On this episode of “Blue Bloods,” the teaser exploded as obvious gang members threatened a man. They told him that if he talked to the District Attorney again, he’d be dead. One of those members was Pablo Torres, the leader of the gang.
Erin Reagan-Boyle (Bridget Moynahan) had been working on a big case against Pablo Torres when, because of the threats, the witness ran off out of fear of the gang. So she took another approach and went after the gang leader’s brother, Esteban. He really wasn’t a threat and they didn’t have much on him except money laundering. He was a school teacher, he mentored at-risk kids, and he was essentially a good guy. But Erin had her sights set on taking down the big dog and she was going to use whatever means she could to do it.
Elections for this mid-term is over but in reality a whole new set of campaigning begins. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) finds himself in the middle of a political stretch. On one side is his current boss who wants his support and on the other side is Erin’s boss who wants to be Frank’s boss. There was an insinuation that Frank could (and he put it very delicately) unintentionally lose his job.
In an unusual twist of events, Pablo practically wished Esteban to testify against him. Pablo insisted that Esteban continue the good in his life and that he could handle jail. It surprised Erin to the point that she enlisted the help of her brother, Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) to help her find another way to put Pablo away.
Meanwhile, Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) is stuck in a dismal world, at odds with one brother and still mourning the loss of another. But it’s not only mourning that’s keeping him in grief. It’s the knowledge that something he doesn’t quite understand happened to his late brother, Joseph. It’s self discovery and a “non-official” investigation into a cop secret society (Blue Templar) that fuels him. By chance, he found some recordings of Joseph Reagan’s investigation into the Blue Templar, the same organization Jamie has been lead to investigate.
On the day Esteban testified against Pablo, Pablo turned up dead. Esteban knew it was the gang and that Pablo was killed because he was trying to protect Esteban. With Esteban’s life still threatened, Erin started to realize the ramifications of putting a good guy up as bait. Her boss didn’t want to continue protecting Esteban and with Pablo dead, Esteban refused to testify against the gang. And even though he refused protection, the Reagans banned together to protect him anyway, thus gaining his trust enough to testify.
Brothers Come First
This was a complex episode with so many elements that it was almost hard to keep up. There’s Erin, who wonders if she did the right thing by using Esteban as bait. There’s Jamie who is essentially a street rookie but who’s been pulled into his late brother’s case. And there’s Frank, who is caught between working for the people and the superficial realm of politics. The only down side to episodes as multifaceted as this one is that even though we’re only a few weeks into this brand new show, if you are a new viewer, it would be hard to catch up to speed with the background of the characters, who is who, and the intricacies of their relationships.
But for the regular viewer, this was yet another fantastic story with a second level moral. Even though Danny and Jamie are butting heads now more than ever, it’s the principle of loving each other and looking out for each other even above the chaos that is the solid point to the episode.
Source: “Blue Bloods” aired November 5, 2010 on CBS ; http://www.cbs.com/primetime/blue_bloods/cast/