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Blue Bloods Review: Shades of Gray

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During last week's Blue Bloods review, I mentioned how little we've seen of Jamie Reagan so far this season. In "Scorched Earth," he finally took the spotlight, but it only served to remind me that he may have gone into the wrong profession.

After a bride was murdered in a gang style drive-by shooting, the uniforms were told to utilize the NYPD's stop and frisk policy to round up gang members to get some answers. 

Officer Cruz saw some sort of non-verbal communication between the gang member being arrested and the kid on the stoop. Jamie witnessed the same incident but only interpreted it as the kid stretching. Both men saw the same event, yet perceived it as something different - and that's where the problem started.

Jamie's Unhappy With His Partner

I'm not a fan of Cruz. He's a cocky ass but in this case he was right. The kid was hiding the murder weapon and how they arrived at that answer was where Jamie had the problem.

I'm not a cop or a lawyer, but I'd assume that when they asked to talk and the kid tried to flee, that gave them reason to stop him. Did they have the right to frisk him? It seemed reasonable to me and certainly the bag of weed gave them cause to bring him in.

But Jamie viewed everything through the eyes of a Harvard Law student, not an officer. The question becomes whether that's a help or a hindrance in doing his job.

I enjoyed the conversation between Jamie, Frank and Henry. They asked relevant questions. Did the stop lead to a false arrest? Did it put anyone in harms way? Did the end justify the means?

My only wish was that Danny had been involved in this conversation.

That Jamie was in such utter distress over this arrest became tiresome. That he panicked when the DA's office sent a detective to question he and his partner over the arrest seemed silly. The fact that he went off on his sister for doing her job was downright ridiculous. 

The law itself may be black and white but the reality of being a police officer is filled with shades of gray. This episode really made me wonder if Jamie is cut out for that life. 

Frank's storyline with the evil dictator also disappointed me. As much as I enjoy having Frank play the hero and moral compass, it seemed far fetched that he could pull his detail off of a foreign diplomat to force him to leave the country. Wouldn't the State Department be all over that? Again, I'm no expert but I'd bet there would be so many layers of bureaucracy involved that it would take more than pressure from the police commissioner to get that man out of the city.

Linda should have won an award for the most patient, understanding wife in history but she has been a cop's wife for 16 years. I'd bet this isn't the first anniversary Danny's missed. However, I did find it interesting that her youngest son seemed to take more offense to his father's absence than Linda did.

And for once, Danny's case didn't feel like the only focus of the episode. As much as the other story lines may have annoyed me tonight, it was good to see Will Estes get some long overdue screen time, even if it made me wonder which direction his character is headed.

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So once again, sorry for any annoyance I may have caused to you or any other readers. I hope, if nothing else, that this may educate at least one person to think a little before posting something that could be considered as inappropriate and offensive as I found the original comments by Chris.

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Zxyatty,
Before your comment, I was done with this argument, and after this, I definitely am. I would however like to take this opportunity to clarify my position on why, in this instance, I have become a 'message board warrior.'
FYI I am not an American citizen, nor do I reside in America so your First Amendment wouldn't apply anyway. I simply put forward my view on a character in a tv show, which is part of what this forum is about, and was called a terrorist for doing so. If you expect me take that lying down, then I'm sorry that my response has annoyed you, but I was deeply offended and tried to state as such. Then there was the very bad attempt at racial profiling based on an Internet handle I use and the implication that my 'name' must make me middle eastern or at the very least Muslim is so far off the mark it's laughable. So once again, sorry for any annoyance I may have caused to you or any other readers. I hope, if nothing else, that this may educate at least one person to think a little before posting something as inappropriate and offensive as I found the original comment by Chris.

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Ok...
1. There is no First Amendment right to free speech on a message board. The 1st Amendment protects the right to free speech from the government. Neither one of you are government agents trying to censor speech. And if you are a government agent, you're not censoring speech in your official capacities, so quit whining about that. You are both getting caught up in a merit less argument that takes away the enjoyment for others. You want to get in this debate, do it elsewhere. Otherwise, respect that you each have an opinion and quit being message board warriors. 2. Unprovoked fleeing of a police officer does constitute reasonable suspicion. Once he was stopped, the police can conduct an investigatory frisk and pat down for weapons or contraband that are readily apparent as such. I do see some minor issues with the stop, but for the most part, it was legal.

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I don't know. Seemed pretty realistic to me. Cops struggle with these kinds of questions all the time - no doubt brought on by slam-dunk cases that were thrown out of court because of lack of following due process. And I have no doubt that the police bureaucracy in real life knows all to well how to deal with foreign diplomats who happen to be tyrants - all while keeping them safe from harm here. Frank's removal of their guns doesn't seem far-fetched at all. It's equivalent to removing their cars from the road, if those cars had faulty brakes that could conceivably bring harm to NY citizens. I too wondered about Linda's relative nonchalance about Danny's missing their anniversary - but then realized that he probably shared with her the circumstances around the case that was on his mind. A bride getting shot to death on their wedding day? Way too close to home for the both of them. I can almost see her pushing out of the door to get it solved.

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Continued from previous...
Whether you were personally affected or not by the attacks on your country and country people, I am surprised that you could find it at all funny to 'jokingly' call someone a terrorist in this world climate.
Lastly, back to my name again and the personal... sledge, for lack of a better word, as you have held back from actual attack this time... Your racial profiling is way off. But hey, lighten up, I'm just as glad as you that we'll never meet so there's something we can both agree on.

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Chris, if I had said I hoped Will Estes would die or be injured then you would make some sort of sense, but Jamie Reagan is a character in a tv show whom I find extremely irritating and whose storyline, I think, needs to change drastically, or be removed all together. According to your free speech amendment, I am well within my rights to voice this. I loved Will in American Dreams by the way and think his acting (when we get to see him!) is wonderful in Blue Bloods. I just can't stand the character he plays! As for calling me a terrorist and then labelling it a joke, I invite you to look up the definition of joke, because that certainly is not one. Having lost two close friends that I had known since I was 4 years old in the Bali bombings, I can assure you that terrorism and anything related to it is far from funny, which I would have assumed you already knew considering your country of origin seems to be America. Whether you were personally affected or not by the attacks on your country and country people, I am surprised that you could find it at all funny to 'jokingly' call someone a terrorist in this world climate.
Lastly, back to my name again and the personal... sledge, for lack of a better word, as you have held back from actual attack this time... Your racial profiling is way off. But hey, lighten up, I'm just as glad that I will never meet you either.

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I can't believe this web site took my comment off responding to Alihan? Really? She can call me a TROLL but I can't tell her to go to HE double tooth picks BEECH! There is that better! What happened to the free speech amendment in this country? Again lighten up, the terrorist comment was meant as a joke, but with a name like that what do you expect, when your wishing characters to die, Will Estes is a great actor, and I am sure the writers will give him some good story lines this year, he deserves it, you ROCK WILL!!!:)

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Alihan........So Sorry, Meant to say yes so glad to have to never meet you! My life is so complete, just over that simple fact!!! HAHA!!!

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Umm Chris can you please explain to me how I am a terrorist for wishing a CHARACTER IN A TV SHOW gets killed off or his storyline changed? As for the personal attacks on my name and telling me to jump off a bridge, my only response is to call you what your comments portray you as... A troll. This is a site to put forward your thoughts on TV shows, not a site to spill out your vitriol and hate on people you have never, and will never meet. Disagree with my opinions on the show all you want, but keep your personal attacks to yourself as they are not wanted or needed here.

Sarah silva

I enjoyed this episode.
For me I had not issues with how Jaime handled the whole situation. I do not like Cruz and think something huge will go down and Jaime will be the one to get in trouble. I think Jaime was right in being apprehensive and a little unsure if they went about arresting the kid in the right way AS it was a major gray area.
I think Frank handled the diplomat situation very well also, he did what he was supposed to do, keep him safe so he could get the operation but that was it, after that there was no reason to keep him in the country. As always Frank put the person (the dictator) this time in his place and he does it so well.
I liked the dinner scene this episode!

Blue Bloods Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

The man could politicize a rainy day.

Frank

Sixteen years ago this day I married the love of my life. It's always been a lucky day for me.

Danny