Blue Bloods Review: A Family Legacy

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On Blue Bloods this week, Danny made it clear to his son that, despite four generations of Reagans in the military, their family legacy wasn't one of combat but of service.

A Deadly Rooftop

Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 13 followed the Reagan legacy as Danny tried to change the story for another family. In the end, he was only able to do so on paper.

The truth was that John Russell was a broken man. He'd done too many tours in combat. He's seen too much violence and been under extreme stress that most of us will thankfully never know. It not only broke his spirit but his ability to cope in a world where his life wasn't in danger every minute of the day. 

I was a little surprised that Erin had so little sympathy for the man as they discussed the case over the Reagan family dinner. Not that John shouldn't have faced the consequences for beating his wife and kidnapping his son but his service to his country and the trauma he'd faced should have been taken into account. The man obviously needed help.

Unfortunately, Danny's assistance was too little too late. All he could do was change the paperwork in the hope that young Tommy would never find out that his father took his own life. It was a truly sad story with tragic consequences.

Jack's school project was fascinating as he traced the history of the Reagan family. I had no idea that the reason there were so many Irish police officers in the NYPD was that in the early 1900s, when many poor Irish immigrated to the city, jobs as police and firefighters were considered menial work.  

My one complaint was that we saw so little of Jamie once again. It feels as though he's had very few scenes over the past several episodes. 

It was no surprise that Frank decided to conduct his own investigation into Michelle Lowe's murder. When Detective Douglas was asked about the case and replied, "That chick that was found in the shallow grave," I just braced for Frank's reaction. 

It was fun to watch Frank stay completely calm while he asked the man questions and then inform him of the upcoming Internal Affairs review he'd be facing just as he was almost out the door. 

Finally, all of the Reagan men, Jack included now that he's 13, headed out for the Reagan Manly Man Camping Trip. Don't you wish you could have seen that weekend? I know I do.

Now it's your turn TV Fanatics. Do you think Danny made the right decision falsifying his report to say that John Russell slipped and fell instead of committing suicide?


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (18 Votes)

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It was a very good episode. However, I agree with the too many Danny-centric episodes. I did like the involvement of Danny's son and his project…also think the camping trip looks like fun times…wouldn't even mind if we saw that and not some police procedural. The family aspect of this show is fabulous…the family dinners are great TV…sure wish this show had a broader audience.


I would have given this episode 4 stars until we got to the end. Then the emotions and tragedy of the young serviceman's plight really took over and created a powerful story that left me shaken.

Sarah silva

I am saying this a lot lately. I love Donnie Whalberg but it is once again turning into the Donny Whalberg show. I also really like Will Estes and want to see him more. This season started out with seeing more of Jamie and Erin and the last 3 or so episodes we have seen very little of them. This is Blue Bloods about the Reagan Family.
Danny always is the hero and saves the day. However this was I think the first time we have ever seen Danny not be able to save someone.
Being a former soldier and a father this case was one in a very long time that had a hard impact on Danny. I really hope he talked to the councellor guy at the end.
I really loved the presentation that Jack made. It was very sweet and I found myself crying at the end of his presentation.
As soon as Detective Douglas called the girl that was killed a chick I wanted to slap him, I loved that Frank told him there would be an investigation into him.
The Reagan men camping trip looks fun.

@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

I agree with you guys. I would like to see more of Jamie. He's not a rookie any more, he could do much more, not to mention Erin.

@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

Mrs alex o'loughlin, I agree I love Donnie and I love Danny character but I love Will Estes I want to see more episodes about Jamie as well and more then few seconds in episode. and I want more Erin episodes as well. anyways was very good episode very sad at end Danny did his best to save the person trying to save and him lying how John Russell death by protecting John's family

Sarah silva
@ tiva (Tania)

I totally agree with you! ;)


Great episode. This is one of my favorite shows. On a very sad and disturbing note, what I take away from this show, at the end, when Tom Selleck is talking about donations and how CBS cares is that our Government fails miserably at every thing it does. It galls me to no end that the Defense department can list a $9,000,000,000,000 loss - oops we can't account for that many of your tax dollars we stole from you. In spite of everything, they can't adequately take care of the brave men and women who are forced to fight our useless False Flag wars. We, The People must be made to feel obligated and be subject to yet another financial burden to fork over more cash, privately, to take care of these men and women's needs medical and psychological needs treatment. The same thing happens with natural disasters. There are whole sections of New Orleans that are still not fixed and those sections that have been or are being fixed are being worked on by private donations and Habitat for Humanity. WHY DO WE KEEP ALLOWING THESE FOOLS IN WASHINGTON TO RAPE US EVERY SINGLE DAY? We are obviously the most ignorant or stupid society on this planet to keep these mush brains if office. We are without question sending them way too many tax dollars to squander away. Please folks, a reminder, JUST SAY NO TO 90% of the Republicans AND Democrats in the next election. Think about voting for independent candidates. If just the Defense dept. can have a 9 TRILLION dollar loss then how much else has been lost/wasted from other agencies? Sorry to digress on this.

@ wizarddrummer

Send that to you congressman.

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Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

Frank: Just remember what Sister Margaret Mary always said.
Danny: Are you really going to tell me to play well with others?

Frank: You didn't seem eager to protect me from that reporter.
Garrett: Sometimes I think it's the reporters that need protecting.