The promo for Blue Bloods Season 10 Episode 10 made many fans worry that Abigail was going to learn she had been cheated on.
Thank goodness it turned out that wasn't the story. We don't want to see Abigail's heart get broken.
As politics-of-being-commissioner stories go, though, this one wasn't the most riveting.
It was realistic that Frank and his staff would get stuck navigating the political consequences of a top officer having an affair, though it wasn't exactly high-level stuff.
Many of Frank's storylines revolve around ethical issues that leave viewers debating who was right.
But this time, there wasn't much to debate.
Abigail argued that regardless of the ranks of the officers involved, this was a private issue -- not police business. And no one but Frank disagreed with her.
She hasn't committed a crime. Her private life is not police business. You saying it is won't make it so.Abigail
Frank said it was three against one, but if you count viewer opinions, it was probably much higher.
Who did you agree with?
The most interesting part of this was the complicated consequences of the affair coming out.
Since the chief of counter-terrorism was the one being cheated on, New York's security, and possibly national security as well, could be impacted by this news.
Who'd have thought something like an extra-marital affair could have such significant consequences?
Even so, Frank seemed more like a Mafia boss than the head of the NYPD when he called Holmes over to his car for a private chat, promised the conversation never happened, and rolled up his window.
I can't pretend we have equal say in here. I have the last word. I may disagree with your advice, but I do consider it. Remember that. And three against one is unfair, so from now on, one of you suck it up and side with me.Frank
But as weird as this whole thing was, it was worth it to hear Frank acknowledge that he values his staff's opinions even if he doesn't act on their advice most of the time.
Jamie and Eddie's conflict also seemed like it was on the silly side.
Somehow, Jamie's offhand comment that Eddie had given him a "honey-do" list spiraled into some huge thing about gender expectations and whether Jamie had misogynistic views.
Jamie: You think I forgot your honey-do list on purpose?
Eddie: I think your subconscious forgot on purpose because you don't like being told what to do by a woman.
Something seemed off about Eddie throughout most of the hour, and I chalked it up to her being as exhausted as Jamie claimed to be.
She seemed punch-drunk, laughing at things that didn't seem all that funny and was picking a ridiculous fight.
This whole conflict seemed like a stereotypical married couple conflict that you'd find on a sitcom. It didn't belong on Blue Bloods.
Eddie's explanation about feeling insecure made sense, but the real problem is them working opposite shifts.
Her insecurities would likely go away if she and Jamie were able to spend more time together instead of Jamie going home just as Eddie gets to work.
The thirty or so minutes they get to spend together at brunch isn't cutting it, and that problem can't be solved with lists, honey-do or otherwise.
The other perpetually arguing couple was Erin and Anthony.
These two aren't actually a couple, but maybe that'll happen soon.
Erin certainly was angry that Anthony got himself shot by chasing after that perp.
The issue of bail reform is an important one that I wish had gotten more screen time.
If you're a reformer, you see the unfairness of innocent people being held in jail prior to trial simply because they lack the funds to pay cash bail.
But if you're a cop, you see the unfairness of guilty people being given carte blanche to commit more crimes while they're waiting to make a plea bargain.
I hope in the future, Blue Bloods does an episode devoted to this issue. Frank, Jamie, and Danny undoubtedly have strong opinions on it, especially if a non-yet-convicted defendant commits another crime.
Of course, bail reform doesn't have to mean simply releasing people on their own recognizance.
It could mean requiring them to attend programming instead of requiring them to pay cash, and whether that's effective is a robust debate the Reagans could have over their dinner table sometime.
In any case, Anthony couldn't seem to help himself when it came to that perp. It somehow became his personal mission to catch this guy and get him behind bars permanently.
Erin's threat to disapprove his overtime if he kept on doing that will probably go out the window now that Anthony has been shot.
Anthony: And the next time he crawls through somebody's window and some little old lady gets hurt, then what?
Erin: The law is the law even though it sucks.
But she was right: vigilante Anthony wasn't the solution to the bail problem.
Anthony was lucky he didn't get seriously hurt, though he should have been prepared for the possibility that this perp had a gun. He's a seasoned investigator and this can't possibly be the first time a perp's shot at him.
But if the almost-shooting wakes Erin up to how she feels about Anthony, this whole mess was worth it.
Meanwhile, it was a good thing Eddie hadn't heard about Baez's case, considering Eddie's attitude towards Jamie for most of the hour.
As it was, Baez's resentment of the boys-club attitude of many of the suspects clouded her judgment and made Danny think she was simply biased against the defendants.
Baez's sarcasm was the best part of this case.
No, I take that back. Danny's insistence on calling the suspects "Frick and Frack" was the best part of the case. That cracked me up every time.
Your turn, Blue Bloods fanatics!
Was Eddie being oversensitive, or did she have a point?
Was this affair Frank investigated a worthwhile storyline for him?
And do you think Anthony and Erin are headed towards romance?
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Blue Bloods continues to air on CBS on Fridays at 10 PM EST/PST. It will return with all-new episodes in Janiiary 2020.