Blue Bloods Season 11 Premiere Recap: The fuse is lit both manner – and who was the final new dinner visitor?
CBS ‘Blue Bloods opened season 11 with some key considerations on police brutality, serial killer fears for Danny and Baez, and a hint that a Reagan can make a big difference in life. We also have our third new family dinner guest in four seasons!
When it premiered, it felt like Blue Bloods – which is about the NYPD police commissioner and his family – was perhaps the only TV show we wanted or needed to hear about on the subject of police brutality and rioting. That came in the form of Frank locking horns with city council spokeswoman Regina Thomas (returning guest star Whoopi Goldberg) who broke into NYPD on a morning radio show. Later, when Frank and Regina became confused in the communist’s office, they came down one impasse after another, and each side urged the other to “de-escalate.” She asks Frank’s cops to back off, but he claims they are paid to stand up. (But for everyone? Regina asks.) When Regina claims that there are “criminals in the ranks” of the NYPD, Frank blurts out: “You have to get your head out of your ass,” for which he quickly apologizes.
Things are not much better between the two when Frank later shows up in Regina’s office. Since the mayor has clearly distanced himself from the police lately and Frank has been annoyed about how he should serve the people and his officers without betraying both sides, it is up to Gormley to write a resignation letter with a pithy “PS” Frank seems to be thinking about sending to the mayor.
Elsewhere this week:
* While Danny and Baez knocked on the door for information about a woman who was suffocated, they were locked in the basement of what appears to be a serial killer ‘s brownstone. Baez was pushed down the stairs to destroy their plight and was in great pain while Danny unsuccessfully sought a way out. At one point, Baez shared how when she lived “with a muscle head” in Alphabet City, no one showed up on the day she was promoted to detective. Meanwhile, Danny – as one of those Reagans for whom happiness never seems to end – takes for granted the family ties he has, including Erin, Baez points out.
Although Danny doesn’t grab Jamie and Joe’s attention the first time they knock on the brownstone where the serial killer son was pumping music loudly, the sergeant and detective eventually find Danny and Baez if they suspect they’re playing badly inside . Afterwards, Joe, who still seems to find his place in his newfound family, declines an invitation to dinner on Sunday, but there is still a special guest this week when Danny brings a really lovable Baez to eat bread with him to break brood.
* In a story reminiscent of NCIS: New Orleans’ Own Season Opener, Eddie helped a young woman, Anita, find the body of her father, who had died and been relocated during the first major wave of COVID deaths. Eddie finally leads Anita to Potter’s Field on Hart’s Island, where Anita recites a prayer that her father said to her at every basketball game. When Anita cries at the grave of the father she last fought with, she nudges Eddie to opt for her own father’s forthcoming “compassionate release” hearing.
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