Blue Bloods Review: "Officer Down"

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This week's episode of Blue Bloods, “Officer Down,” opens with a robbery where a police officer is shot and killed. Is it wrong to say that the Officer being on her cell phone bothers me?

I suppose cops are allowed to make personal phone calls like the rest of us. I can’t help but think she might have seen signs of the robbery sooner if her attention wasn’t diverted by talking on her phone and maybe she wouldn’t have been killed.

But this is a TV show and then we wouldn’t have much of a story.   

Delivering a Eulogy

The search for the cop killer is interspersed with the Reagan family debating whether “the good ole days” were really so good. Henry certainly thinks so.

In his view the criminals of the past knew when to work with the cops. He tells the story of a local crime boss who delivered a cop killer to the police with two bullets already in his head. It seems naïve for a veteran cop to have complete faith that the criminals had the right guy. 

Danny obviously wishes for “the good ole days” as he asks his new partner to wait in the car as he drags his suspect out and threatens to shoot him as the man screams for his lawyer.

Do you think Danny’s new partner will stick around this time? It sounds like they’ve worked together before and she seems willing to bend the rules much like Danny. Will that make this a partnership made in heaven or destined for hell? Only time will tell.

The Blue Templar is brought up again. This time Jamie asks Danny about it. Danny is even more evasive than their grandfather was last week. I really don’t care much for the Blue Templar story because honestly, it isn’t much of a story yet. Perhaps they’ll do something to pique my interest as the season goes on but so far I'm just bored.

Does it seem as though Jamie and Sgt. Renzulli are only being used for the lighter, comic relief scenes? Not that I mind. They do it well. After the cop’s death and funeral we needed a lighter moment but I’d like to see these two used for more in future episodes. 

The chronic domestic dispute scenes were fun. The woman on the sidewalk telling the neighborhood through a bullhorn that her husband is a pig and actually having a giant inflatable pig, (named Penelope no less) was very funny.

I can only imagine how much of that kind of stupidity cops have to deal with. The real pig at the end was huge! That just can’t be legal to have as a pet in NYC, can it? I think someone needs to call animal control.

The story in “Officer Down” was secondary for me. The character interactions are what kept me interested and that seems to happen more often than not with Blue Bloods. Do you feel the same?

Officer Down Review

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C. Orlando was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Blue Bloods Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

I got my new ID. I always thought it was silly how they stamped RETIRED all over it. It may as well say rest in peace.


Frank: What happened to your war on cholesterol?
Henry: Let's just say it's a tactical retreat.