How do you recruit for the NYPD? Frank Reagan struggles with that question as "The Uniform" looks at who chooses to wear one and why.
Why does someone want to be an NYPD Officer? It is obviously a dangerous job. Add to it that New York City is expensive, the winters are cold and the summers can be sweltering. So when the mayor's public relations firm wants to start a new campaign marketing 9/11 to gain recruits, Frank is furious. It seems an insult to those who died to use that tragic day to sell the job.
In the mayor's defense, many people signed up for the military and NYPD because of 9/11 but to blatantly use that tragedy is ethically questionable and simply feels in poor taste.
In the midst of this debate, we have Mike, an Auxiliary Officer who shot a man to save his uncle. Unfortunately, Mike didn't realize his uncle's a gun runner and more than willing to throw his loving nephew under the bus to stay out of jail. Ah, there's nothing like family.
I love how Danny related to this guy. If the Reagans didn't have such a history with the NYPD, Danny could have looked a lot like Mike, only angrier.
That Danny became a cop is no surprise. It's Jamie's career choice that Frank questions. Did he drop out of Harvard Law and follow in the family business simply because Joe was killed?
Jamie says no. He's a cop because he watches his family go to work loving what they do no matter how much or little they make doing it. Unfortunately now he's painting fences on his days off to try and pay his exorbitant student loans he took out. Now that's got to hurt.
A few other tidbits:
- The shooting takes place at 6 a.m. Where is the morning breakfast crowd? What diner is closed for breakfast?
- Garrett once again dances with the mayor's office while both having Frank's back and reminding him of reality. And his quips and one liners always make me laugh.
- Danny and Linda's boys are great as they ask their Dad if he's sweating the guy in the box. Linda immediately pegs it as a video game reference and even knows which of their friend's lax parents are to blame.
In the end, Frank manages to convince the mayor's office that it's the personal stories that will attract the best people to NYPD. But I have to agree with the PR guy. Who wouldn't want Tom Selleck in their commercial?
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