Reagans are a stubborn bunch. They don't like to back down or appear weak so it certainly wasn't "Front Page News" when Jamie tried to act like nothing was wrong after shooting and killing an armed man.
My big issue with the shooting was that it took place in Washington Square Park which normally has police officers on patrol yet it appeared as though Jamie and his partner were the only police around for a call about a man with a gun. But this is TV, so I'll try and let that one go.
Jamie seemed determined to be as tough as his brother but he failed miserably. I have no doubt Danny would have felt badly if he had done the shooting but outwardly you know he wouldn't have done more than gripe about the paperwork.
Whereas Jamie went down the road that has become all too familiar for this character. He tormented himself wondering whether he was truly cut out to be a cop.
This is Blue Bloods season 3. Shouldn't Jamie know what he wants to be by now. He needs to decide whether he's a cop or he wants to go back and be a lawyer or something else all together. Instead we're stuck with this angst as he ponders his career choice every other episode and it's gotten a bit tiring.
And Jamie's reluctance over the general bureaucracy that goes along with any shooting felt odd to me. There are certain procedures that must be followed such as being evaluated by a therapist. I would think that being part of a cop family he'd simply accept this as the norm and get it over with instead of griping every step of the way.
Perhaps I'm being to hard on him. That could've just been the trauma talking but it came off as Jamie's insecurities coming to the surface once again.
Danny came to Jamie's rescue, as any good brother in his position should. And he did it as only Danny could do as he told the Sergeant in this Blue Bloods quote…
Danny: I'm just checking on my kid brother, Sarge. If anyone at IA got a problem with it they can bite me. | permalink
You've got to respect the brotherly love.
The one person I felt no sympathy for was the victim, if you could call him that. He got high and killed a girl in college, then covered it up and watched his friend's life be ruined by the guilt. When the truth was finally going to come out he decided it was better to kill himself and leave his family with that torment than face the consequences. And when he couldn't even get that right, he manipulated an innocent police officer into taking his life for him. The guy was a selfish little weasel to the end.
The story of the mayor's true involvement in Erin's case was left dangling. Was Frank right? Was that the mayor's tell and he's lying. I have little doubt he had something to do with the defendant suddenly accepting that deal, even if he was only pulling the strings from a distance.
Or perhaps he just has an itchy head. Something tells me we'll find out more as this season of Blue Bloods continues.
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