Blue Bloods Review: Damaged

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While last week's Blue Bloods focused on Erin, "Collateral Damage" brought Jamie back into the spotlight.

Jamie's attitude bordered between understandable anger and adolescent snarkiness while Frank had him in hiding after a hit was put out on his alter ego. I realized that being taken off the job and cooped up at Dad's wasn't his first choice but his stubborn disbelief over his father's concern made him appear more childish than disgruntled.

As Henry tried to convey in this Blue Bloods quote,

Take your worst fear, multiply it by 100. You're not even in the ball park. You're not even in the parking lot next to the ball park. | permalink

That's the equivalent of Frank's fear over losing another son. Somehow the youngest Reagan couldn't garner much sympathy for his stressed out Dad.

Jamie was horrified that Frank was willing to sit back and let the hit on Noble Sanfino take place. Having been a part of the undercover operation that put Noble in the cross hairs, I could understand Jamie's sense of responsibility but the guy was still a gangster.  At some point, that life will catch up with you.

I loved the talk about what collateral damage was acceptable over Sunday dinner.  Danny's reaction certainly didn't surprise me.

Danny: Gangster justice is very efficient and it saves on tax payer dollars. | permalink

But my favorite reaction was when Henry told Jamie his heart was bleeding all over the good tablecloth. Grandpa's definitely old school and Jamie found himself alone in this fight when even Erin sided with Danny.

Frank, however told his son to work with whatever space there was between that rock and the hard place he'd gotten himself into. That Noble got shot didn't surprise me. What did was that after he was treated, they brought him to Frank's house to talk to Jamie.  I'm not sure what place would have been safer for Noble but it was a choice that definitely made me uncomfortable.

If Jamie believed that Noble would thank him for trying to save his life he was sadly mistaken. That's not the way the world works. No good deed goes unpunished is the rule more than the exception.

Jackie & Danny Investigate a Death

In other news, Danny and Jackie found Fight Club and no one seemed to have any qualms talking about it. It was filled with rich little boys with too much money and little sense. I suppose having all of that cash can get boring after a while, although I certainly wouldn't know. 

So the bosses pitted their employees against one another in the ring and used peer pressure to get them there.  The high school mentality of that was more than a little sickening. 

That the fight was rigged was even more pathetic. It was testosterone and stupidity run amock.

My favorite scene of the episode was in the very beginning as Danny dragged Jackie to the ER. When Danny worries about someone, he does something about it and he wasn't about to see his partner suffer needlessly, especially when she had no one else looking out for her.  That's what partners are for.

It also made for some humorous moments as Danny kept flashing his badge hoping to jump the line in the ER.  The nurse couldn't have cared less.

Danny: Despite what the sign says out front if you're here for an emergency you're in the wrong place. | permalink

So was Jamie's belief in the kind of officer he wants to be damaged and who do you think makes the better cop?  Danny or Jamie. 

Collateral Damage Review

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

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Blue Bloods Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

Take your worst fear, multiply it by 100. You're not even in the ball park. You're not even in the parking lot next to the ball park.


It's like you're a cover girl for Ulcers Illustrated.