I had a huge problem with the message Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 2 seemed to be sending tonight.
That disrespect is somehow okay if enough people like you.
Officer Clark was smoking and texting on the job. He was oblivious to his surroundings, terse when someone called out to him (he couldn’t see who because he wouldn’t look up from his phone) and then downright belligerent when that person turned out to be the Police Commissioner.
Even with all of that, every person besides Frank would have us believe that Officer Clark was a great cop.
He smart assed me and then he refused a direct order. That doesn't happen.Frank
Despite that Blue Bloods quote, apparently it does.
Since when did we all decide we’d just choose which rules we’d follow and which ones were okay to break? When did it become acceptable to mouth off to your boss and expect no consequences? I think I missed the memo. Was that about the same time students felt they could be combative towards their teachers and parents began to accept antagonistic comebacks from their kids?
Clark showed absolutely no contrition when he got caught by the highest ranking cop in the city, and he even doubled down on the disrespect by posting a cartoon making fun of the Commissioner.
Yet, Blue Bloods apparently wanted me to feel sorry for Clark as he contemplated taking a transfer out to Long Island; my only reaction was, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
In this day and age, there are whole communities that don’t respect the authority of the police. What are we to think if the police don’t respect it themselves? If they won’t hold themselves to even the simplest rules and respect the authority within their own organization?
I was a combination of flummoxed, disappointed, and infuriated as I watched this storyline play out.
Elsewhere, Erin had to convince Anthony not to hunt down the man who conned his mother out of $30,000. I know Anthony was angry, and I understand the desire to seek revenge, but Anthony is all his mother has. He needs to be there for her, not behind bars for assaulting or killing a man.
Erin: You know, it's not okay.
Jamie: What? What's not okay?
Erin: That we're constantly telling people that we can't help them when it's our job to help.
I could understand Erin’s frustration, but I could see how this case was almost impossible to prosecute without more proof. And as much as the sentimental part of me enjoyed Henry handing over that check from the bank CEO, it felt more like a fairy tale than anything close to reality.
Danny and Baez hunted down the person responsible for the stray bullet that killed a woman sitting on her sofa in her home.
I couldn’t help but chuckle when Danny rounded up all the kids being used as drug dealers for truancy. Do we still have Truant Officers?
I felt for Danny and Linda when it came to Jack. Some would say that a 14-year-old skipping school and drinking with his friends is no big deal. As a parent, lying, ditching school and underage drinking are all things that need to be dealt with. Having Jack learn how to live without a phone isn’t a bad start.
So many people, kids and adults alike, believe that their pictures and videos will actually disappear. The reality is that no matter what the app promises today, by tomorrow someone will have figured out how to hack, manipulate, or simply make those privacy settings obsolete.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.