Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 12 Review: Not Fade Away

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Sometimes the best of intentions don’t get you far, and Danny’s decision to help protect an ex-con and find the real killer ended with tragic results.

First off, I was thrilled to see Omar J. Dorsey guest starring as Ernie “Goodnight” Mason. I became a big fan of his after watching him as Hollywood on Queen Sugar this fall, and he didn’t disappoint here on Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 12.

Danny Plays Bodyguard - Blue Bloods

Ernie: You always said if there was ever anything you could do for me when I get out…
Danny: That's something I say a lot. That's not actually something I mean when I say it.

But the truth was that Danny did mean it. He wanted to help Ernie because he always believed in his innocence, even as the man himself agreed to take the fall for a crime he didn't commit. 

Was $100,000 enough payment to lose 12 years of his life and the chance to be a father to his son? 

No. Ernie lost everything and then Dewan decided to kill him rather than pay him the money.

I didn’t blame Ernie for deciding to hit the road. Why stick around when his own son wanted nothing to do with him and the woman he had loved was involved with the man who was trying to kill him.

How the hell do you call this a safe house? The roaches are big enough to mug somebody.


Not only were the roaches huge but they had no problem running around in broad daylight. I wondered if Ernie’s boot was tough enough to kill them. 

Danny was relieved when Ernie came back to try and trap Dewan and I thought planting a listening device somewhere on the table was a good plan. 

But the moment Dewan told Ernie to use the back door, I knew things were about to go horribly wrong. I kept hoping that Danny had someone posted back there, but that didn’t happen.

Omar J Dorsey Guest Stars - Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 12

Watching Ernie get his throat slit hurt because I had been rooting for him.

He was on the verge of getting his life back. He was looking forward to having dinner with his son. He even agreed to do the right thing and work with the police take Dewan down.

Then it was just over. Talk about a waste. 

Over at One Police Plaza, Sheila Gormley visited Frank to tell him that Sid was dissatisfied with work and I realized from the start that this had to be her feelings and not Sid’s. 

Did anyone think that Sid Gormley would want to be the face of the department? The man is a street cop at heart. The last place he wants to be is in front of a camera.

I also didn’t believe for a minute that Sid thought that Frank didn’t respect him. The whole reason why Sid is working at 1PP is that Frank wants to hear his perspective. 

So when Sid dragged Sheila in to confess that this was all her idea, it wasn’t a surprise. 

No wonder their marriage had been on the rocks not so long ago. 

Out on the street, Eddie and Jamie had to break up a fight between Paul and Casey, two other officers who were partners at work and romantically involved off the clock. 

I have to ask, were Paul and Casey that stupid that they couldn’t wait for that fight until they got home? They had to have it in uniform, on the street, while being recorded on half a dozen cell phones?

Then the two of them got defensive with Eddie and Jamie when they tried to help and Paul and Casey really did sound as though they were in junior high…

I'm not in sixth grade and neither are you; but you're putting your life and the life of your partner in danger taking your eye off the ball like that.


Speaking of taking your eye off the ball, did anyone else catch the continuity error when Jamie and Eddie started a scene driving a Ford NYPD cruiser and ended it driving a Chevy? 

I loved the way Jamie and Eddie handled the guy in the pizza place because they were so in sync. They make great partners on the street. 

Should they take that partnership further? Yes, I think it’s inevitable, but as Eddie pointed out, once they do, there is no going back. 

Finally we got to Frank’s birthday and Baker’s Blue Bloods quote of the night…

Let's put it this another way, if people want to show affection for you, how do you want to avoid dealing with it?


Some people just aren’t very good with birthdays or being the center of attention. It makes them uncomfortable for any number of reasons.

Frank’s reasons had to do with feeling abandoned by his friends when he was 9 years old. 

As a NY Rangers fan, I was both thrilled and envious of Frank’s decision to surprise the entire family with tickets to a Rangers game for his birthday. 

The only downside to the game was that it cut our Reagan family dinner short, which is generally the highlight of every episode. 

Reagan Family Dinner - Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 7

I suppose we'll just have to wait for next week. 

Check back then for my review of Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 13.

And if you can’t wait until then, you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

Not Fade Away Review

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Blue Bloods Season 7 Episode 12 Quotes

Do you know for the price of college I could set the kid up for his own small, little business instead?


Let's put it this another way, if people want to show affection for you, how do you want to avoid dealing with it?