Babies on TV shows often provide whimsical hilarity and scenes including clever hi-jinks, especially when someone is after said baby. It's as if their cuteness can eliminate any possible negatives because, well, babies are just plain cute and covered in rainbows and butterflies.
Yes, "Baby Blue" did in fact incorporate some of those adorable moments - from Reese teaching baby Leila to go undercover and using her as a chick magnet to Finch losing her and frantically finding her with Reese's arsenal. True, he should have been baby-proofing that dangerous place aside from creating a play pen made from books.
And in the end, apart from all the ups and downs Reese and Finch had to endure, they were able to save Leila and prevent her murder.
Except victory had a far more bittersweet conclusion, a less fluffy bunny type atmosphere and one more filled with seeking dangerous criminals for aid.
It's great that Reese found an emotional attachment to Leila and was willing to break glass and beat up bars full of opponents when turning on Terminator mode. Do you have the baby? Time for a choke out. Do you have the baby? I don't care if I shoot you in the head.
Reese was on a mission and nothing would stand in his way; and that's great seeing a hero stop at nothing for his cause. But what was he thinking in going to Elias for help?
Carter truly hit the nail on the head when explaining that Reese did have other alternatives. The fact that he had to give in to Elias to save the baby was disheartening for both Carter and the cause that he's been so focused on.
How can they be fighting for the same thing when he'd rather pick the bad guys like Elias over the good guys like the police? Sure, there are corrupt cops, it's been highly evident, but there aren't good bad guys. That's why they are the bad guys.
I just hope that Carter's slipping faith can be restored, despite the heartbreaking realization that whether Reese consciously knew it or not, admitted that law enforcement, the people who are supposed to follow his ideals, aren't the answer.
Much like many of the more recent episodes, this particular one continued in the format of intertwining the case of the week with the larger arc without compromising either for the sake of the story.
Both were interesting and seeing Reese choose the so-called dark side for help in his cause puts another spin on a show still holding many new twists and turns.
And now that Elias has Moretti what is he going to do with him? Will he kill him? And will Reese ever think about turning to Elias again?
On a similar note, the return focus of Fusco on dealing with his own dark demons and struggling with working for the bad guys was great. He's had to reluctantly become the guy being pulled on everyone's leash. I guess it's hard to escape the life of corruption, even though I want to see him prevail. Poor Fusco.
Is it possible that Reese and Finch might start up their very own Babysitter's Club? Probably not, but the episode just showed another prime example of their desires to help others no matter who they are, and unfortunately, the not so easy decisions one might make in trying to do what's right.
So, is saving one baby's life worth giving up another?
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.