Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 7 Review: Common Ground

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Change is slow.

Sometimes painfully so, as we watched on Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 7.

I'm sure Danny Reagan wishes his life hadn't changed. Certainly, his kids wish it hadn't.

Protecting a Nurse - Blue Bloods

I was proud of Danny for not overreacting to Sean's outburst. This kid is angry at the world because his mother is dead and that's to be expected.

Danny is just the closest and easiest target for that anger. 

The similarities between Danny and Faith were almost over the top. She was a nurse whose husband, a cop, had died. Danny's a cop whose wife, a nurse, passed away. 

But Danny is nowhere near ready to move on with anybody, and I'm sure it will be a long time before he gets to that point.

Danny: It's weird, but I still feel like I'm married, you know?
Faith: I did too, for a long time.
Danny: When does it stop, feeling like you're married?
Faith: When you decide it's okay to start living again.

Right now Danny is doing what he needs to do, which is concentrate on his boys and his job. 

I was a little surprised that Faith called Danny when Raymond was ramming her car on the West Side Highway.

Personally, I thought calling 911 made more sense considering I can't remember the last time I went down that highway more than ten blocks without seeing a patrol car, but I'll admit that's being picky. 

Danny and Faith - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 7

And how many hours does Danny spend at the shooting range? I can't imagine every cop, or even a majority, could make that shot from that distance. 

I felt sorry for Faith. I wonder if she'll ever date anyone ever again.

It also feels like the family has the same conversation at Sunday dinner over and over again, wherein Danny complains about the District Attorney's office not doing enough to take criminals off the streets and Erin points out that they need actual evidence to file charges. 

Or maybe I just miss Linda. I find Nicky a poor substitute sitting in that chair. 

Frank's story had me a little bewildered, mostly because the parts of the plot I was most interested in went nowhere. 

If I have this straight, the guards at Riker's Island wouldn't allow Teresa Hill to have visitors because she was accusing one of them of murdering a fellow inmate. 

Frank quickly uncovered the mysterious absence of security footage from that day, that the guard in question had been accused of sexual assault twice and the prison never even bothered to investigate the charge. 

Hearing all of that, it's hard to dispute Shelly's accusations of collusion, cover-up, and corruption. 

As much as I didn't agree with Shelly losing her cool at the prison and getting herself arrested, I found it even more disturbing that she could end up in that same prison for up to two years awaiting trial if she couldn't make bail. 

What are the odds she'd end up as another dead inmate before she ever made it to trial?

Frank walked a line between wanting to do the right thing and being self-righteous.

Just you standing up there and saying the system isn't perfect and some folks get screwed by it, that would be like Christmas morning to us.


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Also, what was up with Garrett's ire at Frank deciding to see Shelly on his own?

I understand that there are protocols for such things, and Frank circling them can be frustrating, but Garrett being so vocal about his indignation felt a little over the line. 

Frank is his boss. If he wants to invite someone to his office, I don't think he needs to ask permission. 

The worst part of this entire story was that we never did find out what happened to that dead inmate, the guard accused of murder and sexual assault, or Teresa Hill. 

The most interesting parts of this plot were off screen, which was disappointing. 

Finally, we get to Jamie and Eddie, whose dynamic remains unchanged.

Well, Jamie and Eddie may not be talking about their potential for a future romantic relationship, but at least they know where the other stands on having children thanks to this Blue Bloods quote...

Eddie: Did you see the look on her face? She fell in love the second she saw that baby, it was instantaneous. I just thought, some day I want to experience what that feels like.
Jamie: Me too.

I had to laugh at Eddie when Jamie prepared to help deliver the baby, and he told him no as if he could stop that from happening. 

I was torn over Jamie making the call about the house being unsafe. Obviously, the landlord was taking advantage of immigrants with no voice, but moving to a homeless shelter with a newborn was equally scary. 

Working security a couple of weekends in the Hamptons hardly sounded like a hardship to get this family someplace safe. 

And I loved that they named the baby Eddie due to the name mix up. Jamie may have delivered their son, but he's also the one who facilitated them losing their home. Eddie's the one who got them a new one, and a job too!

So what do you think TV Fanatics? Did Jamie do the right thing? Do you think Danny will ever move on after Linda? And was I the only one who wanted to know more about the story on Riker's Island?

Check back next week for my review of Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 8, and until then you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

Common Ground Review

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Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 7 Quotes

Eddie: Did you see the look on her face? She fell in love the second she saw that baby, it was instantaneous. I just thought, some day I want to experience what that feels like.
Jamie: Me too.

Sometimes you just showing up isn't enough. You've got to put some skin in the game.