BLUE BLOODS “Innocence” Review

BLUE BLOODS Season 2, Episode 4 Innocence- Tonight’s Blue Bloods opening was one of the most quietly disturbing I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if it was the slowness, the slight pause between gunned down teen or the “Innocence” that pervaded their corny jokes and basketball game. I was on the same page as Danny, there had to be some seedy past with at least one of them, for it to be senseless would be too terrible. At the same time, implying the kids were mixed up in something to a grieving relative seemed a little cold (is there a police academy class on bedside (or bodyside?) manner?

Blue Bloods did do a good job of keeping up the suspicion the kids weren’t as innocent as they seemed until the last moment, from the girl’s minor drug charges do the random allegation one of the boys was a “gang banger.” Even when they get the shooter, you think the kids were bullies, who pushed the shooter to the edge with their taunts. When it finally comes out the insult to JonJon’s honor was a drug induced delusion, Danny’s impulse to strangle him seemed completely valid.

As soon as the possibility that Frank sent a guy away for something he didn’t do, you know the night is going to be full of more heavy sighs and pensive looks than usual.The decision to track down and arrest the actual rapist was expected, and I especially liked his meet and greet with the perp. He does angry-calm very well, I’d be afraid of him. I also appreciated the moment in Erin’s office when the actual rapist says, “they all lie.” You know whenever a guy on TV says “they” referring to women they’ve committed crimes against women.

“Innocence’s” Jamie plot line again makes me wonder where the NYPD is getting all this free time. Kids are getting murdered on the basketball court, and they can set up a sting to get back a stolen lap top? That being said, the stupidity of the laptop owner did add some much needed comic relief. Him waving his hat was priceless, hasn’t he ever watched a cop show?

I’m a fan of granddaughter plots, and that poor girl is never going to have much of a social life. It was funny that even as Erin sits spying on her own daughter she finds it shocking her cop father and grandfather didn’t keep tabs on her when she was a kid, not just with a tail but with an extensive background check. They’re both lucky they haven’t been implanted with tracking devices.

Frank showing up at the falsely accused man’s release made for a great ending, though I kind of wished he had stayed by the car instead of walking out to meet him. He’s really mastered the majestic state. And what could he possibility say to him after 18 years of false imprisonment?

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Is there anything Frank can do or say to a man he put away for 18 years for a crime he didn’t do?