Blue Bloods Review: Not What It Seems

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In "The City That Never Sleeps," many characters were not what they first appeared to be, while the twists and turns that finally took us to the truth made for an interesting episode.

Danny's Discretion

Danny and the movie star. Danny had a shadow in film actor Russell Berke played by one of my favorite actors, Marc Blucas (Necessary Roughness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). 

I had to laugh when the police dog "liked" Russell Berke. When a drug sniffing dog sits in front of you and barks, it's not because he's being friendly. I was really surprised that Erin, being a prosecutor didn't pick up on that. Then again, I guess she was far too enamored with the actor to notice much of anything else. 

Berke was handsome, charming, and certainly appeared to be the typical Hollywood womanizer. But apparently it was just another role that he played, and darn well if you consider how he had Linda, Erin and Nicky fawning all over him. 

The ladies reactions to having met the movie star were so comical that even Danny had sympathy for the guy in this Blue Bloods quote

Danny: If the guy wants any kind of privacy he's got to move around like a wanted man.
Erin: Well he is wanted. I want him. Linda wants him. Everybody I I know. | permalink

Little did they know what Russell Berke wanted wasn't them and he was risking his life to hide it. As Danny told him during the investigation to find an attacker targeting gay men, 

Danny: I don't give a damn if you like men or women or cream filled donuts. | permalink

It's sad to think that in this day and age, even Hollywood is prejudice if their stars don't fit into a preconceived mold and it pushed Danny to risk his own job to keep Berke's secret.

Frank and the Rank and File… Who else hoped that Frank would throw a barbecue for 35,000 police officers? Talk about a party. 

instead he showed his concern by making spot inspections. I loved Frank's reaction when he found the patrol cars hanging out near the docks…

Frank: Seems the rats and pigeons are safe and secure for the night. Move on. | permalink

I didn't expect the ending with the Lieutenant's ill wife. It was very sad and highlighted how something that appeared simple on the surface could be many times more complicated and more human than one would think.

The Midnight Shift….Jamie and Eddie took their turn working midnights. 

Jamie: I'm not saying working midnights is fun but I don't think you can call yourself a New York City cop until you've survived a few. | permalink

If naked yoga and open windows were their greatest concern, I'd opt for the midnights more often. 

I did worry when they left naked yoga man (now clothed) alone in the woman's apartment. Perhaps I watch too many crime shows but I couldn't help but imagine all of the horrible paths that scenario could take. 

But maybe there are times when a naked man and a woman with a glass of wine are exactly what they appear to be, at least that seems to be the case on this episode of Blue Bloods.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I wonder if anyone else noticed the lack of continuity in this episode...with the headrests in Dannys car being removed one second and visible and actually not removable at all the very next in the same scene...i love the show, but this bothered me, more than i care to admit lol


Another 2 thumbs up for a great episode. I really love this show, and all the actors.


Agree with the other commenters: this was a great episode. The main story was very interesting and well done but the subplot involving Frank was even better. The idea that he would try to get in touch with the rank and file was very believable but it also showed Frank to be a bit insecure and image-conscious (but in a good way). He truly identifies with the cop on the beat and wants to stay connected despite his lofty position as commissioner. This is a great show that has started strong again this year. Looking forward to the rest of the season.


Great episode. Have to say I love Tom Selleck in this role.

Sarah silva

I really liked this episode.
Having Marc Blucas on my tv always makes me happy.
Blue Bloods is not known for humor, but there were a few funny moments.
There were also plenty of moments that make this show one of the best on tv.
Pretty much every scene with Frank was great. Especially the end at the bar and when he went to visit the Lieutenant. I was glad that it turned out that he was not an alcoholic but was caring for his sick wife.
This episode was not out typical hour of Blue Bloods and I liked that, they are not afraid to change things up. Just one more reason why I love this show.

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Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

I always feel like a wet blanket at the retirement parties. Like the fun starts after I walk out the door.


You had a lot longer honeymoon with the rank and file than I got.