Blue Bloods Review: Please Don't Hurt My Family

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The Reagan family is full of surprises. Apparently they aren't only ready "To Protect and Serve" the general public but they have secret code words in order to protect one another as well.

But let's start from the beginning.

Erin's Taken Hostage

When Danny learned that Raul Delgado disappeared from the system after being sentenced to prison for murder, I knew something was up. So it wasn't a huge surprise to find out he was an informant for Homeland Security but that didn't mean the story didn't have some unexpected twists.

Danny took an entire SWAT team to capture Delgado. So why was he the only one to jump through that window and chase the man? There were several people on that team. Did they all just decide they'd let Detective Reagan handle it?  One of my pet peeves about this show is that sometimes it tries too hard to make Danny look like a hero.

I knew from the previews that the courtroom was going to be taken hostage but what I never expected was for Erin to get shot. Somehow Erin made a gunshot wound to the shoulder not look so bad, being that she was still standing upright and talking coherently. She even made it to Sunday dinner.

I loved that the entire Reagan clan had a code phrase that meant hit the floor and that everyone from the oldest to the youngest members knew just what to do. 

There were a lot of other great moments in this episode. I actually had a new appreciation for Jack Boyle as he did his best to protect Erin from Delgado. His reasoning for not coming to visit her in the hospital was actually rather endearing as he explained in this Blue Bloods quote

Jack: I was going to come see you at the hospital but I knew you had your family there and they always carry loaded weapons. | permalink

I can imagine that being an ex amongst Reagans is an uncomfortable situation.  But Jack and Erin looked pretty cozy at the end of this episode as he admitted that letting her go was his one true regret. Was what happened next nothing more than a one night stand or the start of something more?

I also appreciated Jamie's story. He definitely did the right thing not leaving that child but that didn't mean there weren't consequences for his actions. Unfortunately there are many times when doing the right thing is not rewarded, or as Frank put it…

Frank:  Balls is knowing the cost and going ahead anyway. 

So do you think Erin and Jack have a future or was this just a life affirming fling? Was I the only one who almost didn't recognize Jamie's partner in her date clothes? And should Danny have gone up against Homeland Security on this week's Blue Bloods?


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What bothered me most about this episode is that a defendant taken into custody would NEVER not be handcuffed and never would have the opportunity to get a gun like that. I get that this is TV, but this one was way beyond the scope of reality.


As far as I have read from interviews (including one from Will Estes on tvguide) the two will not be a paired in a the romantic side. Think lots of flirting but I think (again from the spoiler stuff I read) it won't go beyond that. Thankful for it to clichè. She may not even get past this season. Who knows.


I would love to see Erin and Jack back together again. And, I think Danny definitely did the right thing going against Homeland Security. Just because someone is an informant for them doesn't give them the right to kill and get a free pass. In my mind that should null and void any deal with Homeland, or any other government agency.

Sarah silva

Dreamrose: are you talking about when Danny was kneeling beside the car? He had the gun above the tire on the car. That is why he went around to the side of the car and kneeled down.

Sarah silva

I really loved this episode.
It involved Frank, Danny, Erin and Jamie equally.
So Erin finally too Boyle off the door and now she and Jack may bet back together.
I love that we are seeing more of Jamie but not sure if I like having his partner be his new love interest.

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Thank you! I have said that time and time again that they go out of their way to make Danny the hero. Don't get me wrong I love his character. But the show is based on a family of law enforcement. Anyway the episode was awesome. I am very earger to see where Jack and Erin go from here. I am also hoping for some strong Jamie episodes. Like to see something with Nicki involved as well.


any one else get a feeling that there building danny up for him to fall or get shot later on ???


So, are we going to ignore the electric chemistry between Jamie and Maria? I think stuff's brewing there - and the only ones who don't yet realize it is the two of them. Kudos to the writers for teasing this one out. I think too that Erin and Jack are having a little more than a one-night stand. The hostage scenario brought out his honest feelings. (God I'm such a romantic)


I rewatched the scene in which Danny rescues Erin, and it suddenly struck me that our veteran police detective stuffed his sidearm down the front of his trousers instead of using the perfectly good holster at his hip. Come on, he should know better! Unless, of course, Danny really didn't mind potentially losing that very important part of the male anatomy...


I Think so too that this was the best episode that I saw in long time, because it had all the elements in play, suspense, action and romance. The family stuff alone doesn't make it, it's my opinion. I hope they continue with the romance, I thought the Jack protecting Erin in the courtroom and offering to go with the gunman was a tell of the feelings he had for her and he was honest. More will depend on the writers and the creator.

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Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 3 Quotes

Baker: Think you can handle another round?
Frank: Better eat your spinach.

First murder of the week and in broad daylight. I love this city.