Blue Bloods Review: The Highway Hitman

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When do major crimes detectives investigate car accidents? When they're not accidents.

Which is why a vehicle taking a header through the guard rail of the BQE (Brooklyn Queens Expressway, for those of you not from NYC) led to the hunt for a serial killer. And a particularly green one at that. 

Not only was our environmentally conscious killer eating vegan black bean burritos and probably wearing hemp clothing, he took the time to track down environmentally friendly, lead free bullets. How thoughtful. It's nice to know he was trying to protect the Earth while blowing people's brains out while they drove.

Sean Is Injured

Is it wrong of me to admit that I'd gladly burn a few extra gallons to be able to drive that Porsche 911? 

But back to the case. I knew the ex-military man hadn't committed suicide because there were still 20 minutes left in the show. However, I did love the clerk who couldn't stop calling Danny "Dude." The word was so ingrained in his vocabulary that I doubt Danny could have beat it out of him…and it looked like he really wanted to.

And how fitting having the killer be hit by an SUV. Hopefully there was a hybrid ambulance available.

Once again, Detective Kate Lansing won me over as she made bets with Danny over grammar issues, although my dictionary says it can be pronounced both ways. Forte as fort or fortey, so perhaps she shouldn't have handed that twenty bucks over quite so quickly.

The "Fathers and Sons" theme of the show came when poor Sean got bumped off his bicycle and suffered a head injury. I was surprised that Nicky urged her mother to scoop the kid up and go. She's always seemed so smart that I was a bit shocked she didn't know not to move an accident victim, especially one with a possible head, neck or back injury.  Then again, it's nice to see that she's just a kid and prone to panic like everyone else.

Everyone but Erin that is who was calm and in control. No less than I expected.

Linda was stoic as Danny struggled to hold it together. There was nothing to do but wait and patience certainly is one of Danny's virtues. 

Back at One Police Plaza, Frank worried about his family, handled the PR about the city's latest serial killer and gave the mayor fits. I do wonder how long Frank and the mayor can do this dance. I hope indefinitely but every time Frank steps on the Mayor's toes I wonder what the end of the season will bring.

We didn't get a real Reagan family dinner, just Chinese takeout at the hospital and a heartfelt prayer. But Sean waking up to the rising sun with both Danny and Frank at his bedside almost made up for it.

Almost. Because as good as this episode was, I don't want to go another week with Sunday dinner with the Reagans.


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


too much violence conducted by danny in this episode...


Do not like Lansing, she just doesn't fit the part, Jackie was much better.
Good episode dealing with Shawn, Erin did right by not moving him.
I enjoy the family dinner, most families don't share that kind of bond
any more, shame really. I still don't care for Lansing!


I am with Mrs Alex O, I love the Reagan family Sunday suppers, they really pull the whole show together and make you feel like it is a real Irish-Catholic cop clan. I found the story arc of Sean's illness to be really tough to take, probably because I have a son, and I would have been freaking out, too, if that happened to me.


I thought this was a very good episode. The case was good, still don't get the reasoning of people who want to save the earth and then go out and kill people. That's a contradiction to me. I thought Erin being the calm head was expected, and although there was nothing she did wrong, I could see how she felt guilty. It's just human nature. My only complaint is why did we not see the jerk who ran Sean over, at the very least get charge with reckless bicycling or whatever other charge they could come up with. Just cause you're on bike does not mean you don't have to follow some rules. I too love the family dinners. I'm not a particularly religious person, but I like the way this show, shows people of faith not being radical and struggling at times to believe in their own beliefs. I hope this show lasts for a long time.


I agree that Det. Lansing is growing on me. Jackie sets the bar really high but Kate isn't too shabby either.
I heard they're entertaining the idea of a new partner again which annoys me.
Just when I got used to Kate Lansing, I don't want someone new coming in.
I love Sean's mini-storyline and can totally relate to Danny losing his faith and doing "routines".
And I'm thrilled to see David Ramsey back as the mayor, thought he will too busy with Arrow.
Very nice episode, unique and twistful case plus family values make this one of the best episodes this season.


Blue Bloods is going over the cliff without Jen.The new fill in can't pull it off,and the story line is lost in space.I'am starting to loose interest,and can only give them 1 star.If they don't make some changes they won't be back next season.


having been an English major in college, Sarge calling Danny & Kate "Strunk & White" during their grammar debate made me laugh out loud!

Sarah silva

This was a great episode! I found myself crying near the end. So glad Sean was okay!
I like that they are involving Will Estes more!
The one thing I love, and I think every fan of the show loves are the Regan family dinners. While the weekly dinners are not always at Frank's house they always make sure to have a dinner in each episode. SO for me it worked.
It was nice to see David Ramsay on Blue Bloods, I love him on Arrow but I like that they brought him back at least for this episode.
Kate is growing on me.
I am looking forward to next week.


Sometimes my complaint about BLUEBLOODS is that the pacing is too slow. Not this episode! What an emotional well acted that I was doing the "choked up" thing with them. 5 stars from me!

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Blue Bloods Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I serve at your pleasure, Sir. I don't take orders from anyone.


I don't have much faith in the testimony of someone driving 50 miles an hour, running late for work.