Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13 Review: Erasing History

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Relationships within families can be complicated, and Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13 proved that the Reagan family is no exception. 

But I was surprised just how quickly things spiraled between Danny and Henry.

A Key Witness - Blue Bloods

Danny seemed particularly thin-skinned about having his grandfather involved in the case. He kept insisting that Henry was meddling, and Henry certainly wanted to be involved, but I never felt he stepped over the line. 

Every time Danny snapped at Henry or tried to shut him down it had me wondering exactly when Danny became so insecure about his abilities as an investigator. 

I thought he would have had more fun with Henry, similar to how Baez reacted to his presence, but I was completely wrong.

Perhaps Danny and Henry are a little too much alike to be able to work together effectively.

Even if Danny felt like Henry was meddling in his case, Danny creating a scene in the middle of the precinct and embarrassing his grandfather was out of line. 

Danny and Henry Spar - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13

In the end, it took Baez to point out that someone with Henry's experience might have noticed something that could help them crack the case, but we never did find out of Tim Stebinski was murdered, or felt guilty about running a man down and took his own life. 

Mario Vangelis: So where did we meet, Sweetheart?
Baez: I was with the Organized Crime Control Bureau. You were the organized criminal.

I also found myself wishing that we could have seen Baez slap the cuffs on Mario Vangelis if only for all of the times he called her sweetheart. 

To her credit, she never let the guy get under her skin, and that's certainly a lesson her partner could learn from her, not that Danny will ever see it that way. 

Nicky Gets Played - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13

Elsewhere, Nicky got played by a friend.

Nicky: I feel like such an idiot.
Frank: Then remember that feeling and learn from it.

Figuring out who you can trust and who deserves your help are lessons that everyone learns along the way. 

In Nicky's case, she was learning the hard way. 

What Chrissie did was unacceptable, and she deserved to get arrested, but Sid's comment about knocking her head into the cell bars disturbed me.

Wouldn't that just solidify Chrissie's message that the police are untrustworthy?

No, I'm not defending her. She took a legitimate complaint but she voiced it in the wrong way.

Nicky

As much as I might despise Chrissie and her tactics, I respected Nicky for standing up to her family with her point of view. 

I also respected Erin for making sure that her daughter had the right to be heard at the family dinner because that blue wall came down pretty hard on Nicky for voicing a dissenting opinion.

Erin Stands Up For Nicky - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13

And then there were just the family members who wished they could eat dinner in peace!

Shawn: Is there any chance we could just, you know, eat?
Jack: Yeah, this food is delicious…
Jamie: Not going to happen.

I knew the moment Nicky confronted Chrissie that she was playing her to try and gather more information, and when their plan didn't happen, I was immediately concerned that Chrissie had figured it out. 

Throwing paint on a statue was one thing, but throwing one million ball bearings into a crowded city street could easily get people injured or even killed. 

It didn't surprise me at all that Chrissie and her team hadn't thought that through. All they could see was the big statement they could make and the millions of youtube hits they could get. 

The way they spoke about what they had posted online had me curious if it was the cause that inspired them, or if the rush of getting so many online viewers had them craving more.

Actual people getting hurt didn't seem to enter their conscience until Nicky pointed it out to them. 

I thought it amusing that by the end of the hour, Nicky needed a drink as much as Frank.

Things Get Complicated For Nicky  - Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13

Then there was Jamie and Eddie's parole officer dilemma. 

Don Voohees looked sleazier than many of the parolees he was charged with supervising. 

And I was a little alarmed that Erin was so hesitant to follow Jamie's lead in investigating the man. 

I know that there are probably lots of complaints levied against parole officers, but if Jamie really believed this guy was forcing his charges to commit crimes for him, what kind of court officer was Erin not to help look into it?

My favorite moment was when Eddie asked Jamie if the "church-going, eating Sunday dinner together," perfect Reagan family ever did anything wrong. 

Someday soon, I hope to see Eddie invited to one of those Sunday dinners. I think she'd fit in well.

But after Eddie's story about the steam room, she surely needs to find another gym! It's not like there's a lack of them in New York City.

Check back in for my next review of Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 14, and if you can't wait to hear more banter around the Sunday dinner table from the Reagan family, then you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

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Blue Bloods Season 8 Episode 13 Quotes

Nicky: I feel like such an idiot.
Frank: Then remember that feeling and learn from it.

I don't mind tough questions as long as my answers are printed accurately without any shade or shine.

Frank