Blue Bloods Review: The One Who Breaks

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"Warriors" took Blue Bloods fans to one of the scariest scenes known to humankind. The middle of a 16 year old's driving lesson.  The surprise was that it wasn't NIcky that invoked our fear, it was Erin. 

Who would have guessed that Erin was an aggressive driver?  She yelled at other drivers as though they could hear her and used the horn liberally, as Frank put it and did it all while coaching her nervous daughter.

Danny Looks Happy

I couldn't believe she instructed Nicky to cross over the double yellow line instead of waiting for the cab to move, then criticized that she wasn't going fast enough. Oye. I didn't blame Nicky for calling an end to mother / daughter driving time.  As she told Erin in this Blue Bloods quote.

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Apparently Reagans were not known for their driving prowess.  Henry gave away his car. Frank hasn't driven in years and Danny's good as long as he's doing excessive speeds. The only one with any patience was Jamie and I suppose that's another perk of having a large family.  There are plenty of options to fall back on. 

One complaint. When Nicky and Jamie came to pick up Erin, where were the seatbelts?  I know the car was old but no one seemed to be buckled in. Not only is that illegal, it's just plain dangerous.

At the Reagan family dinner, Nicky certainly lit into Frank. She couldn't understand how Frank could stand on the podium while a young woman was being sent to certain death.  

I saw it both ways. The idealistic view was that Frank should have protested but in reality that would have done little.  Instead, playing politics and calling in favors from friends behind the scenes did more than any uproar could.  However, Nicky's prodding may have made Frank work a little harder.

I couldn't believe that Linda brought up Danny's anger management class in the middle of the family dinner but I loved the look on Danny's face when she did. I'd guess that's something he would have liked to have kept private but not much is kept secret amongst Reagans.

Danny's right. Someone should get angry when a child is shot but the therapist had a point as well.  That kind of anger can eat away at you. If Danny doesn't want to burn out, he needs to find ways to deal with that anger so that it doesn't turn into an uncontrolled rage.

As Danny said, the cops and gang bangers aren't about to hold hands and sing Kumbaya any time soon and we want to see Danny Reagan around for many seasons to come.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Replacing Jennifer Esposito as Danny's partner is like trying to replace Vivian Vance on I Love Lucy. Good luck with that! Who are they going to try next? Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), Cagny and Lacey, Angie Dickinson (Police Woman) or some other no name, personality-less nobody that we haven't seen before? Anybody would be better than the two newbies that they have already paraded in front of us. Personally, I think that Luke Kirby (Det. Wolf Landsman from a recent episode) might be a viable alternative. Another more far fetched but fun option might be to resurrect Detective Andy Sipowicz and transfer him in from his precinct from NYPD Blue. at least then we can have Danny slapping perps and Andy tuning them up.


Love this show. I can't think of a single main character that I don't care for. My only quibble with this episode was the anger management class being brought up at dinner. Doesn't matter how close they are, that should never happen in front of the whole family, especially with children present. Otherwise, another solid episode from one of the best shows on television.


The show obviously misses Jennifer Esposito.


A little aside, I agreed with you completely about Person of Interest last Thur. But I also thought this episode of Blue Bloods was outstanding. I love that show for the family dynamic. I often wish it weren't so heavily weighted toward the male contingency, but then how wonderful to see men taking on the responsibility of fatherhood and showing how well it can be done. Wow! I was really impressed when they tackled the issue of anger management. One only has to look at the statistics on battered wives to see how relevant that is. Not least among police officers. As I said, love that show!

Sarah silva

This was another great episode.
However we still need more Jamie! I was excited when Frank suggested Jamie teach Nikki as I was expecting a great Jamie and Nikki scene, but alas we just had a brief scene at the end and Jamie did not say a whole lot.
I think it would do Danny some good to talk to the therapist at least once a month.
The dinner scene was great once again!


The old mustard yellow car at the end of the show is my uncles car. It's a mustard yellow 1973 Chevy Nova. They were most likely wearing their seatbelts, but since they are lap belts you probably couldn't see them.

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Blue Bloods Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

Maybe the cops and gang bangers can all hold hands and sing songs in the streets.


People say New York is a tough city but it's also a place where dreams come true.