Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9 Review: Handcuffs

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A no-win situation for Eddie and her partner quickly escalated into a case of shock and awe on Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9.

The whole incident left me pondering if Frank was right, wrong, or just turning into a grumpy old man?

Eddie and the other police walked away when a bunch of thugs taunted them and I agreed with Eddie's perspective on the situation...

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They wanted us to engage, begging us to take the bait. We felt the smartest move was to just ignore them.


Jamie told her they could have written summonses or put the guys in cuffs, and they could have, but what would have been the point?

At best these guys would have been back out on the street in a matter of hours. Worst case scenario a bigger crowd gets involved and you've got a riot that started over a couple of insults. 

If you're going to arrest every loud-mouth idiot who challenges the police, you're going to run out of cells really fast. 

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Frank didn't see it that way, and neither did Sid nor Abigail but would they have been so upset if the incident wasn't made public via the video? 

Cops are frequently being called out for using too much force, and sometimes rightfully so, but in this case, they were getting flack for using too little. They're asked to use their brains instead of their brawn but then they're told they look weak. 

Shock and Awe - Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9

Talk about a lose-lose situation. 

I didn't like the way Frank handled things. 

I wouldn't have been against the raids if they were prompted by intelligence on gang activity or stats about increased crime in the complex, but that wasn't the case here. 

Frank called these raids, complete with air support and ESU Bearcats, because he felt his cops were made to look weak to the public, and that just came across as petty and vindictive. 

I can't say they didn't yield results. They caught a wanted serial killer and I'm sure several other criminals but I'm still not convinced that this overwhelming show of force was warranted.

Frank Is Upset - Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 8

And although we were shown the short term, positive results, the long-term consequences were yet to be seen and I'm doubtful we'll ever hear about them.

Elsewhere, Nicky brought her new boyfriend to meet Erin which led to my favorite Blue Bloods quote of the episode...

Nicky and Nicky, isn’t that so cute? I wanted to gouge my eye out with a fork.


I couldn't have agreed with Erin more. 

Nicky's New Boyfriend - Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9

I loved that Erin had Anthony to talk to about this and how calm he was about it. In ten more years, that eight-year age difference wouldn't mean very much but the difference between 22 and 30 can seem substantial.

Erin was so thrown by Nicholas being 30-years-old that she almost missed the fact that he had mob ties.

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At first, Nicky acted like an immature college student thinking her mother was being ridiculous but thankfully, her law enforcement instincts kicked in. 

Growing up eating Sunday dinner around a table full of cops definitely paid off. 

I wanted to feel bad for Nicky, but her and "Nicky" were so nauseating that I was simply glad their relationship didn't last more than one episode. 

Nicky and Erin - Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9

Finally, we get to Danny and the possibility of a romantic future.

I was a little confused about Molly. All she said was that Danny had arrested her and she'd just finished up a nine-month sentence upstate but neither she nor Danny ever said the reason she did the time. 

Danny made some quip about not doing favors for someone who tried to kill him, but I couldn't tell if he was joking or being serious. 

Molly was quick to recognize that despite Danny's dismissals, he can be willing to go the extra mile, and it appeared he got to Romeo in the knick of time. 

Would the kid have murdered a stranger to be initiated into the gang? Being that he had the gun in his waistband, he was certainly on the cusp of making that decision. 

Having him sentenced to three months in juvenile detention was a gift, hopefully in more ways than one. 

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Danny and Molly had an interesting chemistry. We know so little about Molly that it's difficult to say if there's any future for these two but I wouldn't mind if she came back for another visit to let us figure that out. 

And as for Jack, missing a few meals will undoubtedly have him getting back to class. On the one hand, Erin was right. This is Jack's first taste of freedom and screwing up a bit is all part of the process but it's not a bad thing to learn early on that there are consequences for your screw ups. 

So tell me TV Fanatics, did Frank do the right thing by calling those raids or was his response over-the-top?

Did Nicky's relationship drama wrap up too quickly?

And do you think Danny and Molly have a future together?

Check back for my review of Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 10 and until then you can watch Blue Bloods online here at TV Fanatic.

Handcuffs Review

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Blue Bloods Season 9 Episode 9 Quotes

They wanted us to engage, begging us to take the bait. We felt the smartest move was to just ignore them.


Jamie: The police run away with their tails between their legs it doesn’t look bad, it is bad.
Eddie: I can see that but in the moment it felt like the right thing to do.