Blue Bloods Review: Pure Lunacy

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The investigation into a new and deadly form of heroin called "The Bogeyman" took some unexpected turns on Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 12

First off, Frank's reaction to the users of the heroin was something that I didn't see coming. Although I don't wish anyone to die, I had to agree with Garrett. You choose stick a needle in your arm you're taking your chances. 

Frank Does Anything Necessary

And when Frank pushed to make the deadly heroin a public health emergency, I found myself thinking similarly to Garrett once again as he said in this Blue Bloods quote

It's not tainted aspirin or a bad batch of hamburger. It's pure heroin. You can't just issue a consumer recall.


Frank's drug buy back program had me a little befuddled. Was it his hope that there was simply a finite supply on the streets and once they bought it all the deaths would stop? Or would buying it with public funds simply increase supply and demand and urge the supplier to continue to make more?

When Frank went to Kelly I kept waiting for him to better explain his reasoning behind buying back the drugs but that explanation never came. 

However I did like what he shared with her about the NYPD…

They are the finest police department on the planet but they carry guns and shields not magic wands.


The way Frank lit into Kelly was quite unlike him, especially when he didn't yet have all the facts. It made sense that if she had reached out to others about the program as he'd asked, one of them could have easily leaked it. 

Frank deserved to be kicked out of her house. And she certainly deserved his heartfelt apology later on.

I'd really like to see the relationship between these two developed further as Blue Bloods season 4 continues.

On other fronts, I was expecting more consequences for Nicky after being at a party where a drug overdose occurred but in the end I suppose she was right. She did all the right things given the circumstances.

Yes, I know she lied to 911 about her name but how quickly would it have made the papers if Frank Reagan's granddaughter was involved with a heroin overdose?

The other issue that wasn't addressed was that her underaged friends were drinking heavily at that party but unfortunately, I guess that is to be expected. 

The Reagan family dinner was nice. There was nothing unexpected about their conversations. Nicky wanted to spread her wings and go off to college somewhere away from her very close knit family. That's not an unusual choice for a young person to make.

And it's also normal for her family to worry and miss her.

It was sweet of Eddie to try and save Morgan but I never doubted where that would end. Morgan was determined to continue down her path as the bad girl. My only question was whether or not we've seen the last of her or will she be calling on Eddie again in the future.

Danny and Baez's escapades with the dead dealer were kind of fun. Having Danny tell Jimmy not to jostle the body because it was leaky and might make a mess made me laugh. 

Perhaps calling in for some backup would have been the smarter decision but for some reason, Danny rarely seems to like that option.

And I hope Baez gets them to tack on an attempted murder of a police officer for Jimmy who kept urging his cohort to shoot her once her gun was emptied. 

Because as much fun as Blue Bloods can be, you never know when the next officer will go down. 

And tell us TV Fanatics, what did you think of Frank's buy back program?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I was wondering if BB has a new writer/show runner because this episode was fantastic-had me on the edge of my seat! Lately some of the COTW's seem to wrap up waaaay to quickly (and tidily) so this was a refreshing show.
Love the interaction between Frank and Kelly - I do hope they get together but it would be a huge conflict of interest.
Happy for Nicky being brave enough to choose a college away. I wish we could see a flash forward to whatever career she chooses.

Sarah silva

This was another great episode.
I still wish we would see Jamie more, yes he is on screen more but his 2 minute scenes still are too short for me!
I think Frank had made the best choice he could possibly have made, the drugs were killing people way to fast and the one way to get it off the streets quickly was too go with the cash for heroine scenario, while it did not work out since someone leaked it, it was a good idea. However like always Danny saved the day.
I guess we will not be seeing a lot of Nikki next season as she wants to attend a school on the opposite side of the country.
The dinner scene like always was fantastic.


I was a little surprised as to Frank's opinion, but then again, he was taking the hit on the deaths. He can't really tell the press they deserve it. As a PC, people are dying in his city, and he was responsible for stopping it. However, I agree with Garrett and Dino, I just understand why Frank was trying to do all he could do. As for Nicky,

Sue ann

"And tell us TV Fanatics, what did you think of Frank's buy back program?" When I was a child, my father told me in a conversation about heroin addicts (this was in the 1950's -- there really weren't any other drugs of concern at that time) that in his opinion, the world would be better off if all the heroin addicts were shot. He saw no useful purpose they were serving for society. I have thought about that conversation a lot over the years, as more and more street drugs became available, and the price became higher and higher, in destroyed lives, including the beloved younger brother of a childhood friend of mine, who fried his brain in college, and in the gestation of more and more criminal empires feeding off the populace. I would not have lifted a finger to start that buyback program, either. That Kelly at least attempted it before thinking better of her actions shows a lot of character. I think she was wrong, but it is a promising development in their relationship. Poisonous street drugs are kind of Darwinian, but effective, in weeding out those who are so stupid they should not be breeding. I expect that in these touchy-feelie times, that is not a popular view, but you did ask. That is my opinion.

@ Sue Ann

We have been fed so much DISINFORMATION about drugs in the last 5 decades that no one in the general public really knows what is the truth. It's been so illegal and the fight or war has been so bitter than people are just rabid about this issue. All I can tell you is that the "War On Drugs" (WOD) is a complete and utter Failure! Criminalization is NOT the answer but you have to DIVORCE yourselves from your current way of thinking about (disinformation) drugs in order to see this. I have three of the many sites I have visited and researched about this problem that I would like to share with you. First on the list is that Portugal used to have a major drug problem that is until they decriminalized every single drug from Heroin to talcum powder; Weed to Oregano and everything ELSE in between including uppers, downers, speed etc. It's been a RESOUNDING SUCCESS! Second on my list of things for you to understand is that there are many in Law Enforcement officials, officers and administrators that sees the WOD as nothing more than Prohibition and anyone that is smart enough to learn from history will know that Prohibition in any form, brings a 1,000 more problems than a cure.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: LEAP And finally something that was probably the biggest "Eye Opener" for me in terms of Big Government, corruption and a whole lot of other factors that I never contemplated until I saw this video.
If everyone watched this, marijuana would be legal right now! (Share!!!) Education, Truth and common sense are the only things that should prevail. It took me quite a few years for all of this to sink in; to see the BIG picture that's really there and not what's been painted for our constant viewing by the Media and factions of the Government that want the WOD to continue.

@ wizarddrummer

And one more thing...
John Bonham would still be alive to day if our Government had the same War On Alcohol as it does for the War On Drugs. Oh wait they did, it was called Prohibition and that FAILED ... MISERABLY! No other drugs OTHER THAN ALCOHOL were found in John's body during the autopsy.
No one has ever died from swallowing their own VOMIT from smoking WEED ... EVER!

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Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

It's not tainted aspirin or a bad batch of hamburger. It's pure heroin. You can't just issue a consumer recall.


Whatever the distribution tier is they've got the city covered. This rolled out like the new i-Phone.