What happens when good friends go bad? And is someone who commits a crime forever a criminal?
Those were some of the questions asked in Blue Bloods Season 4 Episode 11.
Danny and old friend Mickey Patrick had been buddies since grammar school. They were so close they even created their own secret language. So it was easy to understand how torn Danny was when OSID asked him to wear a wire and get incriminating evidence against his friend.
Danny was shocked when he saw the pictures of Mickey in the middle of the Vasquez mob family's "golf" outing. However, Erin wasn't nearly as shocked as she explained to Danny in this Blue Bloods quote…
Danny: It's not like I was an angel. I mean every time Mickey got in trouble I was right there with him.
Erin: Yeah, which is why Dad never liked you hanging around him and always kept you on a short leash.
Was Henry right and Mickey was always a bad seed who was destined to become a criminal? Did Danny just have a blind spot for his dear friend? Or maybe if he'd had a father to keep him on a short leash things would have gone in another direction No one can know for certain but in the end, the decisions were Mickey's to make
Despite arresting his friend and being on opposite sides of the law, Danny still did everything he could to protect him and risked his own life to make sure Mickey wasn't killed. Their friendship will never be what it once was but a certain amount of loyalty still remained.
As always, the Reagan family dinner was interesting. Did committing a crime mean that you'd be labelled a criminal forever? Was Ebenezer Scrooge a greedy, old miser or a redeemed generous hero. It's all in how you look at it and Frank was right once again. How you view other people says a lot about who you are.
Frank had his own issues. With a judicial ruling saying that officers could be personally sued if they stopped and frisked someone without just cause, crime stats were rising.
I liked that the show tried to look at both points of view on this controversial policy. On the one hand Frank was right. Police officers have to use their instincts and make judgement calls every day and they see and interpret things in ways that most other people wouldn't.
As Frank put it...
I can think of no other profession where you're told to bench your talents and then you're penalized if you don't.Frank
And although Jamie agreed that the new ruling tied the hands of officers, he also admitted that although Stop and Frisk was a valuable tool, that it was frequently being used as a short cut where other methods may have worked better.
Despite Frank's personal feelings on the subject, he made it clear how he felt about the new ruling…
It is the law and because it is the law we are damn sure going to see that it is carried out.Frank
Frank's strategy of asking the public to call in tips more often was a unique way of handling the situation. Would that make the difference? It's hard to say but it definitely gave a new way of looking at community policing. And in the end I enjoyed that Blue Bloods took a look at this timely and controversial issue within the NYPD.
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