Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11 Review: The Quality of Mercy

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If Stahl was right, and you are only as sick as your secrets, then most everyone on Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11 should be in critical condition. 

As Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 10 ended, I was left wondering how Bianchi would find out about his mistress and his hitman’s murders. 

The answer? 

He found out when he was being arrested for double homicide. 

Arresting Bianchi - Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11

But the bodies they were leaving in their wake were beginning to take their toll on Harlee…

Harlee: You have blood on your shirt.
Wozniak: I have others.
Harlee: There's going to come a day when it doesn't wash off.
Wozniak: Want to set the world right again? There's a price we’ve got to pay.
Harlee: As long as I can live with myself when it's over.

It ended up being a moment of mercy that tipped off Bianchi to the fact that they had stolen his box of dirty secrets. 

I certainly don’t blame Harlee for letting that intern live. The young woman was showing up to work at 4am and paying off law school, and as Harlee mentioned in this Shades of Blue quote

Harlee: The intern. I let her go. I knew she was a liability but I just thought, she's someone else's daughter.
Wozniak: A little mercy is a good thing, hold on to that.

Woz saves his moments of mercy for dogs. What happened to that cute little guy, anyway?

Despite his previous disastrous attempts to bring down the team, Verco hadn’t given up, and for once I didn’t mind. 

As Harlee pointed out, perhaps having the Organized Crime Unit deal with Bianchi wasn’t such a bad idea. 

That was until things took an even more frightening turn as Bianchi’s men had Cristina in their sights.

I never really thought of Harlee as the fainting type, but I suppose when you know a mobster has a gun trained on your daughter, anything is possible. 

This potentially tragic twist had a couple of up sides. 

Stahl Stalks Cristina - Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11

First, it brought the entire team back together.

Second, it outed Stahl’s continued stalking of Cristina.

Thankfully the soon to be ex-agent had just enough humanity left in him to help steer Cristina away from danger.

Of course, he also turned it into an opportunity to grab her coffee cup in a second attempt to procure her DNA. 

Speaking of Stahl, just when I think this guy can’t possibly get any creepier, he proves me wrong. 

His conversation with Harlee took things to a whole new level of weird.

Your secrets have poisoned you. That's okay, 'cause soon I'm going to heal you.

Stahl

Heal her? What the hell does that even mean? I’m not sure I want to know, but I have little doubt we’ll find out. 

Putting Stahl in His Place - Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11

Thankfully this installment had a few sweet moments too. Such as Cristina enjoying her mom’s awkwardness around Nava and giving her their blessing. 

And then there was Nava worrying about Harlee as she went off to arrest Bianchi…and Tufo’s reaction to the two of them.

Tufo: You two are cute. You're like a soldier going off to war.
Harlee: Careful, you might get hit with friendly fire.
Tufo: Just saying, you might want to get him one of those USO outfits.

Now I can’t stop picturing Nava in one of those Vietnam era Donut Dolly uniforms, as if he weren’t cute enough already. 

There were also Harlee’s flashbacks to she and young Cristina hiding in their tent from the imaginary monsters. 

Mom, the tent was just a blanket. You were the one who kept all the monsters out.

Cristina

Cristina and Harlee - Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11

Cristina once again had no idea how much danger she was really in when she ditched school that day, and as much as I wish she had, I understand why Harlee didn’t tell her. The kid would never leave her house if she knew all the ways she and her mother were in peril. 

Finally, we made our way back to breaking into Bianchi’s box of dirty secrets.

Espada: What's in this thing?
Wozniak: The sins of the city.

Now Wozniak is the holder of all of their sins. 

I expected to see photos of Julia, but was that the FBI’s Gail Baker in there too? And I can’t wait to find out what’s on the recorders and the DVD. 

However, Bianchi’s warning was ominous.

I wouldn't open it, Sweetie. You're not going to like what you find.

Bianchi

Oddly enough, that line had me flashing back to the final scene of the movie SE7EN, with Brad Pitt yelling, “What’s in the box?”

We’re fairly assured it’s not that bloody, at least not literally.

So, any ideas about what else is in the box?

Later this week our Shades of Blue round table team will debate that and more, and don’t forget that you can watch Shades of Blue online here at TV Fanatic.

The Quality of Mercy Review

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Shades of Blue Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Harlee: You have blood on your shirt.
Wozniak: I have others.
Harlee: There's going to come a day when it doesn't wash off.
Wozniak: Want to set the world right again? There's a price we’ve got to pay.
Harlee: As long as I can live with myself when it's over.

Harlee: Where does it end, Woz? How many more bodies do we need to leave behind?
Wozniak: I sleep just fine, so should you.