it's better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."  In other words, when in doubt pull your weapon.

Blue Bloods felt like it was back on track this week with an episode that intertwined that cop and family sides of this drama into an entertaining hour.


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Although it was a good story, I agree with fortyseven that it was contrived. I'm not a cop, but I have worked for my city government, and municipal employees all are bound to conflict-of-interest regulations and laws. For Danny to investigate the shooting violated COI. And sigodad was also correct in saying that Danny should not have been restored to full and active duty without first serving a suspension for violating the terms of his modified duty. It smacks of favoritism and, wouldn't you know it? conflict of interest!


Contrived. I don't recall if Danny said he was police but Tedesco looked out of it. I don't think Danny was wrong to shoot (one could argue whether he should have waited but anyway) but a non-lethal shot would have been better. Danny shouldn't have got away without a suspension for violating his orders (by going on stakeout). I like that IA wasn't corrupt or out to get Danny (as opposed to every other cop show).


i thought it was VERY GOOD....and felt that danny did his job...and felt that his partner NEEDS to start ACTING like his partner....i've never really cared for her.....the cop was running towards them, with hsi gun in hand....and even "if" he announced himself as a cop, the train was running right behind and would have made it hard to hear.....and if i'd been danny, i would have arrested the blonde too....she was mouthy. alisa


Although I like most of this episode, the last bit rankled and I didn't think Frank would have let his son off the hook for disobeying policy (stake out without approval.) Bad karma. And he was so good when he followed procedure with the IA investigation, etc.


love the episode and i love frank respond to jamie and henry "it's better to be judged by twelve than carried by six."


Excellect! Complex and tough but the family tie that binds stayed strong. None of us bats 1000 and we need to take responsibility as well as learn from our mistakes. Danny was held accountable for his decisions and actions and so was his brother. So important! Thanks for a classy, high-quality show.


I really liked the episode last night, I liked that it showed the human side of an Officer as well as the professional side, my daughter is a sworn officer and too many times people forget they are human too... All the actors/actresses do an inredible job bringing out the characters on the show..


two words: MUCH BETTER.
still not as good as Chicago code or in Detroit 1-8-7 in my opinion, but the show is growing on me.

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Blue Bloods Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

If you guys aren't going prosecute these people we might as well shoot them in the street.


Maids off today, Danny.