Blue Bloods Review: To Catch a Rat

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It's not only big brother who is watching. It's everyone else. Blue Bloods proved that all of us live our lives in the spotlight, whether we like it or not.

"Whistle Blower" started off with our murder victim watching a giant blow up rat being filled with air. I had to wonder, do they specifically make those for union workers going on strike? I mean, why else would you want a huge, air filled rat?

Ray Milo was a guy looking to protect construction workers and was willing to stick his neck out to do it. Unfortunately for him, the biggest rat was right in his own home.

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At first Jenna's anger didn't seem unwarranted. She did just lose her husband and Erin had promised to protect him. It did seem a little over the top when she flew into a rage when Erin dropped by. Then, I realized she had something to hide.

I had to laugh at the venom in her voice when she called her husband a rat, when she was the one who ratted him out, causing his death. 

Of course, I loved the Reagan family dynamic throughout this case. Frank stopped by to check on his guilt-ridden, overworked daughter and Danny supported his sister by doing his job and finding out who killed Ray.

The side story was equally interesting and had a message we should remember. Always assume you're being filmed. Cameras are everywhere. Conversations are recorded. Privacy is a thing of the past. 

As with the case of Officer Acosta, sometimes the video doesn't show the whole story and that's when things get dangerous. One viral video can cause a mob mentality with serious consequences. 

I liked that Frank was willing to play hardball to get the entire, unedited version of events. The public has the right to know but it also has the right to judge all available evidence, not just one person's slanted version.

What was even better was Frank's set up of Danny and Sunday dinner. Saint Danny, indeed. He's done plenty on the job that he wouldn't want Internal Affairs to have video of.

Yes, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to worry about but honestly, how many of us truly have nothing to hide?

There's always something you'd like to keep private. Well, welcome to the 21st century, where privacy is a thing of the past.


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


Loved this one. Tom Selleck is awesome in this. Bridget did a nice job too. Good storyline.


Bridget Moynihan has really stepped up her game....she was excellent in this episode. Also, IMO, Tom Selleck's excellent subtle execution of his lines is what makes Blue Blood does the Family dynamic at the Sunday dinner table. There have been times when I thought the writing was "slow and boring" but this wasn't one of them.


Ilike watching blue blood i dont miss show .I like watching every friday night i have my dvr ready to record blue blood if im not home to watch it .I like Danny he gets his job done when something goes wrong his great player .I always like donnie wahberg i think his great.


I quit watching this waste of Sellecks talent and same plots over and over but how long into the show was it this time that they all sat around the table and mumbled?


I can't say enough how much I love the show Blue Bloods and every member of the cast. I pray this is a long term series. I never miss it.


Great recap! I just got done watching this episode. I’m a little behind, mainly because I’m basically never home when it airs, so I’ve been watching it on dishonline(dot)com, which is this awesome streaming site with tons of content run by my employer, DISH. It’s kind of becoming my go-to place when I miss a show (I’m terrible at setting my DVR), because more often than not, when I check, they have what I’m looking for. What you said about the blow-up rat was pretty funny, I had a similar moment when I saw it wondering how they found one so large, and why…but I guess they didn’t want us to miss the symbolism, like that moment in The Departed.

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