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Blue Bloods Review: Evil Comes Home

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"Nightmares" featured its scary moments, but its sad ones were far more powerful. 

I expected more from an episode dealing with voodoo and the Catholic church. It felt as though the crime and the attacker were barely touched upon. I found myself hoping for more background on the Catholic church's stance on the voodoo community or the details of Tusain's exorcisms.

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The end came too quickly and too neatly wrapped. With that one voodoo ceremony we were left to believe his demons had left but other than the initial attack we never saw much of them to begin with. The hour missed the mark.

It actually seemed to focus more on introducing us to Danny's new partner than the demon story. Speaking of which…

My first impression of Detective Kate Lansing was that I wanted to order her a cheeseburger. Boy, she was skinny. I wished her background in Haiti was used to give us more background into this world and develop her character a bit more. Of course, being a former member of Internal Affairs leaves all types of possibilities for conflict down the line.

But seeing Jackie at the end broke my heart. Danny had a string of revolving partners that first season and none of them clicked before Jackie. The two have great chemistry as partners and friends and I'm really going to miss her. At least we got a farewell scene and a goodbye hug. I'd love to see Jackie return but from published reports of the actress' conflicts on the show I think it's highly unlikely.

Garrett's issues this week were surprising. I didn't see that coming and apparently neither did Garrett, as he explains to Frank in this Blue Bloods quote

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Poor guy definitely got played and I loved that Frank was willing to have Henry go a little old school to get the problem solved. I couldn't take losing Jackie and Garrett all in the same episode. That would just be cruel.

Once again we got some more time with Jamie and his story line was the saddest of all. My grandfather had Alzheimer's and it is a horribly nasty disease. It's as though the person you know disappears while they're still standing in front of you. 

Malcolm was certainly stuck in the revolving door of the system and it's scary to think he could just be released over and over again. 

I was a little surprised that Jamie didn't recognize Malcolm's stance as a hockey pose right away. It appeared so obvious to me.

The Sunday dinner getting cut short was disappointing, especially since I wanted to hear the back story about why Erin is so into Halloween. I did love the Wizard of Oz themed costumes they wore.

So was I the only one who felt the demon story fell a bit short? And are you willing to give the new detective a chance?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (66 Votes)

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Who played Malcome in the segment with Jamie? I can't remember his name.

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I think this episode may have been put together on the fly. I think the case of the week, and the Sunday Dinner scene, both wrapped up too quickly in order to give Jennifer Esposito a fitting farewell scene. It was the right thing to do, but it did hurt the overall episode.

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This show, which I love, will not be the same without "Jackie" as Danny's partner!!! It's my feeling that this is a huge mistake and will definitely hurt the show's ratings.

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1. It's really sad to see Jackie go, especially under the current circumstance behind the scene. 2. I kinda like the new partner (Kate Lansing), and I'm willing to give the character the benefit of the doubt. Since she's different character the dynamic between Danny and her is bound to be different (e.g she didn't take any crap from Danny).

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I'm going to miss Jennifer Esposito, who worked wonderfully with Danny. I loved the way Frank solved Garrett's problem, sending in his father to give the woman a warning that she was messing with the wrong man. It really wasn't legal, was it? Heh heh heh. That tickled me. I wasn't really interested in the Catholic-Voodoo storyline, although if the poor guy was filled with a demon and now isn't, does he still have to do the time? We need Sam and Dean Winchester in on the case. Given that Hurricane Sandy devastated Manhattan and Halloween didn't take place as depicted on the show, I was getting chills watching the episode. If only New York children had enjoyed their Halloween that way for real! Love, Robin, Columnist, Winchester Family Business

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I really liked Jackie and the relationship she had with Danny and the other Reagans. Too much revolving partners. With Danny and with Jamie. I will miss her and a lot will be lost on the show. Why is Frank jr. one dimensional? not even his father is so gruff all the time. I will need to see how this plays out in the next few episodes to see if I continue with it.

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Love, love, love Jennifer Esposito...great chemistry between her and Donnie Wahlberg. Too bad all around. The gaffe by Garrett...holy cow! Talk about ripped from the headlines...odd that storyline and the Petraeus thing happened on the same day! Art imitates life! Also, great that Frank sent his dad to "fix" it! This is a very strong show...CBS should put it at a day and time where it would get a strong following.

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Love Blue Blood, I will miss Jackie, she added to the great cast. Jamie is the kind of cop we would all like to have. I liked the get ups for holloween. Love the way Tom Selleck gets things done without getting the glory. Strong show.

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Two -- Danny would not have an affair. He adores his wife, and his father would clock him. Verbally. So would his sister, his grandpa, and his wife. The idea reminds me of something I read that Paul Newman said about his wife, back in the late '60's. Newman said, "Why go out for hamburger, when you have steak at home?" Danny's marriage strikes me as that kind of relationship. As I have zero interest in either the Catholic Church or the voodoo religion, I appreciated the peripatetic way this episode ricocheted around amongst the various stories. Otherwise, I would have been bored. The only one which really caught my interest was Jamie's.

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I agree it was horrible to see the gorgeous Ken Howard looking like that! I suppose old friends would say the same of me, if they saw me. My mother had Alzheimer's, and forgot everyone she knew after she was a teenager. It is an obscene condition. If it is indeed the policy of NYC hospitals not to look into where these folks belong, it is a disgrace. They turn into prey. I did not like the partner of the episode at all. She was actually rather presumptuous and rude to Danny. That would NOT be a good start, if she was supposed to stick around. I read about the revolving group of partners to come, too. Good. Don't bring this one back. Danny would not have an affair. He adores his wife, and his father would clock him. Verbally. So would his sister, his grandpa, and his wife. The idea reminds me of something I read that Paul Newman said about his wife, back in the late '60's. Newman said, "Why go out for hamburger, when you have steak at home?" Danny's marriage strikes me as that kind of relationship. As I have zero interest in either the Catholic Church or the voodoo religion, I appreciated the peripatetic way this episode ricocheted around amongst the various stories. Otherwise, I would have been bored. The only one which really caught my interest was Jamie's.