It wasn't so much the "Loss of Faith" that I found so sad in this episode of Blue Bloods - but the inability of the people in a beautiful young girl's life to accept that her faith had changed.
Kathleen DeMotto had discovered new love but her death was caused when friends and family reacted with intolerance and hate.
Joe couldn't handle that his childhood sweetheart would find someone else, nevermind revert to the Muslim faith. Kathleen's new boyfriend's brother hated her because she wasn't traditional Muslim. She couldn't seem to win.
I felt for Moustafa because of the torture he received as a 12-year old boy after 9/11. It simply proved that hate breeds hate. Where does it end?
But in the end it was Kathleen's own father who took her out of this world. He couldn't live with the fact that his little girl could make decisions for herself that he didn't agree with. When she turned her back on their Catholic faith his hold on her literally became deadly.
Instead of a living Muslim daughter, he has a dead good Catholic girl. I'm sure that in his mind she'll never change.
The Pedro Mendoza story was scary, not only because he was an ex-cop going after other cops but because he could have been almost any guy you passed on the street.
I like that Jamie and his partner have bonded more. The two may be different but they make a good team. They make me hope that Jamie gets a meatier story line before the season ends.
As usual the family dinner scene was one of the best of the hour. I liked how Frank answered when Nicky asked how he would react if Erin was dating a Muslim man. That his knee-jerk Irish Catholic reaction would be to fight it but his better sense would remind him of what's important. If that man loved his daughter and treated her well, I have no doubt he'd get Frank's blessing no matter what his faith.
Danny's son asking to be Jewish was typical of any child who has seen the fun parts of religious celebration. Bar Mitzvah parties with plenty of presents are awesome but Hebrew school and giving up bacon, less so.
As Frank pointed out in this funny Blue Bloods quote…
Bacon. The ultimate test of faith. | permalink
Truer words were never spoken. It's great to have Blue Bloods back.
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